AFR editors talk half-smokes and horseradish with Kojo

kojo113 Thanks to all who joined us on the Kojo Nnamdi Show. We appreciated the comments and calls, including the folks who voted for half-smokes, oysters and mumbo sauce as iconic D.C. foods.

We also had a jovial conversation about the Shaker Gatorade known as switchel, and stumped Kojo with our pop quiz on which state could be called the Horseradish Capital of America (go ahead….peek….you know you want to.)

Listeners also poked our imaginations. Chris from Hamilton, Va., called to say she considers potato salad a highly regional dish, and that she found New England potato salad bland. She prefers the variety in her native DelMarVa (Delaware-Maryland-Virginia, for those of you outside the area.) But she never told us what goes into it (insert sad-face emoticon here). If any of you have opinions on this, we’d love to hear from you.

If you had something more important to do that day (which, we know, is impossible) take a few minutes now to hear American Food Roots on the Kojo Nnamdi Show.

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3 Responses to AFR editors talk half-smokes and horseradish with Kojo

  1. Emily Hilliard July 3, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    The half-smoke, mumbo sauce, and oysters! Historically, though, it would have likely included more fish from the Potomac, like shad, herring, bass, and sturgeon.

    Can’t wait to tune in!

  2. posey boicourt July 3, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    Is it true that Dolly Madison invented ice cream?

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    Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus July 4, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    I was in the car when the Kojo Show came on and was delighted to hear American Food Roots and my fellow Girl Scout Mom Michele Kayal on the radio. Congratulations! It was a terrific interview!