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Cooking During the Pandemic: Top Chefs Offer Advice on Simple Dishes & Creative Twists


We talk with two celebrated Maine chefs about cooking at home during the pandemic. Chefs Cara Stadler and Ilma Lopez join us to offer advice on how to use simple ingredients in creative ways, comfort foods to make—including those from different cultures—and how to approach some of the popular pandemic dishes, like home-baked bread and fermented or preserved foods.


Cara Stadler, owner/chef at Bao Bao, Tao Yuan, the recently closed Lio; four-time James Beard Award nominee, Food & Wine Best New Chef 2014 

Ilma Lopez, co-owner/chef at Chaval and the now-closed Piccolo; two-time James Beard Award nominee for outstanding pastry chef


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.