Good music makes great meals even better. That’s the idea behind Matthew Hickey and Kasey Fleisher’s Turntable Kitchen. The husband-and-wife blogging team mingle delicious recipes and sharp food photography with indie tunes and record reviews. And their commitment to staying stylish in the kitchen is evident with every post — which is why Matt and Kasey’s favorite Fall picks are featured online and in our newest catalog!
What was the inspiration behind Turntable Kitchen?
I [Kasey] already had a food blog called eating/sf, chronicling a 20-something’s food adventures in San Francisco. After Matt and I started dating, we began a ritual of cooking dinners together while listening to music. It became an integral part of our lives, and something clicked in my head: Matt should be blogging about the music side of things! We launched Turntable Kitchen in November, 2010, about a year after we got married.
How has the blog changed over time?
When we first started, we saw the blog as a place to stretch our cooking muscles. We focused on cooking other people’s food, and we posted a lot of fancy meals and complicated recipes. As we’ve evolved, we began to share more of the food we ate everyday and began creating original recipes for our site and our subscription service, the Turntable Kitchen Pairings Box. We share the food that we really eat, and stay true to who we are.
Matthew, what’s your system for pairing songs and recipes?
If an album is minimal and spare, I’ll pair it with a simple, unfussy recipe [like chanterelles & potatoes with Iron & Wine]. Similarly, if a recipe is complex and textured, I’ll look for an album that shares those same qualities [like the roasted tomatillo salsa paired with Matthew Dear]. We tend to feature more new music, but that has more to do with what we have permission to share on the site than anything else. At home, we also listen to a lot of Motown, 70’s bossa nova, jazz, and South American folk music.
Can you give an example of a Turntable Kitchen post that surprised you — either by being crazy-popular, crazy polarizing, or surprisingly lame?
A while back, we posted a recipe for avocado toast with a poached egg. It was a simple breakfast. It hardly felt like a ‘recipe.’ But it was shared an insane amount on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. It was a good reminder that you don’t always need to overthink things.
Looking back, is there a post or project that you’re particularly proud of?
Kasey: The project I’m most proud of is the launch of our monthly subscription service, the Turntable Kitchen Pairings Box. It started as a crazy idea that I never thought would really happen…and then it did, and it took off! It was one of the scariest, hardest, most exhilarating things I’ve ever done, and I got to do it with my best friend.
Matthew: Ditto. I love working with my favorite up-and-coming bands to produce, in most cases, their first physical release.
If Turntable Kitchen had a signature dish and theme song, what would they be?
Oh that’s a tough one! This Wild Mushroom and Crescenza Pizza speaks to our homey, rustic approach to cooking. Plus our love of carbs, cheese, and seasonal produce. And a few years back, a band called Dubious Ranger offered write a theme song for us! It was called “Love Is The Dish” and you can listen to it here.
Images: Kasey Hickey