As summer slips away, host Susan Mintert celebrates tomatoes and sweet corn. Tomato harvest began in August for commercial growers, and Susan visited the Red Gold corporate headquarters and packing facility in Elwood, Indiana, to get the story on one of the nation's top tomato processors. Also on this episode, a visit to the National Sweet Corn Festival in Hoopeston, Illinois. Our neighbors to the west have a 76-year tradition going, shucking, boiling, and buttering thousands of pounds of sweet corn during this Labor Day event.

Music is by The Underscore Orkestra and Slainte at The Free Music Archive.

August 13, 2019

The Indiana State Fair

Host Susan Mintert visits the Indiana State Fair in this episode of the Indiana Home Cooks Podcast. She shares the stories of an Indiana pork producer and home cook, and some pioneer cooks doing things the old fashioned way. It's a cracklin' good time.

Pictures and more are at the blog, indianahomecooks.com.

Music is by The Underscore Orkestra and Slainte at the Free Music Archive.

A unique food gaining the attention of professional chefs and home cooks alike has its origin right here in Indiana. On this episode, we learn how Dr. Torbert Rocheford's original mission to improve diets in underdeveloped countries lead to a new specialty food product here in the U.S.--Professor Torbert's Orange Corn Grits. Host Susan Mintert talks with the professor and his son Evan about the orange corn story, and with Torbert's wife Katie who shares recipes and interesting uses for the orange corn grits.

Recipes, pictures, and more are on the blog, indianahomecooks.com.

IHC music is by The Underscore Orkestra and Slainte at The Free Music Archive. Closing theme is by Leon Mercer.

In this Bonus Track of the IHC podcast, host Susan Mintert demos her Vegetable Tian on the Grill. It's a delicious combination of summer vegetables, easily prepared with minimal fuss. The recipe and pictures are on the blog, indianahomecooks.com.

June 8, 2019

Indiana Traminette

June is Indiana Wine Grape Month and on the Indiana Home Cooks podcast, host Susan Mintert is sampling Indiana's official State Wine--Traminette. Meredith Easley of Easley Winery in Indianapolis and Thom England, Culinary Arts Program Director at Ivy Tech provide the wines and food pairings, as the three discuss and sample the versatile Traminette. See pictures from the episode and other information at indianahomecooks.com or on the Indiana Home Cooks Blog link on the Podbean player.

Now that it's grilling and barbecue season, we are taking Indiana Home Cooks outdoors and firing up the grill with Andy and Michelle Schwindler of the Sandy Beach Barbecue Company. Situated on Lake Freeman just south of Monticello, Indiana, Sandy Beach has its own outdoor kitchen, plus retail space for Big Green Egg Grills, accessories, seasonings, etc. Andy and Michelle share the story of how their business evolved from building outdoor kitchens to selling the grills and other products needed to get the most from the outdoor cooking experience. They also share several barbecue techniques, tips, and tricks that apply to the Big Green Egg, or to gas or charcoal grilling. See pictures and more from this episode at indianahomecooks.com.

 

In this bonus track of the IHC Podcast, Susan demonstrates her Italian Pot Roast, a low-fuss meal you can prepare in a slow cooker or in the oven. Recipe and pictures are on the blog: indianahomecooks.com.

Indiana Artisans are the top tier of artists, craftspeople, and food makers in the state. Their annual Artisan Marketplace was held recently at the State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Susan Mintert met several food artisans there and profiles them on this edition of the Indiana Home Cooks podcast. We cover barbecue, German inspired baked goods, and barrel aged maple syrup! Learn more about the Indiana Artisans program, see pictures from the podcast and links to the artisans at Susan's blog, indianahomecooks.com. And share this podcast with a friend! Just click the share button on show's page. Thanks!

 

March 30, 2019

Sweet Revolution

In this episode we take a peak inside Sweet Revolution Bake Shop, in downtown Lafayette, as host Susan Mintert visits with owners Sarah McGregor-Raye and Jonathan McGregor. This sister and brother are an unbeatable combo at cranking out pies and a wide assortment of pastries for their Lafayette customers. Hear how they combined their skills and drive to make Sweet Revolution a sweet success. Learn more and see pictures at indianahomecooks.com.

February 17, 2019

Time for Indiana Wines

The number of wineries in Indiana continues to grow and the quality of the wine they're making continues to improve. During the cold winter months grape growers and wine makers are learning ways to keep the momentum going in their industry. One place they do that is the annual Horticulture Congress, put on by Purdue University, in Indianapolis. Host Susan Mintert attended the Congress this month and visited with several wine makers, grape growers, and members of Purdue's Wine Grape Team.

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