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Aged Maple Syrup, Hogs On The Farm, Lentil Soup And Chili

Maple syrup in November! Burton's Maplewood Farm is aging maple syrup, and we use the finished product in crème brûlée. Then we meet hogs at Schacht Farm.

hogs at Schact Farm

Photo: Annie Corrigan/WFIU

Mandy Napier raises two heritage breed hogs at Schacht Farm, Tamworths and Large Blacks.

Quite frankly I just wanted to make maple syrup sexier.

Tim Burton of Burton’s Maplewood Farm. Sexier maple syrup comes from aging it in rum, brandy and bourbon barrels. The particular syrup he aged for Chef Daniel Orr has some cinnamon, star anise and lemon zest tossed in. Burton will talk about how he came up with this hair-brained idea in the first place, and then we cook with the stuff — a spiced maple syrup crème brûlée.

Harvest Public Media looks at farmers who are growing food on less productive plots of land.

In the second half of the show, lentil soup and then chili with some lentils floating in there, too.

And we visit Schacht Farm to meet Mandy Napier and her hogs.

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Maple Spiced Crème Brûlée

maple spiced creme brûlée

This recipe will make you long for spring, but the aged maple syrup will taste complex, just like a fall afternoon.

Yellow Lentil Bisque

yellow lentil bisque

This vegetarian soup is hearty enough to eat as a meal. Use water instead of stock and it's also vegan-friendly!

Bison, Pumpkin And Lentil Chili

buffalo chili

In addition to the three marquee ingredients, coffee adds some zing to this chili.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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