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Chef Daniel Orr

Chef Daniel Orr is the owner of FARMbloomington and the author of several cookbooks. He draws from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food’s true essence and flavor. The result is simple, yet sophisticated; the best of American food tempered by classic European training.

Recent Posts by Chef Daniel Orr

June 25, 2014


sesame-scented baby bok choy

Sesame-Scented Baby Bok Choy

Boy choy may be a pain to clean, but the end result is delicious!

June 13, 2014


Flowery Finger Food

Time For Tea With Flower Sandwiches

Flowers often serve as garnish on restaurant plates. This recipe puts the flowers on bread and butter for a dainty snack.

May 30, 2014


holding a bunch of lemon verbena

Green Thumb Cocktail With Lemon Verbena

Fresh lemon verbena gives a citrus zing to this cocktail. The sugar-coated rim on the cocktail glass makes it even more special.

March 14, 2014

No-Meat Protein 

tempeh with capers, served over greens

Crispy Tempeh Instead Of Croutons Every Time

Our tempeh is made with soybeans, brown rice, barley and millet. It might not sound tasty, but just wait until we pan-fry it with capers and lemon.

December 10, 2013


cranberry apple shake-up

Holiday Cocktail: Cranberry Apple Shake-Up

Encourage your guests to shake the night away with this Ball jar cocktail. Create several of these drinks in advance and then let your guests do the mixing.

December 3, 2013


plate of frog legs with tomato sauce

Frog Legs, Provençal-Style

I grew up in southern Indiana eating frog legs. This recipe combines the memories of my childhood with a French culinary aesthetic.

November 19, 2013

Carnival On Your Plate 

succotash with corn, lima beans and vegetables

Hoosier Autumn Succotash

Red pepper, green zucchini, yellow corn… Grab whatever colorful veggies you have in your fridge for this recipe.

November 12, 2013

A Granita A Day 

spiced apple cider granita

Spiced Apple Cider Granita

Hold onto fall for just a little bit longer with this dessert recipe. It's like an icy mulled apple cider.

October 30, 2013

Sweet 'n' Sappy 

maple spiced creme brûlée

Maple Spiced Crème Brûlée

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

October 22, 2013


persimmons and persimmon jam in white pot

Persimmons Are My Jam

Sure, persimmon pudding is the traditional way to enjoy this wild fall delicacy. But why not turn your persimmons into jam and enjoy them through the spring!

October 18, 2013

Indiana banana 


Paw Paw Cookies, Puh-Please

Paw paws are called Indiana Bananas not just because they grow all over the state through the fall, but because the fruits' tastes and textures are similar.

October 18, 2013



Not Tonight, Deer! An All-Natural Deer Repellent

When it comes to pest control, it can be a real drag to be an organic gardener. Chef Daniel Orr has an all-natural solution for deterring hungry deer.

October 15, 2013

Gnocchi Pokey 

gnocchi and butternut squash

Throw A Gnocchi Party, Invite Butternut Squash, Gorgonzola

We're bringing Italy to Indiana with this dish cooked in a fresh sage butter sauce. It's guaranteed to be one of those meals you just can't stop eating.

October 1, 2013

One And Done 

bamboo steamer with chicken and vegetables

Bamboo Steamer Makes A Mean One-Pot Dinner

Chicken and veggies cooked in one of the most healthful ways possible. Use this recipe as a starting point and then let your culinary imagination run wild!

September 20, 2013


eggplant caviar

Eggplant Caviar

This is one interesting take on baba ghanoush. Don't forget the anchovies!

September 9, 2013

Seasonal Salad 


Millet Caprese Salad Isn’t For The Birds

Millet is a common ingredient in bird seed, but we humans can enjoy it as well. Gluten-free eaters, this one's for you!

August 30, 2013



Forage-Fresh Blackberries Get The Cordial Treatment

These blackberries might be a bit too tart to enjoy on your breakfast cereal, but they are perfect for making a fruity liqueur.

August 7, 2013

Finger Food 

nut brittle spread onto sheet pan

Sweet & Spicy Nut Brittle

Time for a treat! Select your favorite nuts for this Caribbean style nut brittle.

July 12, 2013



Summer Tea Powered By The Sun

Use the hot summer sun to your benefit in this recipe. Fresh herbs steeped in sun-heated water makes a delicious summer beverage.

May 23, 2013

Tasty Seeds 


Quinoa: Taste The Rainbow

This simple side dish would work well as a bed for grilled salmon or as filler for a sandwich.

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