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Corned Beef, Spaghetti Squash, Mulled Wine

We prepare a feast for St. Patrick's Day in this week's podcast. Farmer Cathy Crosson sells alpaca yarns. And, cooperative living at Dandelion Village.

corned beef

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We make a traditional corned beef for our St. Patrick's Day meal.

Know Your Farmer

The Bloomington Winter Farmers Market takes place Saturday mornings through the end of March. This month, we’re featuring some of the vendors who set up shop every week. Today, in part two of our four part series, I stopped a table that sells no food at all actually. Cathy Crosson of Red Rosa Farm sells alpaca yarns and heirloom seeds.

If you’re looking to find a winter market in your neck of the woods, do a search on Local Harvest.

Sustainable Living

Dandelion Village recently received city approval to rezone land for a cooperative village. It’s scheduled to begin construction later this year. The village would house individuals and possibly even families who want to live together in a cooperative setting. Members all contribute their time and money to pay for food, transportation, housing and general upkeep of the land. For the second report in our three-part series on cooperative living, WFIU’s Gretchen Frazee visited the co-op members as they cleared out the land they hope will soon become their “eco-village.”

St. Patrick’s Day Menu

We sent out a call to our listeners and readers last season to ask what ingredients you wanted us to cook with, and many of you mentioned spaghetti squash. This easy recipe takes no time at all and it’s gluten-free. This will be the first of three recipes we’re preparing today in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day. This Roasted Spaghetti Squash Boat would make for an excellent family-style starter.

We think of corned beef and cabbage as a traditional Irish dish, but it’s really an Irish American dish. Corning was originally a method of preserving beef for ocean travel, where the beef would be stacked in barrels with corning spices and then when it was time to eat it, it would be taken out and boiled. Chef Daniel Orr explains that a corning paste is a mixture of peppercorns and seeds.

Our menu for St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be complete without an alcoholic beverage of some sort. Guinness beer is the traditional drink, but how about an option for folks who don’t like beer — a locally sourced option at that. We’re using red wine from Oliver Winery for this mulled wine recipe.

News Stories On This Episode:

Stories On This Episode

Meet A Farmer: Cathy Crosson, Red Rosa Farm

yarns from alpacas from Red Rosa Farm

Cathy Crosson's table at the Winter Farmers Market includes many different colors of alpaca yarns and over 300 varieties of heirloom seeds.

Bloomington’s Ecovillage Raises Hopes And Concerns

dandelionvillage

Members of Dandelion Village plan to build a village on the West side of Bloomington with several houses, a garden and a barn.

Roasted Spaghetti Squash Boat

Roasted Spaghetti Squash Boat

Serves this dish in one half of the spaghetti squash, then pass it around family-style.

Corned Beef And Potatoes: An Earth Eats St. Patrick’s Day

four leaf clover

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, and we're celebrating with some Irish-inspired dishes.

Warm Wine With Mulling Spices And Honey

warm wine with mulling spices and honey

Pick up a bottle of your favorite local red wine and make this yummy warm drink.

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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