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A Very Earth Eats Christmas

We're celebrating the holidays with a feast of goat cheese, parsnip soup, chicken of the woods mushrooms, eggnog and local duck.

plate of Christmas cookies

Photo: JeMaSiDi (Flickr)

What would Santa think if instead of leaving him cookies, this year you left him roast duck, goat cheese and parsnip soup?

Celebrate local and seasonal eating with A Very Earth Eats Christmas.

“The tradition of using the seasonal ingredients is what brings these things out during the holidays,” says Chef Daniel Orr, the mastermind behind our holiday feast today. During the program, we prepare roast duck, parsnip soup, a goat cheese cheese ball and foraged mushrooms. He’ll have some help preparing the food from three old friends. We’ll share stories, have some laughs and taste a lot of great food. The day wouldn’t be complete without some holiday music by southern Indiana-based singer-songwriter Krista Detor.

So, pour yourself some eggnog, cozy up with a warm sweater and join us as we celebrate A Very Earth Eats Christmas.

Recipes we couldn’t include in today’s feast include Country Ham With Figs, Fire-Starting Bouquets and Old-Fashioned Baked Apples.

Stories On This Episode

Gretchen Sigmund Marks: Art Inspired By Chicken Farming

Gretchen Sigmund Marks egg sack art

After she feeds her chickens, Gretchen Sigmund Marks uses the burlap feed sacks to make collages.

Baked Brie Cooked Over An Open Fire

Baked Brie

This gooey and delicious baked brie makes a wonderful starter for any holiday celebration.

Goat Cheese With Pecans, Cherries And Bacon

Goat Cheese Ball

This definitely beats the highly-processed cheese ball you get at the grocery store. Once you go goat cheese, you'll never go back.

Local Duck Roasting Over An Open Fire

two ducks and two pumpkins roasting over an open fire

Question: What do you get when you cook two local ducks over an open fire? Answer: The most delicious holiday main course!

Eggnog, A Holiday Favorite

eggnog cheers

This stuff is rich, but you’re only going to have a couple times a year, around the holidays, so you might as well make the real thing.

Parsnip Soup With Sweet Potato Leaves

parsnip soup with sweet potato leaves in a pot

Celebrate the cold weather by making a soup with some seasonal ingredients: parsnips and sweet potato leaves.

Chicken Of The Woods Mushrooms

Chicken Of The Woods in a pan

Who needs actual chicken when you have these meaty and flavorful mushrooms!

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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