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Hoop Houses, Sunchokes And Winter Greens

Stephanie Solomon is back to update us on the greens growing in the hoop house. Then in the kitchen, Chef Daniel Orr makes dishes using sunchokes and spinach.

sunchoke soup

Photo: Andrew Olanoff/WFIU

Jerusalem Artichokes (sunchokes) are used to make this puree.

Deliciously Chilly Weather

First up today, we’re going into the kitchen with Chef Daniel Orr. He has two recipes using a root veggie you’ve perhaps seen in the produce aisle but never cooked with: the sunchoke.

Last week, we spoke with a couple gardeners whose plants are going strong throughout the cold months. One organization in Bloomington is taking it a step further. The hoop house at the Butler Park Community Garden is a project of Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. Fast-forward a couple months after we first spoke with Garden and Nutrition Education Program Coordinator Stephanie Solomon to a chilly and overcast late-December day. How are things going inside the hoop house?

Then, we go back to the kitchen with Chef Daniel Orr and take a look at all the different varieties of greens one could be cooking with these days. “You can see how colorful they are. Late winter cooking doesn’t have to be boring,” he says.

Finally, no more soggy spinach! These two methods for wilting spinach do the trick without any added water.

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Sunchoke Soup

sunchoke soup

Sunchokes, potatoes and apples make this soup a unique addition to any menu.

Sunchoke Puree With Apple And Spices

sunchoke puree

This dish is an excellent topping for game, fish or vegetarian dishes.

Building Healthy Soil, Training Young Gardeners

Stephanie Solomon in a field of buckwheat

Stephanie Solomon of Mother Hubbard's Cupboard explains how she transformed grassy parkland into two fertile garden plots, one of which is in a hoop house.

Cold Hardy Greens Thrive In Hoop House

Stephanie Solomon in the hoop house

In spite of frigid winter temperatures, kale, collard greens, bok choy and salad greens are growing inside the hoop house at the Butler Park Community Garden.

Getting Creative With Late-Winter Greens, Spinach, Broccoli

Four Varieties Of Cabbage

Add color to your plate with late-winter greens; the perfect wilted spinach; and Tuscan-style broccoli is substantial enough to eat as a main course.

Cooking Spinach Two Ways

spinach two ways

In its simplest form, the spinach is wonderful as a warm salad, or you can serve it as a bed for smoked trout, roast beef or sliced veal.

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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