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Competitive Eating, Picnic Salads, Changing U.S. Beef Map

An all-American tradition on July 4 -- eating contests! Ryan Nerz gives us the scoop from the inside. Daniel Orr prefers vegetarian recipes with collard greens.

hot dog eating contestant

Photo: Space Pirate Queen (Flickr)

Ryan Nerz worked as an announcer for professional eating contests. He wrote "Eat This Book By Ryan Nerz; A Year On The Competitive Eating Circuit."

I started to feel that there was an element of unhealthfulness to competitive eating. I know that’s a shocking revelation.

That’s partly why author and journalist Ryan Nerz ended up leaving his job as an announcer of eating contests. Just in time for a Fourth of July tradition– Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest — Nerz gives us an inside look at the world of professional competitive eaters.

Drought conditions in certain states translate into dollar signs for other states. Harvest Public Media looks at the changing landscape of American beef production.

Chef Daniel Orr has been cooking light, fresh dishes for us lately. Two more vegetarian recipes today that highlight seasonal produce.

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Drought Re-Shaping The Cattle Map

paddock of cattle

Missouri, which housed about 6 percent of the nation’s beef cattle at the start of the drought, lost roughly 8 percent of its herd.

Collard Greens With Asian Flare

collard greens with oranges and oyster sauce

You may be seeing a lot of recipes for cooked greens on Earth Eats these days, but that’s just because in the summer, there are a lot of greens to use up!

Willowfield Lavender Farm

lavender buds

Visitors from all over the country flock to the Willowfield Lavender Farm each summer. The one-of-a-kind farm boasts organic produce and stunning landscapes.

Build It Yourself: Flowerpot Smoker With Spike Carlsen

spike carlsen The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects

Spike Carlsen says building is a lot like cooking. His Flowerpot Smoker combines the two into one ingenious outdoor gadget.

Panzanella Salad For Your Forgotten Bread

panzanella salad

This recipe features some fresh tomatoes and cucumbers along with an ingredient that is past its prime -- stale bread.

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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