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Tofu May Have A Bland Flavor, But It Boasts A Rich Texture

In our show, Chef Daniel Orr harnesses the rich texture of tofu to make two vegan dips. And, Jennifer Cockrall-King says farms change the texture of a city.

slicing tofu

Photo: Alycin Bektesh (WFIU)

Before he sliced the firm tofu, Daniel Orr wrapped it in paper towel and pressed it to remove excess moisture.

Chef Daniel Orr is presenting two final sauces for January. If you’ve been keeping track this month, we’ve made a beet vinaigrette, a roasted garlic aioli and a tofu rouille. Get another couple blocks of tofu ready for today’s recipes.

Tofu doesn’t taste like much on its own, which is why we’re adding a host of flavor-packed ingredients. But tofu does boast a full and rich texture that scoops well with cabbage chips, crackers and raw veggies.

“The added benefit if you get very little fat and you get extra protein,” says Orr. For the Tahini Tofu Dip, you’ll need both firm and silken tofu. Same for his Tofu Sour Cream, which is great on nachos or a baked sweet potato. It’s also a great base for your other dip creations. “Add roasted red peppers, add curry to make curry dip, wasabi to make wasabi mayonnaise. Lots of different ways to use this,” he says.

Also on this week’s program, we speak with author Jennifer Cockrall-King who has written about growing food in cities. She points out some innovative projects happening in urban areas around the world.

And, these days we’re eating almost twice as many sweet potatoes as we did in 2000. Harvest Public Media tries to understand what’s up with our obsession with the orange tuber.

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Agricultural Research Service in Fort Collins, Colorado

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Why We’re Growing The Most Sweet Potatoes Since WWII

cooked sweet potatoes

In 2000, Americans ate about 4 pounds of sweet potatoes per person. Today, it’s nearly double that, at 7.5 pounds per person.

Vegan Tofu Sour Cream

block of tofu

Don't be afraid of the "scary white stuff." Incorporate tofu into a recipe you already know and love.

Tahini Tofu Dip

three dips

Two types of tofu provide the body for this dip, while the tahini provides the flavor.

Urban Farming Worldwide With Jennifer Cockrall-King

Jennifer Cockrall-King and Food In The City

Cockrall-King is the author of "Food and the City." She explains how city dwellers have made urban agriculture fit the needs of their specific community.

Farm Groups Anxious As Trump Pulls U.S. Out Of TPP Trade Deal

cows

The American Farm Bureau Federation claimed in its analysis that the TPP could have increased U.S. agricultural exports by billions of dollars a year.

China’s Newest Food Safety Method: Robot Chicken Nannies

chickens

Eighteen humanoid robots monitor 3 million Charoen Pokphand Group chickens for signs of food-borne illnesses and bird flu.

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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