Give Now

Earth Eats: Real Food, Green Living

Chef On Campus, Co-Op Living, Solar-Powered Chiles

Chef Jackie Howard brings her local food philosophy to a sorority's kitchen. Susan Welsand's farm is solar powered. And, kale salad with strawberry shortcake.

baskets of strawberries

Photo: Matthew Gaventa (Flickr)

We present two recipes today that utilize strawberries.

There is no shortage of chicken tenders in the world. Here, it’s good quality food. This is their home, and they deserve that.

Not that there’s anything wrong with chicken tenders! It’s just when Chef Jackie Howard makes them for the women of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, she makes them from scratch, using as many local ingredients as possible. Institutional cooking has never tasted so good!

From a sorority to a co-op, two women tell us about making food decisions as a group.

We visit Susan Welsand’s chile pepper farm, which is powered by solar panels.

Then, kale salad for health and strawberry shortcake for fun with Chef Daniel Orr.

News Stories:

Stories On This Episode

Unlocking Prairie Secrets From A Sod House

sod house wall

Ecologists in Nebraska are trying to find out what the Great Plains looked like when homesteaders settled there in the 19th century.

Chile Farm Runs On The Power Of The Sun

'The Chile Woman' Susan Welsand

"The Chile Woman" Susan Welsand was able to install a 5.2 kilowatt array of solar panels after a tornado uprooted several old-growth trees on her farm.

Chef Jackie Howard Brings Local Food To Cafeteria Cooking

chef jackie howard making bread pudding

Howard has watched the food preferences of the women at Alpha Xi Delta change over her five years in the kitchen. Now, they go crazy for local kale salad.

Massaged Kale Salad


Giving the kale a good, thorough back rub for this recipe. It tenderizes it and make it easier to chew.

Strawberry Season: Fresh Take On Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake With Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits And Yogurt

We're celebrating strawberry season today with a fresh take on strawberry shortcake using homemade buttermilk biscuits and yogurt.

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.

View all posts by this author »

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Earth Eats:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

About Earth Eats

Search Earth Eats

Earth Eats on Twitter

Earth Eats on Flickr

Harvest Public Media