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Keep It Classy, Foodies: Wine And Cheese For The Holidays

Brad Dunn gives tips for buying a nice bottle of wine this holiday season. Then Chef Daniel Orr makes two cheesy appetizers to enjoy with a glass or two.

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Attending a dinner party this holiday season? Get Brad Dunn's tips for buying a delicious but affordable bottle of wine.

I think booze is such a great gift over the holidays. It sort of takes the edge off for everybody.

That’s our resident sommelier Brad Dunn. He comes into the Earth Eats studios today to talk about how to puzzle through giving a bottle of wine to that hard-to-shop-for buddy on your holiday gift list.

In the kitchen, Chef Daniel Orr is making two awesome cheesy appetizers to pair nicely with that bottle of wine.

A report from Harvest Public Media about how more and more farmers are planting crops that don’t directly make them money — cover crops like oats and winter rye.

Then I chat with the two authors of The American Lighthouse Cookbook. There’s so much more than seafood in this book.

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More Farmers Running For Cover Crops

winter rye

Corn and soybean farmers are adding a cover crop season – whether they have cattle to graze on the green or not.

Great Reds For Less Green: Holiday Wine Buying Tips

cork from Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Basically everyone loves Pinot Noir. You could find a deal on Bordeaux. Any price of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is delicious. Tips from Brad Dunn for buying red wines.

Dinner On The Shoreline: American Lighthouse Cookbook


The new cookbook celebrates the creative cuisine that came from lighthouses across the country. It offers so much more than seafood.

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.

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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