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Eggnog, Coffee And Chili To Warm Your Winter Days

We've been mixing up drinks all month. Today, enjoy a glass of Daniel Orr's decadent eggnog. And we talk to two coffee professionals about their partnership.

Eggnog is best enjoyed with a group of friends.

We like to look at the relationships behind our food on Earth Eats. A meal starts with the farmer; maybe it goes next to a chef; then to your plate. In coffee, you can add a couple more links in that chain — farmer, to roaster, to barista, to customer. It’s the partnership in the middle that we’re interested in today.

Jane Kupersmith started roasting coffee beans in her house in ultra-small batches — one bag at a time. Jeff Grant has worked as a barista in several shops over the years. Their coffee worlds collided, at first reluctantly, two years ago when they opened Hopscotch Coffee, a coffee shop with an in-house roastery. As Kupersmith describes it, their best coffee is always the result of collaboration:

We’ll order a bean. We’ll sample it and we’ll think that maybe it will have a particular personality or go one way. Then it’s just always fascinating to put something on the espresso machine and see how it comes out.

Then, author Liz Carlisle met Montana farmers who were moving away from monoculture and growing legumes like lentils and chickpeas. Her research became the book Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America. She speaks with Harvest Public Media‘s Amy Mayer.

In the kitchen, Chef Daniel Orr offers a chili recipe with some unusual ingredients, from pumpkin and lentils to a cup of the undrunk coffee that’s been sitting in the pot all day. It also features bison.

And, we’ve been mixing up drinks in all our December shows. Today, enjoy a small glass of our decadent eggnog.

Stories On This Episode

Coastal Foodies And Montana Farmers Meet Over Lentils

Liz Carlisle's "Lentil Underground" tells the story of the changing ag landscape in Montana, but the lessons are applicable to farmers and consumers everywhere.

Where The Meat Industry Meets Environmental Concerns

A proposal that would jumpstart the chicken business in Nebraska has some residents concerned about the potential impact on the environment.

Eggnog, A Holiday Favorite

This stuff is rich, but you’re only going to have a couple times a year, around the holidays, so you might as well make the real thing.

Bison, Pumpkin And Lentil Chili

In addition to the three marquee ingredients, coffee adds some zing to this chili.

Coffee Collaboration, Maple Syrup, Crops Other Than Corn

Salmon and turnips prepared with maple syrup. From roaster to coffee cup, at Hopscotch. And, planting other crops in corn fields to help protect soil.

Tainted Asian Seafood Continues to Find Its Way Into U.S.

A new Bloomberg report says tainted seafood from China, long banned in the U.S., is being rerouted through other countries, like Malaysia and Ecuador.

Study Says Pig Farms Speed Flu Season

New research indicates that massive hog farms in North Carolina serve as breeding grounds for flu bugs before they jump from pigs to humans.

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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