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Food And Energy, Homebrew Kits As Gifts, Got Eggplant

Spending your holiday dollar on Christmas trees and homebrew kits. Butternut squash paired with gnocchi. And, breaking down the energy inputs that go into food.

brewing beer

Food is energy, it’s just converted into a different form. I mean, when we eat a salad, we’re consuming diesel, and we’re consuming electricity, and we’re consuming nuclear energy. It’s an energy industry.

We visit various parts of the food system to try to understand how much fuel and power goes into producing what we eat.

It’s gnocchi with butternut squash on the menu with Daniel Orr. Then, we knock out one last eggplant recipe before winter takes hold.

A couple stories for the holidays… Christmas tree farmers are putting money behind a program to promote their fresh-cut tree over the plastic versions.

And, giving the gift of a first-timers beer brewing kit. We’ll talk to some people who’ve watched the trendiness of homebrewing ebb and flow over the years.

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Fuel: It’s What’s For Dinner

Up to a fifth of our nation’s total energy use goes into growing, transporting, processing and preparing our food, but those energy inputs are often hidden.

Broiled Miso Eggplant With Tofu Salad

Don't like greasy eggplant? Here are some techniques for prepping it before you douse it in the sweet and spicy marinade.

Growers Rally Around Fresh-Cut Christmas Trees

Farmers are pooling their money to advertise and promote their fresh-cut trees. It’s an effort to reach consumers who value a convenient (plastic) Christmas.

Throw A Gnocchi Party, Invite Butternut Squash, Gorgonzola

We're bringing Italy to Indiana with this dish cooked in a fresh sage butter sauce. It's guaranteed to be one of those meals you just can't stop eating.

Give The Gift Of A Homebrew Kit, Change A Life

Butler Winery & Homebrew shop sells dozens of basic homebrew kits this time of year, but overall sales are slumping. Are craft breweries to blame?

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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