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Full-time Cookie Baking, Festive Foods And Poetry

A small sampling of Jamie Dansby’s holiday designs for her decorated sugar cookies (Jamie Dansby/Fresh Batch Cookies)

Today on Earth Eats, a show full of festive foods. We’ve got decorated sugar cookies in Texas, an almond-studded Palestinian cake, and Lumpia from Sierra Leone (or is it the Philippines?). Poet Yalie Kamara reads a poem from her chapbook, When the Living Sing, in praise of a favorite food from her childhood.

Harvest Public Media has a story about CRISPER technology, and it’s potential role in feeding a projected population of 9 billion people in the not-so-distant future, Plus some food news from China.

Fresh Batch Cookies
It was her famous chocolate chip cookies that started it all. Jamie Dansby’s family and friends had urged her for years to open her own bakery. They loved her chocolate chip cookies, and even when she shared her recipe, no one could make them like Jamie.

Oz themed cookies for a couple of munchkins (Jamie Dansby/Fresh Batch Cookies)

In early 2017, Jamie took the leap and started baking cookies to sell. In addition to chocolate chip, she made snickerdoodles, “brookies” and decorated sugar coookies, among other varieties, inspired by customer requests.

The idea took off, and within three months she had quit her job to make cookies full-time. A year later, she moved into her own commercial kitchen, and Fresh Batch Cookies continues to grow. Listen to Jamie’s story on the podcast.

Music on This Episode
Nut Crack The Track by Anthony Thompson, Ty Noam Frankel
Good Queen Wenceslas by Stephen Matthew Porter, Thomas Helmore
O Christmas Glee by Ernest Anschuetz, Stephen Matthew Porter
Waltzy Christmas by Ernest Anschuetz, Stephen Matthew Porter
Kung Lao by Gautier Moine, Matthieu Nobre, Thibault Nobre

The Earth Eats’ theme music is composed by Erin Tobey and performed by Erin and Matt Tobey.

Stories On This Episode

Toasted Semolina Cake with Orange Blossom Syrup

The most tedious part of this simple dessert is placing a whole almond on the center of each diamond on the cake.

China Strives To Industrialize Farms Amid Trade War

China has doubled down on a campaign to modernize farms as tariffs from the U.S. drives up the cost of staple food crops.

China Stepping Up Rural Food Safety

Chinese law enforcement is getting involved with food standards.

Yalie Kamara’s Poem, “Ode”

This is the poem Yalie Kamara reads in the December 21st episode of the Earth Eats podcast.

Kayte Young

Kayte Young discovered her passion for growing, cooking, foraging and preserving fresh food when she moved to Bloomington in 2007. With a background in construction, architecture, nutrition education and writing, she brings curiosity and a love of storytelling to a show about all things edible. Kayte raises bees, a small family and a yard full of food in Bloomington’s McDoel Gardens neighborhood.

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