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Historic Italian Garlic Sauce And Gleaning Peppers For The Food Bank

Keep the sauce warm at the table by placing it over a candle (Kayte Young/WFIU)

This food is not even a food. It is like a culture in itself. It is more important, I think, how it is eaten, when it is eaten, than the food itself.

Today on our show we spend some time in the kitchen with Italian Food Historian, Simone Cinotto, making an historic sauce served with seasonal vegetables.

Dr. Cinotto was a visiting scholar last fall with the Indiana University Food Institute. He joined us here in The States, from the University of Gastronomic Sciences, in Pollenzo, Italy, where he’s a professor of Modern History.

I invited him to spend some time with us in the kitchen, preparing a traditional dish that is well known in the region of Italy where Cinotto spent his childhood.

But first, we head out to a farm in South Central Indiana to glean some peppers with the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

The Hoosier Hills Food Bank in Bloomington Indiana serves as a distribution point for food pantries and soup kitchens in a 6 county region.

They have their own garden, which is more like a small farm, where they grow rows of vegetables from March through October. They also take volunteer crews out to local farms to glean produce from the fields.

Sara Swan leads volunteers in gleaning banana peppers (Kayte Young/WFIU).

Last fall I went out with the gleaners and spoke with Sara Swan. At the time, Swan was the food bank’s Garden and Gleaning Coordinator. She had brought a group of volunteers out to Harriman Farms in Spencer, Indiana.

Stories On This Episode

Bagna Cauda

This traditional sauce from Italy is not served over pasta. Instead, it's a hot dip for a variety of seasonal vegetables.

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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