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A Not-So-Traditional New Year’s Menu

You'll still get corned beef and black-eyed peas for New Year's, but our recipes are a fresh take on traditional dishes.

Traditional New Year’s dishes are about encouraging good fortune. That’s the superstition with corned beef, cabbage and black-eye peas.

We’re upending those traditional recipes today. Corned beef is usually made with brisket or beef round, but Chef Seth Elgar has a different cut in the brine — beef tongue.

Then, instead of making a traditional bacon-laden black-eyed pea dish, Chef Daniel Orr goes light with arugula, cucumbers and black-eyed peas.

And, we’ve had fun sharing drink stories in our December shows, from coffee and kombucha to cocktails and eggnog. For the final show for the year, let’s pop a bottle of bubbly. Brad Dunn is the beverage director at The Uptown Cafe. He talks about the history of champagne and gives suggestions for broadening the appeal of bubbly from just a celebratory drink to something you’d serve with a nice dinner.

We’re doing some celebrating at Earth Eats, because this is our 400th show! Thanks to founder Adam Schweigert, Chef Daniel Orr and all the reporters, bloggers and chefs who have made Earth Eats what it is.

Coming in spring 2017: Earth Eats’ cookbook!

Stories On This Episode

Black-Eyed Pea Salad Brings Luck In The New Year

Eating black eyed peas on New Year's Day is thought to bring luck. And since this is a very healthy dish, you will also be guilt-free at the start of 2012.

Move Over Brisket, Corned Beef Tongue For St. Patrick’s Day

Traditional corned beef is often made with brisket. Chef Seth Elgar is doing things a little different this St. Patrick's Day -- corned beef tongue.

Lucky Foods And Bubbly For New Year’s

Ahead of New Year's, sommelier Brad Dunn talks about champagne, and Chef Daniel Orr prepares lucky dishes with greens, corned beef and black eyed peas.

Fantasy Farming: A Lesson On The Risks In Agriculture

This is the fourth year Monsanto has hosted fantasy farming competitions. Schools that produce the highest yield and generate the most profit win cash prizes.

Growing Citrus On The Great Plains

You don’t often see orange trees in Nebraska, but Russ Finch says growing citrus was a way of showing that his geothermal greenhouse could work.

Food Regs Uncertain As White House Changes Hands

As the White House ramps up for a profound transition in January, many questions remain about the fate of food and agriculture legislation under new leadership.

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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