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Craft Spirits, Duck Cooked Over An Open Fire

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This is not the quickest cooking method. This is more of a day around the fireplace, cracking walnuts and chatting and eating cheese.

That sounds like an awesome way to start a holiday. Chef Daniel Orr throws a couple ducks over the fire to continue the prep for our holiday feast today.

The United States is the world’s leading corn producer…and exporter, supporting the increasing demand for meat in China, India and other countries with growing middle classes. Those countries import livestock feed made from Midwestern grain. But as Amy Mayer reports for Harvest Public Media, feeding the world will take more than shipping protein overseas.

Last week, we had Brad Dunn in the studio to talk about wine for the holidays. Today, it’s booze: bourbon, whiskey and scotch. He encourages you to step out of your alcoholic comfort zone this holiday and try a bottle of something different. These days, there are so many more options besides the big labels.

Then we speak with area craft distiller Matt Colglazier. His new spirit uses an old-fashioned local sugar source, sorghum. The bartenders at The Rail then mix together a couple cocktails using the spirit.

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