New Hope Network-Observations from Fairfield, State Plate, Sicilian Eats, and Erin Bakes Cake

  • Wed
    Sep 13
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    8:00 pm
  • Fri
    Sep 15
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

Student Farm/Andrew/KrisLast Saturday Fairfield was a destination on an unusual road tour.  The group comprised Rick Polito, Editor-in-Chief of the Nutrition Business Journal, Bethany Davis, Director of Regulatory Affairs at Foodstate/Megafood, Alan Lewis, Director of Government Affairs and Food and Agriculture Policy at Natural Grocers, and organic aronia berry farmer Andrew Pitz of Sawmill Hollow farm in Missouri Valley, Iowa. They are currently on a five-day trek from western Iowa to Baltimore, MD, probing the complicated relationships between farmers, producers, the natural products industry, and the US government's agricultural policies. Read the article about their experiences in Fairfield here, and listen to my interview with the group, when they stopped by the KRUU studio to chat.  CLICK READ MORE!

Cindy WestrumAmerican Idol Winner Taylor Hicks hosts the premiere of State Plate-Iowa Friday at 7:00 pm CDT on the INSP cable channel.  Hicks and his crew were in Iowa several months ago to film the episode. One of the stops was Westrum Produce in Stratford, IA, and Cindy Westrum, a more than two-decade participant in Iowa farmer's markets, shared her knowledge and love of rhubarb with Taylor. Cindy and I will talk about her brush with a star and stardom, and discuss the little-known, but important Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) available from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

Then we'll switch gears and dream of traveling and eating in Sicily, when Liliana Rosano joins me in the studio.  Liliana recently returned from her native region, where she soaked up family, sun, ocean, mountains, and ate her way through an amazing variety of home-cooked and restaurant fare.

Erin Bakes CakeFinally, Erin Gardner visits with me on the phone from her home in New Hampshire.  Fitting that the show winds up with dessert, and not just any dessert, but cake.  Who doesn't love cake?  I know my granddaughters do. 

What you will find intriguing about Erin's take on cake is her unique, uncomplicated approach, since her recipes are built from a single basic cake recipe.  Everything else ends up being a riff, and the variations are endless.

All her "cakequations" are based on understanding the science behind how the ingredients work together.  Discover more about Erin here.