Great Taste LIve-BagelsI was really excited to welcome back Aaron Hall, an amazing baker and owner of The Local Crumb in Mount Vernon.  Aaron bakes bread and bagels for numerous restaurants including Rapid Creek Cidery and is a regular at both the Iowa City and Mount Vernon Farmer's Markets.

His bagels are outstanding, and I know several native New Yorkers who are converts.

On Tuesday, November 7 we spent an hour at Green Building Supply talking and making bagels and had plenty of fun.  It looked like they were not that difficult to make.  You can watch the video on the Fairfield Media Center's YouTube site HERE.

  • Wed
    Jun 07
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    7:00 pm
  • Fri
    Jun 09
    6:00 am -
    7:00 am

GREAT TASTE was LIVE this Week with Farmer's Market Growers and Cooks!

Farmer's Market Vendors

Great Taste Features Farmer's Market Vendors this Week

Broadcast:  7:00 PM Wednesday and 7:00 AM Friday (CDT)

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We had a fun, taste-filled evening at Green Building Supply during our LIVE show this week.  Several of our local Farmer's Market vendors showed off their cooking skills, plus shared information about growing vegetables, seed-saving, nutrition, and their personal stories. 

Doug Webster

The menu featured these great dishes:

Moises Velasquez-ManoffPopping vitamins has never been my thing, but I have plenty of friends who load up every single day and have followed that regime for years.  In talking with them about their supplement intake I’ve never been convinced they really notice tangible results, but, instead, rely on the simple rationalization that “more is better” when it comes to filling the body with “super foods.”  OK, maybe I could buy that, but in the form of a pill?

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  • Thu
    May 15
    12:00 pm -
    12:00 pm
  • Tue
    May 20
    7:00 am -
    7:00 am

Fairfield's Movie Man Part 2

Join host, Andrew Tint as he highlights the issues facing Generation Y.

This week Andrew Tint talks with Orpheum Theater's Modern American Cinema's Kristian Day, Fairfield's filmic renaissance man and Orpheum impressario.

Kristian Day attended the University of Colorado at Denver in the Music Industry Studies program. In 2006, he began recording soundtracks for films such as 100 Tears (2007), Am I Evil (2007), and Ron Atkins' Mutilation Mile (2009). He alsooffered sound design for the Saw IV (2007) music video of Solidium's 'Trapped'.

In 2008, Kristian began directing and producing his own movies. His short films have played all over the world including Austria, Greece, and Italy. His films have also been screened at various festivals in cities across the United States including Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.

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    Nov 06
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
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    Nov 08
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am




Karin HauringJoin us in the Club Room where we’ll explore the holiday food of Germany with Karin Hauring.  Karin is a long-time resident of Fairfield, but she was born in Hechingen, Germany in the Black Forest region of the country.  Her food sensibilities were developed with a multi-fold of influences from the surrounding countryside, including the nearby Rhine river, Italy and Switzerland to the south, Austria to the southeast, and on the west the Alsace region of France. 

I am a great pasta lover and spaetzle is a type of egg noodle found in Karin’s home city and in the neighboring areas including Alsace, Switzerland, and Austria.  She’ll teach us how to make it, and prepare another dish-red cabbage and apples-that was and still is a standard in her home.  Finally, she’ll make a pumpkin cheese cake, which I think is an influence from her adopted country.  It’s crustless so it’s an easy addition for a holiday menu.

Click READ MORE for complete details on the Live show and THE KRUU STREAM this Wednesday and Friday featuring Liam Scheff.

Afield coverWe have so much coming up on Great Taste in the next week so take a look at this blog post for all the particulars.  First, this week LIVE at Hy-Vee our guest via the phone from Austin is Chef Jesse Griffiths, author of the just-published book Afield:  A Chef's Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish.  Jesse is an expert on sourcing and utilizing local foods, preserving items and following the "food" seasons, how to utilize wild game, foraged items, and fish, and something that has piqued my attention-using the internet to forage.

He and his life partner, Tamara Mayfield, have a supper club called Dai Due that pops up in various locations in and around Austin, a butcher shop selling items at Farmer's Markets, and the New School of Traditional Cookery where Jesse offers workshops on hunting and fishing. 

Mountain CowI want to go to the Trentino-Alto Adige region of Italy.  The autonomous region is in the far north bordered by Austria to the north, Switzerland to the northwest, and two regions of Italy, Lombardia on its west and Veneto in the south.  It's a mountainous area where the residents mainly speak Italian in Trentino and German in the Alto Adige.  I need (notice the verb used) to go there and watch the bruno alpina and grigio alpina cows.  I need to listen to the sound of their bells as they wander the mountain pastureland.  I need to speak with their custodians, and taste the cheeses made from their milk during the short summer grazing season.  I need to wash those cheeses down with some pinot bianco.

  • Wed
    Dec 07
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    8:00 pm
  • Fri
    Dec 09
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

Culinary Artists on this week's GREAT TASTE!

Avi with a mulberry treeMake certain you are delirious with hunger this week when tuning into Great Taste.  Wait a minute!  That's not what I meant.  Please eat before listening (unless you have the good fortune to live close to the studio and can stop by)!  The most delicious 60 minutes on radio will tantalize your taste buds with creations from local culinary artist, Avi Pogel.  Avi, who has an abiding passion for chestnuts, will use those little winter treats as part of a cream sauce to go along with his brussels sprouts (I can't believe that I have spent my entire life not knowing that the vegetable is brussels sprouts, not brussel sprouts until this moment (Thank you, Avi).  Listen up, especially everyone in colder climates, as Avi will deliver a primer on winter vegetables and root cellars as part of our discussion.

Fairfield Local Music Dance Gala PosterHilary Jordan and the Fairfield Dance Company return to the Sondheim Center for Fairfield Music: A Dance Gala for two performances, Thursday, March 3 and Friday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. The performances will be choregraphed to music made by local artists, which of course includes local women!  This week on Lyrical Venus we'll hear a few of those songs.

Jen HirshFor the second half we'll hear from LA-based artist Jen Hirsh.  Her new album, Myself in Two, drops today!  Her soulful blending of jazzy, folky pop will have you hooked on the first listen.

Tune in to Lyrical Venus from 9-10am Central for the two interviews!

Lance OKonesCarol Bodensteiner

Please join us this week for Writers’ Voices with Monica and Caroline as we hear from two local authors.

Carol Bodensteiner will join us from 1 to 1:30 to talk about her book, Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl. While she then heads to the Fairfield Public Library to give a talk at 2pm, we’ll be joined by another Iowa author, Lance OKones, from 1:30 to 2:00.