Several cocktails lined up on a bar.
Lisa Bralts
June 26, 2013

Dazed and Infused

Books about food and gardens abound at IMBY HQ. In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts gets a local bartender (and now fledgling gardener) named Flip Flop to read and review one of the newer arrivals, Amy Stewart's The Drunken Botanist. WEB-ONLY BONUS: Extra commentary provided by Flip Flop regarding the preparation of the cocktail that inspired the book. Just click "listen" over there on the left!


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Some business cards talking about a local butcher shop.
Lisa Bralts
May 23, 2013

Downtown Chowhounds

Cities and towns are in a constant state of re-envisioning their downtown areas. In this episode of In My Backyard - the second in her Food Enterprise as Economic Development (FEED) series - Lisa Bralts examines how one local downtown is finding itself at the center of a food renaissance of sorts.


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An almanac on a table surrounded by starter plants
Lisa Bralts
May 08, 2013

Calendar, Clock, Compendium

Why are almanacs still produced today in spite of the web? Why are they so compelling? In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts uses modern technology to research some answers. She also talks to a young woman working with many others to reclaim and redistribute old farming knowledge by publishing an analog farmers almanac... but with some current-day touches.


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A middle-aged couple sitting together on a couch, smiling.
Lisa Bralts
April 25, 2013

Food Connection, Part Three

What began as a desire for a fresh peach and a penchant for French-style goat cheese has become an award-winning farmstead creamery, among other things. Many other things. Business - and life - partners Wes Jarrell and Leslie Cooperband talk about their work at Prairie Fruits Farm with Lisa Bralts for this episode of In My Backyard.


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A young man and woman in a baking facility, sitting on stools, talking
Lisa Bralts
March 14, 2013

Food Connection, Part Two

Man or woman cannot live by bread alone, the saying goes. Taking that to heart, Dusan and Carissa Katic of Katic Breads combine their passion for baking bread and farmers markets into a business that nourishes on multiple levels.


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A young girl and several family members having dinner around the table.
Lisa Bralts
February 27, 2013

Come and Get It!

Much ado is being made about dinner – particularly our habits when it comes to getting together around the table. In this episode of In My Backyard,  Lisa Bralts ponders what, exactly, makes up a quality dinner experience, and realizes that it depends on the family… and the food.


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A young couple and their baby
Lisa Bralts
February 14, 2013

Food Connection, Part One

We're all familiar with the idea of romance blossoming over a fancy meal. In My Backyard's Lisa Bralts kicks off the 2013 season with the first in a three-part series about romantic partnerships that have become life partnerships... with food as a major focus.


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Woman showing a group of small children seeds in her hand.
Kate Higgs
December 27, 2012

2012: Quite a Year

In My Backyard's Lisa Bralts looks back at what turned out to be a very, very good year for food in Central Illinois.


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A young woman taking a photo of food at a restaurant.
Lisa Bralts
December 12, 2012

See-Food Diet

Some people eat their food and share their appreciation with others at the table. Others like to write about their food and share it with their readers. Still others prefer to take photos of their food and share the photos with, well, everyone. In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts takes photos of her lunch and discusses the recent food photography phenomenon with professional photographer Justine Bursoni.


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A table displaying several types of open faced sandwiches.
November 28, 2012

On the CUSP

A married couple that cooks, their fascination with Danish open-faced sandwiches, and their desire to give back to the community by connecting eaters with interesting food are all the subject of this week’s episode of In My Backyard.


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