2013 was another busy year at In My Backyard HQ. In this episode, Lisa Bralts goes over the highlights, gives a few updates, and looks ahead to 2014... but not before a short hibernation. In My Backyard returns to AM580 on February 6, 2014.
It's not often Lisa Bralts gets three generations of women in one room (with extra family members) to talk about anything, much less a particular type of homemade Christmas candy they make - candy that is immediately adored by anyone who tries it. But that's exactly what happened when she visited with the Delaney-Snyder women in this episode of In My Backyard.
1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil
2 lbs. powdered sugar
Food coloring (optional)
Beat the cream cheese until creamy, then beat in the extract. Beat in the powdered sugar until well blended. Depending on your mixer, you may have to use your hands to fully incorporate the sugar. The mixture will be smooth and like a stiff dough. Add a few drops of food coloring if desired. Pinch off small amounts of dough (rounded teaspoon). Roll into a ball then press flat with your palm or a glass. Place on wax-paper lined baking sheet and freeze, uncovered, for an hour. Melt a 12-oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips with small amount of paraffin (1 X 2 inch block) and drop the peppermint patties in one at a time, turning and lifting out with a fork or toothpick. Quickly tap off excess and use another fork or your finger to help slide the dipped patty onto another waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Once all patties are dipped, place baking sheet in refrigerator until chocolate is set, about 15-30 minutes. Store in airtight container and keep refrigerated or frozen.
In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts channels her inner Ben Franklin and goes off in search of the bird he held in such high esteem - the turkey.
In My Backyard's Lisa Bralts muses on how we regard our kitchens today, and discovers that a) size doesn't necessarily matter and b) a kitchen's legacy can be just as important as its appliances and counter space.
We're losing daylight (and with it, summer's warmth) but there are food and flowers that are planted each fall for spring and summer harvest. In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts ponders her one big gardening failure of the year - garlic - and asks for advice from a knowledgeable neighbor.
Convincing kids to eat vegetables isn't always easy. In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts explores a farmers market program that teaches kids that vegetables are far more interesting when you know where they come from.
Here's a little something to tide you over until the next radio episode: Our very first VIMBY, which we shot on on Memorial Day at a closed-to-the-public Black Dog Smoke and Ale House in Urbana, IL. Yes, that was a few months ago - art takes awhile! Yes, IMBY #69 has the same title and subject matter - this companion video offers much more, though, including beverage recipes and demos. Many thanks to Black Dog, Mike Miller (aka "Flip Flop"), Tim Meyers, Thomas Nicol, and Mattias Hellberg for the various parts they played in getting this done. Will there be another?
Watch this space.
A Champaign, Illinois couple has been bringing new meaning to the term "dinner and a show" for the last several years. In this episode of In My Backyard, host Lisa Bralts watches a house concert come together, learns about Sonoran hotdogs, and explores the connection between food, friends, and music. (Photo by Cynthia Voelkl)
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!
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.