August 18, 2013

Video In My Backyard (VIMBY) 1.0 - “Dazed and Infused”

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 man and a woman playing guitars in a living room.
Cynthia Voelkl
August 07, 2013

Social Feedia: House Concerts and Hotdogs

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)

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!

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.

Two men walking on a pier toward a restaurant
Lisa Bralts
April 10, 2013


For In My Backyard's Lisa Bralts, part of the fun of going on vacation is checking out what and where people in other parts of the country are eating. In this episode, she does some comparing, discovers that the home location can learn from the vacation destination (and vice versa), and ponders the concept of FEED: Food Enterprise as Economic Development.

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.

Page of a catalog open to a description of a book
Lisa Bralts
August 22, 2012

In the Market For Something to Do?

New to town? Wondering a) what the heck there is to eat around here, and b) if there’s any place that’s recognizable to you that can make you feel a little more at home? Try one of our local farmers markets. In this segment of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts talks to a farmers market fan who literally wrote the book on Midwestern markets, and ponders how new residents from anywhere can help create our ever-evolving local food culture right here.

A sign at a farmers market
Lisa Bralts
July 12, 2012

Pedal Power

Fresh produce usually travels from farm to market in a van or truck. Agriculture and architecture usually seem worlds apart. In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts learns about a way urban farmers can get produce to market with a smaller carbon footprint, thanks to a collaboration between the U of I’s Sustainable Student Farm and a group of Architecture graduate students.

A sandwich made of french friends and cheese gravy on a plate at a restaurant.
Lisa Bralts
June 14, 2012

Horseshoes and Haystacks

For many of us, “eating local” means buying locally-grown produce and supporting local producers. But what about eating? Locally-developed cuisine - especially the comfort foods from last century that are specific to a region or sometimes just a town - is making a bit of a comeback, but with a bit of a twist. Lisa Bralts investigates one of Central Illinois’ specialties on this episode of In My Backyard.

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