What’s your favorite dinner dish? Ever wondered where it came from? This hour on Focus, we’ll learn more about the history of food, from the first real writings about cheese to how and why the fork became commonplace in Western culture.
How we think about food, how we prepare food and how we eat food is constantly changing. It’s mind-blowing to think about how much food changes over the course of a decade, let alone several hundred years. What are your favorite dinner dishes? Have you ever wondered how they evolved into the recipes you know and love? This hour on Focus, Lisa Bralts talks with author William Sitwell about the history of food….and when we say history, we mean deep history. We’ll go back to the 1400’s when royals were eating feasts prepared from recipes calling for an entire pig, and we’ll learn more about when the fork became a fixture in Western culture.
Why 100 recipes, you ask? We’ll find out during this episode of Focus.
Do you use ketchup? Maybe you prefer mustard or a more flashy Chicago style? This hour on Focus, Jeff Bossert talks with Bruce Kraig about the hot dog, where it came from, and why it’s such an integral part of summertime in the US.
They go by many names… Frankfurters. Franks. Weiners. Tube Steaks. Coneys. Grillers. Shaggy Dogs or just “dogs.” But when and why did hot dogs become such a quintiensccial part of American culture? This hour on Focus, Jeff Bossert talks with Bruce Kraig, co-author of the new book “Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture In America.” Bossert talks with Kraig about what’s in a hot dog, how they are made and how hot dogs, like sausages, have played a role in city politics in Chicago. We’ll also talk about the virtually limitless recipes and ways to prepare them.
This hour we'll also hear from long-time Wonderdogs owner Jay Feitz. He left a career as an engineer to run the hot dog shop located in Campustown in Champaign nearly 30 years ago and is officially closing his doors this week.
Do you have a favorite local hot dog shop? What are your toppings?
The Illinois wine industry more than tripled its size in the last ten years. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about where to find the best Illinois wines, growing grapes in a Midwest climate and will talk investigate some of the challenges vinters face in the state.
There’s what some call a wine movement happening through the Midwest, and Illinois is definitely following suit. Midwest wine makers and grape growers have seen a huge increase in business in the last decade, and this hour on Focus, we’ll talk about why. Bradley Beam, an enologist with the Illinois Grape Growers and Vinters Association will join us to talk about what makes an Illinois wine and Illinois wine and where you can go to find the perfect one for you. Tony Jacobson, a winemaker at Sleepy Creek Vineyards in Fairmount also joins us. We’ll talk about new research being done to enable vineyards to grow more grapes in a colder climate, and he’ll walk us through the wine making process from start to finish.
Have you visited a winery or vineyard in Illinois? What wines do you recommend? Maybe you have questions about why locally produced wines are sometimes hard to come by… We’d love to hear from you this hour on Focus!
“Ahhh…” We’re all familiar with the sound of the cap being popped off a bottle of coke, but how did Coca-Cola evolve to one of the more recognized brands in American history? We’ll find out this hour on Focus.
This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with journalist and author Mark Pendergrast about his book, now out in paperback, “For God, Country and Coca-Cola.” Pendergrast tells us about the now famous soft drink that started as an obscure patent medicine created by a small family owned business.
In his book, Pendergrast shares the guarded secret recipe for the cola…. We’ll hear about what ingredients comprise America’s beloved soft drink and if it’s true whether or not Coke actually contained cocaine in the early 1900’s.
So…coke or pepsi? We want to hear from you this hour on Focus!
Will you really catch cold quicker if you go outside with wet hair? Is swimming after a meal really dangerous? This hour on Focus, we talk with Brian Udermann about the answers to these questions and the truth behind other common bits of motherly advice. We welcome your questions this hour!
This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with author Brain Udermann about his book “25 Ways to Cure the Hiccups: Uncovering the Truth Behind 101 Common Myths and Misconceptions." We’ll talk with him about the validity of common household advice. Sorry to disappoint you, but eating celery does not burn more calories to digest than it’s worth, and feeding a cold and starving a fever aren’t in the “truthful” category during this episode of Focus.
Is the new Honey Bunches of Oats with Greek Yogurt really a healthier cereal because the words “greek yogurt” are on the box? This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with David Grotto, a registered dietician and nutritionist, about the best things you can eat. We welcome your nutrition questions this hour!
Pumpkin seems to be taking over the world of specialty flavors, but is that a good thing? Doesn’t pumpkin have health benefits? If you don’t like vegetables, is V8 juice really the right way to get the vitamins and minerals you need? This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with David Grotto, a registered dietician and nutritionist, about the best things you can eat. We’ll talk about the vital nutrients everybody needs and why they are important. We’ll also note some common food misconceptions. We welcome your nutrition and diet questions this hour on Focus!
Is an apple or an orange the best source of vitamin c? Should you really feed fever and starve a cold? Or is it feed a cold and starve a fever? Today on Focus, registered dietitian David Grotto joins the program to answer your calls and questions about nutrition. We'll take questions on Facebook and Twitter too!
This hour on Focus, host Craig Cohen talks with David Grotto, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, about the best things you can eat. We’ll talk about the vital nutrients everybody needs and why they are important. We'll also talk about some common food misconceptions. We welcome your nutrition and diet questions on Facebook and Twitter and will take your calls.
Diet, exercise, nutrition and heart disease have all been health buzz words lately. This hour on Focus, we'll talk with Dr. Sumuk Sundaram of Christie Clinic about men's health issues.
Describing himself as "more than a filmmaker," Byron Hurt is an anti-sexist activist who provides cutting-edge male leadership, expert analysis, keynote addresses, and workshop facilitation in the field of sexual and gender violence prevention and education. His latest film "Soul food Junkies," looks at the links between African-American identity and "soul food," much of which is high in fat and calories. Hurt's father died of pancreatic cancer, and this type of high-fat diet is a risk factor for the illness.
Janine MacLachlan, Food Writer, Blogger, and Founder of The Rustic Kitchen Cooking School
Lisa Bralts, Economic Development Specialist Director, Urbana's Market at the Square City of Urbana
Host: Craig Cohen
We can get our food from most anywhere – restaurants and grocery stores abound in most communities across the country. Even if you live in a small town, many food options are just a short drive away. But much of what we bring home from the grocery store – and much of what many restaurants (especially the fast food variety) serve is processed, pre-packaged, and probably not all that fresh.
And then there are farmer’s markets. Growers, producers and artisans bring fresh food from their local communities to such markets every week. And some consumers absolutely swear by various seasonal markets and farmstands.
Is the food really all that different? What controls are in place to ensure quality and freshness in farmer’s markets? How do you know you’re really getting the higher quality you pay for? And just what are the advantages for you, your family, and your community in seeing that such farmer’s markets succeed?
We’ll discuss the potential benefits of vibrant farmer’s markets for a community, and seek out your experiences shopping at them – or perhaps bringing your own fare to market, as we talk with Janine MacLachlan, a food writer, blogger and founder of The Rustic Kitchen Cooking School. She’s the author of Farmers’ Markets of the Heartland. We’ll also be joined by Lisa Bralts, Economic Development Specialist Director for Urbana’s Market at the Square for the City of Urbana. She and Market at the Square are featured prominently in MacLachlan’s book.
This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 10 am
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