The Hungry Hoosier - Scott Hutcheson


Scott Hutcheson works in economic and community development for Purdue University and writes about food, family, and community for newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV. You can hear his audio essays on food on WBAA during Morning Edition and All Things Considered on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. His weekly newspaper column is syndicated across the country and his stories for PBS have been nominated for two Emmys. He and his wife have two young sons. You can contact Scott at

Family traditions are passed on from generation to generation. But sometimes they jump to another family through marriage.

Scott Hutcheson says he married into a good one with a dish known as Glorified Steak.

Glorified Steak

For some Americans, the 4th of July is the pinnacle of summer. A day off from work, great weather (hopefully), and time with family and friends.

To Scott Hutcheson, the 4th is all about community.

Baked Grits with Cheddar and Roasted Jalapeño

Hand-me-downs can cause delight or dread, depending on what the item is.

Scott Hutcheson has had a range of emotions accepting some of his parent's possessions. One in particular was excepted with open arms and caused culinary creativity.

Coffee and Doughnut Ice Cream

Think about summer and food. What comes to mind?

Maybe it's watermelon, or burgers and brats on the grill.

For Scott Hutcheson, it's the strawberry.

Strawberry Granita

Memorial Day kicks off the summer season for most of us, although that doesn't mean the same thing to all people.

Scott Hutcheson thinks no matter your circumstances when it comes to the warm-weather months, cooking is pretty much the same to everyone.

Chili Mango Salsa

Barbecue Chicken Salad

Some locations are known for a certain type of food that's a favorite among the locals - think about the cheesesteak sandwich, the po' boy, crabcakes, deep dish pizza.

Scott Hutcheson encountered something truly Minnesota on a recent visit there.

Pretzel Salad

In the opening line of the song Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett sings of "nibblin' on sponge cake."

While Scott Hutcheson has the Margaritaville attitude, he also has another cake suggestion for you to get into that island state of mind.

Tequila Cake 


  • 1 18-1/2 ounce yellow cake mix
  • 1 1-3/4 ounce (4-serving size) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cold milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup tequila

Lime Glaze

March Madness is about more than just basketball wins and losses, or if you picked the winning bracket.

Scott Hutcheson argues it's about the stories that come out over the course of the games.

Game-Time Spanakopita

There's a transition between each season, but the most noticeable change might be the one between winter and spring.

In early March, the signs of this transformation begin to appear - the crocus, the robin, more daylight hours.

One thing this period makes Scott Hutcheson think about is the red tomato of summer.

BLT Soup