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