The Hungry Hoosier - Scott Hutcheson

Contributor

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 www.scotthutcheson.com

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Arts & Culture
6:05 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Bacon with Sriracha and Brown Sugar

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” That quote comes from Olympic Gold Medalist Doug Larson (1902-1981).

While Scott Hutcheson might not go that far, he has seen what the power of bacon has done to his wife.

Bacon with Sriracha and Brown Sugar

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Arts & Culture
6:05 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Chili Oil

Running out of ideas for a good Valentine's Day gift? Think a teddy bear or other stuffed animal is too childish? Don't have the money for a jewelry purchase? What about food?

Scott Hutcheson says he's turned to some tasty and sentimental dishes for his sweetheart.

Chili Oil

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Fads - they come and go. Sometimes you join in and other times you let them pass right by you.

Scott Hutcheson admits he's latched onto a fad or two, both clothing and food.

Stuffed Pepper Soup

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Sugar Cream Tassies

What's your game day routine? Whether you watch the Colts or Bears or another NFL team, you probably have some ritual of where you watch the game and with whom. Another important item is the food you eat.

Scott Hutcheson has some general rules about the perfect game-time snack.

Sugar Cream Tassies

Crust

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

Filling

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Arts & Culture
6:03 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Gingerbread Pancakes

For those who celebrate Christmas, a big dinner might be the time to gather family around the table after a day of playing with new toys.

Scott Hutcheson thinks you might want to put just as much effort into Christmas morning breakfast.

Gingerbread Pancakes      

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Arts & Culture
6:03 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Hot Buttered Rum for the holidays

Whether you are hosting a holiday party or just looking for a tasty treat as you wrap presents or write up your holiday cards, hot buttered rum might do the trick.

Scott Hutcheson thinks the drink is a good option to get you in the spirit of the season.

Hot Buttered Rum

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Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

An East-meets-West Thanksgiving

What's more American than the traditional Thanksgiving dinner? Perhaps one that has a little international flare to it.

Scott Hutcheson often uses the dinner table as a way to broaden his sons' cultural horizons and thinks Thanksgiving should be no different.

Roasted Cranberry & Jalapeño Chutney

1 lb fresh cranberries, rinsed

1 medium jalapeño pepper

1 medium orange

Cooking spray

1 cup sugar

1 orange


1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

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Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Sweet Potatoes: 86 the marshmallows

If you want to try something new for your Thanksgiving side dishes, now is the time to start experimenting.

Luckily, Scott Hutcheson can help you out with a recipe that offers a new twist on the old sweet potato.

Sweet Potatoes au Gratin

2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8 inch thick

4 tablespoons unsalted butter (3 of the tablespoons melted)

1 cup gruyere cheese, grated

1-3/4 cups whipping cream, room temperature

6 fresh sage or 3 sprigs of rosemary (optional)

Kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste

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Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Werewolf paws

  • The Hungry Hoosier~Werewolf Paws

It's still too early to tell what the forecast will be for Halloween, but it's likely to be chilly when the little princesses, pirates and ghosts go around the neighborhood for treats.

Scott Hutcheson has a recipe to warm them up when they return home, and maybe even scare them a little.

Werewolf Paws

One tube (13.8 ounces) of Pillsbury Pizza Crust Classic

Jarred spaghetti sauce

Grated parmesan cheese

Shredded mozzarella cheese

Pepperoni

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Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Here come the holidays

  • The Hungry Hoosier~Here come the holidays

Just as fall brings us cooler temperatures and turning leaves, it also brings us the beginning of the "holidays."

Scott Hutcheson has a recipe for you when you visit a friend's house or open your own home to holiday guests.

Pumpkin Flatbread with Caramelized Onions, Gorgonzola, and Crispy Sage

Flatbread

3/4 cup warm water (about 115 degrees)

1 envelope active dry yeast

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup canned pumpkin

3 tablespoons olive oil

Toppings

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