Episode 7 :: Sausage Party

Today, we’re making Italian sausage. Making sausage can either be simple, or complicated. But it’s delicious regardless. Basically, it’s ground meat with seasonings and spices, allowed to marinate and cure, then cooked and enjoyed. Very simple. I’ll walk you through the steps of curing the meat, grinding it, preparing the hog casings for stuffing, then stuffing and tying your sausages together. Download the recipe for making your own sausages here.

King Corn is a documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland (basically where I spent a few days earlier this Fall in Food Hell) to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, nitrogen fertilizers, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most productive, most subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat — and how we farm.

There’s also a discussion on a recent episode of Bobby Flay’s “Boy Meets Grill” and a flippant remark about where Florida Stone Crab claws come from that I feel needs a bit more explanation.

I enjoy a great beer on this show, courtesy of Sickpuppy from the “Should I Drink That?” podcast – Brooklyn Brewing’s Local 1 Farmhouse Saison.

Download Episode 7 now. Also, there’s a slideshow on the sausage prep – check it out.

Music on this episode: “Ruff Bizzness” by Rivel

Hopped Up :: Part 3

Hopped Up :: Experiencing the Great American Beer Festival

Part 3 :: a day of reckoning

In the last of this 3-part series, we’re joined by Dick & Rick from Big Foamy Head. It turns into a mad dash to try all the beers we haven’t had a chance to try in the previous 2 days, so we drink anything and everything that crosses our path.

We taste beers from Carolina Brewing Company, O’Dell Brewing, O’Fallon, Surly Brewing (who wins a gold medal while we’re filming), Brugge Brasserie (Indianapolis meets Brussels), Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery, Ommegang, an assortment of bad American beer (Old Style, Colt 45, PBR, Old Milwaukee – yes, we went there), North by Northwest, and a last trip to Dogfish Head.

In addition, there’s Charlie Papazian’s dedication to the memory of Michael Jackson, men in kilts, more taster glasses breaking, a unique beer pairing from Gregg, and a homebrewing smackdown. Also, Dick steals SIDT’s tag-line, and Dave at O’Fallon gives a special shout out to Groucho.

Music by Thomas Newman, Sounds from The Ground, and Phonosynthese.

Running time: 25:00