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Michael Krondl is talking Easter sweets on this week's episode of A Taste of the Past! Michael joins Linda Pelaccio in the studio to shed some light on some confusing Easter mythology. Why do we give chocolate bunnies at Easter time? Why are rabbits and eggs Easter symbols? Also, listen in to learn the history behind eating sweet bread during the Easter holiday. Hear about other ancient spring celebrations, and find out what foods were eaten to improve fertility. How do desserts differ across Europe, and how do their traditions help distinguish desserts from everyday breads? Celebrate Easter on today's episode of A Taste of the Past! This program has been sponsored by Hearst Ranch.

"Bread has a very complicated meaning (in fertility holidays). In Christianity, bread represents the body of Christ. The idea of having these breads for Easter ties in with Christianity, but it probably came before Christianity in Europe." [4:00]

"Sweet things used to be rare and expensive. They used to be associated with the priest class." [27:20]

-- Michael Krondl on A Taste of the Past


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This week on The Farm Report, Erin ushers in blueberry season! She welcomes Ed Flanagan, CEO of Wyman's of Maine to the program. Wyman's of Maine is a family owned company that specializes in the growing and marketing of wild blueberries. At the top of the show, Ed explains that Wyman's of Maine believes in the Japanese philosophy known as "kaizen," roughly translated as continuous improvement. Simply put: Wyman's has to do all they can to grow their business. Erin and Ed then delve in to discuss the details of the blueberry business, beginning with the distinctions between the wild and cultivated blueberry, Wyman's approach to the growing season, as well as the topic of honey bees and how vital they are to the business. With concerns such as colony collapse disorder, a strange phenomenon where worker bees abruptly disappear, Ed explains how Wyman's had to research, adapt and become invested in bee-keeping to further sustain their livelihood. Grab a smoothie and tune in for a great discussion on the super fruit! This program was sponsored by Fairway Market.

"A wild blueberry is much smaller, about three times smaller, than a cultivated blueberry. Generally, the flavor of a fruit is condensed around the skin, so in a handful of wild blueberries you're going to get more flavor." [7:14]

"We aspire to get to that point someday where we absolutely need no preventative chemicals." [12:50]

"What happened for us that was pretty good luck was right about the time that blueberries were being regarded as a healthy food was just about the same time that people started drinking smoothies." [19:45]

"We are out of business if there are no honey bees to put in our fields." [26:26]

--Ed Flanagan on The Farm Report


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This week's guest on In the Drink is future wine industry star Carlin Karr. Carlin Karr is the sommelier at Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder CO. She attended the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2008, then relocated to San Francisco to pursue a career in culinary arts, becoming very interested and involved in the wine scene there. Carlin worked as General Manager and Wine Director at Sons & Daughters n the spring of 2010, which earned a Michelin star in 2011, when she was also named to Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30" Food & Beverage list. Carlin is now Sommelier at Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, and recently passed the Advanced Exam from the Court of Master Sommeliers. This program was brought to you by Michter's.

"The great thing about Frasca Food and Wine is if i just want to talk about a wine region during service, I have two incredible teachers who have been sommeliers for 20 years and can tell me everything about a wine region." [13:00]

"People go out to restaurants to eat, drink and enjoy themselves so it's good to take care of them that way." [24:00]

--Carlin Karr on In the Drink


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