Indiana Home Cooks is a podcast dedicated to sharing the stories of people who cook, eat, and drink in the Hoosier State. I’m your host, Susan Mintert, a home cook in West Lafayette, Indiana, and I’m sitting down with food makers of all sorts–home cooks, professional chefs and bakers, craft brewers, wine makers–anyone involved in putting food and drink on the table.
Links to listen and subscribe to the Indiana Home Cooks podcast are at the top and right side of this page. It’s available for listening or download on virtually all the podcast apps, like iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Spotify, and Podbean.
You can also read more about it here on the blog. If we talk about recipes, or demonstrate a dish on the show, you can look for it here. I’ll also have additional insights, pictures, and other background information right here for specific shows.
So how did I get started on this podcast venture, anyway? The short answer is I have a background in radio (most of it in public radio) and a great interest in food and love of cooking. I enjoy talking to people who do the real work of putting food and drink on the table, all the way from the grower, to the processor, to the home cook or professional, to the person sitting down and eating or drinking it. I guess that’s the very definition of “farm to fork,” or “farm to glass” in the case of beer and wine.
Oh, and I should mention the other part of it. I am a Hoosier, in both senses of the word. I was born and raised on a farm in Clay County, and am a graduate of Indiana University. So the formative years were spent in Clay County and Bloomington, and now I’m based in West Lafayette. Yes, that West Lafayette, home of the Purdue Boilermakers. A crucial twenty years were spent in Kansas, but more about that later. For now, suffice to say I do have divided loyalties and am okay with that!
But back to the podcast….I hope you will enjoy hearing stories of family traditions, Hoosier customs, food and history, craft beer brewing, wine making, bread baking….in short, how food is more than what feeds our bodies. On Indiana Home Cooks we explore how food feeds the soul and how preparing a meal or a dish to share with others is an act of love.
We talk to food entrepreneurs who have turned a passion into a business. And we visit festivals that focus on food and drink, and events and sites that honor Indiana history and culture through food.
We also have fun and a few laughs along the way, especially when we get in the kitchen and create dishes right before your very ears! We’re cooking, baking, and “dishing” with a Hoosier sensibility. I hope you’ll check it out and let me know what you think. And thanks for listening!