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Dear Foodies,

For those of you who may not have caught KRCC’s monthly food feature on air, we thought we’d point you to it here online. It’s called “Mise en Place,” which , if you don’t watch the Food Network, is a French culinary term for prepping your ingredients that roughly translates to: “everything in its place.”

The monthly series, which airs on the first Fridays (at 5:44 p.m.) and first Sundays (at 10 a.m.) of each month, is based on the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s list of food-by-month.

Since February, the KRCC News Department has been cooking up one carefully crafted “Mise en Place” per month and you can catch up with all the original audio features and the excellent recipes from regional chefs and the Department of Agriculture. Here’s the breakdown:

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Feburary = Pork!: Aaron Retka takes a look at the original February food, pork, with The Margarita at Pine Creek Chef Eric Viedt and natural pork producer Doug Wiley. (Recipes for Pork Albondigas with Romesco and Colorado Pork Green Chili!)

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March = Dairy: The notion of “dairy” doesn’t quite conjure up the image of goats. But as KRCC’s Aaron Retka discovered, for one Canon City couple, what started as a hobby became a full-blown dairy operation. (Recipes for Goat Cheese, Three Pepper, and Tomato Tart, Cream of Tomato and Roasted Peppers Soup!)

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April = Eggs: Producer Shanna Lewis visited some friends to learn about April’s agricultural commodity – eggs. In this month’s Mise en Place, Shanna takes us to Beth Ann and Andrew Zeller’s rural Custer County barn as evening chores and the gathering of eggs begins. (Recipes for Basic Crepes and Breakfast Egg Casserole!) Also featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition.

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May = Asparagus: Venetucci Farm manager Susan Gordon talks asparagus and takes Aaron Retka on a wild asparagus hunt. (Recipes: Asparagus Soup and Wild Mushroom and Asparagus Pasta.)

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June = Cherries: KRCC’s Aaron Retka spoke with cherry farmer Glenn Austin of Austin Farms in Paonia, and visited Hopscotch Bakery in Pueblo. (Recipes for cherry tarts and cherry maple muffins.)

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