Laughing, Learning, & Singing with Chili Peppers
Chuck Voigt (retired), Extension Horticulture - University of Illinois Susan Belsinger, Culinary Herbalist - Brookfield, Maryland Sue Arnold, Central Indiana Herb Society - Indianapolis, Indiana
On a bright snowy Saturday in Urbana, Illinois about 300 herb enthusiasts gathered for the 17th time. Todd Gleason has more on the annual Herb Day.
Herb Day is kind of a party lead by Chuck Voigt…
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Herb Day is kind of a party lead by Chuck Voigt. He just retired from University of Illinois Extension. He’s always smiling and singing.
Nat Sound Singing
Chuck invites his friends to come to the “party” and then gets people to pay to see them, but for oh so much more.
Voigt :15 …such a good time. That’s been the goal.
Quote Summary - I like to think that is knowledge that is presented in a way that is so much fun, that it is like you are going to school, but you don’t know it because you are just having such a good time. That’s been the goal.
This year Chuck invited culinary herbalist Susan Belsinger to heat things up…
Nat Sound Belsinger Introduction
…she writes books, and columns, and blogs about food and herbs.
Belsinger :29 …slaw with hot chili peppers and seasonings of the southwest.
Quote Summary - I’m going to teach them all about chili peppers. I’m going to tell them about growing and harvesting chili peppers. And I am going to teach them about fresh versus dried. And I am going to make two of my most favorite recipes. One is a southwestern black bean and sour cream chipotle dip. And the other one is an escabeche, which is like a cabbage slaw with hot chili peppers and seasonings of the southwest.
It’s a mesmerizing day with gardeners and aspiring chefs alike just waiting for next nugget to write down. Sue Arnold is from Indianapolis.
Arnold :12 …Always learn more and you can here.
Quote Summary - Very practical, useful herbal things. I am a diehard herby person and want to learn more. Always learn more and you can here.
Voigt :16 …the most positive light imaginable.
Quote Summary - It is such a positive experience and positive interaction with the university people, and with people I bring in. It shows my department, my college, and the whole university in, I think, the most positive light imaginable.
It is the Land Grant experience. That part of the mission that expects practical knowledge to be passed on to the people so they might use it for pleasure and commerce.