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Last week’s post on a free cookbook for low-cost meals included a manifesto-like quote from an important food thinker, Michael Pollan: “Cooking is probably the most important thing you can do to improve your diet. What matters most is...
The big news in the fast food business today is Burger King’s purchase of Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion. As summarized by the BBC: The deal would create the world’s third-largest fast-food chain, with 18,000 restaurants in 100...
Here’s a “feel-good” story that isn’t especially new, but deserves more attention. Specifically, a free cookbook designed to help anyone living on a tight budget enjoy food that’s healthful, delicious and very...
Fellow gardeners who grow their own garlic may be confronting an annual conundrum right around now. The harvest is here, with lovely bulbs to dry and eat. But some has to be saved to plant in the fall for next year’s crop. Eat or plant? Doing...
Last week I blogged about Ottawa’s newest pro team, the Redblacks. As best I can tell, that name has nothing to do with the type of controversy associated with teams like the Washington Redskins. (Although one reader pointed out on a Facebook...

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Sep 1, 2014 — Saffron, vanilla, palm oil, cacao and cottonseed oil are still picked by hand in some parts of the world. Sometimes that manual labor shows up in the price of the food; sometimes it doesn't.
Sep 1, 2014 — A new diet study concludes that a low-carbohydrate diet leads to almost three times more weight loss than a traditional low-fat diet where carbs made up 40 to 45 percent of calories.
Sep 1, 2014 — David Greene swaps recipes for cooking in a mug with Joe Yonan, author of the "Cooking for One" column for The Washington Post. (This piece initially aired on Feb. 25, 2013 on Morning Edition.)
Aug 31, 2014 — Oklahoma Joe's, in Kansas City, is changing its name after 17 years in business. It's time to claim the name of the city they are famous for.
Aug 31, 2014 — Alarmed by the rapid decline of wild salmon populations, a company has invented a novel way to help migratory fish over blocked rivers. It uses air pressure to fire them out of a cannon.
 

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Watertown Schools Fight Hunger with "Empty Bowls"
the "Empty Bowls" program, which began sixteen years ago in Michigan and has grown nationwide in scope. 1,700 clay bowls that were made over the last few months at schools in Jefferson County will raise thousands of dollars for hunger relief.
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The New Potsdam Co-op Bakery
The Potsdam Food Coop's new wood-fired brick oven is producing crunchy, chewy sourdough and wholewheat breads. Todd Moe talks with the Coop's baker, Chris Affrey.

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The growth of craft breweries like the St. Lawrence Brewery in canton has led Paul Smiths College to develop a program around the industry. Photo: David Sommerstein
The growth of craft breweries like the St. Lawrence Brewery in canton has led Paul Smiths College to develop a program around the industry. Photo: David Sommerstein

Paul Smith's taps into a craft beer lover's education

New York's alcoholic beverages industry is booming. According to Governor Cuomo's office, the number of businesses making beer, wine, cider, and spirits in the state has more than doubled since 2011. That's in part due to new laws making it easier to sell alcohol for takeaway at tastings, farms, and farmers markets.

Paul Smith's College in the northern Adirondacks wants to tap into the growing industry. This fall the college launches a new minor in "craft beer studies."  Go to full article
Raquette River Brewing in Tupper Lake. Photo: David Sommerstein

Filling kegs at Tupper Lake's new brewery

According to Paul Smith's College, there were 2,700 craft breweries nationwide last year.

Now make that at least one more. Raquette River Brewing opened last March in a little building just off Route 3 in Tupper Lake, N.Y.

Owners Mark Jessie and Joe Hockey offer tastings of their five beers and sell half- or whole growlers to take home.

Click listen to hear Mark Jessie talk about the craft of brewing for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Don Foote brought the Port Henry Diner, first built in the 1920s, back to life. Photo: Brian Mann

This Port Henry diner was a moveable feast

A lot of times when we talk about the North Country's architectural heritage we're talking about great camps in the Adirondacks, or we're celebrating the fabulous brick buildings that anchor our small town main streets.

But in Port Henry, New York, in the Champlain Valley, there's a cool little diner that dates back to the 1920s. It was a mass-produced eatery built in Rochester and shipped to the North Country by rail and then drawn by a team of horses.

For more than half a century the diner has survived, sometimes open for business, sometimes sitting empty.

Now the eatery is back in action and you can often find our Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann there eating breakfast or lunch.  Go to full article
Farmers, cooks, and food lovers will gather in Saranac Lake's Riverside Park on Saturday. Photo: Farm 2 Fork Festival

All things local at "Farm 2 Fork" Festival in Saranac Lake

It's peak harvest season in the garden and Saranac Lake is celebrating fresh food and local farm abundance with its annual "Farm 2 Fork" Festival in Riverside Park this...  Go to full article

NY products featured in new vending machines

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) New vending machines featuring New York's homegrown products have been introduced at the State Fair and will soon be added at state-run highway rest areas...  Go to full article
Melissa, a client at the Parkdale Food Centre, volunteers in the kitchen for the center's neighborhood barbecue. Photo Karen Kelly

Ottawa food bank flips the paradigm

Most food banks work in a simple way. They take in donations of food, almost any food, and they hand it out to people in need.

An Ottawa food bank is challenging...  Go to full article
Tri-Town Packing co-owner Tom Liberty. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Local meat movement frets as Tri Town still in limbo

One of the North Country's few slaughterhouses and meat packing plants says it's trying to regain its certification for processing retail cuts of meat.

Tri Town...  Go to full article
A mess o' zucchini. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyhartshorn/2680766261/">Wally Hartshorn</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Keeping ahead of the zucchini and other harvest tips

The garden is now progressing faster than you can eat it. What to do with all that zucchini? When to harvest dried beans, when to plant cold season crops, what to do when the...  Go to full article
Tirza Smith, of the Whitten Family Farm, helps a customer outside the Midtown Apartments in Potsdam. Photo by Claire Woodcock.

Mobile farmers market brings produce to you

Farmer's markets and home gardens are bursting with fruits and vegetables. But some people can't make it to the market or have gardens of their own. A new mobile market has...  Go to full article
Dan Hollister conducts a tasting. Photo: Sarah Harris

Bella-Brooke winery: a stop on the St. Lawrence County Wine Trail

St. Lawrence county isn't a big wine destination -- at least, not yet. But a New St. Lawrence County Wine Trail could change that. Governor Cuomo signed a law last week that...  Go to full article

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