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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...
So here we are. Glorious summer is here and it’s time for cookouts, barbecues and picnics.  If you’re hosting a crowd for the holiday, you’ve probably already got your menu planned. But what to bring if you’re invited to...
I don’t follow directions well. I didn’t tell NCPR this at my interview last spring, but I’m coming clean: when I’m in the kitchen, I do as I please. While cooking is about improvisation, baking is more like chemistry, and I...
Happy summer, all! This week marked the solstice and the official start to the BEST SEASON OF THE YEAR for food. Our office kitchen for the last few days has been full of strawberries, and our own Ellen Rocco has already made up her first batch of...
Now that kale has become mainstream, it’s time for a new food movement. The Ugly Food movement has been around since 2008. *sniff* I can’t believe you didn’t know about it! It’s really popular in Europe. Here’s the deal...

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Aug 1, 2014 — Researchers at the university built a furnace that can melt rock, then had a cookout. Chefs placed a ribeye on a grill over the 2,100-degree magma. Seconds later, a very charred, medium rare steak.
Jul 31, 2014 — China has been a big and growing market for U.S. corn. But then farmers started planting a kind of genetically engineered corn that's not yet approved in China, and the Chinese government struck back.
Jul 31, 2014 — A group of environmentalists in Vermont aren't at all squeamish about "pee-cycling." A local hay farmer is using their pee as fertilizer as they run tests to find out how safe it is for growing food.
Jul 31, 2014 — A trip to an underground Air Force nuclear bunker becomes a unexpectedly delicious culinary experience. Just don't order the gravy bowl.
Jul 31, 2014 — The Center for Science in the Public Interest says, at more than 3,500 calories, it's the "single unhealthiest" meal among 200 chain restaurants.
 

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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 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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Susan Chan explains the specialized pollination performed by squash bees. Photo: Lucy Martin
Susan Chan explains the specialized pollination performed by squash bees. Photo: Lucy Martin

What farmers and landowners can to to sustain bees

For years we've been hearing different reporting on a basic theme: A third of our food supply depends on bees and pollinating insects are in a serious state of decline. Most of that attention has been focused on domesticated honey bees. But there are hundreds of species of wild pollinating insects and they play key roles too.

That may be why a seminar called "Bringing back the Bees" held in Perth, Ontario last September, generated a strong response. Lucy Martin attended the day of talks, plus a field tour of a berry and vegetable farm, as experts shared simple ways to help pollinators right now.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://wilpf.org/files/image_3.jpg">WILPF</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo says GMO food labeling not part of session talks in Albany

Governor Cuomo says there are no concrete talks underway in Albany that might lead to new regulations requiring labels on genetically modified foods.

Some lawmakers and activists want a policy in New York similar to the one now being implemented in Vermont that offers consumers more information about GMO ingredients.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake cooking columnist publishes "eating local" cookbook

As a beginner at cooking locally and seasonally, I needed some expert advice on how to work with what you have and make the most of summer. Luckily, I was able to talk with Yvonna Fast last Thursday at Nature's Storehouse, where she was holding a book signing about her self-published cookbook, "Garden Gourmet: Fresh & Fabulous Meals from your North Country Garden, CSA, or Farmers' Market."  Go to full article
Ubu Ale: an artisan brew from Lake Placid Craft Brewing. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sabine01/3875859563/">Tricia G.</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY announces boost for hops research, wine tasting

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York is giving sales tax exemptions for winery tastings and funding for hops and malting barley research.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday...  Go to full article
A rally to support a bill to label GMO foods in Connecticut last year. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ctsenatedems/8777078498/">CT Senate Democrats</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Grocers sue Vermont over GMO food label law

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Grocery Manufacturers Association and other industry groups have challenged a Vermont law that requires the labeling of food made with genetically...  Go to full article
Corn field. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/planmygreen/2675568751/">Rastoney</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York is central in genetically modified-food label debate

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Agricultural, food and beverage companies are spending millions of dollars to defeat legislation to require labels on food containing genetically modified...  Go to full article
Students order up pizza at AA Kingston Middle School in Potsdam. Photo: Julie Grant

What does Congress' school lunch debate mean for North Country schools?

New regulations for school lunch passed in 2010 promised to make kids' meals healthier, with more vegetables, fruits and whole grains. But some school lunch directors say...  Go to full article
Berkshire blue cheese at New Amsterdam Market. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/susievision/4742362698">Susie Wyshak</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

US Senators say FDA cheese rule hurts New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's U.S. senators are urging the Food and Drug Administration to issue better guidance for cheese aging, arguing that New York cheese makers will be...  Go to full article
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NY Assembly OKs yogurt as official state snack

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York is one step closer to making yogurt its official state snack. The state's Assembly endorsed the measure 85-1 on Wednesday. The legislation passed...  Go to full article
Bounty at the Canton Farmers' Market, summer 2010. Photo by David Sommerstein

Two ways SNAP recipients can save at farmers' markets

There's more and more to buy at farmers' markets this time of year. For many shoppers, it's exciting to watch the growers' stands fill up with new fruits and vegetables. But...  Go to full article

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