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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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Top court considers restoring NYC big-soda ban

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York City officials are trying to convince the state's top court to reinstate their ban on big sodas, which was blocked by lower courts.

The Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments Wednesday by the city Board of Health that it has the authority to restrict sales of various "sugary drinks" larger than 16 ounces.  Go to full article
The food council and people who addressed it hope to draw more consumers to places like the pavilion at the Watertown farmers market. Photo: Joanna Richards

In the quest for local food, plenty of roadblocks

A state panel that reports to Governor Cuomo on the obstacles to getting healthy food on people's plates met in Potsdam Wednesday. The New York State Council on Food Policy held one of four listening sessions it's organizing around the state this year.

Farm and food leaders told the council tough obstacles are slowing down the farm-to-table movement in the rural North Country.  Go to full article
Baker/chef George Stevens preps chocolate chip cookies at Jean's Beans in Watertown. Photo: Todd Moe

Jean's Beans in Watertown serves up six decades of home cooking

Every community has a popular cafe, coffee shop or burger joint--the place for pie or a home cooked meal. Since the early 1950's, a family-run business in Watertown has been serving up take-out food, and lots of it.  Go to full article
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New York top yogurt producer in US for second year

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Call it the yogurt empire state.

For the second year in a row, New York has been named the top yogurt producer in the United States.  Go to full article
Diana Beresford-Kroeger, among the hellebores. Photo: Sarah Harris

"Sacred and science go together" for botanist Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Travel half a mile down a tree-lined dirt road in southern Ontario, and you'll find an oasis, a wooden cabin surrounded by sprawling gardens. Diana Beresford-Kroeger lives...  Go to full article
Third generation co-owner Peter Depthereos in front of The Crystal. Photo courtesy of TAUNY

Watertown's oldest restaurant faces eviction deadline

Last week, the North Country learned that one of its iconic places to eat has been served an eviction notice. The Crystal, Watertown's oldest restaurant, opened its doors...  Go to full article
Smiley Reagan has been cooking for the Raquette Valley Fish and Game Club bullhead feed for 40 years. Photo: Sarah Harris

Bullhead feeds: a North Country rite of spring

It's springtime, which means you might just be getting a hankering for a traditional North Country delicacy: bullhead, maybe with a side of cole slaw and some pie....  Go to full article

Food industry to sue over Vermont GMO foods law

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A national food industry group says it will file suit in federal court within weeks challenging Vermont's new law that requires labels on genetically...  Go to full article
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New York is on the path to labeling GMOs, too

Today, Vermont will become the first state to enact a GMO labeling law. Many people want New York to follow suit. Foods with GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are...  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

GMO labeling bill passes legislative hurdle in NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A bill that would require labels on food products containing ingredients from genetically modified crops has passed a hurdle in the New York Assembly....  Go to full article

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