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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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Local Flavors: Todd Moe keeps it homegrown in this series focused on eating locally, and on sustainable agriculture and gardening.
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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.

Food Programs at NCPR

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Award-winning SUNY Potsdam Dancers Head to Washington

Two SUNY Potsdam students will perform an original dance work at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on May 18th. They were selected as finalists from the 2006 Northeast Regional American College Dance Festival Conference, recently held in New Jersey. Feed Me is a powerful and topical dance duet that's based on various aspects of starvation. Todd Moe has this preview.  Go to full article

Blessings & Beats: Passover Hip-Hop Style

Tonight is the second night of the Jewish holiday, Passover. Jews around the world will sit down for a ritual dinner called a "seder". They'll retell the biblical story of the Jewish slaves' exodus from Egypt. A Montreal-based music producer has recast the Passover seder for the hip-hop generation. Socalled - alias Josh Dolgin - used rappers, Yiddish and klezmer samples, and funky beats to make "The SoCalled Seder - A Hip Hop Haggadah". The CD cover shows a matzah on a record turntable. The songs include "the 10 Plagues", all four cups of wine, and L.M.P.G. - Let My People Go. David Sommerstein spoke with SoCalled about the surprising similarities between Passover and Hip-Hop.  Go to full article
3rd graders at Ohio Street Elementary School in Watertown finish painting clay bowls, and practice reciting an anti-hunger poem.

Watertown Schools Fight Hunger with "Empty Bowls"

Some 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. The schools are participating in the "Empty Bowls" program, which began sixteen years ago in Michigan and has grown nationwide in scope. Benefit dinners will be held Wednesday and Thursday and again on May 24th. All the money raised by the local schools will benefit food shelves and homeless shelters. As Todd Moe reports, the "Empty Bowls" program allows students, teachers and parents to tap into creativity and engage in community service.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: "Blue" Food

In this conversation on the natural world, Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley talk about appearance and appetite. Children are taught early not to eat the furry blue bread....  Go to full article
Skating under the Bank Street Bridge

Good Ice, Gray Skies: Canal Opens

The "World's Longest Skateway" opened Saturday under grey skies and light flurries. Ice conditions were "fair" to "good", and crowds of walkers, joggers and skaters turned...  Go to full article

Holiday Food and Festivities Call-in

Host Martha Foley is joined by Jackie Sauter, Wally Seibel and Carol Berard, cooks and food enthusiasts all, to share holiday recipes and tips with callers. The call-in is an...  Go to full article

Heard up North: Amy Savitskie, Baker

The Co-op's 8th Annual Holdiay Bake Off is this Sunday, from noon to 4pm. Potsdam Food Co-op Purchaser Amy Savitskie is preparing in her kitchen...  Go to full article

Holiday Train Stocks Food Banks

It's not your typical train. It's decorated with thousands of twinkling lights. And at each stop, local residents will be treated to concerts with musicians performing on a...  Go to full article
Digging into cookie dough. (above) Cinnamon-almond cookies fresh from the oven. (below)

Fearless in the Kitchen: Preparing for a Bakeoff

The Potsdam Food Co-op holds its 8th annual Holiday Bake-Off this Sunday afternoon behind the Co-op at the Carriage House Bakery from noon to 4. It's a chance to...  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Building the Chinese Buffet

Traditional Chinese architecture has been popping up acros the North Country. Chinese pagodas grace the entrances of some of the new Asian buffets. Wendy Spencer of DeKalb...  Go to full article

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