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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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Jul 22, 2014 — Many mainstream companies are creating GMO-free foods, but they're not publicizing the changes. Meanwhile, some are also fighting state initiatives that would require them to label GMOs ingredients.
Jul 21, 2014 — For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Menage A Trois sandwich from Ike's Place in San Francisco. It features chicken with three sauces and three cheeses.
Jul 21, 2014 — A group of men in New York are challenging the stereotype that eating meat signifies manliness. Instead, they say that manhood can be proven by caring for the planet, not dominating it.
Jul 21, 2014 — A French law requires restaurants that sell homemade food to display a label on their menu to distinguish them from places that use frozen or vacuum-packed food. But critics say the law is too vague.
Jul 21, 2014 — Travis Hood is raising a rare species of pig called the Red Wattle. He's part of a small but growing movement across the country to hold on to biodiversity and save heritage breeds.
 

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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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3rd graders at Ohio Street Elementary School in Watertown finish painting clay bowls, and practice reciting an anti-hunger poem.
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. Blackbirds are apparently taught the same, and avoid rice that has been colored with blue food coloring.  Go to full article
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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 out to enjoy various canal attractions. Ottawa's Rideau Canal is a favorite winter activity for residents and visitors alike. Lucy Martin spoke to skaters, and a vendor who explained a traditional canalside snack.  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

Groups Call for More Government Aid to Help Stop Hunger

The state's food pantries and soup kitchens want Governor Pataki and the legislature to commit more money to help poor New Yorkers pay their heating bills. Karen DeWitt...  Go to full article
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Mark Kurlansky: Making Our Meals & Our Culture

On Saturday food writers and lovers of food and cookbooks will gather at Paul Smiths College for a conference called "Eat Your Words" sponsored by the Adirondack Center for...  Go to full article

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