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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 2, 2014 — To reduce the number of giant bluefin tuna killed by fishing fleets, the U.S. is putting out new rules about commercial fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and parts of the western Atlantic.
Sep 2, 2014 — Some of the nation's restaurants are using technology to make diners commit before their night out. It's convenient for the restaurant and customer — and it may pry people away from old habits.
Sep 2, 2014 — Growing up, I knew two kinds of apples: red and green. Then I started dating an apple enthusiast and discovered we are in the midst of a rare apple renaissance.
Sep 1, 2014 — Saffron, vanilla, palm oil, cacao and cottonseed oil crops 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.
 

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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.
Photo Audio Essay
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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Cecilie Garden volunteers in Potsdam use hoes, shovels and their barehands to get the garden ready for planting.
Cecilie Garden volunteers in Potsdam use hoes, shovels and their barehands to get the garden ready for planting.

Digging In: Volunteers Kick Off Community Gardening Season

Dozens of gardening volunteers prepped two community gardens in Canton and Potsdam yesterday for another growing season. The gardens are being tended by students from SUNY-Potsdam and members of the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Canton through "UShare", a congregation project to grow vegetables for food pantries. All the produce from the two gardens will be delivered to St. Lawrence County foodshelves during the harvest. Todd Moe spoke with some of the volunteers in the Cecilie Garden yesterday afternoon.  Go to full article

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...  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

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