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David George Gordon, aka the Bug Chef
David George Gordon, aka the Bug Chef

The benefits of eating bugs

Most people in Asia, Africa and South America eat bugs--prepared with shallots, lettuce, chilies, lime or spices. So, why not the rest of us? Seattle-based naturalist and author David George Gordon has written 19 books on a subject that makes some people squirm.

Orzo with Crickets? Three Bee Salad? Waxworm cookies? Gordon says it's all good for us. Todd Moe spoke with him as he was about to bake European house crickets for one of his favorite creepy-crawly dishes. He says it's cuisine he'll share during BuzzFest at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake this Saturday.  Go to full article

Man With a Pan: fathers taking charge in the kitchen

A fun new book presents 34 men who proudly take charge of the family kitchen.
It's called A Man With a Pan, with the subtitle Culinary Adventures of Fathers Who Cook for Their Families.

According to the publisher's press release, fathers now account for nearly a third of family-cooking time. That's up from 5% in 1965.

The book is edited by John Donohue of the New Yorker magazine. He does most of the cooking for his own family, his wife and two daughters.

There are big names among his 34 contributors: chefs Mark Bittman and Mario Batali, as well as authors Stephen King, Jim Harrison and Mark Kurlansky. But the book also includes interviews with lower profile guys, regular fathers across the country.

Brett Thacher, a cooking Dad from Canton, is one of them. He was in the NCPR studios this morning to talk with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
Tender seedlings may need water.
Tender seedlings may need water.

TLC for the young garden

It's a challenging year, no doubt about it, for gardeners and commercial growers -- and the plants they're tending. There may be too much water in some places, but not enough in others, after a series of dry, sunny and windy days, and a couple of nights in the 30s. Cornell Cooperative extension horticulturist Amy Ivy has some reminders about garden TLC in her weekly chat with Martha Foley.
And they preview workshops on using local food, homegrown or not, starting next week in Sacket's Harbor, Canton and Plattsburgh.  Go to full article

Recipes to suit the season

Food is an important part of the summer season -- think family reunions, neighborhood parties and picnics. In the North Country, we have lots of regional food traditions and flavors -- trout, rhubarb, wild mushrooms and locally grown vegetables. Food writer and community organizer Annette Nielsen has edited a new collection of recipes from four decades of Adirondack Life magazine. It's called Northern Bounty. Todd Moe spoke with Nielsen about picking out dozens of recipes for the new book and celebrating the region's favorite spring and summer foods.  Go to full article

Community kitchen serves up more than food

Annette Nielsen loves to grow, cook and share food. Nielsen is a food writer and community organizer. She edited, Northern Comfort, a new collection of recipes from four decades of Adirondack Life magazine. But she wears many hats when it comes to food. She spoke with Todd Moe about getting her neighbors in Washington county excited about local food and a community kitchen.  Go to full article

New book celebrates region's "comfort foods"

For many of us, food is an important part of the holiday season. In the North Country, we have lots of regional food traditions and flavors -- maple syrup, apples, wildgame and locally grown vegetables. Food writer and community organizer Annette Nielsen has edited a new collection of recipes from four decades of Adirondack Life magazine. She spoke with Todd Moe about picking out dozens of recipes for the new book that celebrates the region's favorite foods.  Go to full article

Preview: Farm to Chef tasting event

A number of restaurants and cafeterias in schools and hospitals are teaming up with local growers with a simple goal: serving locally grown food. These chefs are turning to neighboring farms to get local ingredients, and they're learning to cook with the seasons. The Northern Adirondack Trading Cooperative is sponsoring a "Farm to Chef" tasting event on Monday at Beartown Farms in Antwerp. Todd Moe spoke with a farmer and a chef taking part.  Go to full article
Chef George Arnold's spring omelet with wild morels and asparagas, served with potatoes sauteed with ramps and toasted baguette.
Chef George Arnold's spring omelet with wild morels and asparagas, served with potatoes sauteed with ramps and toasted baguette.

Celebrating spring delights in the kitchen

North Country gardens are just starting to yield regional delicacies. So, it's into the NCPR kitchen with Martha Foley and Chef George Arnold who cooks up an omelet using fresh, locally grown ingredients.  Go to full article
Robin Rhodes-Crowell digs up leeks in her woods near Canton
Robin Rhodes-Crowell digs up leeks in her woods near Canton

Stalking a celebrated spring staple

This year, NCPR is celebrating its 40th anniversary and food in the North Country. As part of "Local Flavor", our occasional series on growing, cooking and eating locally, Todd Moe heads into the woods near Canton in search of wild leeks. It's planting season in many backyards, but not all local food is cultivated. Sometimes it's nice to reap delicacies from nature's garden.  Go to full article
Host Martha Foley (foreground) presides at the festal board with Walter Seibel, Jackie Sauter and Carole Berard
Host Martha Foley (foreground) presides at the festal board with Walter Seibel, Jackie Sauter and Carole Berard

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 annual holiday feature.  Go to full article

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