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North Country Kitchen, by Yvona Fast

Summer potatoes

It’s summer! Time to enjoy the long days and fresh produce. Move over, pasta. Move over, old, starchy winter potatoes. While fresh local corn won’t be here for several more weeks, young, tender potatoes are here at our farmers market. Our cool climate, sandy soil, abundant rainfall and pure ...

Chill out with cool beet soup

It’s summer. We’ve had some hot weather. I bought young, tender beets, together with their greens, at the farmers’ market. It’s time for … cool beet greens soup! Beets and herbs grow well in the harsh, cool weather of central and eastern Europe — Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, ...

Pasta primavera

It’s June. Spring slowly becomes summer. You’re busy with the end of school, gardening and yard work. Gardeners and farmers are harvesting asparagus, fresh greens, radishes, scallions, sweet baby carrots and peas. All of these go great with pasta for quick weeknight ...

Food relationships

What is your relationship with food? According to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control, 4 in 10 Americans are obese. Another third are overweight. More than 60 chronic diseases are linked to obesity. We simply eat more than earlier generations ate and exercise less. Today, Americans eat 23% ...

Cookouts and farmers markets

It’s time for cookouts and farmers markets! May is National Barbecue, Vinegar, Strawberry and Egg Month. And this year, our first farmers market was on May 28 — the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend! The unofficial start of summer means beaches, baseball, paddles and lots of special ...

Spring into frittatas

May is National Egg Month — and for good reason! As days lengthen, birds lay eggs. That includes chickens — the eggs we eat most. Though other eggs, like duck eggs, are also consumed. Spring is time for fresh, tender asparagus. I just bought some from my favorite farm stand. Spring is ...