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North Country Kitchen, by Yvona Fast

Eggplant and tomatoes combine for fall flavor

It’s the second half of September, and so far, we’ve avoided frost. That means eggplants and tomatoes (as well as zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, beans, and other frost-susceptible veggies) are ripe for picking. This is especially important for eggplant - a subtropical plant that needs ...

Cucumber salads

It’s September, and farmers’ markets are brimming with fresh veggies. There, next to the humble squash, is the cucumber. Cukes belong to the same vegetable family as pumpkins, zucchini, watermelon and other squashes. But while squashes are native to the western hemisphere, cucumbers ...

Summertime tomato pasta

“Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes / What would life be like without homegrown tomatoes / Only two things that money can’t buy / That’s true love and home grown tomatoes.” — John Denver It’s September. Farmers markets and farm stands have all types of tomatoes. It’s ...

Summertime smoothies

Summer is time for fresh fruit — and fruit can be a great base for smoothies. These blended meals don’t require turning on the oven, or even a stove. On a hot summer day, they also help you cool down. In our hectic world, smoothies are quick, sweet and filling — comfort food that slides ...

It’s blackberry season

Summer is winding down — and it’s time for blackberries! These dark, luscious berries have been with us for millennia and were eaten in prehistoric times by hunter-gatherers on both sides of the Atlantic. There are many varieties — some native to the Old World, others to the New — ...

Use up abundant produce with easy stir-fry suppers

Zucchini. Pac choy. Summer beans. Swiss Chard. Carrots. It’s mid-August. The farmers’ market is teeming with fresh goodness. An easy way to use up that produce is in a stir-fry supper. A half-century ago, stir-fries were relatively unknown in America. Then in 1972, President Nixon made a ...