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North Country Kitchen, by Yvona Fast

A European Delight: Gnocchi

Gnocchi. These delicate, fluffy Italian dumplings probably originated in Italy’s Veneto region, but they’re traditional throughout Europe. In Germany and Poland, they’re known as kopytka (little hooves). The Italian word gnocchi translates as “small lumps” and originates from the ...

Spring is time for eggs

It’s Spring! Longer days and warming temperatures mean that chickens are laying like crazy, so there’s an abundance of fresh eggs! Eggs are one of the least expensive nutritious foods to feed your family. Although they contain cholesterol and saturated fat, they’re a good source of ...

Serving up spring

It’s officially spring! And its signs are everywhere. Snow is disappearing fast and dandelion greens appear where it has melted. Warmer days and chilly nights mean that maple syrup season is in full swing. Again this year, most Maple Weekend activities will not take place due to the ...

An Irish Supper for Saint Patty’s Day

Wednesday is St. Patrick’s Day —a celebration of all things Irish. March 17 commemorates the anniversary of Patrick’s death in the fifth century, after bringing the Gospel to Ireland. During the mid-19th century, more than a million Irish immigrants came to the United States to ...

Particicpate in National Nutrition Month this March

March is National Nutrition Month, a great time to learn about the nutrients in the food we eat every day! In March 1973, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Dietetic Association created National Nutrition Week to educate the public about healthy eating while promoting ...

Another winter fruit: Kiwi

Like oranges and grapefruits, kiwis are at their peak from November until May — the time when most of our local fresh fruits are out of season. Botanically, kiwis are one of the largest berries and have been called the Chinese gooseberry. Like other berries, the fuzzy-skinned, green, tart ...

Soul food for Black History Month

February is Black History Month — a time to learn about black history and African American customs. Cultural traditions are often centered around food, and soul food is no exception. These culinary creations began during the enslavement era in the American South — the early 1800s. ...

Happy Pancake Day

Mix a pancake, Stir a pancake, Pop it in the pan. Fry the pancake, Toss the pancake, Catch it if you can. — Christina Rossetti   This Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday — also known as Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Pancake Day in the British Isles. Followed by Ash ...

Cookies for Carnival!

Happy Carnival! It’s February — and time for Carnival! Saranac Lake’s Winter Carnival is a long tradition which begun in 1897 as a one-day event. It has become a 10-day celebration. But this year, the Carnival Committee is asking the tourists and visitors to stay home. The past ...

Whole grain pilafs are a winter comfort

Winter days are short, dark and cold. We crave comfort food: hearty, carbohydrate-rich meals that soothe. For a change from pasta or potatoes, try a whole-grain pilaf — a timeless Middle Eastern classic that has become popular in India, parts of Africa and throughout the countries once ...

Pasta, a favorite winter comfort food

Winter weather calls for warming, hearty, delicious fare — food that fills you up and gives you energy to fight that winter chill. Pasta to the rescue! From mac and cheese and spaghetti and meatballs to tuna noodle casserole and beef stroganoff, pasta dishes are a favorite for quick, ...

January is National Soup Month

On the stove, a steamy pot simmers, waiting to warm you up.   It’s that time of year again. A cold winter day in the North Country is a great time to cook up some hot, steamy, flavorful soup! Make a pot in the morning, and reheat when coming in from a day of outdoor winter fun. ...

Begin the year with … The Staff of Life

January is National Wheat Bread Month. As winter blasts through our region, baking bread will warm up your home as well as your soul. Bread, bagels, crackers, cakes, cookies, muffins, pizza and pasta are just some of the foods made with wheat. Bread is our oldest processed food and has been ...

Begin the year with citrus

Did Santa bring you oranges for Christmas? Oranges and other citrus fruit were once a prized, healthy winter treat. That was before the miracle of modern transportation, which brings us fruit harvests from Florida and California. While our local fresh produce is out of season, the cold winter ...

An unprecedented holiday season

It was a Thanksgiving like no other ... a Christmas unlike previous Christmases ... and the New Year celebration will be unprecedented as well. Most New Year’s Eves we have enjoyed a variety of performers at Saranac Lake’s First Night. Other years were spent with friends, at parties, or ...

A COVID Christmas

The 2020 Christmas season has fallen victim to the same pandemic restrictions as Thanksgiving. Because large indoor gatherings promote the possibility of infection, most of us will spend the day only with those in our immediate household. We stay home and don’t travel to ...

Holiday baking

Chocolate chip — or sugar spice? Peanut butter’s also nice. Gingerbread — or butter spritz? My cookies crumbled into bits! Snowmen, stars and Christmas trees — yummy treats! We all love these! Mix them, roll them, cut out shapes, Bake them, cool them, ...

Leek fritters are a traditional Sephardic Hanukkah dish

December gray seeps in, penetrates, permeates — we search for light. - These short, cloudy, dark December days cause us to welcome this festival of lights, regardless of religious or cultural tradition. Hanukkah expresses gratitude for God’s protection, kindness and ...

Make your own delicious gifts

Thanksgiving came and went with smaller-than-usual gatherings. Now it’s the season of Advent, when we get ready for Christmas. Most years, December is full of Christmas parties, concerts and cookie exchanges. We visit crowded shops and malls to buy gifts. On Christmas, families gather ...

A smaller Thanksgiving

The holiday’s coming! What shall we do? A really large turkey is too big for two! A chicken instead — or maybe, a hen. A poem, a blessing, some music, and then a feast for a king — or maybe, a queen — the smallest Thanksgiving that I’ve ever seen. -  2020 is the ...