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North Country Kitchen, by Yvona Fast

Showing solidarity with Ukraine through food

It’s February. The weather has been unseasonably warm. Yesterday marked the day we honor our past presidents, especially George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Saturday, Feb. 24, marks the second anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Many Ukrainians have sought shelter in other ...

Sweet, sweet valentine

It’s mid-February. Carnival fun has come and gone. So has the Super Bowl. The weather has warmed and spring is approaching, past the mid-point between winter solstice and spring. It’s time for Valentine’s Day — the day to share love with cards, flowers and chocolates. Yes, it is a ...

Creepy Carnival treats

It’s time for Carnival! Snowflakes dance outside, the Ice Palace is up despite the unusually warm winter, and there are many fun-filled outdoor and indoor events. Creepy, spooky things are generally associated with Halloween — not winter. Creepy worms and bugs are not around this time ...

Celebrating National Soup Month

Winter is soup weather — and January is National Soup Month. What is soup? It is a liquid, either brothy or creamy. It is prepared by simmering ingredients — vegetables, sometimes grains, beans, meat or fish — together with herbs and spices. Ever since people learned to make clay ...

Rumbledethumps: Cabbage and potatoes the Scottish way

A plant-based diet has four cornerstones: Vegetables, fruit, whole grains and legumes. I have featured lentils and buckwheat in my last two columns. Now it’s time for veggies — and one of the local veggies still available in winter is cabbage. Most Americans know cabbage from the St. ...

Begin the year with buckwheat

I began 2024 by writing about a plant-based diet to help achieve a healthier lifestyle. That means eating less meat and more whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits. Last week I wrote about lentils, a legume many Americans are unfamiliar with. This weak is about a little-known grain: ...