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North Country Kitchen, by Yvona Fast

Hot soup on a freezing January day

It was cold last week. Very cold. On Tuesday and Saturday, the temperature never crossed zero. When I got up on Tuesday, it was -17 degrees. By noon, it had warmed up to -7. The high on Tuesday at my house was -2. So, I decided to make soup. I still had a butternut squash purchased last ...

Halfway through National Soup Month: cream soups

Creamy Asparagus. Cream of Cauliflower. Cream of Broccoli. Cream of Mushroom. Cream of Celery. Creamy Potato. Cheesy Broccoli. Tomato Basil. Cream of Tomato. A pot of soup simmers and steams, chasing winter’s chill with its comforting aroma. Homemade vegetable cream soups shine with the ...

Start the year off with soup

Winter is time for bowls of hot, steamy, comforting soup. That is probably why January is National Soup Month. On a cold winter day, a pot of simmering soup will warm your house. A pot of boiling soup puts steam into the dry winter indoor air, which is a good thing. Soup is healthy. ...

A healthy start to the new year

This year has been a phenomenal year of lockdowns, variants and needles. Nearly 3,000 individuals died on September 11, 2001. 2021 has seen an average of 3,000 deaths from COVID-19 each day, for a total of 800,000 Americans since the beginning of the pandemic almost two years ago. In ...

Meals to help with holiday stress

It’s a crazy, busy time of year. There’s lots to do as the holidays approach. There are lengthy to-do lists. Planning parties, get-togethers, and holiday celebrations. Buying gifts for those we love. Baking treats. We get caught up in the daily stress of preparation. Cleaning. The house ...

December is time to celebrate

The weather is chilly. The days are short and gray. Nights are long. But this is the time for holiday cheer! Celebrate with food! Hanukkah is past, but Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year celebrations are just around the corner. Americans hail from many food traditions — our ...