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North Country Kitchen, by Yvona Fast

Food is a necessity

“In a winter’s chill or a summer’s heat, a farmer works so the world can eat.” — Author unknown Food is a necessity. Yet every night, about 10% of the world’s population (more than 811 million people) go to bed hungry. Another 350 million people around the globe are food ...

The Post-Thanksgiving Soup

Thanksgiving is over. The guests have gone home. You have parceled out some of the turkey and pie. But you’re still left with ... lots of everything. Turkey, potatoes, squash, corn, cranberries, bread, salad. You have had a reheated Thanksgiving meal on Black Friday, a turkey sandwich on ...

Salads for your Thanksgiving feast

Thursday is Thanksgiving. Time for turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberries, squash, pie … and, of course, you also need a salad. Addio pomodori. Goodbye, tomatoes — though Juniper Hill Farm still had a few at last week’s farmers market (and I ate the last one I bought from ...

It’s Split Pea Soup Week!

We’re past Election Day and looking ahead to Thanksgiving. Nov. 13 through Nov. 19 is Split Pea Soup Week. This delicious, nutritious, creamy soup has been celebrated each November since 1969. Exactly what are split peas? And what is the difference between fresh English or green peas, ...

Even in November, there’s still fresh produce to enjoy

It’s November — and there’s still plenty of local produce! True, I haven’t seen sweet corn, summer beans or cucumbers. But when Mom and I took a trip to St. Lawrence County, I was pleasantly surprised by the season’s last tomatoes at Martin’s Mennonite farm stand! I bought ...

Today is Halloween!

It’s time for costumes and sugary treats: candy, toffee, caramel, pumpkin spice, cinnamon. Time for apples, pumpkins and all types of orange winter squash. Time for death and hibernation as the earth goes to sleep for the long winter. Trees have shed their leaves and are ready for winter ...