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Apr 23, 2014 — On the first leg of his Asian tour, the president stopped by the iconic sushi restaurant. David Gelb, who directed a documentary about the restaurant, says eating there is amazing and nerve-wracking.
Apr 23, 2014 — French colonists planted cacao in Vietnam in the 1800s, but the crop was outpaced by coffee and cashews. Now French expats are helping the country become a respected producer of high-end chocolate.
Apr 23, 2014 — Bacteria can make a bread rise and give it a cheesy flavor. That's the secret ingredient in salt rising bread, which dates to the late 1700s in Appalachia, when bakers didn't have yeast on hand.
Apr 23, 2014 — The Australian state known for its marsupial "devil" has a local food scene that might be described as heavenly. If you can't try it person, get a taste with these Tasmania-inspired recipes.
Apr 22, 2014 — A new report finds that the average compensation of fast-food CEOs has quadrupled since 2000. By comparison, worker wages have increased less than 1 percent.
 

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beer blog
An Independent Blog:
A Good Beer Blog by Alan McLeod
Ben Franklin says, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Alan McLeod of Kingston says, "Give me an amen!"
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Specials Reports

Audio Series
Local Flavors: Todd Moe keeps it homegrown in this series focused on eating locally, and on sustainable agriculture and gardening.
Betsy in NZ
Audio Slideshow:
Watertown Schools Fight Hunger with "Empty Bowls"
the "Empty Bowls" program, which began sixteen years ago in Michigan and has grown nationwide in scope. 1,700 clay bowls that were made over the last few months at schools in Jefferson County will raise thousands of dollars for hunger relief.
Photo Audio Essay
The New Potsdam Co-op Bakery
The Potsdam Food Coop's new wood-fired brick oven is producing crunchy, chewy sourdough and wholewheat breads. Todd Moe talks with the Coop's baker, Chris Affrey.

Food Programs at NCPR

Sunday, 2 pm
Meglomaniacs Winery in Ontario's Niagara wine country. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/7815007@N07/5412521212/">Ken Whytock</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Meglomaniacs Winery in Ontario's Niagara wine country. Photo: Ken Whytock, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ontario: farmers' market can sell wines made with local grapes

Ontario is joining British Columbia in relaxing provincial liquor laws to allow homegrown wines to be sold at farmers' markets.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says VQA wines -- which are made only with Ontario grapes -- will be available alongside seasonal vegetables and fruits.  Go to full article
Christine Hoffman has just moved her jam and jelly business, The Spicy Wench, into the new shared-use commercial kitchen in Sackets Harbor. Photo: Joanna Richards

Sackets Harbor shared kitchen fills gap for small food producers

A new commercial kitchen in Sackets Harbor is starting to help small food producers grow their businesses. The shared-use facility is the first of its kind in Jefferson County.  Go to full article
Long Lake Central School's "Corner Garden". Photo: Long Lake Central School

Sharing a garden in Long Lake

Long Lake Central School's community garden has been growing fresh food for the cafeteria for eight years. It's been such a success that surplus produce from the garden this year has gone to the local food pantry. As part of the project, students and staff are composting waste from meals, and veggies are incorporated into school lunches as much as possible.

Teacher Becky Pelton works with local farmers, like Chris Thompson, to manage the school's community garden. She says the students and Long Lake gardeners grow a variety of veggies in the schoolyard garden, which has become a learning experience for the school.  Go to full article
F.X. Matt Brewery in Utica, New York. Photo: Doug Kerr via flickr, some rights reserved.

New law supported by craft brewers

New York's small craft brewers, and the farmers who grow hops and barley for them, are all raising a glass to a new law signed by Governor Cuomo yesterday. The law provides...  Go to full article
Paul Smiths student Brooks Worden earned the nickname "The Mushroom Man" during the hunt.

Into the woods for morel mania

Those who love edible wild mushrooms, cousins of the grocery store variety, also enjoy the annual spring hunt for one of the most elusive -- the morel. May is morel month in...  Go to full article
You can make cheese at home with just a few ingredients.

Raw milk and a favorite food: cheese

This week, we're listening again to a series we produced this summer titled, "Farmers Under 40", a look at the new generation of young farmers in the North Country. The...  Go to full article
At last year's Potsdam Food Co-op Baking Contest

Potsdam Food Co-op's sweetest event raises dough

The Potsdam Food Co-op will hold its 14th annual Baking Contest and Silent Auction this Sunday in the Co-op's Carriage House Bakery. You can sample some of the homemade...  Go to full article
Flip Fillippi and Matt Kidwell seal a deal

A canning swap to stock up for winter

The harvest seems like a long time ago. But lots of people are still savoring the fruits of the garden with a technique as old as their great-grandparents.
...  Go to full article

Rochester microbrewery gains national attention

Craft beer has proven recession-proof. With sales climbing as the overall beer market remains flat, a pair of friends decided to turn a hobby into a business. As the...  Go to full article

Health officials, local leaders spar over chili cook-offs

The cancellation of two chili cook-offs in St. Lawrence County this month is prompting a clash with local health officials. Many community groups rely on food-related events...  Go to full article

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