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February 12, 2016
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Battle of the BBQ: What’s your favorite?

Having lived in Kansas City for seven years in my youth, I confess to being partial to Kansas City-style barbeque sauce. Thick and red-brown, it’s a sweet, tomato-based sauce. Too thick for a basting sauce during cooking, it works best applied just before it comes off the grill or as a table sauce. In Kansas City, if you’re a Gates barbeque lover, you’d never eat at Arthur Bryant’s barbeque restaurant, or vice versa (much like a Ford man would never drive a Chevy, or a Pepsi drinker shuns Coke). BTW: You can count me on the Arthur Bryant’s team.  Read more

The dandelion, ever edible

You probably think of dandelions as a pesky weed, but truth be told, they are an eminently edible wild food plant and one of the earliest flowers to blossom in the spring. I have never eaten a dandelion flower, though reportedly they are sweet and mild. Nor have I eaten the root, which according to my research can be eaten raw, steamed, or dried, roasted and ground for a coffee substitute.  Read more

Nutritional healing programs at Western Sullivan Public Library

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — A series of nutritional healing workshops will be held at the Western Sullivan Public Library in May.

“Hot Topic” will be on Saturday, May 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Delaware Free Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library in Callicoon. Nurse practitioner and midwife Sheela Porter-Smith will speak about women’s health, from nutrition to lifestyle, and conclude with an optional restorative instruction of yoga and meditation practices. Bring your yoga mat.  Read more

New community garden seeking gardeners

DAMASCUS, PA — The new Galilee Community Garden opens May 15 for any who wish to garden organically. Plots of all sizes are currently available and can be reserved on a first come, first served basis. The garden is on the grounds of the Unity Grange, 544 Galilee Rd. Both experienced and beginning gardeners are invited to apply. Gardeners are asked to agree to practice organic gardening methods, not using chemicals on their plots. A plant exchange will be held Memorial Day weekend.  Read more

Workshop to raise chickens in your backyard with CCE Sullivan

LIBERTY, NY — The public can learn to raise backyard chickens for eggs or meat at a workshop on Tuesday, May 13. Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County staff will offer an educational opportunity from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the intricacies and mechanics of raising chickens at home. This class will be held at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center.  Read more

Master food preserver certification opportunity with CCE this summer

LIBERTY, NY — A comprehensive three-day Master Food Preservation Certification series will be offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County on July 22, 23, and 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The series will be held in the new CCE Entrepreneurial & Teaching (EaT) Kitchen at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center.  Read more

Foods of the Delaware Highlands Dinner with live and silent auctions

REGION — Celebrate the Upper Delaware River region and the 20 year anniversary of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) at the seventh annual Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala on April 26 at 5 p.m. at the Settlers Inn in Hawley, PA. The event features a four-course farm-to-table dinner and wine tasting followed by a live auction.  Read more

General store renovation retains country charm

EQUINUNK, PA — Under the ownership of Joe Hunt, whose family owned and operated the Equinunk General Store (as far back as his great grandparents), the store has recently been remodeled and restocked. Retaining its purpose of meeting the needs of the local community for basic groceries, there also are expanded deli services, and new products have been added including items such as stainless-steel travel mugs, ball caps, hoodies and more—many adorned with the store’s new logo.  Read more

Five reasons to love chocolate

A friend of mine once told me, “Don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like chocolate.” Well, I wouldn’t take it that far, but I certainly feel an affinity with fellow chocolate lovers. And so here are just a few reasons to love chocolate.  Read more

Fermentation preservation

Most food cultures have a traditional way of preserving food that involves fermentation. Salting cabbage and letting it sit, submerged in its own juices in a cool, dark place, makes sauerkraut. Not only does fermentation preserve the sauerkraut, but the process also produces beneficial organisms that help with digestion and increase some vitamins. Specific yeasts added to grape juice convert its sugar and turn the drink to wine. Yogurt is the most popular fermented milk product in the world. Sourdough bread is made by fermenting dough, using naturally occurring yeasts and lactobacilli (lactic acid bacteria). Kombucha is a sweetened tea, fermented with a symbiotic community of bacteria and yeasts. These are just a few examples.  Read more

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