Almanack Contributor MB Mitcham

MB Mitcham

MB (Marybeth) Mitcham holds undergraduate degrees in the biological and human development sciences, a MPH, and is near completion of her Ph.D. When not working as a public health professional or professor of biology, this ADK 46-R can be found climbing all over the anorthosite of the Adirondack High Peaks, writing odd things, or munching on eggplant bacon.


Saturday, September 19, 2020

Local food: Easy Chunky Applesauce

SnapDragon Apples courtesy Kevin Maloney Dept of HorticultureOnce you have eaten fresh, homemade applesauce, there is no going back to the sad, canned stuff! This recipe is simple, quick, and will make your kitchen smell incredible while it is cooking. Although you can use any type of apple, if you use apples that are bursting with flavor – especially ones picked fresh from your local orchard – then your applesauce will taste even better! If you would like to substitute stevia or another sugar substitute for the brown sugar, use one teaspoon of stevia for the 3 Tablespoons of brown sugar called for in this recipe. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, September 6, 2020

Healthy recipe: Oatmeal Energy Bites

Here is a kid-friendly recipe for oatmeal energy bites. They are full of protein, nutrients, and healthy fats, are easy for people of all ages  – especially kids  – to make, and are the perfect school, work, or any time snack.

Oatmeal Energy Bites

Servings: 20 

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Sunday, August 23, 2020

Eat local: Blueberry Refrigerator Jam

Here is a recipe for blueberry refrigerator jam that does not require any additional pectin (which is hard to find in some regions right now). In addition to making a fantastic spread for snacks and sandwiches, it also is an amazing topper for ice cream or sorbet.
Enjoy!

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound fresh blueberries
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Local food: Salsa fresca

Tomatoes are finally ripe, so here is a recipe for salsa fresca. Although it is delicious as-is, if it sits, covered in the  refrigerator, for an hour or so before serving, the flavors have a chance to blend even better.

Salsa Fresca

Any type of salsa is delicious, but there is something incredible about salsa made from fresh ingredients, and not cooked or processed in any way. 

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Eat local: Fresh Basil Pesto

If you like pesto, there is nothing quite like making and eating it fresh! Although you can substitute bottled minced garlic and shaker-can cheese for the garlic cloves and freshly grated cheese called for in the recipe, using fresh ingredients will make the flavors truly pop. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of fresh basil leaves 
  • 1/2 Cup (around 2 ounces) of freshly grated Romano or Parmesan-Reggiano cheese 
  • 1/2 Cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 Cup pine nuts 
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 Tablespoon minced garlic)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Local food: Sarah’s Blueberry Cake

For an old-fashioned twist on a blueberry dessert, try this delicious blueberry cake recipe, created and shared by a very dear family friend. The flavors of blueberry and lemon blend beautifully, making it a lovely addition to any summertime meal. You can top it with vanilla ice cream, more blueberries, or just enjoy it as is!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter (Softened)
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 4 Eggs, Well Beaten
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 3 ½ Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Tablespoons Baking Powder
  • 2 Cups Blueberries (Fresh or Frozen)
  • Zest of One Lemon (optional)
  • ¼ Cup Cinnamon Sugar Mixture 

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Grilling local: Steakhouse Burgers

I love cooking outdoors, and also love to experiment with recipes. This burger recipe produces juicy burgers, regardless of whether they are cooked on a wood, charcoal, or gas grill.

You can use any type of ground meat, but red meat seems to work best for this recipe. Place on buns of your choice, top with your favorite toppings, and enjoy.

I made these burgers using bison meat from Adirondack Buffalo Company, and used some of their amazing mustards to top the burgers (not in the picture). Located in North Hudson, they offer fantastic farm products to the North Country

 

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Eat local: Irish Beef Stew

Editor’s note: As more people are cooking and eating a home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County is sharing recipes that are easy to make and can be made with locally sourced ingredients.

This recipe for beef stew comes courtesy of the West Virginia University Extension Service’s Dining with Diabetes series.

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Up your grilling game with this pizza recipe

Warmer weather means grilling time! Instead of sticking to traditional grilling foods like burgers or hot dogs, why not consider grilling one of my personal favorite foods, pizza.

This fantastic dish can be modified to suit a variety of dietary needs and preferences, and can be easily adjusted to be a healthy food choice. Cheese can be substituted with vegan cheese or left off entirely for vegans, vegetables and fruit can be used as toppings, and some traditionally unhealthy topping choices, such as pepperoni or sausage, can be swapped for healthier options such as turkey pepperoni or venison sausage. Even more appealing, though, is the taste. Nothing truly compares to the smoky and savory flavors that combine in a good grilled pizza.

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