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Adaptable Tomato Sauce

I have training in classical French cuisine. Sounds oh so fancy no? Well it turns out it actually ends up being oh so useless in practical life.

Okay, I shouldn’t say useless. A lot of the basic skills have value, but its none too often that I’ll take the time to debone a chicken leg, make a filling, stuff the chicken, wrap it, boil it (yes boil), and then bake it. Not to mention make a sauce that requires the creation of two other sauces, and potatoes that have been peeled, chopped, boiled, mashed, shaped, coated and fried.

I don’t even bother to peel my potatoes now; everyone knows all the nutrients are in the skin anyway.

Practical cooking is all about adaptability. Local cooking is all about adaptability. This tomato sauce recipe, oh it’s adaptable.

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Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market Ready to Kick Off

This spring and summer are full of new ventures for local foods in Kingston. The Village Co-op is hoping to open their doors in August. Limestone Organic Creamery will begin delivery farm fresh milk this month.

The launching of another Farmers’ Market in the Bennett Barn at the Memorial Center is probably the most exciting of all the new local food venues.

It was a struggle to get the one year pilot project granted the green light. At first there was a worry about a new market at 303 York Street causing competition with the Downtown Market. After many city council discussions around the topic the Farmers’ Market Association of Kingston and local vendors are setting up shop on May 20th and running until October 21st.

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Village Co-Op Set to Open this Summer in Kingston

One of the largest problems local food enthusiasts are faced with in Kingston is the need for value added foods.

Raw goods, like the fruits and veggies we can so easily pick up from the Farmer’s Market make up the backbone of local eating.

But sometimes we don’t have time to gather tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, garlic, red peppers, basil, pasta, and mozzarella cheese to assemble our own lasagna. Sometimes we want to pick up a lasagna that only requires a quick re-heating.

It’s been impossible to find a lasagna in Kingston assembled from local ingredients ready and waiting for us to take it home, but too easy to head over to the grocery store and pick one up from the freezer aisle.

Local food producers have known for a while that there is a gap in the market for this style of product in Kingston. The problem is that in order to take their veggies and make a lasagna ready for our ovens the process has to be done in a licenced kitchen.

Licenced kitchens have very specific sets of rules and regulations as dictated by the health board, and they are routinely inspected. They work great in insuring the safety of our food, not so great for local food production, until now.

Andrew McCann, a local food warrior, began the Village Co-Op in August of 2011. He started a small Bread CSA that offered whole grain, organic bread and baked goods from rented space in the Portsmouth Hardware Store.

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