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Kale Salad

Wilted Kale Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing, Fingerling Potatoes and Fried Egg Warming and full of flavor, this savory dressing served hot on your favorite winter greens is a classic, yet still in-line with today’s food trends. Always source local if possible. Click here to view story and recipe Print PDF

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Shirley’s Garlic Dill Pickles

A real gift should be special, with deep meaning and thought behind it. I got one this past holiday season from my cousin Carol, along with her special “holiday-maker gift.” As I went to calling and dropping off the ceremonial platter of “Pecan Crescents” as a Christmas treat (a recipe that dates from the 1890s […]

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Holiday Memory Maker Sugar Cookies

I remember when four generations would be around the kitchen table working on Holiday cookies and treats. This “Vintage” recipe has been in my family for years, and is a great way to introduce your own tradition to family and friends! Get out those cookie cutters and rolling pin, you are going to make memories […]

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“Kansas City” Style Root Beer BBQ Sauce

“Kansas City” Style Root Beer BBQ Sauce It’s so darn good, don’t tell a soul. Sweet, flavorful, and with a kick, just like life should be! View Recipe Print PDF

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Grandma Esther’s German Potato Salad

She was the life of the party, and so was her Potato Salad! Everyone had a family member that, as we were growing up, was the “Bringer of the Potato Salad” for every holiday, birthday, and graduation celebration. Mine was my Grandmother Esther, from a long line of Blue Islanders dating from the 1860’s. She […]

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Apple Pie

Autumn is here and I just returned from a weekend in the country, with apples everywhere! I attended the Autumn Festival in Sharon Springs, New York, home of regional farms and the Fabulous Beekman Boys. Don’t know their story? Two guys from Manhattan went on a country apple picking adventure and ended up buying a […]

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Grilled Sweet Corn

with rosemary and vanilla butter I created this while working as a Food Research and Development Chef and the complexity of flavors makes it one of my favorite summer recipes! Sweet corn is a reward of the “Dog Days” of summer. (True Blue Islanders remember Dog Days a little differently. How many of us obtained […]

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Freezer Dill Pickles

Summertime is almost over, yet cucumbers keep on growing at an alarming rate. This easy-to-make recipe allows you to keep the cucumber flavor year round. After the cucumbers, garlic, and onions are sliced, (I like to use a Kitchen Madeline) it becomes a great “Cooking School” project for the young adults in the household. The […]

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Shirley’s Baked Beans

With summertime BBQs and gatherings approaching, it brings back memories of the Fourth of July as a kid: bikes with streamers and crepe paper woven between the spokes, parades, saluting and honoring veterans, and flying high the “Red, White and Blue!” I will share a true favorite – my mother Shirley’s Baked Beans – the highlight of many backyard summertime […]

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Corn Chowder Recipe

This time of year we all look forward to home and hearth time, with a cozy fire roaring, a great book, with HGTV, or a football game on tv. My favorite chowder recipe trends itself for all of the above. Easy, quick, hearty, and full of flavor. Although I truly support the “Farm to Table,” […]

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