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Grandma Esther’s Braised Red Cabbage

Everyone has a favorite “grandma” dish at the holidays and Braised Red Cabbage is one of mine. It brings back so many memories of my grandmother’s kitchen and all the Christmas family dinners held at her home. As a kid I thought Grandma Esther had the best kitchen in the world. Her Roper stove was […]

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Holiday Corn Chowder

The holidays are filled with family food traditions but I wonder how many include Corn Chowder? I should probably call it Christmas Tree Corn Chowder as my mom always made it the day of the family “hunt” for the perfect Christmas tree. Early that morning she would peel the potatoes and dice all the vegetables. […]

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Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing

Best Thanksgiving Dressing

My favorite meal of the year is Thanksgiving, full of traditions, remembrances and great flavors. Some speak of turkey, or the after the meal pie, but to me it’s all about the dressing. As a small child I had a big part in this Thanksgiving treasure. My job was to pull the bakery bread apart, […]

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Rhubarb Pie Recipe

A Radiant and Rosy Rhubarb Pie Recipe Nothing “springs” you out of the winter more than the thought of freshly-­‐baked, rhubarb pie. O the memories…the rhubarb and the tulips racing to break through the ground to reach the warming sun. I remember as a kid the satisfaction of that first pick of the season of the crimson […]

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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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