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August 01, 2015
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Learn to preserve peach pie filling

LIBERTY, NY — An educational workshop on Canning Pie Filling at home safely is offered on Saturday, August 1. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will hold this hands-on class from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the new shared-use, Entrepreneurial and Teaching (EaT) Kitchen at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

It’s elderflower season

REGION — Sambucus canadensis, or American elder, is a shrub that is conspicuous in our area at this time of year due to its abundant white flowers, which grow in broad-headed panicles that cover the plant. You’ve probably passed dozens of them recently on local roadsides.  Read more

The Wayne County Food Pantry Program announces the December schedule

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The Honesdale Area Pantry will be held behind the Tri County Beverage Building on Route 6, 214 Willow Avenue in Honesdale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Tuesday, December 9. For an emergency need contact a social services agency.

The Damascus Area Pantry will be held at the Damascus Township Building from 1 to 3 p.m., on Thursday, December 18. For an emergency need call 570/224-4217 or 570/224-4189.  Read more

Grown Here: A farm-to-table dinner

The Town of Wallkill Boys & Girls Clubs will host Grown Here on Saturday, October 4 with a 5 p.m. social hour and 6 p.m. gourmet, four-course dinner on the banks of Lake Henneside in Circleville Park. The farm-to-table dining experience will highlight dishes curated by four local chefs. Each dish will be carefully crafted utilizing locally grown and locally produced ingredients, and paired with local wines, craft beers, and spirits.  Read more


For fans of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9), Quark is a funny-looking extraterrestrial who runs Quark’s Bar on the DS9 space station. For physicists, a quark is an elementary particle and fundamental constituent of matter ( For cheesemaker Emily Bryant Montgomery at Calkins Creamery in Wayne County, PA, quark is a “soft, fresh pasteurized cheese that is creamy with a mild tangy taste.” Quark is the German word for ‘fresh curd,’ and it is well loved in Germany and other locales in Europe.  Read more

‘500 Sandwiches’ Free recipes for simple, outside-the-box foods

HORTONVILLE, NY — It started as a small labor of love. Kristofer Prepelica (prep-uh-LEET-sah) wanted to give his brother a one-of-kind birthday gift, the kind that keeps on giving. So he decided to produce a binder of vintage, classic, home-style cooking recipes. The resulting collection of recipes came mostly from recipe booklets published in the late 1940s and early 1950s.  Read more

A farmers’ market is born in Milford

MILFORD, PA — A visit to Milford on any given Sunday has been enriched by the addition of the Milford Farmers’ Market, located in the courtyard of the River Rock Inn. Your senses will come alive as soon as you pass under the wisteria growing above the arbor gate at the entrance to the market, nestled under the shade trees at Second and Ann streets. The first things you will notice are the pleasant sounds of live music, played each week by local musicians who help set a “homegrown” stage for this event.  Read more

Summer is here: How to eat for the warmer season

Memorial Day officially marks the beginning of summer, and as the temperatures soar we make many changes in our lifestyle, from applying sunscreen to wearing shorts. We should also be making changes in what and how we eat. Below are some guidelines to follow to make it a healthy and enjoyable summer.

Warm temps, cool foods  Read more

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

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