Kim's Kitchen
If you’ve ever seen an image of a snowflake under a microscope, you know how amazingly beautiful they are. Individually or in clusters, snowflakes rival any artwork created by …
Simple Fare
Neither my mother nor my father has any recollection of a ham-custard-noodle casserole from my childhood. But I do. The dish was a simple one. It had thin egg noodles with shredded ham that was …
One of the favorite questions in our household is “Do you have any thoughts for dinner?” Generally, the answer lies in what might be leftover in the fridge that can be reconstructed, as …
7 historic dishes born from tough times that you can make at home

I did not eat a Brussels sprout until I was well into my fifth decade. Or I did, badly prepared, by which I mean steamed or boiled, then rolled around in a pat of butter and served on the mushy side, …

Make these beautiful poppies out of wafer paper

Wednesday, October 21
I practically grew up in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). My father, Jack Simons, was a decorated Korean War Vet—and, later, VFW …
With every minute that passes, more water is cooked out of the apples, rendering them smoother and thicker for the spreading.

Apple butter bliss

Wednesday, October 21
Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day—definitely in my top three, if I had to be really picky. But as someone who isn’t …
Soba noodles with cilantro and Thai basil garnish.

I am Keiko

Wednesday, October 21
I had a Japanese pen pal for a while. It was a totally different experience than when I was eight and corresponded with a girl my age …

Make this Halloween shaker cookie

Wednesday, September 23
I’ve always loved Halloween. Not only does it happen during my favorite season—fall—but it represents much of what I love …
Fresh onions to start the base of our French onion soup.

Crying over French onion soup

Wednesday, September 23
I was in tears. Not because I was upset, but because I was laughing. Why was I laughing? Well because my wife was crying. Before you …
What's going on in the local land of food September 24 to 30
We lucked out. Soon after we began renting a small house in Callicoon, the neighbor who helped secure the rental for us introduced us to his neighbors, a couple with a red-haired little boy who …
There are some smells in the morning that fill your nose and welcome the morning with a warm and aromatic transition from a slumberly dirge to a functioning status. As I awoke this past weekend from …
I have always loved fall. In our corner of the world, it is absolutely beautiful. When I see brightly colored leaves on mountain trees against a blue sky, I feel invigorated. I feel that Mother …
I’ve never been to market to buy a fat pig, though I’ve picked up some mighty fine chorizo sausage, chops and ground pork from Hilly Acres Farm at the Callicoon Farmers’ Market. …
Like many folks in the current climate, I’ve been spending a lot more time in the kitchen, trying desperately to use up the overabundant items from my garden. The yellow squash seem to have …
Make this tiger cookie out of modeling chocolate

Summer is in full swing now, or at least in as full-a-swing as it can be in Phase Four. With the weather being warm, the sun shining brightly and COVID-19 cases waning (at least in New York), …

The best-laid plans

A month ago, I wrote a piece called “It’s a go for grilling” which appeared in the Our Country Home section of the River Reporter. I was, ostensibly, reporting on how to go about …

ONLINE — Catskill Mountainkeeper is hosting an essential conversation with farmers and activists about regional solutions for transforming our food system in New York State on Monday, June 29 …
I have always loved birds—raptors, in particular. When I see a hawk in flight, I know I’m going to have a good day. I have also always been proud of where I come from—Liberty, …
Suzanne, a friend at Las Mariposas, our hotel in Oaxaca, Mexico, suggested we take a trip to Etla one Wednesday. It was market day, and she knew I was a market devotee. There was further incentive to …
WAYNE COUNTY, PA — This past month, Wayne County banded together in an effort to keep its residents from going hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Named the Wayne County Food Relief Fund, …
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Securing your meat supply locally

One of the many blessings of living in a rural area is the ability to purchase locally sourced meat and food products. For those looking to secure their meat supply locally, the best places to start …
Flattening the curve

Restaurants offering take-out and/or delivery

BARRYVILLE, NY B.V.H Sports Bar, curbside pick-up | 845/557-9903, www.facebook.com/bvhsportsbar  BEACH LAKE, PA Country Café & Pizzeria, take-out only | 570/729-0004, …
Jude's Culinary Journey

Gizmos and gadgets

I admit I’m drawn to kitchen gadgets. I don’t mean machines like pasta makers, food processors, bread bakers, crock pots and the like. I’m talking about the strange little gizmos …
Kim's Kitchen

A perfect treat for St. Patrick’s Day

I’ve been active in the competitive Cake World for more than 10 years now, but there is one confection that just seems to bring more joy to people than anything else: the cookie. It makes …
Jude’s Culinary Journey

Mise en place

When I was a teenager, I always enjoyed being invited to my best friend’s home for dinner. Kate’s mom was an innovative cook, and it was in her dining room, in 1979, that I first had …

Under the weather

Is your body all achy? Do you feel fatigued to the point where simply standing up feels like a chore? And when you are upright, is your head pounding mercilessly? Are you feverish and find yourself …

The holidays are a time of rituals. Relatives who live far apart travel to be with family, gifts are given, hours are spent planning and preparing special food, and toasts and blessings are made …

Usually pajama parties take place at night with young girls staying up late, giggling, whispering, discussing boys and eating junk food. When I discovered that the temperature on Thanksgiving Day was …
I was 22 years old, living in a one room studio apartment in Greenwich Village, and unemployed. My kitchen was comprised of miniature versions of appliances that fit snugly against a small wall. The fridge, which was under the counter, had a solid metal door, leaving precious little room for necessities like condiments, milk and cheese. It had a tiny space for two ice cube trays; that was my freezer. 

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — Back in May, James Loney took over a small ice cream parlor. The summer flew by so quickly he didn’t find the time to host an official opening to welcome the new …

Many years ago, my sister, Janet, and I were amazed when in Italy to see businessmen at a nearby table luxuriating over an abundance of courses and many bottles of wine during a well over two-hour …
NARROWSBURG, NY — Charles Wilkin and Martin Higgins, the artisan duo that is 2 Queens, has brought the buzz down the hill and into the plaza. From its humble beginnings in 2008 at …

At five years of age, I walked into my kindergarten class and made my way directly to a corner of the room where a child-sized kitchen stood. The miniature stove, sink and refrigerator were made of …

Here are some tips on cheese and wine pairings, and a few suggestions for where to grab your Swiss and sauvignon blanc locally.
For me, country living led to the exploration of pursuits I never explored as a city dweller.