Kim's Kitchen
Growing up, my dad loved to cook for our family. A decorated Korean War veteran, he and my mom were very involved in the Liberty, NY Veterans of Foreign Wars, cooking for all sorts of events. He …
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

We began driving up to our house in the country every weekend in 1996. On Route 17B, we passed Blanche’s Diner, a simple building—nothing like the immense, sleek and shiny diners you see …

According to Mycrystals.com, “The eye-catching amethyst crystals have a long history of meanings and properties, all of which are positive, as they were known to bring forth the purest aspirations of human kind.

Make this crystal amethyst cake topper

Wednesday, January 27
I’m often asked, “Who’s your favorite artist?” “Mother Nature,” I always reply. I’m very much in tune with nature …
There are few quicker ways to satisfy your hunger than a hearty Salisbury steak.

Skip the TV-dinner version

Wednesday, January 27
As the temperatures plunge, I always look forward to diving into the protein stored up from the rest of the year in our freezer. As a …
Bowl of mushroom barley soup.

A season of soup

Wednesday, January 27
Avgolemono, billy bi, bird’s nest, borscht, bourride, caldo verde, callaloo, chlodnik, cock-a-leekie, dashi, gazpacho, menudo, …

Make this polar bear cake topper out of modeling chocolate

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
My birthday is in January, and as a child growing up in Liberty, NY, I remember how it was always too cold and snowy for me to have a …
A smorgasbord of cheese. There are worse ways to gain the holiday pounds.

Wishing you a cheesy New Year

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
When it comes to the holidays, there are so many new things to experience. Many of my year-long favorites have been discovered between …
When my brother, Buzz, was 10 years old and I was 3, he presented my parents with this concise, hand-written diatribe as to why he had been punished. “Why I Was Punished,” by Buzzy …
Stir-frys aren’t a traditional American dish, but the concept of them has been around in various forms and cultures for a long time. If you think about what a stir-fry is, it is essentially a …
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, …
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 …
I practically grew up in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). My father, Jack Simons, was a decorated Korean War Vet—and, later, VFW State Commander—who was largely responsible for …
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 very good at waking up early and has to be to work …
I am Keiko

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 from Alaska. Naturally, being interested in food and cooking from …

Make this Halloween shaker cookie

I’ve always loved Halloween. Not only does it happen during my favorite season—fall—but it represents much of what I love about Mother Nature. As a kid in Liberty, NY, I …

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 think ill of me, she was also laughing but unable to quell the …
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 …
Kim's kitchen

Make this liberty eagle out of fondant

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, …
jude’s culinary journey

In search of trout

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 …
currents

Food, relief, community

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, …

Bethel Creamery joins Nourish New York Initiative and more

What's going on in food and farming May 28 to June 3
kim's kitchen

Make this psychedelic, edible elephant

Since I got into the competitive cake world in 2010, I have been amazed at the technological advances that have been made in edible art. A wide variety of new, mind-blowing products have been …
Jude's culinary journey

Cooking in a crisis

I despise wagon wheel pasta and have no idea why children are drawn to it. Ziti, as opposed to penne, isn’t for me, either—no ridges to hold the sauce. And traditional elbow macaroni …

The restaurant business has never been easy. And now it is made more perilous as people are eating at home more. (A lot more.) In hope of inspiring our readers to support local restaurants and …

It’s safe to say that this past month has been a challenge. I hope everyone reading this is safe and making the best of the situation. If you’re one of those people who is considered …
On many occasions over the past three months in Oaxaca, Mexico, I thought of what I might write for The River Reporter when I returned home at the end of March. Would it be about the one-day cooking …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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 …
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 …