Kim's Kitchen
My father absolutely loved this country. His name was Jack Simons. He was born in 1932 in Scranton, PA, but ended up graduating from Liberty High School in upstate New York—a village in the …
7 historic dishes born from tough times that you can make at home

I’ve cooked over wood maybe a dozen times. Each of these experiences took place when I was around eight or nine years old, spending the summer—along with my sister, Janet—at …

Fresh Summer Flavors with Grilled Grass-Fed Lamb

Sunday, June 19
(Family Features) Enjoy flavorful meals straight off the grill this summer with these delicious recipes that put grass-fed lamb …

Savor the Flavors of Summer

Sunday, June 19
(Family Features) Take advantage of mouthwatering taste with these Summer Shrimp and Squash Kebabs, an easy way to bring loved …

Cook with Heart Health in Mind

Sunday, June 12
(Family Features) Making smart choices when cooking at home can give you more control over the types of tasty, heart-healthy …

A Chef-Worthy Summer Classic

Sunday, June 12
(Family Features) Steak enthusiasts can show off their summer cooking skills with this recipe for Southwest Steaks with Creamy …

Mediterranean-Inspired Dinner Parties Made Easy

Sunday, June 12
(Family Features) Over the past two years, home chefs have had time to explore new recipes, ingredients and cooking techniques, …
With groceries dwindling, my wife knows how to make a feast from the dusty corners of our pantry.

Homestyle tomato soup

4 days ago
Tomato salad, BLT, Caprese salad, tomato sandwich, cut tomatoes with salt, cheeseburgers with some tomato on top. Not uncreative …
Bandarillas with dipping dressing.

The spice of life: From tapas to meze

4 days ago
Unless you’re in Spain, if you mention that you have found a fantastic tapas bar, it’s likely you will be met with this …
The completed Double-Stuffed Farm Animal cookies.

Make a double-stuffed farm animal cookie

Thursday, May 26
Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I love animals. And I’m proud that the same love of animals has also manifested in my …
Nothing like fresh lettuce straight from our hydroponic rack...

Hydroponic lettuce wraps

Thursday, May 26
Hydroponics: not your grandma’s lettuce. Not that grandma wouldn’t like some lettuce from hydroponics. Even though hydroponics has …
Black bean dip, garnished with cilantro.

Hit or miss

Thursday, May 26
I like cooking for people. Presenting folks with food is something I have always done. I give a part of myself, an important one, …
KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — For a store of its size, Mason Jar Specialty Food is packed with delicious edibles. From locally produced items in the freezer and refrigerator cases to shelved items and …
My wife and I rolled into the driveway from church and hurried inside with the boys to begin the final preparations for Easter dinner. The ham had been slow-cooking and was ready to cut and plate, …
I’ve been fascinated by birds since childhood. When I see a hawk in flight, I know I’m going to have a good day. I’m lucky that I live in the mountains of Wurtsboro, NY, because …
Mint is not a weed, but it can be invasive and it spreads with the speed of light, often taking up more space in the garden than one would like. And it’s difficult to pull out, as its roots are …
More snow is falling as I write this column. Schools are closed, and I’m scrambling to alert participants that my Sip N’ Paint class scheduled for tonight at El Sombrero in Rock Hill, NY, …
Hopefully by the time you are reading this, the last of any leftover corned beef and cabbage has been eaten up, or the last of it is making its way into an impromptu Reuben as we bid farewell to the …
Monkey business

It is tiring and time-consuming to think about food as much as I do. My obsession is not intentional. Harping on the subject is partly due to my being afflicted with “monkey mind.” …

Make this Valentine candy lollipop

I was thinking the other day that holidays seemed like so much more fun when we were kids. It’s probably because—when we were kids—we weren’t in charge of making the holidays …

The way out here, we tend to eat according to what is in season. So having said that, I would like to call attention to the fact that this recipe has fresh tomatoes in it… which are neither in …
I hadn’t thought about Joan Deleo in years, but I made chicken cacciatore last night, and this morning found myself reminiscing. She was one of my best friends in junior high school, and I …
Maybe it was a coincidence that we experienced our first significant snowfall of the season as I began to write this column (January 7, to be exact—Russian Orthodox Christmas). And it’s …
January is my birth month, so I wanted to share something special to celebrate. When it comes to birthdays, typically they are a celebration of something sweet, and while I love pastries and …
Jude's culinary journey

Japanese in Mexico

Years ago, my sister, Janet, and I traveled to New Mexico. We fell in love with that part of the country—the colors, the Native people, the history, the handicrafts, the mountains and striking …
The food out here

Hacking apple cider

Possibly the most sought-after drink of the fall season is apple cider. Whether you like it hot or cold, spiced or plain, bitter or sweet, the pursuit of its appley goodness is not only a great treat …
Kim's Kitchen

Make this chocolate surprise pumpkin

“Trick or treat!” It’s Halloween time again, and after the “trick” of 2020, we can certainly hope that Halloween 2021 is a “treat.” Of course, this …
Jude’s culinary journey

Consider the egg

There’s a farmer within walking distance from our house who, many years ago, affixed a crooked sign to a tree on his property advertising “Farm eggs 4 Sale.” Getting to those eggs …
The food out here

Stuffed spaghetti squash

What’s better than a meal that provides its own vessel for serving? Well, obviously a meal that tastes good. After all, coconuts come in their own little container, but I’m still not a …
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Make sugar like glass

I’ve always loved to sculpt, and this is the skill that has primarily gotten me into most of my competitions on Food Network. But while shooting “Holiday Wars” in 2019, I became …

Our seventh and lengthiest stay in Oaxaca, Mexico, took place this past winter. Smack in the middle of the pandemic. My sister Janet and I struggled over our decision; everyone we knew, with the …

There are many foods to anticipate in the summertime, depending on the week and when they’ve come into season for harvest. One pillar of summertime cuisine may not be ready at the start of the …
“Why make art with food?” It’s a question I’m asked every once in a while when people find out what I do, and it’s a good one. After all, food does seem like a …

Some of you may have followed my Country Kitsch column in the now-defunct Towne Crier newspaper, or Tales of the Scrawny Gourmet for the Catskill Chronicle. You might recall my admission that I …

One of my favorite things is looking at the stars on a clear summer night. Whenever I do, I think about Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting. Of course, when most people think of van Gogh, …
My wife and I have been moving out of our house for what seems like the last half-century. However, as a result, our diet has diminished in creativity and quality as we have begun to frequent the …

I was disappointed, even frustrated, when my sister, Janet, discovered an allergy to shrimp. At a Japanese hibachi meal in upstate New York, we had a delicious lunch, then headed for the parking lot, …

Better late than never, seems to be the motto of my family homesteading this season as we race to catch up with nearly every aspect of our farming. We started up our season of meat birds again after …
I am a big believer in the concept of spirit animals. Perhaps you are familiar with the idea as well. According to intuitive and Shamanistic healer Colleen McCann, “A spirit animal is …