Christmas List

Contributing Writer Vicki McGraw So…how many things have you crossed off your Christmas to-do list?? I know I have very little crossed off, and in turn, an awful lot left to do! I am ready to start thinking homemade gifts will be a good idea. I can stay home on my day off and create […]

Pumpkin Soup

Contributing Writer Vicki McGraw November!! Already!! I can’t believe it! Where does the time go? I remember my grandfather saying time goes quicker the older we get. At the time I thought he was joking, but as I have gotten older, I see that it is true. Days turn into weeks, weeks to months then […]

Pumpkin Cheesecake

If you have kids, October means one thing-Halloween! And of course, Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without a Jack-o-lantern! You see pumpkins everywhere this time of year, and not just in the usual places, like gardens, farm markets and front porches. I have seen pumpkins in windows, on lamp posts and fence posts, and […]

Acorn Squash Soup

We had the opportunity to cater an outdoor wedding reception recently…I always worry about outdoor events because our weather is so unpredictable. The dear weather man had spent the week forecasting rain and cold for Saturday. The forecast was rather dire, but we remained calm. The clouds threatened, but not to worry. On Friday, we […]

Happy Dyngus Day!!

What? You don’t know what Dyngus Day is? Well, if you have any Polish ancestors or grew up in western New York, you have surely heard of the celebration that takes place the day after Easter. The celebration is most notably remembered for the practice of swatting each other with pussy willow branches and sprinkling […]

George’s Favorite Cherry Pie

I don’t know about you, but President’s Day always makes me want to bake a pie. More specifically, a cherry pie, in honor of George Washington. I’m sure you know the story…young George could not tell a lie and admitted to chopping down a cherry tree. Well, as it so happens, cherry pie is my […]

Join Me in the Kitchen

Again with the weather…how crazy has it been? Really cold, unusually warm, really cold again; Wow! The only thing I can think to do is make soup! OK, so maybe warm weather doesn’t make us immediately think of soup (although I do love a good batch of gazpacho), the cold weather certainly does. Nothing says […]

Yummy Pancakes

So…how are you doing with your resolution to eat more healthy? Are you still sticking to a healthier diet? Good for you! I have to admit that I haven’t been too rigid yet; my birthday falls during the first week of January, so I usually wait to start my diet until after that. Now I […]