Apples, Apples

Apples, Apples

Contributing Writer Vicki McGraw It’s apple time! As I’m sure many of you did, I visited the annual Busti Apple Festival last weekend where one of the first sights you see upon entering are the big bins of crisp, juicy, red, green and yellow apples. Macintosh, Gala, Cortland, Pippins and more…the many varieties abound with […]

Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wings

Contributing Writer Vicki McGraw Well friends, Labor Day has come and gone, and now, so has my long awaited week at the beach! The summer (and my annual September pilgrimage to the beach) always seems to fly by as we try to cram as much as we can into it. Frequently, the most surprising part […]

Turning Fiction to Fact

Turning Fiction to Fact

Contributing Writer Janet Wahlberg Your family story is only a story unless you have sources. The sources and citations turn fiction to fact. I will admit that this is not a topic that I am an expert on. In fact, I am a novice when it comes to properly citing my sources. Having said that, […]

Summer Ice Cream

Summer Ice Cream

Contributing Writer Vicki McGraw Hello, friends! I hope you have been making the most of the glorious warm weather we have had this summer! I know the last week or two have been on the wet side, but we did need the rain. I am enjoying every minute of the warmth. No air conditioning needed […]

Kids Cooking

Kids Cooking

Contributing Writer Vicki McGraw Well friends, since we last met I have been very busy! In addition to all of our usual summer catering, my last two weeks have been spent at JCC teaching first “Be the Next Cake Boss” and “Advanced Cake Boss” during this year’s annual Kid’s College (ages 8-12) and “Chopped” for […]

Kids College

Kids College

Contributing Writer Vicki McGraw Well friends, this week and next will probably be my busiest weeks of the summer!! I will be enjoying my annual time as a teacher at JCC’s summer “Kid’s College”, followed by a week of “Tweens to Teens”. As always, I enjoy the experience with a terrific bunch of kids and […]

Summer Salads

Summer Salads

Contributing Writer Vicki McGraw Well, one of the biggest vacation and picnic weeks of the year is here…let the Fourth of July celebrations commence! The first week in July is traditionally set aside to remember the birth of our great nation, but it has become a week for many folks to enjoy all of the […]

Summer Vacation Kebabs

Summer Vacation Kebabs

Contributing Writer Vicki McGraw Well, it’s here…summer vacation is about to arrive in Western New York! While some of our close southern neighbors started a couple of weeks ago, Jamestown and its surrounding areas will be graduating another fine crop of young adults this week and school will be out for the summer. We all […]

Mint Julep Cheesecake

Contributing Writer Vicki McGraw Well friends, we did it! Yes, indeed, we ventured to Kentucky and back over Mother’s Day weekend. In case you missed my last column, let me fill in the blanks for you…My husband Robert, our older son Todd and I took a whirlwind excursion and went to the Kentucky Derby! It […]