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Fire it up

May 2, 2012 The warm weather in March may have encouraged some to jump the gun, but May traditionally is the month when folks start thinking about excavating the grill from the garage or storage she. more »»

Braising beef for a moist, tender meal

April 25, 2012 For as long as I can remember, it has always been a tradition to make a roast for Sunday dinner. more »»

Turkey chili is lowfat and delicious

April 18, 2012 I was invited to a relatively impromptu party at a friend’s house, and the plan was for each guest to bring a covered dish. more »»

Veggie-packed recipe is a keeper

April 11, 2012 Every now and then, when I’m tired of my usual repertoire of dinner recipes, I?take to the Internet to find something new to me to try. more »»

Baker brings international tastes home

April 4, 2012 These days Melissa Yohman-Murphy spends her days making cupcakes and elaborate wedding and birthday cakes at Blue Iris Cakery in Niles. more »»

Serving up family time in the kitchen

March 28, 2012 Spending time in the kitchen is therapeutic for me, and it’s a pleasure I always wanted to pass on in my family. Enter two sons, both ‘‘all-boy,’’ multi-sport athletes. more »»

Pastitsio is tasty intro to Greek cuisine

March 21, 2012 Growing up, Greek food was, well … Greek to me. I’m not sure why. My grandfather’s stepfather was Greek, and his half-sister — my great-aunt — was Greek Orthodox. more »»

Facebook gets friends to eat vegetables

March 14, 2012 Sometimes, in its own unique way, life finds a way to get you to eat your vegetables. Circumstances can sometimes compel people to make positive life changes. more »»

Chicken salad serves as meal

March 7, 2012 Spring is on its way, so salad is on the menu. This is no side dish — it’s huge. “I like salads a lot,” said Konstantinos Kouvas, owner of the Four-Star Diner in Cortland. more »»

Go nuts (or not)?with banana bread

February 29, 2012 With or without. The core of one of life’s great debates centers around this simple idea. With or without. more »»

One-dish meal feeds a family

February 22, 2012 I’ve often written about recipes inherited from my mother, grandmother and other family members who have since passed on and left behind family favorites. more »»

Guy doesn’t live by barbecue alone

February 15, 2012 The first thing Guy Hughes remembers cooking is a hamburger. ‘‘I had smoke everywhere, but it was great,’’ he said. more »»

Just like a visit to Grandma’s

February 8, 2012 Growing up, it was a very special treat to spend the night at grandma’s hous. more »»

Chef seeks simplicity at home

January 25, 2012 By ANDY GRAY Tribune Chronicle NILES — Richard ‘‘Chookie’’ Alberini has spent his entire life in restaurants. more »»

It’s a chicken fiesta in a crock

January 18, 2012 By now, regular readers of this page probably know I love my slow cooker. After a hectic day, there is nothing like coming home to a meal that is cooked and read. more »»

Dessert has chocolate cake ‘beet’

January 11, 2012 As a movie buff, I make many a pilgrimage to the Cedar Lee theater in Cleveland to take in a new movie, or enjoy a cult classic. more »»

Resolve to eat healthier mac and cheese

January 4, 2012 Let’s see, first there was Thanksgiving with turkey, dressing and all of the trimmings, including pies. more »»

Traditional meal spans generations

December 21, 2011 One of the best pieces of advice anyone can give a newlywed is to collect family recipes. more »»

Busy grandma makes time for nut rolls

December 14, 2011 CORTLAND — Jenna Governor says her grandmother is usually going nuts this time of the year. But anyone who knows Carmella Hicks also knows that can be a good thing. more »»

Fruit cake:?Don’t knock it till you try it

December 7, 2011 There they are ... fruit cake jokes. Shame on them. Some of you never tried fruit cake because of the jokes and stories associated with it. more »»



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