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Stock doesn’t pay off, and other plants that didn’t work

August 29, 2012 Last week, I talked about pleasant surprises in the garden — flowers popping up where they weren’t planted and plants that I thought were dead making a reappearanc. more »»

Orange chicken is a family favorite

August 22, 2012 It was at my wedding shower more than 40 years ago that I received a copy of Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook. It was the 1968 spiral bound edition, and it was the first cookbook I owned. more »»

Plenty of surprises pop up in summer gardening plots

August 22, 2012 Any given year, there are things that work in the garden, and things that don’t. more »»

Gardener learns that good fences make good gardens

August 15, 2012 If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my cottage garden this year, it’s the importance of fencing. For a lot of people, fencing helps keep out pests that like to nibble on garden goodies. more »»

Family, famed chef influenced career

August 9, 2012 Mark Canzonetta grew up around plenty of good cooks who influenced hi. more »»

First tomato of summer gives gardener a taste of victory

August 9, 2012 Is there anything that screams “summer” more than picking and eating a red, ripe homegrown tomato? It’s something I finally got to experience Monday after last week’s column complaining about how... more »»

Olympics inspire British treat

August 1, 2012 As my friends and family will confirm, I’m an Anglophile. I was up at 5 a.m. more »»

Stuffed pork chops not quite like Mom’s

July 25, 2012 Mom generally pan-fried her chops, and they always were delicious. However, I prefer to bake my chops in a 350-degree oven. I believe they are healthier and usually turn out less greasy that way. more »»

Buried in berries? Better bake

July 18, 2012 I’ve never looked a gift horse in the mouth. I’ll look wherever I have to, because I usually can’t afford to pass up a gift. I just say “Thank you, Mr. Gift Horse,” and send him on his wa. more »»

A midsummer gardener’s thoughts and musings

July 18, 2012 I worried that by going on vacation during the last week of June, I’d miss out on the best days of my garde. more »»

Making the most of farmers market finds

July 11, 2012 Most Saturdays in the summer, my day starts at the Howland Farmers Market. more »»

Charting the ups and downs of summer in the garden

July 11, 2012 Summer isn’t just gardening time; it’s also vacation time. I left for a week’s vacation on Prince Edward Island in Canada on June 22 and came back to a very different garden than I left. more »»

‘Mmmm, that’s good’

July 4, 2012 CORTLAND — Even after decades of managing and owning restaurants, Vaughn Sayers reaches back for his mother’s recipes. more »»

The big debate over rice pudding

June 27, 2012 Next month, the husband and I will be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. more »»

The great Greek cookie challenge

June 13, 2012 A while back — Sept. 29, 2010, to be precise — I wrote about my Grandma Bollas’ chocolate chip cookie. more »»

Water, water everywhere ... but not in my containers

June 13, 2012 One of the essential elements necessary for a healthy garden is water. An obvious statement, but one that container gardeners always need to keep in mind. more »»

After a rainy weekend, flowers appear in the garden

June 6, 2012 As I sat down to write my garden column last week, I had a panicked thought — what if I don’t have enough going on in my garden to write about for a whole summer? Of course, that was an absolutely... more »»

Vernon’s Cafe owner fires up grill at home

June 5, 2012 “He chops, cooks and talks fast.” An accurate description of his father from 14-year-old Tre Cesta. Meanwhile, Vernon Cesta is cutting salad fixings at an alarming rate of speed. more »»

Gardening is a waiting game, but offers rewards

May 30, 2012 I’m a fan of things that are instant. I like my Netflix streaming, where many of my favorite TV shows and movies are ready for me to watch at the press of a butto. more »»

Pretty as a picture

May 23, 2012 The Internet for sure has not done any favors for those trying to avoid decadent foods. more »»



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