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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 »»

Peas are beginning to peek, transplants blooming

May 23, 2012 If you set a fruit tray and a veggie tray in front of a group of children, the kids will usually go for the fruit. But not me. more »»

Friends are great food resource

May 16, 2012 Home cooks never have had more resources available to them. Cookbooks are one of the few segments of the publishing industry that is thriving, and there are just as many magazines filled with recipes. more »»

Getting the garden in order for another summer

May 16, 2012 This year, the Tribune Chronicle is trying something different for our annual “How Does Your Garden Grow?” series — they’re turning me loose in the garden. Now, this isn’t that big of a stretc. more »»

Easy meal perfect for picnics, kids

May 9, 2012 Preparing meals has certainly changed in the past few years as I now have to take into account the fickle and strange eating habits of a 3-year-old. It was much easier when it was only my wife and . more »»

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 »»



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