Kim's Kitchen
If you’ve ever seen an image of a snowflake under a microscope, you know how amazingly beautiful they are. Individually or in clusters, snowflakes rival any artwork created by …
Simple Fare
Neither my mother nor my father has any recollection of a ham-custard-noodle casserole from my childhood. But I do. The dish was a simple one. It had thin egg noodles with shredded ham that was …
One of the favorite questions in our household is “Do you have any thoughts for dinner?” Generally, the answer lies in what might be leftover in the fridge that can be reconstructed, as …
7 historic dishes born from tough times that you can make at home

When it comes to the holidays, there are so many new things to experience. Many of my year-long favorites have been discovered between Christmas and New Year’s at various gatherings. Folks love …

Buzz, left, Judy and Janet.

Babysitting blues

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
When my brother, Buzz, was 10 years old and I was 3, he presented my parents with this concise, hand-written diatribe as to why he had …
As the soy sauce is added, stir lightly to incorporate the building flavors.

Venison stir fry

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Stir-frys aren’t a traditional American dish, but the concept of them has been around in various forms and cultures for a long time. …
Oven-roasted Brussels sprouts and shallots.

An (unlikely) ode to Brussels sprouts

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
I did not eat a Brussels sprout until I was well into my fifth decade. Or I did, badly prepared, by which I mean steamed or boiled, …

Make these beautiful poppies out of wafer paper

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
I practically grew up in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). My father, Jack Simons, was a decorated Korean War Vet—and, later, VFW …
With every minute that passes, more water is cooked out of the apples, rendering them smoother and thicker for the spreading.

Apple butter bliss

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day—definitely in my top three, if I had to be really picky. But as someone who isn’t …
I had a Japanese pen pal for a while. It was a totally different experience than when I was eight and corresponded with a girl my age from Alaska. Naturally, being interested in food and cooking from …
I’ve always loved Halloween. Not only does it happen during my favorite season—fall—but it represents much of what I love about Mother Nature. As a kid in Liberty, NY, I …
I was in tears. Not because I was upset, but because I was laughing. Why was I laughing? Well because my wife was crying. Before you think ill of me, she was also laughing but unable to quell the …
What's going on in the local land of food September 24 to 30
We lucked out. Soon after we began renting a small house in Callicoon, the neighbor who helped secure the rental for us introduced us to his neighbors, a couple with a red-haired little boy who …
There are some smells in the morning that fill your nose and welcome the morning with a warm and aromatic transition from a slumberly dirge to a functioning status. As I awoke this past weekend from …
Make this cute scarecrow cake topper out of fondant

I have always loved fall. In our corner of the world, it is absolutely beautiful. When I see brightly colored leaves on mountain trees against a blue sky, I feel invigorated. I feel that Mother …

To market to market

I’ve never been to market to buy a fat pig, though I’ve picked up some mighty fine chorizo sausage, chops and ground pork from Hilly Acres Farm at the Callicoon Farmers’ Market. …

Like many folks in the current climate, I’ve been spending a lot more time in the kitchen, trying desperately to use up the overabundant items from my garden. The yellow squash seem to have …
Summer is in full swing now, or at least in as full-a-swing as it can be in Phase Four. With the weather being warm, the sun shining brightly and COVID-19 cases waning (at least in New York), …
A month ago, I wrote a piece called “It’s a go for grilling” which appeared in the Our Country Home section of the River Reporter. I was, ostensibly, reporting on how to go about …
ONLINE — Catskill Mountainkeeper is hosting an essential conversation with farmers and activists about regional solutions for transforming our food system in New York State on Monday, June 29 …

Treat yourself to a meal out that’s in

The restaurant business has never been easy. And now it is made more perilous as people are eating at home more. (A lot more.) In hope of inspiring our readers to support local restaurants and …
Kim's Kitchen

Make a beautiful rose out of modeling chocolate

It’s safe to say that this past month has been a challenge. I hope everyone reading this is safe and making the best of the situation. If you’re one of those people who is considered …
jude's culinary journey

Changes, challenges and creativity

On many occasions over the past three months in Oaxaca, Mexico, I thought of what I might write for The River Reporter when I returned home at the end of March. Would it be about the one-day cooking …
my view

Securing your meat supply locally

One of the many blessings of living in a rural area is the ability to purchase locally sourced meat and food products. For those looking to secure their meat supply locally, the best places to start …
Flattening the curve

Restaurants offering take-out and/or delivery

BARRYVILLE, NY B.V.H Sports Bar, curbside pick-up | 845/557-9903, www.facebook.com/bvhsportsbar  BEACH LAKE, PA Country Café & Pizzeria, take-out only | 570/729-0004, …
Jude's Culinary Journey

Gizmos and gadgets

I admit I’m drawn to kitchen gadgets. I don’t mean machines like pasta makers, food processors, bread bakers, crock pots and the like. I’m talking about the strange little gizmos …

I’ve been active in the competitive Cake World for more than 10 years now, but there is one confection that just seems to bring more joy to people than anything else: the cookie. It makes …

When I was a teenager, I always enjoyed being invited to my best friend’s home for dinner. Kate’s mom was an innovative cook, and it was in her dining room, in 1979, that I first had …
Is your body all achy? Do you feel fatigued to the point where simply standing up feels like a chore? And when you are upright, is your head pounding mercilessly? Are you feverish and find yourself …

The holidays are a time of rituals. Relatives who live far apart travel to be with family, gifts are given, hours are spent planning and preparing special food, and toasts and blessings are made …

Usually pajama parties take place at night with young girls staying up late, giggling, whispering, discussing boys and eating junk food. When I discovered that the temperature on Thanksgiving Day was …
I was 22 years old, living in a one room studio apartment in Greenwich Village, and unemployed. My kitchen was comprised of miniature versions of appliances that fit snugly against a small wall. The fridge, which was under the counter, had a solid metal door, leaving precious little room for necessities like condiments, milk and cheese. It had a tiny space for two ice cube trays; that was my freezer. 

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — Back in May, James Loney took over a small ice cream parlor. The summer flew by so quickly he didn’t find the time to host an official opening to welcome the new …

Many years ago, my sister, Janet, and I were amazed when in Italy to see businessmen at a nearby table luxuriating over an abundance of courses and many bottles of wine during a well over two-hour …
NARROWSBURG, NY — Charles Wilkin and Martin Higgins, the artisan duo that is 2 Queens, has brought the buzz down the hill and into the plaza. From its humble beginnings in 2008 at …