Kim's Kitchen
The great thing about growing up in my neighborhood in Liberty, NY, was that there were always other kids around—a lot of other kids. Let’s just say that we never had to worry about …
7 historic dishes born from tough times that you can make at home

NARROWSBURG, NY — At 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, join this small town and its bee enthusiasts to celebrate the honey bee. National Honey Bee Day in August boosts awareness of honey …

What's for dinner?

Warm Up Fall with Filling Family Meals

Sunday, September 25
(Family Features) Cooler fall months call for comforting, hearty meals that taste just as delicious as they look. Filling recipes …

A Flatbread for the Family

Sunday, September 18
(Culinary.net) This Chipotle Chicken Flatbread makes for a perfect al fresco meal. Prepared along with a fresh salad or simply enjoyed …

Turn to Tradition for Tex-Mex Taste

Sunday, September 18
(Family Features) The next time your loved ones crave a comforting dish that's warming from the inside-out, turn to an all-time …

Simple Family Meals Fit for Fall

Sunday, September 18
(Family Features) Take the guesswork out of meal planning for your time-starved family with Mexican Street Corn Bowls with Grilled …

A Good-for-You Salad Loaded with Grapes

Sunday, September 11
(Family Features) Your next snack or office lunch can get a boost of flavor from this Smashed Cucumber and Grape Salad, perfect …

Natural Food Storage Containers Can Help Save Money

(TVA) - As food costs continue to rise, many people are seeking creative solutions to stretch their dollars and reduce wasted food. Buying and cooking food in bulk helps save money, as well as …
Nothing makes the house smell so good as a fresh-baked loaf of bread.

Honey wheat bread, perfect for any spread

Wednesday, September 21
When it comes to food in our household, my wife is the better chef, and I am the better baker. We share in both duties, but we bow to …
The completed honey citrus chicken thighs.

The nectar of the gods

Wednesday, September 21
A jar of Golden Blossom honey, with its green and gold label, was always in a cupboard in the kitchen of my childhood. We didn’t …

Popeyes to open in Monticello

Saturday, August 27
MONTICELLO, NY — Join the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce at a ribbon-cutting and grand opening for Popeyes, on Monday, August …
Fresh peach muffins are the perfect treat during the workday...

Peach-ure perfect muffins

Thursday, August 25
It’s amazing how fast the seasons slip by, in general, but especially this year. I’ve been hearing on the news how there …
The completed sunflower brownies.

Make this sunflower brownie

Thursday, August 25
I’ve always loved birds. When I was a child, my grandmother on my mother’s side—Evelyn, a bird lover herself—taught me about …
Returning from a trip to the city, my sister Janet and I decided to have lunch at an exceptional Greek seafood restaurant—Varka, in Ramsey, NJ. It was a warm, sunny and cloudless day and we …
Back-to-school time is slowly creeping up on us—I know, I know—and I am mentally preparing for the afterschool “hangry” situations. You know the ones I speak of, where the …
When I was a teenager in the mid-’60s, my bedroom windowsills were lined with plants (two of which were pot—full disclosure). I grew wandering Jew, spider, jade and cacti, among others.
Summer means picnics to me, and not just any picnics. It means gigantic picnics hosted by the Volunteer Fire Department Ontario Hose Co. #3, out of Liberty, NY—my hometown.
If you are as busy as my wife and I have been, simple is a much-needed element to any part of the day. 
MONTICELLO, NY — Do you love bagels?  Really  love bagels? Now’s your chance to show how original you are and what those rings of fabulousness mean to you. The Sullivan …
Cooking over wood

I’ve cooked over wood maybe a dozen times. Each of these experiences took place when I was around eight or nine years old, spending the summer—along with my sister, Janet—at …

Make these patriotic cake pops

My father absolutely loved this country. His name was Jack Simons. He was born in 1932 in Scranton, PA, but ended up graduating from Liberty High School in upstate New York—a village in the …

Tomato salad, BLT, Caprese salad, tomato sandwich, cut tomatoes with salt, cheeseburgers with some tomato on top. Not uncreative options but particularly common all the same. Everyone loves a …
Unless you’re in Spain, if you mention that you have found a fantastic tapas bar, it’s likely you will be met with this response: “What were you doing in a topless …
Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I love animals. And I’m proud that the same love of animals has also manifested in my kids. My son Corey, for example, is a 6-foot-2-inch …
Hydroponics: not your grandma’s lettuce. Not that grandma wouldn’t like some lettuce from hydroponics. Even though hydroponics has been around for quite a while now, it’s still the …
The food out here

What eggs-actly do I do?

Hopefully by the time you are reading this, the last of any leftover corned beef and cabbage has been eaten up, or the last of it is making its way into an impromptu Reuben as we bid farewell to the …
Jude’s culinary journey

Monkey business

It is tiring and time-consuming to think about food as much as I do. My obsession is not intentional. Harping on the subject is partly due to my being afflicted with “monkey mind.” …
Kim's kitchen

Make this Valentine candy lollipop

I was thinking the other day that holidays seemed like so much more fun when we were kids. It’s probably because—when we were kids—we weren’t in charge of making the holidays …
The food out here

A semi-seasonal sandwich

The way out here, we tend to eat according to what is in season. So having said that, I would like to call attention to the fact that this recipe has fresh tomatoes in it… which are neither in …
Jude's culinary journey

Where the grass is always greener

I hadn’t thought about Joan Deleo in years, but I made chicken cacciatore last night, and this morning found myself reminiscing. She was one of my best friends in junior high school, and I …
Kim's kitchen

Make this chocolate bomb snowman

Maybe it was a coincidence that we experienced our first significant snowfall of the season as I began to write this column (January 7, to be exact—Russian Orthodox Christmas). And it’s …

January is my birth month, so I wanted to share something special to celebrate. When it comes to birthdays, typically they are a celebration of something sweet, and while I love pastries and …

Food writers, chefs, and restaurant critics are a notoriously opinionated gang. Some examples: In Laurie Colwin’s book “Home Cooking,” she asserts, “As everyone knows, …
Spinach. The ingredient, once so despised by so many children that mothers banded together to create a cartoon to push the propaganda of its instantaneous muscle-growing effects (don’t …

Thanks to my recent appearances on Food Network’s “Halloween Wars” and “The Big Bake,” I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the various TV competitions …

My dad and I had an argument while he was helping me with some arithmetic problems I had brought home from school. I wasn’t following his instructions precisely the way he wanted me to. To make …
Anyone with eyes can see that we live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. And because we live here, sometimes that’s easy to forget. I’ve been lucky enough to see …

The interesting thing about Thanksgiving is that most individual dishes within it are widely controversial. For example, take the standard that is cranberry sauce. Both homemade and canned versions …

Years ago, my sister, Janet, and I traveled to New Mexico. We fell in love with that part of the country—the colors, the Native people, the history, the handicrafts, the mountains and striking …
Possibly the most sought-after drink of the fall season is apple cider. Whether you like it hot or cold, spiced or plain, bitter or sweet, the pursuit of its appley goodness is not only a great treat …