Kim's Kitchen
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 …
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

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 …

Making Diet Decisions During A Pandemic
(NAPSI)—Dreadful as the pandemic has been, for some people it has meant a positive health change. Three in 10 Americans made a major change to their diet during this time, according to new …
Creamy Parmesan sauce and mushrooms on papparadelle pasta.

My way or the highway

3 days ago
Food writers, chefs, and restaurant critics are a notoriously opinionated gang. Some examples: In Laurie Colwin’s book …
Making healthy things taste suspiciously delicious, Mrs. Hill has a knack for making me rethink all the things I never ate as a kid.

Creamy chicken rice casserole

Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Spinach. The ingredient, once so despised by so many children that mothers banded together to create a cartoon to push the propaganda …
Completed butterscotch brownies.

The runaway

Wednesday, December 22, 2021
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 …

Make this ‘Mountain View’ cookie

Wednesday, November 24, 2021
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 …
My Thanksgiving dessert of choice is a simple classic I’ve been making since middle school.

The return of the great pumpkin roll

Wednesday, November 24, 2021
The interesting thing about Thanksgiving is that most individual dishes within it are widely controversial. For example, take the …
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 …
“Trick or treat!” It’s Halloween time again, and after the “trick” of 2020, we can certainly hope that Halloween 2021 is a “treat.” Of course, this …
There’s a farmer within walking distance from our house who, many years ago, affixed a crooked sign to a tree on his property advertising “Farm eggs 4 Sale.” Getting to those eggs …
What’s better than a meal that provides its own vessel for serving? Well, obviously a meal that tastes good. After all, coconuts come in their own little container, but I’m still not a …
I’ve always loved to sculpt, and this is the skill that has primarily gotten me into most of my competitions on Food Network. But while shooting “Holiday Wars” in 2019, I became …
Staff meal

Our seventh and lengthiest stay in Oaxaca, Mexico, took place this past winter. Smack in the middle of the pandemic. My sister Janet and I struggled over our decision; everyone we knew, with the …

Secrets of sweet corn

There are many foods to anticipate in the summertime, depending on the week and when they’ve come into season for harvest. One pillar of summertime cuisine may not be ready at the start of the …

“Why make art with food?” It’s a question I’m asked every once in a while when people find out what I do, and it’s a good one. After all, food does seem like a …
Some of you may have followed my Country Kitsch column in the now-defunct Towne Crier newspaper, or Tales of the Scrawny Gourmet for the Catskill Chronicle. You might recall my admission that I …
One of my favorite things is looking at the stars on a clear summer night. Whenever I do, I think about Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting. Of course, when most people think of van Gogh, …
My wife and I have been moving out of our house for what seems like the last half-century. However, as a result, our diet has diminished in creativity and quality as we have begun to frequent the …
jude’s culinary journey

Making do

For 40 years, I lived in a studio apartment, roughly 100 square feet, in Manhattan. The kitchen was lined up against one wall. There was a small four-burner stove and oven and a sink, next to which …
currents

The main course

HONESDALE, PA — The plates just kept coming. Barbecue pulled pork made with Piedmont sauce, served with hush puppies, sweet potato fries and coleslaw; tomato pie, served with …
kim's kitchen

Why not make a hamburger out of cake?

There are few things in the world that smell as good as a hamburger sizzling on a grill, and I say this even though I really can’t digest red meat. What says “summer” more than …
the food out here

Fair-weather, crunchy onion rings

While it may seem that spring has just sprung and fall is a long ways away, folks are already thinking about the catalyst events of the year: namely, the county fair. We just found out that the Wayne …
jude's culinary journey

Alice at Tiffany

Before moving full-time to Callicoon, my sister, Janet, and I drove back and forth from Manhattan each weekend to spend the weekend at our little country house. Many years ago, driving back to the …
kim's kitchen

Make this sapphire-blue cake

Whenever April comes around, I find myself thinking of the concept of renewal. It strikes me that the traditional April showers are Earth’s way of cleansing itself in preparation for the …

What's going on in local food news March 25 to 31

GLEN SPEY, NY — Folks have eagerly awaited the reopening of a Mohican Lake eatery that has been vacant for too long. They came in droves on the first day of business of the new Lorenzo’s …
March is the month of St. Patrick’s Day, and while some of you may be expecting a recipe for corned beef and cabbage, I decided to share a recipe somewhat nearer and dearer to my heart. …

In November of 2004, my sister, Janet, and I were making the long trek from our house in the Catskills to visit family in a suburb of Philadelphia. Anticipating the long drive ahead, we wanted to …

It’s a sure sign of a well-trained country cook when you start coming up with your own twists and versions of common meals you might have all the time. But have you ever thought of what you …
Growing up, my dad loved to cook for our family. A decorated Korean War veteran, he and my mom were very involved in the Liberty, NY Veterans of Foreign Wars, cooking for all sorts of events. He …

We began driving up to our house in the country every weekend in 1996. On Route 17B, we passed Blanche’s Diner, a simple building—nothing like the immense, sleek and shiny diners you see …

I’m often asked, “Who’s your favorite artist?” “Mother Nature,” I always reply. I’m very much in tune with nature and the elements. A lot of my …
As the temperatures plunge, I always look forward to diving into the protein stored up from the rest of the year in our freezer. As a hunter and as a working man, I find there simply is no …