New Year’s resolution-breaker cookies

I’m often asked how I got into making cakes and competing on TV. The short answer is that, back in about 2010, I was watching a cake show and thought, “I can do that!” I abused …
Kim's Kitchen
My mother was born on Christmas Day, which is why her name is Carol. But to hear her tell it, that wasn’t necessarily a great thing—at least for her. She was the youngest of four in a …
The bacon-wrapped meatloaf, heading into the oven.

Birthday beef

Wednesday, January 25
I’ve had meatloaf for many of my birthdays over the years. When I was a kid, it was one of the best things my mom made me, thus it …
The completed Vietnamese cabbage slaw.

A smattering of tips, hints and truths

Wednesday, January 25
Over the years, I have picked up and adhere to some worthwhile cooking tips. I’ve already admonished those who refrigerate tomatoes, …
Hot chocolate bombs are absolutely... the bomb.

Hot chocolate is the bomb

Thursday, December 22, 2022
Nothing pleases all crowds, young and old, quite so much as a good old-fashioned hot chocolate. However, not every cup of hot …

Dining with Cindy

Thursday, December 22, 2022
I met Cindy at a bar in the Village. We soon discovered we had more in common than enjoying a cocktail or two in the evenings. We both …
The Fireside Supper Room at the Western Hotel.

Get into the holiday spirit with local spirits

Thursday, December 22, 2022
REGION — It can be difficult to shop for the perfect holiday gift. This year, why not lift your loved ones’ spirits with, well, …

Since my junior year in high school, when I grew mung bean sprouts between moist paper towels in my mother’s dish cupboard, my consumption and knowledge of sprouts has expanded.  For a …

7 recipes to take your Game Day spread to the next level

(BPT) - Do you love hosting friends and family for game day? With the big game and college basketball championship season quickly approaching, you'll want to make sure your house is ready for your …

Epic Eats for the Big Game

(BPT) - Make your Big Game food spread EPIC by creating quick twists on classic snacks that pack in the flavor. The nibbles and bites your family or crowd enjoys during the big day are all part of …

Cherrish Every Moment with Cherries from Chile

(NewsUSA) - ​​​​​​There’s more to be sweet about in February then just Valentine’s Day. February is National Cherry Month, and you can find sweet, juicy Chilean cherries in your …
When my mother was about to embark on an experience that made her nervous, she’d say, “I’m going with my friends, Fear and Trepidation.” Along with another pal, …
I was driving through our local mountains a few days ago, during the peak of fall foliage. The way the sunlight flickered through the vibrantly colored leaves reminded me of just how much I love this …
Well, it’s Thanksgiving—or likely a day or so afterward, by the time this is distributed—and I’m sure the first thing on everyone’s mind is turkey, stuffing, mashed …
 Devin Michael Housman loved Halloween.  As a child, Devin was diagnosed with autism. The Housman family—mother Yvonne, father Jim, and older sister Briana—faced many …
In 1976, when I was liberating myself from my parent’s home and hunting for an apartment in Greenwich Village, I found the choices dismal. Some buildings, particularly those on MacDougal …
My earliest recollection of accompanying my mother while she shopped is of going to a woman’s clothing store on the south shore of Long Island. It was called Begg’s. I must’ve been …
Baking with garden herbs

HAWLEY, PA — Did you know that the taste of an herb is different, depending on the geographical location from which it was harvested? What about the consumer’s own genes? Would they have …

Make these delicious honey cupcakes

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 …

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 …
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 each other’s strengths. As my regular readers will know, …
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 reach for it often. In winter, I would drizzle it over a bowl of …
MONTICELLO, NY — Join the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce at a ribbon-cutting and grand opening for Popeyes, on Monday, August 29 at 10 a.m. Popeyes is located at  4058 Rte. 42 …
Blueberry compote, she wrote

If you are as busy as my wife and I have been, simple is a much-needed element to any part of the day. 

Bagelmaniacs wanted

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 …

Our country home

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 …
Kim's Kitchen

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 …
The food out here

Homestyle tomato soup

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 …
Jude's culinary journey

The spice of life: From tapas to meze

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 …
Kim's kitchen

Make a double-stuffed farm animal cookie

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 …
The food out here

Hydroponic lettuce wraps

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 …

I like cooking for people. Presenting folks with food is something I have always done. I give a part of myself, an important one, something that is in my heart. At times I offer food that is a …

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — For a store of its size, Mason Jar Specialty Food is packed with delicious edibles. From locally produced items in the freezer and refrigerator cases to shelved items and …
My wife and I rolled into the driveway from church and hurried inside with the boys to begin the final preparations for Easter dinner. The ham had been slow-cooking and was ready to cut and plate, …

I’ve been fascinated by birds since childhood. When I see a hawk in flight, I know I’m going to have a good day. I’m lucky that I live in the mountains of Wurtsboro, NY, because …

Mint is not a weed, but it can be invasive and it spreads with the speed of light, often taking up more space in the garden than one would like. And it’s difficult to pull out, as its roots are …
More snow is falling as I write this column. Schools are closed, and I’m scrambling to alert participants that my Sip N’ Paint class scheduled for tonight at El Sombrero in Rock Hill, NY, …

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 …

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.” …
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 …