Kim's Kitchen
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 …
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

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

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 …
Lorenzo Dellorusso, the proprietor of the newly opened Lorenzo’s on the Lake in Glen Spey, NY, greeted each visitor to his restaurant in Glen Spey.

A slice of heaven on Mohican Lake

Wednesday, March 24
GLEN SPEY, NY — Folks have eagerly awaited the reopening of a Mohican Lake eatery that has been vacant for too long. They came …

Grasshoppin’ into green springtime

Wednesday, March 24
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 …

Homestyle cooking on the road

Wednesday, March 24
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 …
A bowl of something soup is just the thing for a cold February day.

Something soup

Wednesday, February 24
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 …
Banana pancakes.

Forty-two over easy

Wednesday, February 24
We began driving up to our house in the country every weekend in 1996. On Route 17B, we passed Blanche’s Diner, a simple …
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 …
Avgolemono, billy bi, bird’s nest, borscht, bourride, caldo verde, callaloo, chlodnik, cock-a-leekie, dashi, gazpacho, menudo, minestra, mulligatawny and pepper pot. Recognize any of these? Do …
My birthday is in January, and as a child growing up in Liberty, NY, I remember how it was always too cold and snowy for me to have a party. On the plus side, the ice, snow and freezing wind made …
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 …
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 been punished. “Why I Was Punished,” by Buzzy …
Venison stir fry

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. If you think about what a stir-fry is, it is essentially a …

An (unlikely) ode to Brussels sprouts

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, then rolled around in a pat of butter and served on the mushy side, …

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 …
I practically grew up in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). My father, Jack Simons, was a decorated Korean War Vet—and, later, VFW State Commander—who was largely responsible for …
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 very good at waking up early and has to be to work …
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 …
jude’s culinary journey

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. …
The Way Out Here

Yellow squash fritters

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 …
Kim's Kitchen

Make this tiger cookie out of modeling chocolate

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), …
Jude's Culinary Journey

The best-laid plans

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 …

‘Regional Solutions: A Conversation on Transforming the Food System in NYS’

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 …
Kim's kitchen

Make this liberty eagle out of fondant

I have always loved birds—raptors, in particular. When I see a hawk in flight, I know I’m going to have a good day. I have also always been proud of where I come from—Liberty, …

Suzanne, a friend at Las Mariposas, our hotel in Oaxaca, Mexico, suggested we take a trip to Etla one Wednesday. It was market day, and she knew I was a market devotee. There was further incentive to …

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — This past month, Wayne County banded together in an effort to keep its residents from going hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Named the Wayne County Food Relief Fund, …
What's going on in food and farming May 28 to June 3

Since I got into the competitive cake world in 2010, I have been amazed at the technological advances that have been made in edible art. A wide variety of new, mind-blowing products have been …

I despise wagon wheel pasta and have no idea why children are drawn to it. Ziti, as opposed to penne, isn’t for me, either—no ridges to hold the sauce. And traditional elbow macaroni …
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 …

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 …

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 …
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 …