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September 20, 2017

The arrival of apple season is a worthy consolation prize for the departure of summer. Leaves will soon be turning red and golden brown, but for now, I am celebrating the original fall flavor (before pumpkin spice syrupy things took over the world): apples slow-baked in some form of buttery pastry,…


Lean beef makes grandma's meatballs healthier

September 13, 2017

Spaghetti and meatballs was the classic dish I ate at Grandma’s house growing up: She had her all-day recipe that filled her creaky house with heady aromas that built anticipation as meatballs simmered in sauce on the stove.

The fact that she was 100 percent first-generation German —…


Mix brandy, cider, vinegar for a fall cocktail

September 06, 2017

Most seasons have a signature cocktail. We drink fresh and fruity in the summer, brown and brooding in the winter. But what do we drink in the fall, other than apple cider? Apple cider cocktails. Specifically, this Cortland Jab.

This recipe features some of the season’s favorite flavors, with…


Cook fresh fruit in custardy batter

August 30, 2017

September is a curious kind of month. It’s the time of year that we wistfully bid farewell to the easy, carefree days of summer and say hello to the crisp apples, new school clothes and the more structured schedules autumn brings.

If you’re not quite ready to let go of summer, The…