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How to be a good overnight guest

December 21, 2014 Company chaos: n. A state of confusion and disorder caused by house guests that just don’t get it. Reference: “Christmas Vacation” movie. more »»

Suggestions for being a good guest

December 14, 2014 To be a good guest, all you have to do is remember you are wanted and welcome, or you would not have been invited. more »»

Making guests feel welcome

December 7, 2014 I recently asked my cousin, “How was your Thanksgiving?” “It was OK,” she responded. “Great to see everybody.” Sensing something else, I continued, “But ... more »»

Cookbooks are gift that keeps giving

November 30, 2014 “Well, what do you want for Christmas?” my husband asked recently. The obligatory question carried a tone of “let’s get this over with. more »»

No meal is easier than Thanksgiving

November 23, 2014 Recently, I happened to watch the sitcom “About a Boy.” The story line was a classic Thanksgiving one, in which much fuss is made about the “how to” of this yearly meal. more »»

Baking goodies for the craft fair

November 16, 2014 I know the holidays have started when I visit the Hadassah Craft Fair at the Gloversville Middle School on the weekend before Thanksgiving. more »»

Baldo’s twist on Italian tiramisu

November 9, 2014 As promised, I will continue my stories about our encounter with chef Baldassarre Fiorentino on the Amalfi coast of Italy. Baldo is an Italian cook in every way. more »»

Wine, chocolate: An odd pairing

November 2, 2014 Traveling to the post office in downtown Johnstown, as I maneuvered the corner by the old YMCA, I came face to face with a banner advertising St. John’s Church’s annual Wine and Chocolate Event. more »»

Italian recipes from Chef Baldo

October 26, 2014 Last week, I introduced my readers to Baldassarre Fiorentino, an Italian chef who enhanced our Italian experience by visiting our villa and teaching us to cook his Amalfie Coast cuisin. more »»

Learning from an Italian master chef

October 19, 2014 A once-in-a-lifetime vacation: the Amalfie Coast in southern Italy. more »»

Complaining gives restaurants new ideas

October 5, 2014 Odd as this sounds, complaints are important. Complaints tell the establishment what is wrong. If the customer doesn’t complain, potential problems might be misse. more »»

Comfort foods perfect for fall

September 28, 2014 I feel lazy today. As I sit in the late-day sun, my mind is thinking about preparing some luscious fall-related foods that I can share with my readers. Oh busboy, I’m thinking fall. more »»

Rose wine unfairly gets bad reputation

September 21, 2014 Overheard: “Do you like rose?... more »»

Ebola can be spread through food, fluids

September 14, 2014 Recently, while grazing the channels, I stopped at “Frontline,” the acclaimed PBS news magazine. The show began with a report of the Ebola outbreak in a small town in Sierra Leone. more »»

Tips for eating, enjoying soft diet

September 7, 2014 Today, we are going to look at some ideas for use in a soft diet. I know you what you are thinking: “Really, Anita? You must be getting old if you are worrying about a soft diet. more »»

How to be a diva in the dining room

August 31, 2014 Helping my Saratoga friend set the table for her dinner party, I was folding the napkins into swans when she commented, “You’ve got to meet my colleague Susanne; she is a real dining-room diva. more »»

Learning to love annual pickling

August 24, 2014 My mother never pickled. My mother-in-law pickled everything. I have cooked everything, but never pickled. A few years ago, my non-pickling years ran out. more »»

‘I’m OK’ is not OK for an answer

August 17, 2014 While I recently was sitting in the booth at lunch at one of our more frequented restaurants, the waiter handed us our menus and I absently said, “Thank you. more »»

Restaurants need patrons to stay open

August 10, 2014 My friend Mary Ellen arrived at my back door recently, exclaiming a local restaurant had gone out of business. “When did that happen?” she asked. “Oh, I think a few months ago,” I answered. more »»

Appetizer versus hors d’ouevre

August 3, 2014 “Let’s have an appetizer.” “Oh no, we’ve had too many appetizers already.” “Oh, those were hors d’oeuvres, not appetizers. more »»

Add some spice, herbs to kitchen

July 27, 2014 “Once you get a spice in your home, you have it forever. Women never throw out spices. The Egyptians were buried with their spices. I know which one I’m taking with me. more »»



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Arts grants opportunities for 2014

October 8, 2013 Saratoga Arts has announced the following information about its 2014 grant program in Fulton and Montgomery counties: Fulton-Montgomery Arts Grants (F-MAG) provides funding for arts & cultura... more »

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