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Celebrate Apple Cider Donut Season with a Twist

And just like that, it is apple season! For those of us near our Hyde Park, New York campus, visiting our local apple orchards is an unmissable autumn tradition. Sure, you pick apples to bring home for snacks and pie, but most important is the season’s first apple cider donut. […]

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Spike Your Seltzer

As the unofficial last weekend of summer, your Labor Day Weekend should be a celebration of all things summer. Song of the summer on loop, bottomless corn on the cob, and of course, the drink of summer 2021: the spiked seltzer. Canned hard seltzers in a can took over the […]

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Kid-Friendly Lunch Recipe for Back to School

Back-to-school was always my favorite season. I was never a summer kid, and heading back to the classroom meant cooler weather, new Lisa Frank school supplies, and school friends! Since the day I learned how, I don’t think I have stopped talking. At home I had three older brothers who […]

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There Is No Wrong Way to Enjoy a Peach

“I am thinking, of course, of the peach before I ate it.” Peach, D.H. Lawrence (1923). Romanticizing fruit is a task best left to the poets, who have better language for conveying what is inherently perfect about a ripe summer peach. That leaves the rest of us with the more […]

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Summer in a Jar—Savoring Every Last Bite

Every August, we try to avoid it, but it is inevitable: summer’s long days grow shorter as the season draws to a close. On the bright side, in its waning weeks, our gardens and farm stands explode with cucumbers, tomatoes, summer squash, and eggplant. If only there was a way […]

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Tips for the Perfect Fruit Pie Without a Recipe

In a moment of introspection, it has occurred to us that “pie season” is sort of a disingenuous concept. We are currently in the thick of summer pie season, but also, we are on the tail end of late spring pie season. And before we know it, it will be […]

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Eat Like a Chef: Put an Egg on It

A commonly asked question of chefs is, “Do you enjoy cooking at home?” It’s a great question! After all, most accountants don’t crunch the numbers every day, just to come home and do it for themselves and their families (at least, we don’t think so?). For those of us at […]

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Keep Cool in the Kitchen

It is very hot. And while that may not be breaking news, I am here with the headline: Sometimes, Even Chefs Can’t Stand the Heat! That doesn’t mean we’re going to get out of the kitchen (never!), but you might find us changing the way we cook and eat for […]

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Tarragon, the Forgotten Herb

There is a hierarchy of ingredients in French cuisine, and it’s pretty easy to identify some of the favorites: butter, oysters, chocolate. These are all part of our universal food consciousness, and for good reason (because, yum!). One French favorite that may not get the attention it deserves on our […]

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Where There’s Smoke, There’s Flavor

It’s grilling season, and this year, we want more out of our grill than just burgers and hot dogs. Of course, Texas is the smoking capital of the world (maybe self-appointed, but it still counts), and so we know all about low and slow briskets and beef ribs. But did […]

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Five Simple Steps to a More Sustainable Kitchen

These days it seems like we’re all looking for ways to live a little greener—both for our own health and the health of our planet. With that in mind and in an effort to reduce our own personal footprints, it is important to consider the waste we create in our […]

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Seasonal Sips to Indulge Your Senses

Spring is a feast for the senses, and after a challenging year, this spring brings the hope of reuniting with friends and family for some long-awaited outdoor get-togethers…and cocktails! Since we’re all easing our way back into entertaining, embrace convenience! For drinks, that means batch cocktails. Batch cocktails are built […]