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Pumpkin risotto adds creamy autumn flavor to the weeknight dinner

Pumpkin risotto adds creamy autumn flavor to the weeknight dinner

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
If you’ve never made risotto before, you’re missing out on a great candidate for a weeknight meal. With no more at hand than the right rice, an onion, some broth and a wedge of Parmesan, you have dinner.
 
Creamy tomato and rice soup uses better ingredients for better results

Creamy tomato and rice soup uses better ingredients for better results

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
When I was a kid, creamy tomato and rice soup was one of my go-to comfort foods.
 
Olive Garden seen through an unlimited pasta pass
NEW YORK

Olive Garden seen through an unlimited pasta pass

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
The "Never Ending Pasta Pass" card from Olive Garden not only promised weeks of unlimited pasta, but a look into why the chain is fighting to hold onto customers.
 
Flavors fuel food industry, but remain a mystery
NEW YORK

Flavors fuel food industry, but remain a mystery

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
They help give Coke its distinctive bite and Doritos its cheesy kick. But the artificial and natural flavors used to rev up the taste of processed foods remain a mystery to most Americans.
 
Gritty buckwheat helps make robust scones

Gritty buckwheat helps make robust scones

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Ann and I split a scone, gritty and satisfying. It was gritty. That’s buckwheat, cousin to tart rhubarb and bitter sorrel.
 
Pears add taste of the season to meats, salads, desserts

Pears add taste of the season to meats, salads, desserts

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Mmm, pears. Fresh, grilled alongside steak, baked into a pie — pears work in any course, from appetizers and salads, right through entrees and of course dessert.
 
DNA linked to how much coffee you drink
NEW YORK

DNA linked to how much coffee you drink

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
How much coffee do you drink every day? One cup in the morning? Or do you gulp it all day?
 
Hundreds taste downtown Schenectady’s best wings
SCHENECTADY

Hundreds taste downtown Schenectady’s best wings

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Sixteen restaurants — two more than last year — offered wing samples for the third annual Wing Walk, presented by the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp. and the Schenectady County Visitors Agency.
 
Pumpkin-filled cinnamon buns combine the top tastes of the season

Pumpkin-filled cinnamon buns combine the top tastes of the season

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
A pumpkin pie. Rolled up in a cinnamon bun. Do we have your attention yet?
 

Chia seeds are filling, add crunch, nutrition to a variety of snacks

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Pity the chia seed. For so long this nutritional powerhouse was relegated to late-night television commercials hawking sprouting cat-shaped clay planters.
 
Growing season ending, but fresh produce is still available
NISKAYUNA

Growing season ending, but fresh produce is still available

Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
The end of barbecue season doesn’t mean local produce is out of reach. Farms and grocers close to home will sell an array of flavorful fresh greens (and reds, oranges and browns) for longer than you might expect.
 
SCHENECTADY

Schenectady restaurants to wing it Oct. 2

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
The third annual Wing Walk, presented by the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp. and the Schenectady County Visitors Agency, will give the public a chance to sample chicken wings from 16 downtown Schenectady restaurants from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2.
 
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Popular side-by-side downtown Saratoga eateries get new owners

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Max London’s restaurant and Mrs. London’s Bake Shoppe have a new owner, but will continue to operate as normal.
 
Tomato pie turns last of summer harvest into deeply flavorful dish

Tomato pie turns last of summer harvest into deeply flavorful dish

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
Tomato Pie is a classic Southern dish made at the end of summer when the tomato plants are heavy with ripe fruit, but everyone has had their fill of tomato sandwiches and salads.
 
Bulking up all those salads with Brussels sprouts

Bulking up all those salads with Brussels sprouts

Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
If you love salads as much as I do, listen up, because I'm about to change your salad-building world. Ditch the usual greens and get your hands on Brussels sprouts!
 
 

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