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Summer Cocktail Feature: Kir Royale

*By: Linz Bordner* Photo: Linz Bordner One of my favorite cocktails of all-time is a Kir Royale. It’s not only a great drink for the summer, but anytime of the year. Even better, it requires only two ingredients and can be made in seconds. There are different variations of the recipe, but I like to…

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The Greenhouse at Tarry Hall

*By: Linz Bordner* My wonderful mother-in-law, Lois, agreed to let us film her awe-inspiring greenhouse and answer some questions about what influenced the design along with providing us some tips and tricks on how she grows and maintains a plentiful array of herbs. If that wasn’t enough, she even prepared several herb-infused dishes and drinks…

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Summer Cocktail Feature: Pineapple Margarita

*By: Christi Shingara* Photo: Christi Shingara A refreshing cocktail for the summer? Yes, please! One of my favorite summertime drinks is a pineapple margarita. It is not only refreshing and tasty, but also easy to make. It is the perfect cocktail to consume on a hot, sunny day at the beach or just lounging by…

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Guide to Grilling Basics

*By: Megan Deppen* It's summertime, which means it's time to fire up that grill and cook some delicious food! During this time of year, I always look forward to grilling burgers, hot dogs, chicken, and steak. In addition to mouthwatering meats, summer vegetables such as corn on the cob fare well when cooked on the…

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Red, White and Blueberry Trifle

*By: Linz Bordner* If there was ever a dessert that screamed summer and the 4th of July, it’s a Berry Trifle! A gorgeous array of fresh berries layered with lemon cream and pound cake make-up this delightful dessert. It’s not only light, creamy and delicious, but wins extra kudos for its stunning red, white, and…

Food is Life: The Culinary Institute of America

*By: Megan Deppen and Christi Shingara* Photo: Christi Shingara Photo: Megan Deppen Recently we had the pleasure of experiencing The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY and it was a real treat! CIA was founded in 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut by the New Haven Restaurant Association and was led by Frances…

Summer Strawberry Salad with Chicken

*By: Christi Shingara* Photo: Christi Shingara During the summer months when temperatures can get pretty hot and sticky, most of us have no desire to put on the stove or oven and cook a hot meal. Cooking meals that are quick, cool, and of course healthy seems like the obvious way to beat the summer…

Garlic Rosemary Chicken Burgers

*By: Linz Bordner* fPhotffo:fLindsey Bordner I love food, but I especially love food during the summer months. Fresh fruits and vegetables, aromatic herbs, refreshing cocktails, and of course, the usual suspects: cheeseburgers and hot dogs. As much as I love these popular summer entrees, I tend to get sick of them quickly. Aside from that,…

We All Scream For Homemade Ice Cream!

*By Megan Deppen* It's the unofficial start of summer, which means warmer, longer days are upon us and when it gets hot out, I can't wait to cool down with everyone's favorite summertime treat...ice cream! A few years ago, a friend gifted me an ice cream maker for Christmas, and ever since then I've been…

Éclair Torte for Your Memorial Day Gathering

Photo: Linz Bordner Photo: Linz Bordner *By: Linz Bordner* If there is a dessert I love making as equally as I love eating, it’s an éclair torte. Just think of a traditional French eclair that you would get at your local bakery, but super-sized! It's three layers of light and fluffy decadence. The first layer…