Hi I am Jen!
Welcome to my home on the internet. I’m so glad you’ve stopped by and hope you’ll find some fun things you’ll enjoy.
I am an adventurous spirit who is constantly exploring and seeking new experiences. I’ve had a rapt curiosity about the history of the Finger Lakes region my entire life, whether it be the remarkable amount of U.S. history that took place here , or the unique foods found only in our home region. I’m fascinated by it and always seek the next adventure.
I hope you’ll settle in and stay while.
Recent Blog Posts
Upstate Recipe Utica Greens 26 October 2016 A traditional Italian-American dish that originates from Utica in Upstate New York, featuring escarole, prosciutto, pickeld hot peppers and garlic. About 60 miles east of Syracuse lies the smaller city, Utica. Utica has a...read more
FOOD & RECIPES Taste of Western New York: Making Beef On Weck at Home October 2016 A beef on weck (also known as beef on wick) is a sandwich found primarily in Western New York, specifically in the Buffalo region. What separates this hot roast beef sandwich from a...read more
Cook For the Cure Almond Cupcakes with Cherry Almond Buttercream Frosting Most of us have been touched in some way by breast cancer, our family has been affected by this terrifying disease. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time to reflect on the impact breast...read more
TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE 20 Fun Things to do in the Finger Lakes this Fall 22 September 2016 The Finger Lakes are exceptional year around, But I think the region really shines in the autumn. The fall foliage is some of the most beautiful in the country, and it is hard...read more
FOOD & RECIPES Concord Grape Pie September 2016 Nothing says fall in Upstate New York like a grape pie. This grapey Naples, NY confection is fairly new to the world of desserts, but it sure has made an impact. This annual treat is anticipated by many, and for some...read more
The Perfect Sunday in Sodus Point 04 July 2016 Local Wanderings Life Upstate New York Last week we decided to pack up the boat and kids and hit Lake Ontario for the day. It ended up being a perfect day at "The Point". Have you ever been to Sodus Point? It often feels...read more
RECIPE Strawberry and Onion Salad with Poppyseed Dressing 28 June 2016 Strawberry and Onion Salad with Poppyseed Dressing from the iconic Rochester Junior League Cookbook Applehood and Motherpie, is a refreshing spring salad. Make this when local strawberries are...read more
Try A New Ice-Cream Flavor June is the perfect time to hit your favorite ice cream shop. Skip vanilla, chocolate or strawberry. Locally handcrafted ice cream flavors seem to be getting more and more creative each day, branch out and discover a new favorite. Seriously...read more
Leftover Salt Potatoes So Memorial Day has come and gone, but you still have salt potatoes hanging around in the fridge. It happens... a lot at my house. You have a couple of options. Reheat those bad boys, add more butter, and serve them up again. Although, at my...read more
Spring in Rochester It is no secret we love our lilacs here in Rochester! The city's collection of lilacs in Highland Park is world famous, even Martha Stewart has come to check out the blossoms during their peak in May. For myself, getting to the lilac festival is...read more