Upstate New York Food & Recipes

Upstate New York is home to many unique regional dishes and specialties that come from of the wide array of ethnicities and cultures. Some of our favorite local dishes have gained nationwide popularity like Buffalo chicken wings, while the much lesser known Beef on Weck has lived in relative obscurity, but has its own cult-like following locally. I have been trying my hand at some of our most beloved regional dishes and scouting out delicious locally made products, if you’ve got one you want to share, I’d love to give it a try, send me an email or fill out my recipe submission form.

Buffalo Sponge Candy

I am so excited to finally have a recipe for sponge candy to share with you! I have been testing out recipes and techniques for months now. I have had many failed batches and have spent quite a bit of time scrubbing scorched sugar out of pans. I am a total newb to...

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Sibley’s Department Store Bakery Apple Pie

LOCAL FOOD & HISTORY 24 November 2016 The turn of the century recipe for Apple Pie from Sibley's Department Store, and holiday traditions at Midtown. I have been collecting recipes for quite a while, and usually, the backstory is just as good as the prepared dish.  I...

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Cornell Chicken BBQ

RECIPE Cornell Chicken BBQ I really do not consider myself a food nerd, but any recipe that has origins in Upstate New York will always intrigue me. I have been testing and trying recipes and dishes that have ties to Upstate New York. And while I don't usually like to...

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Utica Greens

Upstate Recipe Utica Greens 26 October 2016 A traditional Italian-American dish that originates from Utica in Upstate New York,  featuring escarole, prosciutto, pickled hot peppers and garlic.About 60 miles east of Syracuse lies the smaller city, Utica. Utica has...

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Taste of Western New York: Beef On Weck

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...

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Concord Grape Pie

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...

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Strawberry and Onion Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

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...

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Smashed Salt Potatoes

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...

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Upstate New York’s Iconic Half-Moon Cookie Recipe

Hemstrought's Half-Moon Cookie A former architect, Harry Hemstrought, opened up a little bakery in Utica in 1925. His signature cookie, half chocolate icing, half white, caught on immediately with his customers. The cookie's popularity has spread throughout Central...

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Homemade 1000 Island Dressing

If I had to make a list of the most charming towns in Upstate New York Clayton would make the list. In fact, I think I would place it pretty high on that list, but having spent summers there fishing off the village docks, and drifting around goose bay in a row boat, I...

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Fresh Strawberry Almond Muffins

Fresh Strawberry Almond Muffins I am pretty sure some of the best cooks are innkeepers at bed and breakfast inns.  So, I am thrilled to share this recipe from the Vintage Gardens Bed and Breakfast in Newark, NY. Kimberly Meeks, the innkeeper of Vintage Gardens...

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The Best Upstate New York Apples For Baking

The Best New York State Apples for Baking by Jennifer Morrisey | Sep. 07, 2015 | Upstate NY Food & Recipes | It is apple season!!   Ok, I might be rushing it a teensy weensy bit. But I have been getting some early variety apples from a friend, and I am pretty...

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