With tangy dried cranberries and an exotic hint of cardamom, these oatmeal cookies are special enough for a holiday celebration.

Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries and Cardamom

Here’s a cookie recipe featuring an exotic spice to make it special enough for a holiday celebration. I’ll show you the recipe in just a minute, but first I have a handy baking tip and a few fun facts about cardamom to share. The Baking Tip Do you like to bite into a cookie with …

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7 Thoughts on LIfe and Art from Stone Quarry Hill...On a recent visit to Stone Quarry Hill Art Park near Cazenovia, NY, I learned some interesting things from an inspiring artist named Dorothy Riester and her beautiful garden.

7 Thoughts on Life and Art from Stone Quarry Hill

One of the things I love best about Central New York is the abundance of artistic energy. You can find galleries, museums and sculpture gardens within a short drive from home. Recently on a brilliantly sunny May day, we went over to Stone Quarry Hill Art Park near Cazenovia, NY, and I came away with …

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Cranberry Orange Salsa puts a sweet festive spin on salsa with fresh ginger and cilantro complementing tangy cranberries, oranges and lime. It's great with roast pork or turkey or as a dip for chips.

Cranberry Orange Salsa

  Cranberries, ginger, cilantro, onions… What an exotic interplay of flavors! It’s Cranberry-Orange Salsa and it adds a sweet and tangy flavor alongside roasted pork or turkey or atop blue corn chips as an appetizer. This recipe has become a family Christmas classic for us. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! …

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Some of the best paint for an artist palette comes from Golden Artist Colors, a small factory in the rural hills of Upstate New York. This article tells the story of how Golden Artist Colors came to be and how the company honors art, artists, and the natural environment.

Honoring Inspiration, a visit to Golden Artist Colors

When the morning sun hits the brilliant trees of Central New York in autumn the world seems to glow with color. So during the hour-long trip to my daughter’s art class field trip, I enjoyed the artistic display splashed across the hills. It made me really appreciate the work done at our destination: Golden Artist …

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Discover Two New Cafes in Madison County NY (The HipStir Cafe)

Discover Two New Cafes in Madison County, NY

The area between Utica and Syracuse may seem like stretches of fields populated only by cows, but the small towns of Central New York offer some hidden gems that deserved to be discovered. Next time you’re on a drive along the Thruway or Route 5 and need a cup of coffee and a snack, skip …

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