Did women suffragettes boycott the kitchen? For at least one — the gal who decided to wear the pants (well, pantaloons at least), Elizabeth Smith Miller — she not only cooked, but wrote a cookbook, In the Kitchen, in 1875 that we pulled a recipe from for Maple Cream Chocolates to try out for ourselves.
Mar 20, 2019
The roots of the women’s movement — and perhaps, the keys to its future — are nestled Upstate.
Sep 11, 2017
A different kind of grind: Elizabeth Lyons makes beautiful and intricate jars, vases and art at her glassblowing workshop in Rochester, More Fire Glass Studio.
Oct 03, 2014
Today marks the beginning of Cider Week FLX, a celebration of the reemergence of craft cider production in the Finger Lakes, through Oct. 12. “People have always made hard cider here [in the Finger Lakes],” said Eric Shatt, who, along with his wife, Deva Maas, owns Redbyrd Orchard Cider in Trumansburg. “Before Prohibition, cider was the main drink.” The resurgence of the flavorful beverage has been slow but steady. Just up the road from Redbyrd, on Route 89, sits Bellwether Hard Cider
Sep 29, 2014
For many, the thought of maple syrup conjures sweet images of pancakes on a Saturday morning. But for thousands in New York, maple is not just a childhood breakfast treat but a growing industry and way of life. Michael Farrell, director of Cornell University’s Uihlein Sugar Maple Research & Extension Field Center, an outdoor laboratory station in Lake Placid, said records show around 1,500 maple producers in New York, but there are likely somewhere between 3,000 to 4,000. Most maple products
Jul 28, 2014
About 20 miles southeast of Rochester, nestled deep in the hills of Victor, N.Y., is Ganondagan (pronounced “Gah-non-dah-GAN”). The 4,500 inhabitants of this vibrant Seneca Nation farmed and hunted this land long before the Dutch, English and French traders arrived in the 1600s. Following the invasion of foreigners, Ganondagan experienced years of violence. According to Meg Joseph, executive director of the nonprofit organization Friends of Ganondagan, French settlers confronted the Seneca people
Jul 10, 2014
When hearing the words Mormon and theater, for many, the first thought is likely the Broadway smash hit “The Book of Mormon.” But every summer, more than 35,000 people journey to the Finger Lakes region, to the historical base of the Mormon faith for a very different theatrical experience — the Hill Cumorah Pageant. A search to better understand the New York roots of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) took New York States of Mind to Palmyra, a small New York town along
Jun 10, 2014
Looking at his cello, Chris White doesn’t just see an instrument but a world of possibilities. Mr. White, founder and director of New Directions Cello Association & Festival (NDCA&F), began cello lessons when he was eight-years-old, and eventually received his Masters degree in music performance from Ithaca College. Non-classical rhythms and non-traditional styles interested him from the beginning. In 1993, Mr. White was inspired to bring together the renegade cellists he met over