All articles by Margaret McCormick

Super Bowl Food: Eat Local for the Win

Ideas for a local Super Bowl buffet table

Here’s hoping "DeflateGate" doesn’t take any air out of the great American tradition of Super Bowl Sunday and related activities, like drinking beer, eating fattening foods and hosting parties. The New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks will square off at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and even those of us who don’t give a hoot about football can get “pumped up” about the Super Bowl buffet table.

Finger Lakes Named Among Best Wine Travel Destinations

The Finger Lakes region “is home to some of the best cool-climate wines in America.”

The Finger Lakes region has been named one of the "10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2015" by Wine Enthusiast magazine -- right up there with the Loire and Rhone Valley regions of France, Piedmont, Italy, Mendocino County, Calif., and others.

Wake Robin Farm Cuts Back After Owner’s Farm Injury

Wake Robin Farm is a 75-acre farm near the village of Jordan

If you're a regular at the Central New York Regional Market on Saturdays or do your food shopping at the Syracuse Real Food Co-Op, you might wonder why you're not seeing Wake Robin Farm and the Schader family at the usual spot in Shed A or the cream-on-top yogurt in the co-op dairy department.

Cazenovia Restaurateur Lands at Foot of Togg’s Slopes

After her restaurant, Circa, closed – Alicyn Hart has come to find that moving on can be a fun experience.

Alicyn Hart has learned a lot in the last six months.

Local cheese, please: Make it THE STAR of your spread

We asked a couple local cheesemakers for their advice in putting together a kick-butt cheese plate.

'Tis the season for entertaining. A classic, easy go-to for party menus is a cheese plate. All too common, unfortunately, is a redundant cheese plate, filled with same-size cubes of orange and white cheddar and Swiss cheese, slices of pepperoni -- and not much else.

Gluten-Free Alternatives for the Holidays

Don’t be discouraged this holiday season if you’re on a gluten-free diet.

Life without gluten doesn't mean passing on the cookie plate at Christmastime. It might have, at one time, but not anymore.

The Proof is in the Pudding

Figgy or Christmas pudding is a traditional British dessert

“Now bring us some figgy pudding

A new option for eating healthy: Fork2Fit

Fork2Fit is a meal preparation and delivery service

Gobble, gobble! It's the holiday season, which means festivities are on tap and food is everywhere, from the office potluck to parties at home. It's easy to abandon good intentions and healthy eating and give in to poor food choices, especially when we're busy.

Gifts, Local and Yummy

Food writer Margaret McCormick offers her annual ideas for interesting, unusual things to give for the holidays

When it comes to gifts of local food, Kate Gillen, owner and operator of Sampling Syracuse Food Tours ( has several favorites.

A Little Winter Won’t Stop Farmers

Winter farmers markets in Central New York

It's that time of year:  Time to rake up the last of the leaves, time to set the clocks back an hour, time to program the thermostat, time to savor the last of our locally grown produce.