All articles by Margaret McCormick

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 (www.syracusefoodtours.com) 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.



What’s new in Hawley-Green

Laci’s Lunchbox, the Greenwood Winery Bistro, and Cafe at 407 offer new specials

You love Laci's Tapas Bar for its creative cocktails, small plates, nightly specials and desserts. A taste of that Laci's flair is now available for lunch -- and breakfast. Laci's Lunchbox is also new in Syracuse's Hawley-Green neighborhood. It opened earlier this month in the big lavender house at 115 Green St., a short distance from Laci's headquarters, at 304 Hawley Ave. The building also is home to cheesecake, cupcake and custom cake bakery 83 & Co. [caption id="attachment_19341" align="alignleft" width="231"] Photo by Laci's Lunchbox[/caption]



For Pastured Thanksgiving Turkey, Order Now

Treat yourself to a locally raised turkey

The turkey, the mashed potatoes, the sweet potatoes, the stuffing, the squash, the green bean casserole, the pies, the gravy, the guests, the grace ... Thanksgiving is one of the most well thought out and lovingly prepared meals for family and friends you'll ever make.



A Busy Weekend in FLX Wine Country

Wine tasting room do’s and don’ts

The leaves in the Finger Lakes are putting on a colorful show, the grape harvest and crush is underway - and winery tasting rooms are expecting a major crush of visitors the next few weekends.



Henneberg Brewing Company: Beer Made Here, ‘Beer Grown Here’

“People come in for a sample or a mug, and they take a growler home. They wouldn’t take that much beer home if they didn’t enjoy it.”

John Henneberg may have the ultimate work-at-home job. Each morning, Henneberg wakes up at his 97-acre farm in New Woodstock and heads to an out building to brew beer, check on beer already in progress and tend to his hops and barley.



Bite into Apple Season in CNY

Farmshed CNY U-Pick Organic Apple Party

They said it couldn't be done. So in 2008, Bill Adams planted two and a half acres of organic apples on his hilltop property overlooking Jamesville Reservoir.



Family Tradition Helps Create a Youtube Star

“Cooking Italian with Joe”

Joe Borio could have gone into the family restaurant business, Borio's, on Oneida Lake. Instead, he nurtured his interest in health and wellness and became a chiropractor, with a family practice in Cicero.



Back to the Land

Four acres, 21 chickens, 12 goats and 50,000 bees

Two Syracuse residents recently moved to a farm in Oswego County and are trying to make a go of it. Writer Margaret McCormick talked with them about why they would do such a thing, the challenges and the satisfactions.



New Concept and New Executive Chef at Diamond Catering

Diamond Catering is located at 4221 Fay Road

What's new at Diamond Catering? That's a good question.