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FLX Spring Salad Recipe with Wine Pairing

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 9:00 AM by Sara May

Chicken Panzanella and J.R. Dill’s Sauvignon Blanc

Spring Salad

Traditionally a summer salad consisting of juicy tomatoes and stale bread, panzanella makes a perfect light supper. Here we’ve swapped out the summer produce with the abundance of herbs and greens that are the hallmark of spring in the Finger Lakes. Tangy sourdough bread and creamy fresh cheese from some of our region’s finest dairies make every bite of this salad a delightful contrast in texture and flavor. The herbaceous notes of J.R. Dill’s

Parsnip Recipe

This gnocchi is very light in texture but robust in flavor – the parsnips’ sweetness is brought out further by roasting before incorporating it into the dough, and the tang of the goat cheddar sings cheerfully alongside the bay leaves and Meyer lemon punctuating the brown butter. The candied shallots are mellowed and deepened by caramelizing with maple sugar and rosemary, followed by a simmering bath in a cup of the Riesling. The bacon, which could easily steal the show, settles in comfortably

Upstate New York Sour Red Wine Cocktail

Next time you’re looking for a fun cocktail, try these delicious red wine cocktail recipes using Finger Lakes Wine Country's famed red varieties like Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot to name a few, paired with easy to find ingredients. Cheers!

Easy & Delicious Finger Lakes Red Wine Spritzer

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with this Grilled Corn Empanadas recipe from Chef Orlando Rodriguez. As chef and owner of GRAFT Wine + Cider Bar Orlando’s philosophy is to focus on the community by feeding them locally-focused cuisine and drinks.

After an outstanding twelve-year run as Executive Chef of Veraisons Restaurant at the Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars, Orlando and his wife Natacia purchased GRAFT with the intention to introduce dishes influenced by his Latin heritage. You can

Chef Sam’s End-of-Summer Salad

Thursday, September 21, 2023 7:00 AM by Finger Lakes Wine Country

End of Summer Salad

Chef Samantha Buyskes, originally from South Africa, has been cooking, teaching and catering in the Finger Lakes for over 20 years. Her first restaurant was Simply Red, which opened in Trumansburg in 2002. She released her first cookbook, Mama Red’s Comfort Kitchen in 2008 and has competed in several Food Network shows. You can find her now at her Simply Red Events which caters locally and hosts international culinary tours.

Her hyper-seasonal dishes highlight farm-to-table fare and regional

Collard Greens

Collard greens have roots in the African American community and to celebrate Black History we’re sharing a Finger Lakes Wine-Braised Collard Greens recipe and tracing the history of this ancient vegetable.

Collard greens date back to prehistoric times. They are the oldest leafy green within the cabbage family. Collard greens originated near Greece, but it wasn’t until the first Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia in the early 1600's that America got its first taste of the delicious dark

Pear and Blue Cheese Galette Recipe

Monday, December 12, 2022 9:00 AM by Sara May

Pear and Blue Cheese Galette

This free-form, rustic tart straddles the line between sweet and savory, making it the perfect last course after a rich holiday dinner. Or try slicing it into thin wedges and adding it to a cheese board! Either way, don’t miss pairing it with Wagner Vineyard’s Riesling Ice Wine– the smooth, balanced sweetness of the wine plays nicely against the blue cheese and rosemary. A note about the cheese: baking it on top of the tart results in a pleasantly chewy caramelized texture, but if you prefer

Fall FLX Apple Cider Sangria Recipe

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 8:00 AM by Sara May

Apple Cider Sangria Recipe

Fall FLX Apple Cider Sangria Recipe

A local twist on traditional sangria, this cider-based sparkler is a perfect addition to your holiday table. Easy to make and even easier to drink, you’ll be toasting the harvest season in style with the combination of sweet-tart cider and smooth pear brandy. Raise a glass to the bounty of the season shared with friends and family!

YIELD: 6-8 servings

EQUIPMENT: Cutting board, knife, bottle opener, long spoon, large (at least 2 quart) pitcher

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Pumpkin Beer Bread with a Brown Butter Glaze

Friday, October 21, 2022 8:00 AM by Sara May

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Celebrate spooky season with this homey loaf, leavened with beer instead of yeast. Horsehead Brewing Pumpkin Ale brings warm autumnal notes to this bread, and topping it with a brown butter glaze adds a luxurious finish. Without the glaze the bread is vegan, so simply omit if you avoid dairy. If there are nut sensitivities in your household, substitute toasted pumpkin seeds for the pecans and prepare to chase away the ghosts and goblins with a hearty slice of bread!


YIELD: 1 loaf
EQUIPMENT:

Mushroom and Kale Risotto with Cider

Friday, September 23, 2022 8:00 AM by Sara May

Mushroom and Kale Risotto with Cider

Mushroom and Kale Risotto with Albee Hill Still Dry Cider

As the golden light of September illuminates the fields and lakes with its warm glow, the harvest celebration in the Finger Lakes begins. A simple and satisfying risotto for dinner helps calm the busyness of early autumn. Earthy mushrooms and kale compliment the creaminess of the rice, and Eve’s Cidery Albee Hill still dry cider lends the dish a gentle, apple-y sweetness. Raise a glass of cider to celebrate the enormous bounty of the