October 20, 2017 - 9:16am
See what the NewsHouse staff recommend in drinks to spice up Halloween.

Three lead producers joined for a night of competition in a nail-biting contest for the best Halloween-themed drink. Be sure to check out the video to discover the winner, and use the recipes below to make the drinks yourself — if you're 21, of course. The NewsHouse staff would like to remind everyone to drink responsibly.


September 11, 2014 - 1:49am
After launching Make Fresh Foods in July, local entrepreneur Nancy Rissler looks toward the future of her recipe-based business.

When Nancy Rissler saw a 15-year-old mother give Coca-Cola to her newborn baby, Rissler was not disgusted or judgmental. Instead, she was inspired. She refers to this experience as a moment that changed the course of her life. This moment instilled a desire in her to teach the world about food and how to nourish one’s body, which launched a career as a certified hospitality educator, Syracuse University professor, food scientist and, most recently, an entrepreneur.

February 12, 2013 - 4:25pm
Curb your cravings with this incredibly simple snack

10:45 p.m.

Oh, that fateful hour... It’s that time of night where, if I’m not already preparing to go to bed, I’m preparing something to eat. Usually, I'm pretty good about not munching after dinner, but if I’m still awake doing work,“ tindering,” or watching the Food Channel, I’ll convince myself that I need a snack. I'm sure I can't be alone in this.

"No, no," you tell yourself, "Water cannot quench these grumbly-tumbly needs. Only food can."

November 13, 2012 - 4:10pm
Just in time for Thanksgiving, here's this recipe for a quick, no-crust Swedish apple pie.

Thanksgiving is a day to appreciate everything we have. And, of course, a day to fill up on delicious, home-cooked meals with the family. Try out this recipe for a quick and easy version of apple pie:


  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 8-12 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • Cinammon
  • Cinammon sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

November 13, 2012 - 3:14pm
Newshouse food blogger Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm spills her recipe for this delicious, low-sugar treat.


Chocolate chip cookies are pure comfort.  There’s nothing better then a warm cookie, right out of the oven, when the edges are slightly crisp, but the center is just over under-baked, making the middle doughy and the chocolate melted. It’s pastry perfection.

Some days, you need a cookie.  Sometimes I want a cookie that’s, dare I say it, healthy. A healthy cookie means you can eat one and not feel bad about it, or you could follow in my steps and eat three right off the baking sheet. Life’s about little pleasures, and cookies are one of them. 

November 13, 2012 - 3:06pm
Check out this tasty fall recipe by Newshouse food blogger Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm.

March 28, 2011 - 4:42pm
A perennial favorite, carrot cupcakes with cream cheese icing are delicious and nutritious- that's what the carrot's for, right?

Carrot cake in adorable cupcake form. Enough said.


1/2 cup light brown sugar

3/4 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch of salt

zest of 1/2 lemon

zest of 1/2 orange

2 medium carrots, grated

1/2 cup raisins


1/2 cup cream cheese (1/2 a package)

1 2/3 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons lime juice


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

March 23, 2011 - 1:54pm
A round-up of food-related articles and recipes we're digging into today.

What we're reading

Veggie Burgers

(New York Times) As a vegetarian, I'm excited for veggie burgers to get a chance to shine. Word of caution: the veggie burgers in the slideshow do not look appetizing, even to a five-year veg. So, view at your own risk.

Tops Turns Orange

March 8, 2011 - 4:04pm

Happy Fat Tuesday! While my recipe is a little on the lean side, keep it in your arsenal for tomorrow (Ash Wednesday) and your upcoming Friday Fish Fries. 

4 tilapia filets, frozen
1/4 cup chopped onion
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
3 Tablespoons butter, melted

March 7, 2011 - 1:06pm
You'll feel like a master host(ess) who can whip these up within ten minutes of your guests' impromptu arrival.

Snickerdoodles aren't the fanciest cookie, but they are among the tastiest and easiest. It's almost embarassing how many times I've invited over friends, realized I had no food, and thrown these together. If your guests are anything like mine, they'll be excited to help you roll the cookies in sugar and cinnamon and pop them in the oven.



1 2/3 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature