Food & Recipes


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Wild apples wanted for Critz Farms 'Community Cider'

The wild apple crop this year has been huge in Central New York, and it gave Matt and Juanita Critz, owners of Critz Farm and Harvest Moon Cidery in Cazenovia, an idea: Why not ask community members to bring in their wild apples and use those to make a Cazenovia “community” hard cider? Contributors could help press the apples, receive some free bottles of the finished product and even designate a local charity to receive apportion of the proceeds from bottle sales.

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More state fair ribbon winners from Caz

In last week’s issue, the Republican listed as many ribbon winners from the then-ongoing New York State Fair as it could, in competitions in everything from arts and crafts to agriculture to animal husbandry to cooking to talent competitions. Further ribbon winners have been announced since that time, and we take the opportunity to share their achievements:

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Walk for the Woods is coming soon

It is National Senior Center Month. It is a perfect time to reflect on the significant impact Canton Woods, a multipurpose senior center, has in the lives of Baldwinsville’s senior residents. The center provides recreation, socialization, nutrition, and wellness opportunities. Visit your senior center and start Celebrating LIFE today!

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New tea lounge opens on Albany Street

For more than a year Cazenovians have been wondering what business would be going into the former Circa location at 76 Albany St., that downtown corner space wrapped in windows? On Friday, Aug. 28, the answer opened its doors for business: The Loka Leaf Tea Lounge.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Fitness programs return

Several of our fitness programs which took a short break during the summer, will be gearing up again very soon! Be sure to read Canton Woods column each week, read your newsletter or check the website baldwinsville.org for start dates.

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Gourmet popcorn shop expands to Fayetteville

Sweet tooth cravers rejoice! Syracuse-based gourmet popcorn shop The Kandied Kernel and Kreamery has expanded to the eastern suburbs area by opening a location in the Fayetteville Commons at 511 E. Genesee St.

Fayetteville High School alumni to host annual reunion Aug. 22

The Fayetteville High School Alumni Association (FHSAA) is planning its 17th and final annual reunion from noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Craftsman Inn in Fayetteville. The reunion is open to anyone who attended the Fayetteville High School, which is now Wellwood Middle School, prior to 1953. The cost is $25 to attend and includes a deli buffet.

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Taste of East Syracuse celebrates 10th year

Mayor Tackman successfully defends cook-off challenge title

The village of East Syracuse celebrated its 10th annual Taste of East Syracuse last week by showcasing local eateries and providing a night of family-fun activities.

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Keeping it disco: Life of Reilley announces latest product – canned cocktails

Life of Reilley Distilling and Wine Company, headquartered in Nelson, celebrated its one-year anniversary in business only last week — and already its three kinds of vodka are selling in 65 outlets across 23 counties in New York state, with requests to expand to California, Arizona, Georgia and New Jersey. But the big news owners Ben and Shioban Reilley announced on social media on Aug. 4 was a different kind of landmark: the upcoming release of their new canned cocktail, “Disco Lemonade.”

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: State fair combines new attractions with old favorites

For many of us in Central New York, the summer season wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Great New York State Fair. For over a century, the fair has been a statewide tradition and fixture in our community, bringing families from all over the country to Central New York. With programs for everyone from small children to seniors, New Yorkers of any age can enjoy time spent with friends and loved ones while taking part in traditions old and new.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Car show rakes in $1,000 for Canton Woods

Despite threatening clouds and a few raindrops, Canton Woods grounds were filled with a gorgeous array of classic cars Aug. 3. The clouds blew over, the sun began to shine, and every one had a wonderful evening. Thanks to the optimism and generosity of the car owners and classic car fans, and the hard work of very dedicated volunteers, Canton Woods raised over $1,000 for the senior center!

Syracuse Jewish Music & Cultural Festival Set for Aug 30 in DeWitt

The 16th annual Syracuse Jewish Music & Cultural Festival (formerly KlezFest) has been set for Sunday, Aug. 30, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center, 5655 Thompson Road in Dewitt.

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NOPL news: Cicero Farmers Market to host Field Days

The Cicero Farmers Market, which is held on the grounds of NOPL @ Cicero, will be hosting Field Days on Aug. 18 and Sept. 1 and 8.

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Kimberly’s Ice Cream Factory celebrates 10-year anniversary with special photo exhibition

Originally located in Cazenovia, Kimberly’s Ice Cream Factory will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in Manlius on Aug. 13 by re-creating each of the photographs that hang in the store taken more than 10 years ago.

Taste of East Syracuse to celebrate its 10th year

The Village of East Syracuse Parks and Recreation Department has announced they will host the 10th annual Taste of East Syracuse from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, outside of the municipal building on the corner of North Center and Ellis Street.