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Recipes ripe with tradition

In an effort to raise money for needed repairs and upgrades to St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church in Watervliet, the congregation’s women have compiled hundreds of family recipes into a new cookbook.

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All the trimmings close to home

Give thanks to area farmers, businesses by buying local ingredients

A bounty of area businesses and markets make shopping local for all the ingredients of a customary Thanksgiving dinner a relatively easy task.

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Send us your recipes and win!

Share your Thanksgiving traditions with The Spotlight

We are looking for reader-submitted recipes for our Nov. 13 Thanksgiving Lifestyle edition.

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Hot rods, hot soup

Chamber to hold annual ‘Souped Up on Guilderland’ at a new location

The Guilderland Chamber of Commerce will on hold Saturday, Sept. 28, its seventh annual event combining ladles of savory soups and awesome automobiles: Souped Up on Guilderland.

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Outside the box

Unique chocolate treats offer break from Valentine’s Day tradition

While chocolate is often seen as a can’t-fail Valentines gift, the traditional heart-shaped box of sweets might strike some as clichéd. But for those looking to stray from convention will be met with a sweet surprise at Capital District candy shops.

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Fired up over food

Cooking Channel features Elsmere firefighter in upcoming episode

Delmar Resident Christopher Massie will be featured on The Cooking Channel's new show "My Grandmother's Raviolis" hosted by Comedian Mo Rocca.

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A new chef joins family business

More Perreca’s hires SCCC grad, young chefs beef up downtown offerings

As one family business expands its restaurant and refines it fare, the reins are in the hands of someone outside the family for the first time.

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Movement started From Scratch

The club is a network of growing knowledge about local food and its members are willing to share what they learn, offering food swaps (open to the public and free, donations accepted) and do-it-yourself classes held at various locations throughout the Capital District.

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Photo Gallery - Time to Make the Bunnies

The annual rite of spring takes place at Uncle Sam’s Homemade Chocolates in Schenectady is the making of Easter Bunnies. Joe Suhrada, owner of Uncle Sam’s, shows the steps in crafting the chocolate treats.

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‘Warmth of Wine’ heats homes

Event raises money to help pay heating bills for seniors

With the cost of home heating oil rising, especially during winter, it can be a struggle to pay the bills. For seniors without a steady income, that burden can be even greater.

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Families can make better choices with menu labels

Last year, the New York State Department of Health has launched the “iChoose” public education campaign to increase awareness and use of calorie information posted on chain restaurant menus.

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The Family Chow

Thai cuisine at Blue Spice is just right

Adventures in family dining across the Capital District.

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Let's Cook!

Start their morning off right with a nutrition-packed smoothie

Kids can grab a quick breakfast with this yummy smoothie recipe.