Fall in Upstate NY is always my favorite time of year. Exceptionally busy, but fun!
So far I have done several parties for end of summer or beginning of fall in the Adirondacks, a demo at the Schenectady Greenmarket, where I did my mushroom risotto, the Mohawk Valley Garlic Festival, the haul of garlic which is featured to the left, and several quick day trips to Oneonta and Utica!
I was the Fresh Taste Table “local expert” at the September 18th, 2016 Schenectady Greenmarket.
It was cool and rainy, so it was a perfect first demo date. There is a cadre of local market shoppers that come out no matter what the weather (me included usually!), so it wasn’t quiet, but a nice steady flow of folks. The skies cleared in the afternoon, so it got busier as the day went on. Some people were convinced I was selling the risotto I had on offer, and quite a few were surprised that vegan food could be so tasty. The basic risotto was mushroom broth based, with a bit of local shallot. I did have some non-local cheese or almonds to add for those who wanted a bit more umami. Several friends stopped by to chat, and most of the market vendors tried some risotto by lunchtime, so I felt very much a part of the vibrant community by the end of the day. I would be happy to do another market demo, and I have a new respect for all the vendors who do this week after week!
This past weekend was all about relaxing after so many busy weekends. Hubby and I wandered and ate our way through several local cities, admired the leaves just starting to change on I-88 and took in a comic book show.
I will end with my pumpkin cannoli from Carmella’s Cafe in New Hartford, NY from Sunday:
NY is yummy!
Photos by Jennifer Sternfeld except as noted