Not too long ago my parents and I spent an afternoon in Skaneateles, a favorite small town of mine, situated in the Finger Lakes region. There are plenty of great spots for dining on the lake, or stopping through the nearby vineyards, but a few miles into farmland and you land yourself at the quiet Elderberry Pond for a relaxing afternoon lunch in the country. A certified organic farm, the fresh seasonable fruits, vegetables and pasture raised meats are right aside the restaurant with a delicious menu showcasing their homegrown fare.

Happy Friday! x

Grilled organic chicken sandwich served on a fresh bun with swiss cheese, sauteed mushrooms and rosemary mayonnaise

Freshly cut certified organic spinach, free range eggs and fresh garden herbs prepared in a savory quiche style and served in a freshly baked tart shell

Vegetable Soup

Crab cakes served on a bed of greens prepared with tropical blue crab and served with chipotle mayonnaise


Skaneateles Lake

Cookbook Gift Ideas

December 3, 2010

With the holiday season in full swing, it’s always nice to put forth a little effort and give gifts with an added personal touch. For my friend Leslie’s birthday, I thought it would be perfect to give a journal for recording all of her dinner recipes and party menus in one place. I found this 1970’s cookbook at the Skaneateles Antique Center. Personalizing the cover, and adding envelopes and cards from Kate’s Paperie to the blank pages, it not only has traditional American recipes from decades past, but a space for all those personal favorites to be added one meal at a time. You don’t have to be too crafty to put something like this together, just a few skills in the glue and stamping department and you have yourself a standout gift this season.

Leslie's cookbook and recipes journal