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Dim sum is a rainy day treat

When the Family Chow is in the mood to expand the boundaries of our taste and texture comfort zones, we look to dim sum.

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Sushi Tei earns the praise

The Family Chow’s latest food adventure took us to the island nation of Japan via a small strip mall on Western Avenue.

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No-bake cake a cool treat for Mom

Spring is finally here, and along with fresh air, my family is picking fresh fruit to share for a little no-bake Mother’s Day fun.

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Hattie's does not disappoint

The Family Chow was hankering for some southern hospitality recently and decided to venture north to try out Hattie’s Chicken Shack in Saratoga.

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Eat like a bunny

Breakfast is always a big part of my family’s Easter morning plan.

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A sweet welcome to spring

March Maple Weekends are an annual tradition

For two weekends in mid to late March, maple fans can watch, learn, explore and, most importantly, indulge in all things sugary sweet made from maple sugar.  

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Time to eat your greens

Here’s one recipe we love, and it goes perfectly with corned beef, which fits in with a little St. Patrick’s Day taste testing fun.

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Fine Irish fare at Finnbar's

Finnbar’s occupies a building on the corner of Broadway and Williams Street that has a long history of hospitality from a turn of the century hotel, to a brewery to several iterations of tavern/saloon/bar.

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Pizza party lets kids play with their food

Pizza night is always a fun treat for the family, but deciding what type of pizza to order can be tricky if one has younger children who are picky eaters.

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Bar-Risto is warm, welcoming

Our most recent Family Chow mission led us to a relatively new restaurant in Schenectady – Marotta’s Bar-Risto on Union Street.

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A rosebud in winter

When serving this treat at school, I often bring a garden of flowers with one stemmed stick for each child and extra fruit so that they can continue to skewer more themselves.

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Old-world charm a little tired

Although it is already December, the Family Chow wanted to keep the Oktoberfest spirit alive with a trip to the Spa Brauhaus restaurant.

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A star for the fruit tree

This fruit tree is certain to be the centerpiece at any function.

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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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