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.
Share your Thanksgiving traditions with The Spotlight
We are looking for reader-submitted recipes for our Nov. 13 Thanksgiving Lifestyle edition.
Meal a mix of kitsch and crabs
What do you do when the kids are longing for the carefree spirit of summer? When the memories of sand castles are starting to fade? The Family Chow decided to head to Joe’s Crab Shack to see if we could recreate a summer vibe while wallowing in buckets of seafood and melted butter.
Halloween party options
As we turn the calendar and start prepping for Halloween — and all the parties that seem to come with the season — I am offering a few fun entertaining ideas that are quick, easy and affordable.
Have a blast at lunchtime
If you are ready to get back to school with a blast, then this veggie rocket recipe is certain to set your little ones soaring when they find it as their lunchtime surprise.
Athos embodies Greek cuisine
Opa! The Family Chow decided to test out a bit of the Greek lifestyle with a trip to Athos Restaurant on Western Avenue in Albany.
Dave & Buster’s opens in Crossgates Mall featuring food, drinks, sports and a lot of games
As you walk towards the flashing lights beaming from the “Million Dollar Midway” at Dave & Buster’s, it’s hard not to feel like a kid again.
Monster munchies are wicked fun
Not only does my family love the fruits and veggies of summer, we also like playing with our food!
European ambiance takes time
Although a trip to Europe was out of the Family Chow’s budget, we decided to splurge on a night out in Brussels, by way of The Merry Monk restaurant in Saratoga Springs. The Merry Monk offers “authentic Belgian cuisine” along with an impressive list of more than 100 Belgian beers.
Tell Dad you love him with a Snickers pie
Last month we made frozen yogurt cakes for Mother’s Day, a treat that is right up my alley. This month we get even richer, serving up a Snickers ice cream pie for Father’s Day.
Waffles on a weekday? Why not!
Looking for something new for breakfast to serve the kids but don’t have a lot of time on hectic weekday mornings?
Exotic flavors at budget buffet
A buffet is a great way to experience a cuisine for the first time – variety and value without a big commitment. We had an unexpected free day recently and decided to try out this theory with one of Daughter’s friends, who had yet to experience Indian cuisine.
Treat Mom to a trio of tasty cakes
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to break out a couple of the easy recipes I’m always conjuring up that the kids can make without the use of sharp knives, ovens and stovetops.
Family-friendly Go Green Day to feature recycling, demos, good eats
Go Green Day 2013 will be held Saturday, April 27, at Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland. Several area groups worked together to create the educational event and recycling drop off, along with opportunities to donate a variety of items to local causes and organizations.
An ocean of flavor in Clifton Park
Recently, the Family Chow made it a mission to find a family-friendly, budget-friendly place to indulge in some golden-fried seafood goodness.