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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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The Family Chow

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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D&B advertised as the ‘epicenter for fun’

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.

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