Ithaca Wine Fest presented by Chemung Canal Trust Company

On Saturday, December 13, join nearly two dozen Finger Lakes wine makers and cheese makers at The Space@GreenStar for this brand-new event. General admission tickets are $30 and include a commemorative wine glass and unlimited wine & cheese tastings. Only 50 VIP tickets will sold at $45 and include 30-minute “early bird” entry and a food-and-wine pairing demonstration by local author Laura Winter Falk and signing of her book, “The Culinary History of the Finger Lakes”. Tasting times are 12pm-2pm or 3pm-5pm. For information or for tickets, visit

Vendors include:
Americana Vineyards , Bet the Farm Winery, Finger Lakes Distillery, Ports of New York, Damiani Wine Cellars, Heron Hill Winery, Hosmer Winery, King Ferry Winery, Sheldrake Point Vineyard, Six Mile Creek Winery, Hector Wines, Red Newt Vineyards, Cayuga Ridge Estates, Wagner Vineyards, Leidenfrost, Sunset View Creamery, Engelbert Farms, Muranda Cheese, Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery, Crosswinds Farm Creamery , Kenton Cheese and F. Oliver’s Oils and Vinegars.

All proceeds benefit CCE-Tompkins.

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Healing Blueberry Ginger Oatmeal by Breakfast Criminals


Check out this glorious recipe by Breakfast Criminals, one of my favorite breakfast recipe bloggers. It is perfect for this cold weather and cold season!


Directions: Mix everything except banana in a pot and cook until ready. Then, top with banana, more blueberries, ginger, bee pollen and coconut chips, if you wish (I’m obsessed with Dang!), mulberries and kiwi can add a nice touch too. Enjoy the goodness!
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Support Local at the Awesome Indie Art Market

The Awesome Indie Art Market features Local Art, Craft and Food, with something for everyone on your list.
If you haven’t taken your holiday photo yet, Rachel Philipson’s Photo Booth is your opportunity. Props provided or bring your own!
Cool Swag Bags for the first 30 people each day and free Awesome Indie Art Market Postcards by Artist Jim Garmhausen.

Tonight 12/5-
5-6:30 Live Old Time Music by Anyone’s Guess (made up of 4 of the 6 Beaver Creek Boys)
The premiere of the long awaited new issue of Fresh Dirt! They’ll be for sale and we’ll be giving some as prizes
The launch of the 2015 Guide to Being Local! They’ll also be for sale with some given as prizes
Healthy Food for All and the Youth Farm Project will be the recipients of a portion of sales of the 2015 Guide to Being Local

Tomorrow 12/6-
12:00-2:30 Live Music by London McDaniels
3-6:00 Free Face Painting
1-4:00 DIY Holiday Projects

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County’s 2014 Annual Meeting & Local Foods Breakfast


Dear Friend of CCE-Tompkins,

Please join us on Wednesday, December 10 from 8:00-10:00a.m. for our 2014 Annual Meeting & Local Foods Breakfast. This year, we’ll meet at The Space @ Greenstar, at 700 West Buffalo Street in Ithaca. We’ll look back at some accomplishments from 2014, and look ahead to plans for the coming new year! Celebrate with us the accomplishments of Nancy Potter, Family & Community Development Issue Leader, and Audrey Cooper, Diversity & Inclusion Educator with CCE and with The Multicultural Resource Center. Join us also in recognizing our retiring board and committee members.

Share your thoughts on our major program directions. Meet community members, collaborators, and others who share an interest in Extension’s work. We invite your input on how our work can support your interests and needs, and those of your community! A brief election of new officers will conclude the event.

Learn about “Engaged Cornell”, the university’s new initiative to integrate community engagement into nearly every facet of the Cornell experience. Our featured speaker Judith Appleton, Cornell University’s Vice-Provost for Land Grant Affairs, will outline how this new effort might interface with the work of local governments, organizations and businesses.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast of primarily local foods. Selections include scrambled local eggs, home fried potatoes, local bacon and/or tempeh bacon, fresh fruit salad, and assorted breads with juice, coffee and teas. $10 per person in advance. Some scholarship assistance is available. Please reserve by Friday, December 5th to ensure a seat.

Reserve Online

New this year, you may PAY or RESERVE online at Simply visit the PEAKS link above to charge your tickets, or to reserve your seats and pay for them by check or cash at the door.
It’s fast, easy, and secure!

About Peaks: PEAKS is an online fundraising tool that helps to raise money for social justice causes and organizations in the Ithaca/Tompkins County area. PEAKS is a program of Cornell Cooperative Extension and has raised nearly $400,000 for area organizations since 2011. Learn more about PEAKS at
Register By Phone

You also may call (607) 272-2292 to charge your tickets by phone. Please reserve by Friday, December 5 to ensure a seat.

Please contact Ray Weaver, Public Affairs Coordinator, at or (607) 272-2292 with any questions regarding PEAKS, the 2014 Annual Meeting & Local Foods Breakfast.

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Give Thanks for Health Care


Wow! Look at how close we are to reaching the $5000 donation goal for Ithaca Health Alliance’s Free Clinic. Thank you to all of our customers for being so supportive. Can we raise the last little bit in the next 4 days?

It’s easy, just hand your cashier one of the 3 laminated cards to ring in your donation and turn each dollar into five dollars worth of services for our community. You can also take a Health Care is a Human Right bookmark home with you. This is a great way to give back to your community and perhaps remember a loved one at this time of year when we reflect on family and community. Services like employment physicals, acupuncture, women’s health, nutrition consultations, chiropractic, occupational therapy and primary care make an enormous difference to our friends and neighbors who would otherwise be unable to access them.

We’re especially pleased with our new partnership with the New York Chiropractic College,whose doctoral candidates are now doing clinical rotations at our Clinic. Like their counterparts from the Finger Lakes School of Massage, Ithaca College Occupational Therapy program, and Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, these advanced students provide essential care for our patients, gain valuable experience, and work with the Clinic’s dozens of volunteer health professionals in an integrated care setting unlike any other.

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Low Fat Vegan Alfredo Sauce

This is a staple in our house during the cooler months. It is an amazing addition to any dish for a creamy and decadent experience!

4 cups steamed cauliflower (steam until soft)

1/2 cup coconut oil

2 (generous) Tablespoons mellow white miso paste (I buy from the bulk miso section under the sauerkraut!)

Pinch of Himalayan Salt


Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. A high speed blender is not necessary. Give it a try and see if you want to add any extra miso for a sharper taste. Blend again if you do!
Add to a bowl of gluten-free noodles or zucchini noodles with veggies for a warm and satisfying meal!


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Why Not Make A Parfait?



I just became obsessed with parfaits. It is one of the easiest hearty breakfasts you can make. I have been making them in canning jars so I can throw a lid on and bring them to work or in the car as a snack. Here’s the breakdown of the layers that make up a great parfait:

CRUNCHY LAYER: You need a very crunchy layer. I love some chopped walnuts or other nuts. A wide variety of granolas are also good. Shown above is Emmy’s Super Cereal in Apricot Vanilla. It stays very crunchy!

FRUITY LAYER: This adds something chewy to your parfait. Show above are some thinly sliced figs, but those aren’t always available. Banana, pear, kiwi, chopped dates or other dried fruits are all wonderful options.

CREAMY LAYER: Yum. This is what adds the richness to your parfait. Pictured above is So Delicious Vegan Yogurt. Other great options: Green smoothie, banana ice cream, chia pudding, kefir, etc etc.

LAYERING TIPS: My best parfaits usually start with the crunchy layer. Then, fruity, creamy, repeat. Choose different glasses for a fun effect. A martini glass would be beautiful! But, I do love the jars for the take-away option.

Give this a try! What kind of combinations can you think of?

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Recipe adapted from 

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Photos: Mariah R. Dahl

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“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Featured breakfast: The Piggery bacon, Remembrance Farm eggs, cooking greens form Stick and Stone Farm and local potatoes.

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Bursting with Sungolds or Sungolds Bursting


On Tuesday evening I braved the rain and mud to pick a bunch of sungold tomatoes at my CSA. Those little fruits are so good! Some never made it home (car snack) and some that did had burst. By Wednesday evening more had burst and were starting to attract some attention from the fruit flies. Without a real plan I came up with one of my best dinners yet. Throw all those sungolds in a a cast iron, add a farm fresh red pepper, a yellow squash, olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary, basil and thyme. Mix it up well and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. The result was sweet and juicy. I topped it off with more fresh basil, pepper, and the Gardein crispy tenders.

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