Welcome to Home in the Finger Lakes!

Welcome to Home in the Finger Lakes! My name is Jennifer and I’m the founder of Home in the Finger Lakes, a place to find not only simple recipes, but encouragement, and inspiration to live more simply.

About Home in the Finger Lakes

This year marks 4 years since I have started Home in the Finger Lakes.  When I started this site my main interest was sharing recipes, but over the course of time, I have expanded the scope of this blog to include more of my interests… seasonal living, DIY projects & recipes, gardening & preserving, homemaking, and topics of local interest.

About Jen

I am a farmers wife, and mother to 3 busy kids who keep me on my toes, and in my car running “mom’s taxi”.  I am an avid reader, lover of all things vintage, wannabe photographer, and laundry slacker. I have a soft spot in my heart for mutts who show up at my door, and never seem to leave.  I have a fancy camera, I don’t let the fact that I don’t really know all the ins and outs of the camera stop me from taking pictures and posting them on the interwebs.


Most of the recipes are my own, some are shared with me (if this is the case I say so), occasionally some are from books or other blogs that I enjoy (if this is the case, I make note of the source). If you try them I would love to hear how it goes.

I love all the unique regional dishes of Upstate New York…Chicken Riggies, Utica Greens, Half-Moon Cookies, we have some seriously good food here! I have so much fun recreating these dishes in my own kitchen, and they are always so fun to share!

I am drawn to more traditional cooking. I hardly use prepackaged convenience foods when cooking in real life, and I think that is evident in many of my recipes. I don’t strictly define my diet… I eat gummy bears, drink the occasional diet soda, but I really try to avoid highly processed  “meal-helpers” such as cream-based canned soups, seasoning blends with MSG and artificial colors & flavors, and other things that are generally healthier and cheaper to make myself, which I love to do! I have devoted a whole category of recipes homemade pantry staples.


I live on a small family farm, and we adore living the country lifestyle. Our farm is located in Ontario County, we raise beef cattle, hay, sweet corn, and summer veggies that are sold to local grocery stores and at our farm stand on the side of the road.  I share a lot of the daily farm activities on Instagram, and I try to share our farm adventures here also.

Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes region is rich in history and natural beauty. I have always held rapt curiosity of the people, places, and things that have shaped our region. Occasionally, I share stories, events, and products from Upstate New York, that I hope you will find interesting and inspiring. If you are visiting for the first time or a lifelong resident of Upstate New York I want to make it easier for you to discover beautiful local places, interesting events, and the best Upstate New York has to offer.


This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. I lived in NEW YORK for all of my childhood and some adult years also. I love it there I have a whole bushel basket of relations still living there. I come from a large family and most of my relations do to. I now live in Kansas. It is great here but never will take the place of my home there. I saw your story about NEWARK STATE SCHOOL I had family members that worked there and had a few that got the 90 day treatment too. I have forgotten most of the things I was told about there. I will try to follow your blog. I like to cook so I sure will try some of your home cooked NEWARK NEW YORK FOODS . I am old now but I love stories about my home town and the places I use to visit and live at.

  2. Planning a trip to the Finger Lakes

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