Regional Upstate New York Comfort Food

Upstate New York is home to many unique regional dishes and specialties that come from of the wide array of ethnicities and cultures in our area. Some of our favorite local dishes have gained nationwide popularity like Buffalo chicken wings, while the much lesser known Beef on Weck has lived in relative obscurity, but has its own cult-like following locally. I have been trying my hand at some of our most beloved regional dishes and scouting out delicious locally made products if you’ve got one you want to share, I’d love to give it a try, send me an email.

Regional Upstate New York Recipes

Upstate New York’s Iconic Half-Moon Cookie Recipe

A former architect, Harry Hemstrought, opened up a little bakery in Utica in 1925. His signature cookie, half chocolate icing, half white, caught on immediately with his customers. The cookie’s popularity has spread throughout Central...

Buffalo Sponge Candy

  I am so excited to finally have a recipe for sponge candy to share with you! I have been testing out recipes and techniques for months now. I have had many failed batches and...

Sauerkraut Salad

Oh Sauerkraut, people either love it or hate it,  it seems there is no gray area where fermented cabbage is concerned. I happen to love sauerkraut, but even if you are not a fan...
Concord Grape Pie

Concord Grape Pie

Nothing says fall in Upstate New York like a grape pie. This grapey Naples, NY confection is fairly new to the world of desserts, but it sure has made an impact. This annual treat...

Rochester Hot Sauce

A few months ago when I decided I wanted to recreate ALL of Upstate New York's regional foods, I sat down and made a list. And while making a Rochester Style Meat Hot Sauce...