Great Places to eat in Central New York

Here are a few of our favorite places to eat when visiting Central New York.

Pita Gourmet,  41 Main Street,  Cortland, NY  13045   (607) 756-4442
Great Lebanese food.  Great baba ganoosh, humus and falafel.
The fish pita is fresh and amazing. This is one of our daughter’s favorite
spots to eat.  We often take out an order of humus (the best I’ve ever had.)

Bob’s BBQ & Catering, 5260 W. Rd. Route 281, Homer, NY  13077  (607) 753-7098
You buy your food outside from the grill….then collect your plastic utensils and paper towels and pick a picnic bench to eat at anywhere on their very pretty property.  Ribs, chicken, brisket, beans, sweet potatoes, salads, and corn on the cob.  Our favorite is
the BBQ Chicken Dinner!

Doug’s Fish Fry, 206 West Road, Cortland, NY  13045 (607) 753-91845
One of our all time favorite restaurants!   Amazingly great fried fish sandwiches, homemade fries & onion rings.  Now that we eat gluten free, we can choose to have the grilled chicken, salmon or lobster roll (minus the roll.)  Another great GF choice would be the steamers!

Fat Jack’s BBQ, 234 Tompkins St., Cortland, NY  13045 (607) 344-3777
Went here our first day in New York for lunch.   Pretty tasty groceries!  A bit pricey but well worth it.  We enjoyed the Tennessee Trainwreck Combo plate, 3 meats plus 2 sides.  Our grandson added sides of Corn on the Cob and Mac and Cheese.

Buffet Star, 4089 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, NY 13850 (607) 729-1083
Definitely the top Chinese buffet in the area. were very tasty, and reasonably priced! Most importantly though, the food was excellent, from start to finish.  There were a lot of choices – this was one very expansive buffet!

Phil’s Chicken House, 1208 Union Center Maine Hwy, Endicott, NY  13760
(607) 748-6855

They will guarantee lots and lots of food, including: Grade-A chicken cooked over a rotisserie with Phil’s secret sauce; an assortment of homemade salads are available to choose from; breads and desserts are baked fresh daily; along with other meat alternatives; and all  dinners fresh and tasty whether you dine in or take out.
This is one of our must go to places to eat while in New York.

Magro’s (VJ’s) Restaurant Pizza & Catering, 169 Utica St., Hamilton, NY  13346
(315) 824-0303
This is a very nice (a” workingman’s” type of place) eatery – serves Breakfast, Lunches, Dinners.  A varied menu that suits all palates; food is well prepared and presented by courteous wait staff who will strive to meet your specific tastes. Prices are very reasonable.  We did have an enjoyable lunch with Pops and Connie Wright;  Connie had a Fish dinner, Rick had a steak salad, Pops had his favorite Mac and Cheese, and I had a BLT wrap.  Portions were very large making the need for to-go boxes.  Next time I plan to have the Chicken Riggies, one of my NY favorite entrees.

Have a yummy week,

Lunch at The Farm Kitchen

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After a very busy weekend, we decided to have a leisurely lunch out today at “The Farm Kitchen” at the Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix.   They will be closing on Saturday for the summer, and we wanted to enjoy the setting one more time.  The temperature today was about 93 degrees, so still comfortable under the shade trees.

Our pick for lunch was soup of the day and sandwiches.  My hubby had an Italian Sandwich of layered Italian meats, shredded Parmesan Reggiano & Asiago, red onion, pepperoncini, tomatoes, Romaine lettuce, and farmhouse vinaigrette on baguette.
My selection was Chicken BLTDA Sandwich with marinated chicken breast, crispy bacon, organic field greens, local dates, Granny Smith apples and tomato with basil mayo on potato bread.  Our soup selection was Turkey Chipotle Lentil.  Our food was freshly prepared and delivered at an outside window in a lovely basket.  You can go online to check out their yummy menus (website listed below.)

We truly had such an enjoyable day at the Farm at South Mountain.  We look forward to going back in the fall for lunch at the “Farm Kitchen” or Breakfast at the “Morning Glory Café.”

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Have an enjoyable day,




Open Heart, Open Home

The title of my post today is from a book I have previously read about practicing hospitality. The Scripture tells us in 1 Peter 4:9 “Use hospitality one to another without grudging.” So often we make having folks over such a task.   Yes, it does take a bit of effort, but well worth the effort to be able to share in each others’ lives.

What a great morning we had with our friends and neighbors, Gayle and Mike. We were so engrossed in each other’s conversations that we hardly realized how time had flown by and the morning was gone! In just a couple of hours we uncovered a lifetime of information about each other…so very interesting. How wonderful it was to spend time together allowing God to connect us “heart-to-heart.”

Thanks Gayle and Mike for stopping by and spending time with Rick and I.  We so enjoyed your company!  Let’s do it again real soon!



Gluten Free Scotch Eggs

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Our friends Linda and Phil were visiting us on Friday night and, we got to talking about Scotch eggs. That’s all I have been thinking about since.  I was wondering how I might make Scotch eggs gluten-free, so here’s my plan.

Low Carb, Gluten-Free Scotch Eggs

6 hard-boiled eggs, shelled
1 pound breakfast sausage  (We like Kroger Mild Country Sausage)
1/8 c. coconut flour + 1/8 c. almond flour = 1/4 c. flour mixture
1 beaten egg with 1 tbsp. water for egg wash
1 c. gluten-free bread crumbs (I toast the end slices of Udi’s GF Bread and process till fine)
(or crushed cornflake crumbs might work also)

Preheat oven at 400 degrees.
Dust board with flour and flatten out about 1/3 c. of sausage into a round for each egg.
Cover hard-boiled egg with sausage.  Dust sausage covered eggs with flour.  Dip in egg wash, then roll in breadcrumbs.  Place on parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until breadcrumbs are crisp and sausage is done.

I think I might like to serve these with a chunk of good New England cheddar cheese and some red pepper relish.

Have a yummy day,



Scrambled Pheasant Eggs for Breakfast


Aren’t these eggs beautiful!  How fortunate we were to receive these beautifully colored pheasant eggs from a friend at church.  She brought bags aplenty for all of us to try.  And tried we did.  They were truly delicious!  My hubby used 7 eggs to make scrambled eggs for us this morning for breakfast.  Topped with a little cheddar cheese and chives along with toast and coffee made an unusually different breakfast for us.

How fun it is to try new things!