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Of all the essential ingredients of a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner, fresh cranberries are among the most fleeting. Cravings for turkey, stuffing and gravy can be addressed all year long, but the puckery pop of fresh cranberries is limited to their fall season.Yes, you can get frozen berries anytime, but they lose precious tanginess in the process. All the more …

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AUBURN – Passion is one of the main ingredients in the creamy delights crafted along the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail.“I told my children not to come back to the farm after college unless they had a passion for hard work,” said Tom Murray, who runs Muranda Cheese Co. on Route 96, just south of Waterloo.His dairy farm is one stop on the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail (www.flc…

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Blake Mycoskie went to Argentina on vacation – intending to learn the tango, hone his Spanish and play some polo.He brought home something besides a tan and good memories.After his 2006 trip, Mycoskie found himself dwelling on the sight of poor children he had seen while in the South American country.He was especially dismayed to see that many of these children did not h…

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Annalena McAfee’s touching and uproarious first novel, “The Spoiler,” is a book made in heaven for old print journalists.It has two protagonists – one aging but once celebrated, the other young and clueless about the past – plus a whole sheaf of reporters and editors of varying importance, all of them on the brink of the online revolution.McAfee completes this pe…

Not liking "San Miguel" would be like kicking kittens. T.C. Boyle is one of contemporary American literature's big guns, and "San Miguel" is a heartfelt, meticulous novel imagining the lives of three brave women on one of the least-known and most picturesque parts of the continental United States, during one of American history's liveliest periods, from the 1880s to the en…

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Jerry Keohane Jr. started donating blood in 1966 when he was 37. Since then the military veteran has given blood every 60 days like clockwork one pint at a time. After enlisting in the Army Air Force during World War II, he joined the Marine Corps Reserve for the Korean War.He then joined the Postal Service and worked as a mail carrier in Riverside.Today at age 82, Keohane…

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It would be easy to glance at this group of men in their 80s and 90s, with lined faces and gray hair, and not recognize whom you are looking at.They’re modest, so they probably won’t mention their past, and despite their matching Honor Flight baseball caps and T-shirts, each one seems to have more in common with the younger person at his side than with each other.Then …

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The Rolling Stones turn 50 this year. Which is amazing on many levels. Particularly when you consider that many people in and around the scene over the years wouldn’t have predicted Stones guitarist and spiritual guide Keith Richards making it to 50, let alone the band he seems to love more than life itself.But that’s the Stones, isn’t it? Even Mick Jagger, as a youn…

It’s Broadway weekend at Kleinhans Music Hall. Conductor Ted Sperling, known for his work on Broadway, is leading the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and he has two terrific singers with him. One of the singers is the marvelous Santino Fontana, starring as the Prince in the upcoming Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” The other is Tiffany Ha…

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Barbara J. Ostfeld might best be described as a quiet trailblazer.The Amherst resident dreamed as a child of standing at the bimah and leading a congregation in sacred song.But she never imagined being Judaism’s first-ever female cantor.“I wasn’t interested to be the first woman; I just wanted to be a cantor,” Ostfeld recounted in a recent interview.More than 37 ye…

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As the gift-giving season approaches and shoppers venture out to local stores and holiday arts and crafts shows, the question arises: Where will buffaloes roam next? That’s buffalo, with a lowercase “b,” and the popular bison is popping up on much more than coffee mugs, shot glasses and T-shirts.Stitched or etched, painted or stenciled, buffaloes present themselves o…

This fall, after many years and many miles with my old car, I finally broke down and got a new one. This was not a terribly difficult decision. My old car was the age of our teenager. It was in dreadful need of some major repair work, once again. I said goodbye.Still, more than a month later, I think about how this new vehicle will someday be the one in which our 13-year-o…

Blues fans in town can rest a little easier now that WBFO-FM 88.7 has launched a search to replace Jim Santella, the longtime blues host who will retire Dec. 1.“There is a job listing up, and we talked to some folks already,” said Jim Ranney, WBFO news director. “Ultimately we want to find the right person. Obviously, the blues will still be there on Saturdays, even …

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Baked pasta is classic comfort food and easy to make. But it’s important to follow two basic rules.First, the pasta should not be cooked more than an hour before baking and serving, or it will lose its toothsome bite.Second, it is “importantissimo” to undercook the pasta in the boiling water so that the finished dish still has real texture. If the package instruction…

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By Anne NevilleNEWS STAFF REPORTERIt was love at first sight for Suzanne Hoak, of Blasdell, when she saw Zipper the kitten on television.But like most immediate attractions, there were a few hurdles.Zipper, a light gray tabby with a white belly, was just 4 weeks old and had severe problems with both eyes. He wasn’t up for adoption due to the amount of medical care he nee…