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Balancing the scales

Clean Strawberry Short Cake

I get a little sentimental when June arrives, because it’s a month that marks both my dad’s birthday and Father’s Day.

Beer here

Not one, but two beer festivals are happening this coming weekend, leaving local connoisseurs much to be thankful.

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Drink local

Hard apple cider company continues to blossom

Albany has a history rich with hops, having been the home of several breweries throughout the Capital City’s 300-plus years.

Food: Weight loss is habitual

Six years ago, I embarked on a new way of living and being.

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Restaurant Week

16 Restaurants 3-Course Meals $20.15

The city’s landscape is changing, and Albany wants you to see it.

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Feeding a need

Local woman is gathering up community support for food co-op

A retired microbiologist is taking a macro look at a global problem and applying the solution to a brand new Downtown Schenectady.

Have a no-cook Thanksgiving

Restaurants offering takeout or holiday service give kitchen-weary hosts a break

Some people love spending Thanksgiving in the kitchen, but it’s not for everyone, and preparing an elaborate holiday meal is just one of the 8.8 million complaints you’ll see if you Google “Thanksgiving stinks.”

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Soup’s on in Guilderland

Annual event welcomes season with food, fun and fast cars

The leaves are starting to turn and the air is getting chillier so it can mean only one thing in Guilderland: It’s time to slurp some soup.

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A century of faith, friendships

St. Peter Women’s Guild to commemorate 100th anniversary with dinner

Many things were different 100 years ago, with modern technology seeming more like science fiction. At least one thing remains unchanged — the dedication of a faithful group of women.

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Local flavor

Taste of Ballston Spa is a palate-pleaser and a major fundraiser for school foundation

When school budgets aren’t enough, the key to filling the gap is apparently through the stomach.

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Send us your recipes and win!

Share your Thanksgiving traditions with The Spotlight

We are looking for reader-submitted recipes for our Nov. 13 Thanksgiving Lifestyle edition.

A taste of Italy, and of heritage

“Viva Italia” fundraiser replete with food, drinks and entertainment

Through a joined love of Italian culture, one local organization is hoping to share its heritage the best way possible – through Italian food and entertainment.

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Cornell Cooperative awarded grant for health program

The Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Schenectady County was awarded an $189,500 grant Wednesday, Feb. 13, to support its “Health Shares: Doctors Prescribing Healthy Local Produce to At-Risk, Low Income Families” initiative.

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Outside the box

Unique chocolate treats offer break from Valentine’s Day tradition

While chocolate is often seen as a can’t-fail Valentines gift, the traditional heart-shaped box of sweets might strike some as clichéd. But for those looking to stray from convention will be met with a sweet surprise at Capital District candy shops.

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Who’s the Cake Boss?

Reality show star draws a crowd at Nisky book signing

A line stretched throughout a local grocery store on Friday, Nov. 30, as fans of Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC reality show “Cake Boss,” clamored for books, cakes and a chance to meet the big-time baker.

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