Adirondack Cookbook

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National Parks have become an even more popular destination than usual while trying to work our way through our country’s health crisis.  RV sales are soaring and many are hitting the road to explore and have some family fun.  The Adirondacks in New York boast about 3,000 lakes and ponds, 2.5 million acres of preserved land with brooks and streams, along with rare fauna and flora.  It is a motorist and cyclist paradise with all of this plus scenic villages to enjoy with great food.

What exactly is Adirondack cooking? The cookbook has recipes from local home cooks, chefs, and Bed and Breakfast proprietors.  During the summer, check out the many farm stands.  Some of the charming Bed and Breakfast Inns date back to the 1800’s, including restored mansions, former stagecoach stopovers, boarding houses and farmhouses.  They serve local foods such as fish, game, fresh apple cider, and abundant fruits baked every way possible. in dining rooms with original oak floors and stunning globe fixtures.  Some of the recipes to try include Apple Walnut French Toast, Grilled Breast of Duck with Strawberry Rhubarb Chutney, Salmon Poached in Citrus Juices with a Kiwi Butter Sauce, Adirondack Wildberry Chicken, “Hot August” Garlic Shrimp, Lake Luzerne Apple Rolls, and The Original Saratoga Brownies that include pecans, walnuts, black cherries, and dates in the ingredients.  The book is filled with many interesting recipes.

There are some black and white photos included of the park, but it is mostly filled with whimsical drawings of wildlife, maps, inns, and food.  There is a “Hint” Chapter that will list and describe unusual herbs, canning tips, grilling tips, first aid, making gifts from your kitchen, food storage charts, a cheese guide, how to crack a crab, and even suggestions for losing weight, which is maybe for guests who sit too long in those lovely Adirondack chairs


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4 Responses to Adirondack Cookbook

  1. August 10, 2020 at 7:35 am #

    Thank you for sharing this post!

  2. August 10, 2020 at 10:46 am #

    I’d love to try the brownies!

  3. August 10, 2020 at 11:44 am #

    Thank you for sharing. I learned some new things! I never knew the actual name & history of the Adirondack Chair that we have all seen & enjoyed for years. And I didn’t know NY had such vast wilderness, lakes, & ponds to explore. God made a beautiful world & there is so much to discover in every state. Those recipes sound delicious, too! Have fun whipping up something special from your Adirondack cookbook & let us know how you like it.

  4. August 14, 2020 at 8:01 am #

    Hi Deb,

    That Adirondack Wildberry Chicken sounds yummy. Would you share the recipe?

    Ahhhh!, the Adirondacks! They are gorgeous – especially in the fall with the leaves at their peak of changing. A drive through the Lake George area as well as Lake Placid (where the Olympics were held) is essential. Be sure to wave to the lake monster “Champy” as you tour near the coast of Lake Champlain. Definitely worth a visit -once things settle down.

    Thanks for sharing this cookbook treasure!


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