Category Archives: Ithaca

Hazelnut Kitchen

At Cornell I belong to both the Cornell Gourmet Club and the Dinner Club, two “foodie” organizations on campus. We have many different kinds of events throughout the semester: wine and appetizer parties, restaurant outings, potlucks, speakers, and more.

Last week we took a trip to Hazelnut Kitchen, a restaurant in Trumansburg, NY that people have been raving about! http://www.hazelnutkitchen.com/

“The best new place in town is out of town, but not far: Hazelnut Kitchen in Trumansburg is serving up some of the most exciting, original cuisine you’re likely to find in the area or out.” From The Ithaca Times’ restaurant reviewer Kirsten Wasson, 10/17/07

I went with a group of about 13 people and we all ordered different things so we could taste most of the menu.

I wasn’t all that hungry so I got small dishes. Sautéed kale with apples & onions to start:

Creamy yellow squash soup with sage pesto next:

And bittersweet chocolate-coffee mousse with whipped cream and berries for dessert:

Other standout dishes that I didn’t take pictures of were:

-spice roasted winter squash with farro, pumpkin seeds, roast cauliflower, beets & sage pesto

-warm red cabbage salad with slow-cooked duck confit, stilton & cider-dijon vinaigrette

If you’re in the area, I would definitely recommend giving Hazelnut Kitchen a try!

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Ithaca Apple Fest

Downtown Ithaca, known as “the commons,” hosts two seasonal food festivals, Apple Fest and Chili Fest. I went to Apple Fest last year and had so much fun that I just had to go back again. Many local restaurants set up stands and serve foods with an apple twist. Apple cider doughnuts, apple pizza, apple soup, apple crisp, the list goes on! They also have music, crafts, and wine stands from our local Finger Lakes vineyards.

Here are some pictures from Apple Fest last year:

Apple pizza!

And here are some from today:

Apple squash soup!

Lucy enjoying Taste of Thai

Apple strudel

My housemates

Stay tuned for a delicious apple crisp recipe with the apples I bought from here ^

Ithaca Farmers Market!

the one and only

This morning I got up bright and early to take a trip to the wonderful Ithaca Farmers Market with the Cornell Gourmet Club! When I first arrived at Cornell last fall, my roommate and I decided to go check it out, and we fell absolutely in love. I have been to my fair share of farmers markets in NYC and around the world, and I can say without a doubt, that this one is THE BEST. I love that its inside a wood tent, so that people go in rain or shine. I love that it sits right on Cayuga Lake, and you can bring your food out to the dock and watch the ducks swim by. I love the breakfast burritos, thin crust pizzas, corn fritters, and wine tastings. I love filling up a tote bag with fresh fruits and vegetables and figuring out what to do with everything once I get home. As you can see, I’m really passionate about the Ithaca Farmers Market and if you ever pass through Ithaca NY, I highly recommend checking it out!

Fall Bounty

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