Today, PBS, NPR, The New York Times, CNBC and others refer to Utica, NY as the “Town that Loves Refugees”.
Well, in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s Utica was the settlement for Italian, German, Polish and Irish immigrants which included our grandparents.
With them they brought their love for cooking and their number one primary ingredient was love.
They were poor, but along with our parents, always found a way to provide amazing food that provided comfort to families during some hard times.
They consistently attempted to teach us their cooking skills – some of us learned and some of us didn’t – we were young and thought those days would never end.
Most of these incredible people have passed, and we are now attempting to preserve their cooking secrets on this web site as well as in print form.
So please send us your favorite recipes that have been handed down to you and we will share and preserve them as best we can.