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Contents 2016 Holiday Calendar........................................... 20 Give great memories ............................................. 37 By Rebecca Cuthbert

Giving Buffalo ....................................................... 52 Photos by kc kratt


Beauty Buffalo....................................................... 58 Photos by kc kratt


Read and give local books ...................................... 68 By Elizabeth Licata

Homegating with the Bills..................................... 82 Something to read ................................................. 84 By Wendy Guild Swearingen


A new crop of cookbooks ....................................... 98 By Elizabeth Licata

Holiday baking .................................................... 112 By Nina Barone

Hot buttered rum ................................................ 118 By Donny Kutzbach

Trending: garden books ripped from the headlines .................................... 132 By Elizabeth Licata

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DECEMBER 1 Glitter and Glamour Fashion Show This holiday-themed fashion show is the final event of the Festival of Trees, which benefits John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. Enjoy the show against a backdrop of decorated trees, wreaths, and other holiday displays. 6–9 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency (2 Fountain Plaza; 881-8230 or

DECEMBER 2 Holiday Light Up and Parade Enjoy a festive evening in Newfane with a parade, cookies, hot chocolate; a visit with Santa and carriage rides following the parade. 5:30 p.m. (Main St., Newfane;

The Scintas Christmas Show The show blends classic songs from musical icons such as Ray Charles, Michael Buble, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston, with comedy and celebrity impressions. 8 p.m. at the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; 692-2413 or

The Kerfuffle Before Christmas The event features Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Atlas Genius, Capital Cities, Dirty Heads, GROUPLOVE, and Judah & The Lion. 6 p.m. at KeyBank Center (One Seymour Knox III Plaza; 888-223-6000 or

Bob McCarthy’s Irish Christmas McCarthy’s wagon will be parked all day to collect new toys and gifts for Santa’s Workshop and the Sheriff’s Santa Program, with a party in the evening. 6 p.m. at Ellicott Brewing Company (28 Monroe St., Ellicottville 474-7832)

DECEMBER 2–11 It’s a Wonderful Life A stage production of the classic film, performed in a woodbox theater.

Dec. 3 A Christmas Stroll


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Dec. 3–18

DECEMBER 2–3 A Vocális Christmas A Vocális tradition continues. Relax to the sweet sounds of an intimate choral Christmas. 8 p.m., December 2 at St. Peter & Paul Church (5480 Main St., Williamsville) and 7:30 p.m., December 3, Karpeles Manuscript Museum (220 Elmwood Ave.)

DECEMBER 2–4 All on a Starry Night Buffalo Choral Arts Society celebrates this glorious time of year. Concerts take place on December 2 at Saint Mary’s Church of Swormville (6919 Transit Rd., Swormville) and on December 4 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral (50 Franklin St.) Call 775-7664 or visit

Scrooge the Musical The classic Charles Dickens tale set to music has been a Christmas tradition in Lockport since 2003. 7:30 p.m. December 2–3, 3 p.m. December 4, at the Historic Palace Theatre (2 East Ave., Lockport; 4381130 or

Hansel and Gretel This sumptuous musical retelling of the classic fairy tale is performed by Buffalo Opera Unlimited with a full orchestra. 8 p.m. December 2, 2 :30 p.m. December 4, at Buffalo State’s Performing Arts Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.; 878-3005 or

Artists in Buffalo Holiday Open Over 100 local artists display their work for purchase. Venues include the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, and other local galleries and private studios. Visit for more information.


Friends of Reinstein Woods Holiday Party Visit with live animals from Earth Spirit Educational Services and take a hike with Santa. Registration required. 1:00 p.m. at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (93 Honorine Dr., Cheektowaga; or 683-5959)

Restless Heart Christmas Show Season of Harmony For over thirty years, Restless Heart has been topping the charts with the country hits; now they perform distinguished renditions of your favorite holiday tunes.

Taste of Christmas Past

Through Dec. 4 at Seneca Allegany Casino (777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca; senecaalleganycasino. com or 877-873-6322)

Enjoy a menu full of Victorian Christmas recipes, a guided lantern tours, a tree lighting ceremony, music, raffles, and auctions.

Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

5:30–9:30, Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst; 689-1440 or bnhv. org)Tree Lighting

This annual event marks the official opening of the free ice-skating season in Downtown Buffalo. 5 p.m. at Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza (Main at Chippewa Streets;

Tree Lighting The Buffalo Zoo kicks off the most wonderful time of year with holiday music, hot chocolate, animal meet and greets, festive activities, treats, and a dazzling holiday tree.

Holiday Live at Larkin

3:00 p.m. at Buffalo Zoo (300 Parkside Ave.; buffalozoo. org or 837-3900)

Larkin Square (745 Seneca St.; or 362-2665)

A Christmas Stroll


Visit the magical Village of Ellicottville in all its holiday finery.

Larkin Square welcomes the community for a free wintertime concert on its covered heated boardwalk.

The Nutcracker

Dec. 3–18 Lewiston Christmas Walk

Yuletide in the Country Buy handcrafted gifts for everyone on your list at this popular holiday artisan showcase. At the Fairgrounds in Hamburg (649-3900 or

Roycroft Campus Holiday Art Show Start your holiday shopping with a special oneof-a-kind, handmade present and view a variety of artists’ work. 10 a.m. at Roycroft Campus Corporation (31 South Grove St., East Aurora; roycroftcampuscorporation. com or 655-0261)

All day at Village of Ellicottville (Ellicottville, NY; or 699-5046)

The annual production from American Academy of Ballet and Dance is a holiday favorite.

DECEMBER 3–4, 10–11

Santa on the Carrousel

1 p.m. December 3–4, 7 p.m. December 3, University at Buffalo Center for the Arts (688-4774 or

Holiday Happening on the Niagara Wine Trail

Lewiston Tour of Homes

This festive tasting event along the trail includes a special gift.

Santa rides the carrousel and has lunch with all of his friends and fans, plus crafts, games, and snacks. Activities start at 11 a.m. Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10, and 17 at Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum (180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda; or 693-1885)

This includes five of the village’s historic homes, a poinsettia cocktail, a dessert reception, a holiday market, and more.

Various locations,

10 a.m.–5 p.m. (524-3001 or

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Breakfast with Santa Families are welcomed to join Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their merry elves for a pancake breakfast in the BNHV Ballroom. This event features two seatings. 9:30 and 11 a.m., Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst; 689-1440 or

Dec. 4

DECEMBER 3–18 Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells Junie B. draws the wrong name for Secret Santa and plots revenge. Theatre of Youth (203 Allen St.; 884-4400 or

Lewiston Christmas Walk Santa arrives by helicopter (weather permitting) on Saturday, December 3 at 11:30 a.m., followed by a weekend of caroling, boutique shopping, carriage rides, and more! Through Dec. 4 at Village of Lewiston, (Center St., Lewiston; or 754-9500)

DECEMBER 4 Create a Holiday Mini Book Children from ages six to twelve can make their own holiday creation to give or to keep in this session led by artist David Wasik. All materials are provided, and no registration necessary. 2 p.m. at the Central/Downtown library (1 Lafayette Square; 858-8900 or

A Christmas Carol See Mike Randall’s popular portrayal of Charles Dickens. 8 p.m., Niagara Regional Theatre Guild (530 Ellicott Creek Rd., Tonawanda; 284-6358 or


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Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve TSO’s popular rock opera features enduring fan favorites. 3 and 7 p.m. at KeyBank Center (One Seymour Knox III Plaza; 888-223-6000 or

DECEMBER 7 Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular The cast of Cirque Musica performs feats of strength, skill and grace to holiday music favorites performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. 8 p.m., Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Circle; 8855000 or

Dec. 3–18 A Christmas Story, the Musical

DECEMBER 8–18 A Christmas Carol Enjoy the Dickens classic in a repurposed church. Starry Night Theatre (170 Schenk St., North Tonawanda; 743-1614 or

DECEMBER 9 Holiday Concert The program includes Vivaldi, holiday favorites, and a narration of The Night Before Christmas. 7:30 p.m., Orchard Park High School Auditorium (4040 Baker Rd., Orchard Park; 474-5843 or

DECEMBER 9–10 Classical Christmas Stefan Sanders leads the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus. 10:30 a.m. December 9, 8 p.m., December 10, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Circle; 885-5000 or

Jingle Bell Jam This BPO family event includes holiday music and a post-concert mingle with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. (Toys for Tots drop-off) 2:30 p.m., Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Circle; 885-5000 or

All on a Starry Night

Buffalo Choral Arts Society’s holiday concert at Saint Peter and Paul R. C. Church (66 east Main St., Hamburg) Call 775-7664 or visit

Dec. 12 Jingle Bell Jam

DECEMBER 11 Christmas Tree Lighting and Concert

A Christmas Carol

Enjoy the official lighting of the Albright-Knox’s traditional Christmas tree and a concert of holiday favorites.

This is the fifth longest-running state production of the Dickens classic.

3 p.m. at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.; or 882-8700)


Alleyway Theatre (1 Curtain Up Alley; 852-2600 or

DECEMBER 10 Santa’s Workshop Enjoy holiday activities and a visit with Santa among the poinsettias at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Botanical Gardens (2655 South Park Ave.; 827-1584 or

Secrets of Allentown Holiday Tour

Performers include The Chainsmokers, DNCE, Jake Miller, Daya, Jon Bellion, JoJo, and Jacob Whitesides. 6 p.m. at KeyBank Center (One Seymour Knox III Plaza; 888-223-6000 or

Noon–4 p.m., starting at the Theodore Roosevelt Historical Inaugural Site (641 Delaware Ave.; call 8811024

7:30 p.m. at Lancaster Opera House (21 Central Ave., Lancaster; or 683-1776)

DECEMBER 13 Celebrate the holidays with the Grammy Awardwinning saxophonist. 8 p.m. at the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; 692-2413 or

Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Fourteen Holy Helpers R. C. Church, 350 Indian Church Rd., West Seneca and Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St., Buffalo (


The event includes tea, scones, finger sandwiches, and a basket raffle.

Kissmass Bash 2016

Pat Shea Holiday Concert

Christmas with the Buffalo Niagara Choirs showcases classical choruses and traditional carols.

Holiday Tea


This self-guided tour includes holiday-decorated private homes and public spaces in the Allentown hisotric neighborhood

Kenny G—Live for Christmas Grand and Glorious Christmas Masterpieces

Dec. 18

A Christmas Story, the Musical The classic holiday favorite about a boy and his air rifle comes to Shea’s.

The “Star” talent search winner presents a concert of all your holiday favorites.

DECEMBER 15–17 Holiday Celebration On Ice Tour Featuring Brian Boitano, Caydee Denney, John Coughlin, Steven Cousins, Kim Navarro, Brent Bommentre, Jonathon Hunt, Ashley Clark, Erin Reed, and WNY’s Carly Donowick. Enjoy the magnificent athleticism and grace of Olympic champion Brian Boitano and the Academy Award-winning sounds of Franc D’Ambrosio. 8 p.m. (except 2 and 8 p.m. on Dec.17 and 5 p.m. on Dec. 18), Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino (310 4th St., Niagara Falls; 1-877-8-SENECA or

Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.; 8471410 or

1–3 p.m. at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst; 689-1440 or

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Last Minute Panic Holiday Marketplace

The Nutcracker in the City of Light

Over forty vendors on two floors offer quality handmade goods at this popular shopping event at Western New York Book Arts Center.

Presented by Configuration Dance Theatre & School of Ballet at the Flickinger Theatre, Nichols School.

4–8 p.m. December 16, 11–5 p.m. December 17, WNYBAC (468 Washington St.; 348-1430 or

Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. & 4 p.m

Holiday Concert


Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra performs holiday favorites and more.

John Morris Russell’s Holiday Pops

St. Philip the Apostle R. C. Church (950 Losson Rd., Depew; 893-1807 or

Join Russell, the BPO, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus for all your holiday favorites and some surprises. 10:30 a.m. December 15, 8 p.m. December 16, 2:30 December 17, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Circle; 885-5000 or

The Night Before Christmas A brother and sister get caught up in a fun-filled adventure with a cast of colorful Christmas characters. Lancaster Opera House (21 Central Ave.; 683-1776 or

DECEMBER 17 Christmas with the Celtic Tenors The unique voices, appeal, and wit of Daryl, James, and Matthew combine in a thoroughly uplifting experience. 8 p.m. at Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall (Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.; or 878-3005)

Mohawk Xmas Party Celebrate the season with some serious rock. Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.; or 312-9279)

Breakfast with Santa This is your chance to have breakfast with Santa. Each child will have an opportunity to sit in Santa’s lap and get a present, plus games and crafts. Dec. 17 and 18 at 9 a.m. at Aquarium of Niagara (701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls; or 285-3575)


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DECEMBER 21 We Three A polyamorous trio of college students think they’ve got a good thing going until an angry southern Baptist dad shows up unexpectedly on Christmas Eve. Through Dec. 23 at The Subversive Theatre Collective at Manny Fried Playhouse (Great Arrow Building, 255 Great Arrow Ave.; or 408-0499)

DECEMBER 28 Holiday Church Bus Tour Tour four Buffalo churches during the holiday season, and learn about the history of the congregation, church building, and design elements such as stained glass windows. 10 a.m. at Villa Maria College, 630 Doat St. ( or 245-3032)

DECEMBER 31 First Night Buffalo Ring in the New Year downtown. All day at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.;

Long-running light shows DECEMBER 1–31 Fatima Festival of Lights Fifteen acres of spectacular lights illuminate Lewiston’s famous shrine. Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima (1023 Swann Rd., Lewiston; 754-7489 or

DECEMBER 1–31 Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls, Ontario, becomes a winter wonderland with over three million sparkling lights. Visit for more information.

DECEMBER 2–4, 9–11, 16–23 Fairgrounds Festival of Lights This multifaceted family event includes light displays, children’s activities, ice sculpture, and the centerpiece, the North Pole Experience, a 10,000foot walk-through adventure. The Fairgrounds in Hamburg (649-3900 or

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he most cherished gift doesn’t always come wrapped in bright paper and tied with a ribbon, but is nonetheless remembered long after the season has ended: the gift of special experience. Experiential gifts are perfect for the people on your

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“We find more and more that people, especially as they get older, have enough stuff and are looking for ways to enjoy their time,” says Burchfield Penney Art Center director of marketing and public relations Kathleen Heyworth, who notes that gift memberships are very popular. “It’s a wonderful way to get to know our city—250 programs a year, live music all genres, poetry, lectures, talks, and tours, there’s so much to do and see.” On Thursday nights, the Burchfield Penney café is open until 9:00 p.m., and on M&T Bank Second Fridays, there’s always something new. Come for dinner and make a night of it. “Gift memberships can be purchased over the phone, online, or right here at the gallery,” says Heyworth, who suggests they can be paired with gift certificates to the museum store. “There we have one-of-a-kind works by local artists, and those purchases keep funds right here in our community.” An overnight stay at the The Roycroft Inn in East Aurora is “a true getaway,” says marketing representative Lynn Kinsella. “Our

suites take you back to a more relaxed time where guests can enjoy good books by the fire, enjoy meals created with locally produced ingredients in a historic setting, and escape from today’s busy times,” she explains. “During the winter months, overnight stays can be combined with downhill skiing at Kissing Bridge, art classes through the Roycroft Campus’s educational programs, or movies in East Aurora’s historic theater.” In January, Caribbean Night will “bring the island life to East Aurora, with tropical drinks and food, and even a steel drum orchestra,” shares Kinsella. Winter Wine Nights feature evenings of wine and food pairings, and every Thursday and Friday, there is live music in the Craftsman Lounge with local and regional musicians. And, of course, Kinsella adds, there’s always the village itself, a great way to “experience historic charm with an urban feel.” For those on your list who love food, history, and a little adventure, “Buffalo Bites Food Tours are the perfect mix of food, history, and fun.” says Buffalo Bites president Laura Reed. “Our tours





months, an overnight

stay can be combined with downhill skiing at Kissing Bridge, an art class through the Roycroft Campus’s educational programs, or a movie in East Aurora’s historic theater.”


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combine food—a great common denominator—with just the right amount of history and architecture, [and] add in the social aspect of walking with friends or family or meeting new people from around the US and the world. You have a filling and unique way to experience Buffalo or East Aurora.” Buffalo Bites food “tourists” tell Reed that although they lived in Buffalo all their lives, they never knew the history of their own neighborhoods, or set foot on some of the streets Reed leads them down. Out-of-towners earn new respect for the city, and everyone comes away with full bellies and more knowledge of Buffalo. “We offer cooking classes that make for wonderful gifts through our Community Education Department,” says Mark Mistriner, division chair of Hospitality, Tourism, and Culinary Arts at Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. “They make great gifts because guests can immerse themselves in hands-on preparation.”

Buffalo Bites Food “tourists” and some of the tasty local fare they get to enjoy

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isitors can look for our weekly brews and

BBQ specials on Wednesday nights in Savor Restaurant, along with our Savor restaurant seasonal menu.”

The Chef’s Table at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute Photo by Tim Wilkes

In 2017, Mistriner and his friends will be cooking up some fun—and competition. “Visitors can look for our weekly brews and BBQ specials on Wednesday nights in Savor Restaurant, along with our Savor restaurant seasonal menu,” he shares. “We will be hosting a culinary competition on April 29, open to the public.” To learn more, “Come into the open public space and take a self-guided tour of the facility,” Mistriner recommends. “Guests can watch cooking and baking classes in action and stop by our deli or pastry shop for a bite to eat or to sample some of New York’s finest wines in the wine boutique.” A gift certificate to the Buffalo History museum is sure to make the recipient feel smart and special, says Constance Caldwell, director of communications and community engagement. “The museum honors gift certificates for a full year so that special someone can select what they most enjoy—dynamic programs like ‘Jazz on Second Sundays’ that celebrate WNY music heritage, to ‘Party on the Portico’ happy hour fun, to any Wednesday eve-


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ning program—along with plenty of opportunity to explore current and permanent exhibits,” she says. “Experiences and introductions are always long-remembered gifts.” In 2017, gift certificate recipients will also have some special events at which to use them. “We’re going to have some fun January 20 when the museum hosts an all-open Inauguration Party during the swearing-in of the new president of the United States,” Caldwell previews. “February 12 is a mashup of sorts that includes our longest running Abraham Lincoln’s birthday celebration—a gun salute, birthday cake, and the reading of the Gettysburg Address, followed by Jazz on Second Sundays. The combo of our most celebrated president and in-demand NYC pianist Pete Malinverni makes for a great time. In March, we’ll celebrate Women’s History Month in a big way as we gear up for the centennial anniversary of the nineteenth amendment.” Another great example of Buffalo’s rich history is the Darwin Martin House Complex, which has undergone a decades-long restoration project to return it to what Frank Lloyd Wright

originally envisioned. “People from all over the world visit us,” says Dawn Warsaw, assistant director of the restoration campaign. “But don’t take our word for it—experience this remarkable architecture firsthand. Tour certificates are available for one- and two-hour tours and combo tours, discounted admission to Martin House and Graycliff when purchased at the same time. We also offer certificates for our specialty tours including Wright, Wine & Cheese and seasonal twilight tours. And tour tickets never expire at the Martin House. A gift of membership is another thoughtful idea.” In 2017, the 150th anniversary of Wright’s birthday will be

The Albright Knox art gallery Photo by kc kratt

celebrated and marked by the installation of the long-awaited mosaic fireplace. “Many exciting programs and events are being planned, including a special Valentine’s Day tour, a series of gardening classes, a performance by LehrerDance Studio, a Family Fun Day, and travel trips to Fallingwater, Phoenix, and New York City, to name just a few,” Warsaw says. And for the shutterbugs on your gift list, a brand-new photography tour gives visitors exclusive access to the House. Founded as one of the country’s oldest public arts institutions, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is another great place to purchase gift passes. Since 1862, “The museum has been dedicated to acquiring, exhibiting, and preserving modern and contemporary art,” according to its website. “Abstract Expressionism, pop art, and art from the 1970s through the end of the century are well represented by exceptional works from Arshile Gorky, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Jasper Johns,” but the collection offers “a panorama of art through the centuries.” This holiday season, think outside the gift box. Instead of presents that fill closets and clutter countertops, gift good times, laughter, and memories. With so many tours, galleries, museums, and showhouses, the Queen City assures unforgettable experiences right here at home. Rebecca Cuthbert lives, writes, and cares for shelter dogs in Dunkirk. She is a frequent contributor to Spree and Forever Young.

The reconstructed pergola of the Darwin Martin House Photo by kc kratt

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1. NEW ERA BUFFALO HATS. BuffaLove Apparel, 2. BUFFALO LANDMARK JOURNAL 5X7, $9.99. Hyatt’s All Things Creative, 716-884-8900, 3. HAND-ETCHED CRYSTAL BUFFALO BOOKENDS. Abino Mills Glassworks, 716-844-8299, 4. BUFFALO PHOTO ALPHABET. Arthur’s Home Furnishings, 716-662-2158, 5. COLORFUL BUFFALO SPIRIT SHIRTS. Research and Design, 716-662-0800,


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1. BUFFALO HEAD WALL TROPHY. The Martin House Museum Store, 716-856-3858, 2. 14K VINTAGE BUFFALO PENDANT. Sarah’s Vintage and Estate Jewelry, 716-633-3738, 3. RUSTIC CEDAR WALL BOTTLE OPENERS. Bay-6 Buffalo Clothing Co., 716-674-1115, 4. BUFFALO TREE MUG, LOCAL ARTIST. Burchfield Penney Museum Store, 716-878-3595, 5. BUFFALO COASTERS, RACHEL FROM BUFFALO. Thin Ice, 716-881-4321,

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1. CUSTOM DESIGN BY LOCAL ARTIST. Pumpkins Children’s Clothing, 716-632-2246 2. OLD WORLD BUFFALO CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT. Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 716-649-4684, 3. CITY OF BUFFALO FLAG, $34.99. Ace Flag Company, 716-681-2345, 4. BUFFALO-THEMED COLORING BOOK. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 716-882-8700,


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From pet collars to pendants, local pride comes in many forms.




1. LANDMARK BUFFALO PLATES, GLASSWARE, TOWELS. CardSmart, 716-873-0245, c 2. 3D BUFFALO, SS/GOLD, $38-$350. S&E Jewelers, 716-832-1595, 3. BUFFALO-TECH SHIRT, MENS/LADIES. Riverside Men’s Shop, 716-833-8401, 4. ETCHED BUFFALO WOODEN CUTTING BOARD. Yours Truly, 716-741-4500, 5. BUFFALO SPORTS LOGO PET COLLARS. Cara Mia Pet Resort, 716-568-2272,

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1. BASKET OF BUFFALO-MADE PRODUCTS. Braymiller Market, 716-649-2356, 2. MICHAEL DONNELLY DESIGNED CITYSCAPE ORNAMENT. Michael Donnelly, 716-308-6520, 3. BUFFALO SOCKS, ASSORTED STYLES, $16.00. Village Artisans, 716-633-2384, 4. PAN AM POSTER. The Buffalo History Museum Shop, 716-873-9644,


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Patronize local artisans.



1. UNIQUE GIFTS FOR BUFFALO LOVERS. Jo-An’s Hallmark Store, 716-875-5588, 2. THEATRE DISTRICT, 11X14 FRAMED, $45. C Designs & Illustrations, 716-310-2403, 3. BUFFALO COLLECTION BY UNDER ARMOR. Golf Headquarters, 716-633-2626 4. LINEN CHRISTMAS PILLOW. Danahy’s, 716-831-0773,

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Winter weather is rough on hair and skin, so it’s a great time to step up your beauty routine. Here are a few items from some of WNY’s finest spas and salons. Treat yourself or pamper someone on your shopping list. 5..



1. SKIN RENEWAL SERUM TRIO, $89. Buffalo Gal Organics, 716-983-1087, 2. SHINE INDUCING AND THOROUGHLY SMOOTHING. White Oaks Resort & Spa, 800-263-5766, 3. AVEDA TULSARA RADIANT AWAKENING RITUAL. Corto’s Salon and Seasons Spa, 716-648-3120, 4. GIVE THE GIFT OF EMINENCE. Excuria Salon and Spa, 716-839-3106, 5. AMIKA, BEAUTY ON THE RUN. Beautyquest Medispa & Skin Care, 716-633-7546,


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1. CAPELLO’S SIGNATURE HAIR PRODUCTS. Capello Salons & Day Spa, 716-639-8019, 2. REVERSE YOUR AGE IN WEEKS. Spa Niagara, LLC., 716-205-0039, 3. THE PREMIERE ANTI-AGING TREATMENT. Trés Auraé Spa, 716-478-7546, 4. GRIVANI, ART OF SHAVING SET. TW & Co Body + Beauty, 716-445-3280, 5. HYDRATING 5-PACK FACE MASK. Renew Bath and Body, 716-881-0177,

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Read and give local books By Elizabeth Licata


his holiday season brings with it a rich harvest of books featuring local authors and photographers. Here’s a sampling of titles that have found their way to the Spree offices.

Local lore on the coffee table Three beautifully illustrated hardcovers that provide essential documentation of local cultural icons have been published this year: American Chartres, by Bruce Jackson (SUNY, 2016), is the result of seven years of photography by the University at Buffalo professor, who is known for his documentary work in both moving and still media. Jackson turned to the grain elevators as part of an ongoing project to record them as the most imposing remnants of Buffalo’s great industrial past. Aside from nine pages of introductory matter, including some interesting


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personal anecdotes, the book is devoted to imagery of fifteen elevators. When Jackson started photographing the structures, he had to shoot them from boats and nearby roads accessible to the public. Later, thanks to Silo City owner Rick Smith and Cargill Electric Annex owner Carl Paladino, Jackson was able to get much closer and shoot interior images of some the buildings. From the iconic rounded silos silhouetted against water and sky to the gloomy interiors, filled with rusty equipment, Jackson captures both the soaring poetry of these structures in their massive simplicity and the gritty reality of their abandonment. Above: Elevator Alley, with Standard Elevator on the left, Silo City on the right, from the Ohio Street Bridge, 2012 Photo by Bruce Jackson Opposite: The glass dome that tops the rotunda of the dining hall at the J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital Photo by Char Szabo-Perricelli

J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital: Her Inside Voice, by Char Szabo-Perricelli (Museum of disABILITY History, 2016), is another elegiac exploration of abandoned structures, though few Western New Yorkers have likely seen the J.N. Adam complex, located in Perrysburg and empty since 1993. It was proposed as a tubercular hospital in 1909 by Buffalo Mayor J.N. Adam (who donated the land), designed by architect John Hopper Coxhead, and opened in 1912. The finished complex featured a large, airy, plantation-type structure equipped with sleeping porches, in order to give patients the full benefits of the “sunshine cure” then recommended for tuberculosis. Over the years, additional wings and buildings were added to the complex. It closed as a tubercular hospital in 1960 and subsequently became a center for housing and treating the developmentally disadvantaged, closing finally in 1993.

Despite the increasing dilapidation of the complex, SzaboPerricelli’s photography reveals its beauty as well as the sadness of its abandonment. The photographer has imagined a persona for the hospital that she calls “her inside voice,” and includes short narratives that appear intermittently, speaking of the complex and its history as “her.” Some of the interior images are remarkable in their portrayal of heedless departure; drawers gape open, notices hang awry on bulletin boards, shelves are still partially filled with cleaning supplies. The book also includes a history of the complex, the original patient handbook, and many archival images from the collections of the Museum of disABILITY History. It is a beautiful record of a place that is nearing its survival tipping point.

The exterior of the abandoned J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital Photo by Char Szabo-Perricelli


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Mural, Holley Farms Market, 233 Allen Street Photo by William Faught

Allentown, with photographs by William D. Faught (Buffalo Heritage Unlimited, 2016), is—unbelievably—the first book to be devoted to Buffalo’s oldest historic district and one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods. The book is the brainchild of architect Faught, a recent arrival in the neighborhood who is clearly entranced with everything Allentown—from the soaring tower of First Presbyterian to the funky sculptures atop Gabriel’s Gate. Photographs are divided into thematic sections: Streetscapes, Parks & Gardens, Nightlife, and Diversity. There are also introductory essays on the history and contemporary makeup of the neighborhood by two longtime residents: historian Christopher Brown and Allentown Association

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hood’s streetlife and small but intense gardens as much as he respects its historic architecture. Also out from Buffalo Heritage Press: B is for Buffalo, an alphabetically arranged series of drone shots of the city by Christopher Hyzy; and Clover and the Shooting Star, a children’s book by Heather Lynn Harris.

A familiar smile Still Smiling, by Linda Pellegrino, provides a series of entertaining, revealing, and occasionally poignant snapshots from the life of a popular and hard-working TV host. Pellegrino (along with Jon Summers) has been co-host of WKBW’s AM Buffalo since 1990. She’s also had an eventful and fascinating career as a voice-over artist, disc jockey, copywriter, and actress, among other occupations. Many of the most engaging of the book’s (mostly) short chapters report on Pellegrino’s frequent encounters with householdname stars, whom she regularly interviews when they visit Western New York or when she takes part in movie-release interview junkets. As many readers know, Pellegrino underwent treatment for breast cancer and thyroid cancer in 2011. She tells that story toward the end of the book, making sure to credit the medical team that helped her get through it and finish this book cancer-free—five and a half years after the initial diagnosis. Anyone who has ever watched AM Buffalo should consider this book, which provides behind-the-scenes revelations, interesting celebrity anecdotes, and a fascinating personal story.

Voice of the new Buffalo Right Here, Right Now: The Buffalo Anthology (Belt Publishing, 2016) is edited by Jody K. Biehl, who says in her introduction, “We’ve put together an original, kaleidoscopic view of the city, which includes recollections and images


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Linda Pellegrino alongside her “first boss in Buffalo,” Spree owner and publisher Larry Levite

by close to seventy authors and artists. This book will help us think about where Buffalo is today, where it’s been, and where it’s going next. It’s packed with love for Buffalo—and with worries. We love Buffalo’s new energy, but we worry about gentrification and inequality, about bad water, bad sports teams, and bad planning. We laugh with comedian Mark Russell as he recalls beer deliveries to Jesuit priests in the 1940s and with David J. Hill as he goes to his first meat raffle in 2013.” Biehl’s description says it all—there is really a wide, diverse, and talented range of Buffalo voices here. The book is part of a series by Belt Publishing that focuses on such heartland cities as Akron, Youngstown, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cleveland and others. Visit for more information.

A fine way to catch up with these and other locally authored titles is to attend the Annual Local Author Book Signing Event at the History Museum on November 26, noon–2 p.m. Elizabeth Licata is editor of Spree. She has essays in both Allentown and the Buffalo Anthology. 2016 | Holiday Shopping Guide


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Something to read By Wendy Guild Swearingen


here’s a saying about what to give kids for the holidays: something they want, some-thing they need, something to wear, and something to read. It makes good sense—kids won’t be overrun with presents they’ll barely glance at, and the gift buyers will save time and money while choosing more thoughtful items for the young people in their lives. So, after you pick up, say, that Xbox game, package of guitar strings, and fleece, choose a special book from the list provided here as an invitation to children to explore the world they live in.

DIY Box Creations: Fun and Creative Projects to Make out of Really Big Boxes! By Courtney Sanchez (Quarto Publishing Group, 2016) If you visited the Buffalo Museum of Science’s Make It Up! Exhibit this summer, you’ll know how fun it is to make stuff out of cardboard boxes. This book offers twelve fun and unique cardboard box projects you can create with step-by-step pictures and easy-to-follow directions. While more advanced projects that call for spray paint, hot glue guns, and crafting knives require adult supervision, many can be made by kids using tape and scissors. The resulting creations are good looking, functional, and surprisingly long-lasting, including a boxcar, puppet theater, dollhouse, indoor dog house, (non-seaworthy) sailboat, and, of course, a fort.


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Poetry for Kids: Emily Dickinson By Christine Davenier, edited by Susan Snively (Quarto Publishing Group, 2016) This beautifully illustrated introduction to the Belle of Amherst’s work is organized by the four seasons, starting with summer-themed poems (“In the Name of the Bee”, “A Bird Came Down the Walk”; moving to autumn (“Blaz (“Blazing in Gold and Quenching in Purple”, “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”), to winter (“There’s a Certain Slant of Light”, “Like Brooms of Steel”), and fin finishing with spring (“New Feet within My Garden Go”, “Hope Is the Thing with Feathers”). Explanations of oddly used and unfamiliar words, like “quibbled” (answered) and “doges” (rulers of Venus) are provided. The section explaining in plain language what Emily Dickinson may have been thinking as she wrote each poem helps kids make real-life connections with the sometimes difficult to grasp verse. The Story Orchestra: Four Seasons in One Day By Jessica Courtney-Tickle (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2016) Follow young Isabelle, a potted apple tree, and Pickle, her puppy, through the seasons, with Vivaldi’s music to guide the way. As a sign of the changing seasons, the apple tree buds, blossoms, and sheds its leaves. Each spread features a musical note to press and a (surprisingly robust, brace for it) ten-second sound clip from the original score of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The illustrations of landscapes teeming with animals, flowers, people, trees, and seasonal details and light are so rich and colorful, readers will want to hop right in. A supplemental section introducing Vivaldi and describing the movements is a valuable tool to understanding the composer’s method and intent. The Hello Atlas By Ben Handicott; illustrated by Kenard Pak (Quarto Publishing Group, 2016) Learn how to say “hello” and several other basic phrases in more than 100 languages from all over the world. The charming illustrations show kids doing ordinary things in their home countries, from snorkeling in Fiji (bula) to dog sledding in Russia (privét). Fully illustrated word charts of languages from well-known and lesser-known indigenous languages introduce us to some of the world’s most remote communities. A free downloadable app for iOS and Android allows you to hear the phrases from the book recorded by a native speaker. 2016 | Holiday Shopping Guide


Natural World: A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature By Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley, illustrated by Owen Davey (Quarto Publishing Group, 2016) Packed with information and gorgeous illustrated charts of plants and creatures from land, sea, and sky, this hefty book is sure to answer many burning questions kids have about the natural world. Covered are how animals and plants grow, reproduce, excrete, and breathe, and where in the world they’re found, with special focus on habitats, species, and adaptations. You’d be surprised to learn just what and how many critters take up residence in a single tree, for instance. The pictures will capture the youngest kids’ attention, while the thoughtfully written and comprehensive descriptions will inform them as they continue to grow and learn. Bonus: The book’s jacket unfolds to become a giant wall poster. Wendy Guild Swearingen is senior editor of Spree.


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A new crop of cookbooks By Elizabeth Licata


very year, dozens of cookbooks are released. Some are simply practical collections of recipes to help busy home cooks get it done, but many go beyond this to espouse and explain philosophies of cooking and food. Others pinpoint unique moments in food culture and history. Even in busy times, sometimes it’s fun to find a few moments to page through a cookbook—whether the recipes end up being made or not. Here are a few topical choices that make great gifts. Home Cooked, by Anya Fernald with Jessica Battilana (Ten Spree Press, 2016) A book that has the words “a new way to cook” on the cover needs to deliver. According to no less a judge than Mario Batali, this one does; in fact he says, “If there is one book you buy this year, let it be Home Cooked.” A cofounder of Belcampo, an organization that supports sustainable agriculture,


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Fernald is dedicated to the idea of delicious, seasonal, and not-too-complicated food. The book starts out with series of base recipes or “building blocks� that can be made in advance and used in the recipes for snacks, soup, pasta, meat, fish, desserts, and drinks that follow. These base recipes include such flavor builders as bone brother, cultured butter, chimichurri, canned tomatoes, and more. In between recipes, Fernald shares her wisdom on such topics as cooking with cast iron, balancing acid and salt, steak cookery, and more. Many of the recipes have just two or three components, focusing instead on quality ingredients and innovative techniques, such as her irresistible-sounding Asado Potatoes, which employs a cast iron pan to make thinly sliced, buttery, crispy potatoes or a fennel and black pepper-crusted pork loin that really depends on sourcing goodquality heritage meat.

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Against All Grain Celebrations, by Danielle Walker (Ten Speed Press, 2016) After a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis, Danielle Walker adopted a Paleo diet (no grains, legumes, dairy, or processed food) and was able—against all medical advice—to defeat her symptoms. This is the third cookbook she’s written based on that experience; in it, she has recreated—using the Paleo model—traditional special occasion dishes she’s always loved. By employing such ingredients as nut butters, nut milks, gelatin, ghee, and other substitutes, Walker is able to reinvent a wide variety of dishes, including traditional Thanksgiving complete with green been casserole, bacon sweet potatoes, roasted garlic mashed cauliflower, and maple pumpkin pie.

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Flavorwalla, by Floyd Cardoz (Artisan, 2016) The title means “the person who brings the flavor.” It’s written by a four-time James Beard Award nominee and a winner of Top Chef Masters who has opened the New York City restaurants Tabla, North End Grill, and Paowalla. A native of Bombay, Floyd Cardoz is known for creating bold, exciting flavors utilizing a global, but accessible pal-

ate. With this book, Cardoz provides ways for busy home cooks to achieve those exciting flavors in the family kitchen. Recipes are arranged by occasion (weeknight meals, game time, summer cooking) rather than by type of food, and there are plenty of helpful notes on ingredients, tools, and techniques. 2016 | Holiday Shopping Guide 101

L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants, by George Geary (Santa Monica Press, 2016) There are plenty of recipes in this, but readers will be far more drawn to the vintage photographs and gossipy anecdotes about such iconic Hollywood eateries as The Brown Derby, Schwab’s Pharmacy, Don the Beachcomber, Romanoff’s, and many, many others. Nonetheless, the recipes are interesting; they include Florentine Garden’s meatballs (three types of ground meat), Cyrano’s vichyssoise (with a whisk of mascarpone), and Chasen’s famous carrot soufflé, which wowed such famous diners as Jimmy Stewart (shown at a Chasen’s banquette with Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, and others in the book). Elizabeth Licata is editor of Spree. Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball at the Brown Derby, 1952 Photo courtesy of the Marc-Wanamaker–Bison Archives

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Holiday baking a family tradition to cherish By Nina Barone


t’s time to turn on the oven, line the counters with ingredients and mixing bowls, don aprons, roll up our sleeves and get to work. When the weather turns chilly and snowy, it means the winter holiday season is on its way, and in my family, that cues late night baking sessions. It is laborious when you make more than 1,000 cookies in a couple weeks, but it is a pastime that has been handed down from my grandmother to my mother and to me. I wouldn’t trade the fun for anything. The Christmas cookies we make are shared with our family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and more throughout the holiday season. From one generation to the next, each family has at least one recipe that the entire crew craves — and hopefully someone has learned to make it in order to keep the tradition alive. In my family, there are about a dozen cookie recipes to know and attempt to master. They are largely Italian cookies, but we have tweaked classics and added recruits over the years. The cookies are part of fond memories, as they are in the scenery of so many cherished memories, and the act of making them is momentous each year. They are tied to each member of my family, as everyone has “their” cookie, which my grandma cleverly notes in her cookbook under each recipe’s title. To help you get on your way to baking delicious cookies and making happy memories this month, here are a couple popular cookie recipes from my family that are sure to be crowd pleasers with yours. One favorite features ricotta cheese in the cookie dough and a sweep of almond icing to coat the top. A fluffy, cake-like

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cookie with a nutty hint, this Italian staple may become a favorite in your family or a sought-after addition to your cookie exchange. My mother, Debbie Cimino, passed this recipe to me after her mother, Connie Capuano, taught her how to make them, and we all still make them regularly to this day. In my 1979 Betty Crocker cookbook, I have a bookmark on the page containing the recipe for Russian teacakes, also known as Mexican or Italian wedding cakes. My family has made this rich and buttery treat with our annual Christmas cookies for years. We adapted the nuts to a blend of pecans and walnuts about 10 years ago and we’ve continued to make them that way ever since. When in doubt, a cookie is a great dessert to bring to any function, from office party to holiday open house. Cookies also make a wonderful and practical gift, particularly when creatively packaged. Baking cookies with loved ones is a fun custom to start at any time and age. Pull out your tried and true recipes, attempt some new ones, and make sure you’re having a blast while you do it. May your holiday season be merry and your cookie baking plentiful! Nina Barone is a frequent contributor to Spree.

Russian teacakes Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened

Ricotta cheese cookies Ingredients 1 pound ricotta cheese

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 sticks butter, softened

1 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together ricotta cheese, sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Dough will be soft. Fill teaspoon with batter; drop batter on to trays at least 1 inch apart. Place in oven and bake for eight to 12 minutes.

½ cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

¾ cup finely chopped nuts – suggested: ½ pecans and ½ walnuts ¼ teaspoon salt Powdered sugar to dust

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix butter, ½ cup powdered sugar and the vanilla in large bowl. Stir in flour, nuts, and salt until dough holds together. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set, but not yet brown. Remove from cookie sheet; cool slightly on wire rack. Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar; cool on wire rack. Roll in powdered sugar again.

Remove and allow to cool on wire racks; ensure they are completely cool before icing. While cookies are cooling, make icing.

Almond-flavored icing Ingredients 2 cups powdered sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon butter, melted 1 teaspoon almond extract Stir all ingredients together vigorously. Add a bit more milk or sugar, if needed, to thicken or loosen to your liking. Frost each cookie. While still wet, add rainbow nonpareils to the top. Notes: It’s normal for this cookie dough to be soft and a bit sticky. To omit nuts, swap the almond extract for vanilla extract and frost with vanilla icing. 2016 | Holiday Shopping Guide 113

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he snow is falling. The winds are whipping bitter temps against the cheeks. Get inside to where the fireplace is crackling, pull off the parka, rip off those cumbersome mittens, and kick off those ice-caked boots. ’Tis the season for a mug of rich, hot, soul-warming cheer— and yeah, by that we mean booze. Anything that you can add hot water or steamed milk to is fair game. Teas and ciders are also welcome additions when warmed and added to liquor. Proof of all this can be found in the hundred (if not more) variants on the hot toddy. Sometimes, the caffeine and whiskey spike of an Irish coffee seems almost necessary to get through some of the longest, cruelest hours of winter. There is also the beauty of a nice mulled wine, or a Scandinavian glögg, or the frothy, eggy, sweet holiday season grandeur of a Tom & Jerry. The daddy of them all, however, might be the hot buttered rum. Believed to date back to the mid-seventeenth century and born out of colonial American innovation, hot buttered rum is a relatively simple but sumptuous warm drink that can make even the winter doldrums seem a bit more tolerable. In New England, a good hundred years before the American Revolution, molasses was making its way in via trade routes from the Caribbean. And while rum is one of the most obvious Caribbean exports, readers might not realize that it was also being produced in places like Rhode Island, Maine, and Massachusetts. With readily available ingredients and cold New England winters, it all came together: hot water, booze, sugar, and a melting slab of butter swirled in a mug. Flash forward four centuries and this longtime New England favorite had made a name for itself globally. By the mid-twentieth century—bolstered by the drink’s popularity with the booming tiki craze—hot buttered rum was a serious phenomenon, spawning a dizzying variety of recipes. If one were to scale it back to the basics, it’s likely the earliest recipe (of which there is no official record) would

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have been an ounce or two of rum, a spoonful of molasses or sugar, a pat of butter, and hot water. That’s not a bad spot to start. But through the centuries, spices have been added to the mix. Most common are cinnamon and allspice. Nutmeg and clove are also pretty typical additions. Some recipes use hot cider or apple juice in place of the water. Others add citrus elements like lemon and orange, while some adherents abhor the idea of any kind of fruit in hot buttered rum. Among many recipes he has unearthed, tiki drink archaeologist, author, and owner/proprietor of New Orleans’s Latitude 29, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry brought to light a spartan and delicious hot buttered rum (circa 1950) from Chicago’s long gone Pub and Prow. It consists of Jamaican rum, crème de cacao, hot water, a pat of butter, and no sugar. An interesting riff we found in our home library was in Playboy’s Host and Bar Book—a swinging artifact originally published in 1955 and reprinted almost annually well into the 1970s. In Playboy’s hot buttered rum (as served at the Lake Geneva Playboy Club-Hotel), a half-ounce of maraschino liqueur, lemon juice, and nutmeg are added. Noted cocktail and spirit writer/historian Wayne Curtis

might have the best method of all. He batches drink-ready batter in a quantity large enough to get you through a long, cold winter. Curtis, a regular contributor to Imbibe magazine and contributing editor at the Atlantic, is something of a grand poobah of rum. As author of 2006’s And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails, he first proffered his recipe for the hot buttered rum that he says was passed around in his wife’s family for a few generations. At the heart of Curtis’ recipe is a magnificent batter that is meant to be prepared in advance and can be stored all winter. It’s our personal favorite, and, with some personal specifications and minor tweaks (like adding the Chinese Five Spice for peppery heat to complement and balance the batter’s sweetness), we think it’s tough to top. As with any cocktail preparation, we are of the opinion that the better the quality of ingredients, the better the drink. Since hot buttered rum is a drink without a concrete origin or original recipe, it’s definitely one that is open to your own interpretation, so have fun with it. Donny Kutzbach is a longtime cocktail fan and owner of Town Ballroom.

Dk’s Hot Buttered Rum

*Hot Buttered Rum Batter

Variation on a recipe from Wayne Curtis’s And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails


½ tsp ground nutmeg

1 lb salted butter, room temperature

1 tsp pure vanilla extract (or two)

1 lb brown sugar

vanilla beans, cut and scraped

1 lb raw sugar

1 qt high-quality vanilla ice cream, softened slightly

Ingredients 1½ oz quality dark rum (Meyer’s, Lemon Hart, El Dorado, or Cruzan recommended)

1 tbsp hot buttered rum batter*, frozen boiling water

2 tbsp Chinese Five Spice


Add the rum and batter to a mug. Top with boiling water and stir until batter melts and creamy head appears.

Add all the ingredients except the ice cream to a bowl and stir to combine. Add the softened ice cream and stir again. Place in a container with a tight lid, seal and store in the freezer for up to a season. 2016 | Holiday Shopping Guide 119

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Two recent books from Timber Press gardeners to look to the wild—whether it be a spontaneous meadow in the middle of an untended vacant lot or the densely covered ground beneath the nearby tree canopies of Tifft and Reinstein Woods preserves. In Planting in a Post-Wild World, Rainer and West encourage gardeners to take inspiration from wild areas, observing the plants that thrive, providing structure, texture, and color. The authors do not insist on native plants; rather, they look to wild woodlands and grasslands—or even an overgrown lawn— as inspirational starting points that can help gardeners understand how plants work together. Naturally occurring plant communities provide ideas for putting together a design of native or non-native structural plants, seasonal perennials, and ground covers. For example, to change a suburban lawn into something suggesting a woodland edge (the desired archetype), the authors recommend a spine of tall shrubs, then a layered mix of perennials and ferns, followed by a low foreground of colorful perennials. The book is filled with technical advice, diagrams, and photographs showing wild archetypes and the garden designs they have inspired.

Garden Revolution has very similar lessons to offer, with important differences. The authors are not asking that gardeners attempt to reinterpret wild archetypes; they simply point out that gardeners can learn how to better manage the gardens they have by using the lessons of the wild to make their own properties more ecologically friendly and easier to maintain. Weaner and Christopher recommend the use of native plants as a way to reinforce natural habitats, as long as their moisture and other needs are compatible with the landscape at hand. The authors also have no problem with mixing natives with exotic species, as long as it is acknowledged that natives are more useful to local pollinators and wildlife. They stress using dense layers of plants at the ground level to discourage weeds, rather than pulling weeds out by the roots, which can encourage weed growth by disturbing the soil. They also reject deep digging and the overuse of amendments, stressing that gardeners should use plants that thrive in existing soil and that storebought fertilizer/topsoil amendments can create a perfect habitat for virtually every kind of weed. Refreshingly, Weaner and Christopher encourage gardeners to accept plant demise as a natural cycle that keeps the evolving garden fresh and interesting. There’s more to it; learning and adapting nature’s patterns for domestic use takes ob-

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servation and planning, just like any gardening, but in the long run, this process will lead to less maintenance and more joy. Like Planting in a Post-Wild World, Garden Revolution is filled with examples, diagrams, lists of plants, and—as always with any Timber title—gorgeous photography. All the President’s Gardens by Marta McDowell (Timber, 2016) George Washington was obsessed with collecting trees, Lincoln kept goats, Ike had a putting green, Kennedy loved roses, and, as we know, Michele Obama is all about growing food. This exhaustively researched history of how the White House grounds have changed over time is filled with fascinating anecdotes, archival documents, beautiful photography, and no hint of partisanship. It’s also the easiest way to get a sense of the presidential gardens, which are only open to the 2016 | Holiday Shopping Guide 135

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John and Jacqueline Kennedy stride across the South Lawn in 1962. Photo courtesy of Marta McDowell

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Buffalo spree's Holiday Shopping Guide 2016  
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