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december 2013

holiday recipes

6 great holiday

From a few of our 2013 Cover Women

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platter chatter

The Revelry


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“Sharing the holiday with other people, and feeling that you’re giving of yourself, gets you past all the commercialism. “-- Caroline Kennedy Some of the fondest memories we all have of growing up are of time spent with family and friends over the holidays. Afternoons spent in Mom’s kitchen frosting an endless supply of holiday cookies, and sneaking more than your share. We have heartwarming memories of the wonderful aromas of holiday dinner wafting from Grandma’s kitchen throughout the day. The warmth, the laughter, the time spend with family that’s why this time of year is so special. In this, our bonus holiday issue, we asked our cover women from the past year, to share with us a favorite recipe from their holiday celebrations. Check out their delicious recipes on page [20]. If you’ve got a favorite recipe you’d like to share with our readers, post it on our Facebook page with the hashtag #RWMHoliday.

Fairly new to the restaurant scene in Rochester is the Revelry on University Ave. Our writer, Nicole Shein, recently had an opportunity to visit the restaurant and sample some of their southern-style cuisine. We’re putting it on our list of restaurants to visit in the new year and after you read her piece we think you will too. Read Platter Chatter on page [8]. As 2013 comes to a close we hope you all enjoy a fabulous holiday season filled with joy and laughter and surrounded by those you love. Be sure to take your copy of Rochester Woman Magazine with you and share it with your friends. From our family to yours, Happy Holidays and here’s to a prosperous New Year!

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The Hobbit - Dec. 13 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Saving Mr. Banks – Dec. 20 When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine.

Anchorman 2– Dec. 20 With the ’70s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to the news desk. Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone, weather man Brick Tamland, man on the street Brian Fantana and sports guy Champ Kind — all of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy … while taking New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Follows a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his coworker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

OUT & ABOUT Rochester Brainery Holiday Bazaar December 14th-15th, 2013 10-6pm

On the second Saturday of each month Rochester Brainery holds their Brainery Bazaar at Village Gate from 10am to 6pm. This ever-changing show features 20 to 25 local artists, craftsmen and more and is intended to showcase local talent the way our classes showcase the expertise within our community. For the month of December, Rochester Brainery will be hosting its very first Winter Wonderland Brainery Bazaar. The Bazaar will feature a selection of local vendors ready to share their products for the upcoming holidays. December’s Bazaar will take place both on Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15. If you’re going, be sure to arrive early and be one of the first 25 people to get your free tote bag filled with great items from our vendors! . Outdoor Hockey Comes to Rochester December 13-22 at Frontier Field The Rochester Americans and Rochester Red Wings will host the Greater Rochester Area Honda Dealers Frozen Frontier presented by Labatt, a 10-day outdoor hockey festival, at Frontier Field this December 13-22. As part of the event, the Amerks will faceoff with the Lake Erie Monsters at Frontier Field on Friday, Dec. 13 in the first-ever outdoor game in franchise history. “This will be an exciting week for the city of Rochester, the state of New York and, of course, the game of hockey,” said Ted Black, president of the Rochester Americans. “With more than 10 teams coming from all corners of the state – and from all levels of the game – to play hockey, this will be a tremendous event to showcase the exceptional hockey teams we have in this region. More importantly, it will be a fun and different way to experience hockey. Whether you’re a player or a fan watching your favorite team, these games will be the games you’ll never forget being a part of.” Rochester’s opponent for the game, the Lake Erie Monsters, are based in Cleveland, Ohio, a city with a rich history in the American Hockey League and a long-standing rival of the Amerks. The Cleveland Barons were an original AHL franchise in 1936 and went on to win nine Calder Cup championships. The Amerks and Barons twice met in the Calder Cup Final, with Cleveland winning in 1957 and Rochester taking home the Cup in 1966. The current incarnation of professional hockey in Cleveland, the Lake Erie Monsters have been members of the AHL since 2007. “Hockey and Honda in Rochester are a great mix. The Rochester Area Honda dealers are pleased to partner with the Frozen Frontier,” said Steve Ralph, president of the Greater Rochester Area Honda Dealers. “This is a unique, once in a lifetime event that we look forward to bringing to the community. This is Rochester’s own Winter Classic.” Friday, December 13 (7:00 p.m.): Rochester Americans vs. Lake Erie Monsters Saturday, December 14 (12:00 p.m.): RIT Tigers (women) vs. Clarkson Golden Knights Saturday, December 14 (7:00 p.m.): RIT Tigers (men) vs. Niagara Purple Eagles Sunday, December 15 (12:00 p.m.): Nazareth Golden Flyers vs. Geneseo Knights Sunday, December 15 (2:30 p.m.): Buffalo Junior Sabres vs. St. Michael’s Buzzers Sunday, December 15 (5:00 p.m.): Sabres/Amerks Alumni Game Saturday, December 21: Section V Rivalry Day 11:00 am: Canandaigua vs. Victor 1:00 pm: Hilton vs. Irondequoit 3:00 pm: McQuaid vs. St. Joe’s (Section VI) 5:00 pm: Webster Schroeder vs. Webster Thomas

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Honest American Cuisine

By Nicole Shein | Photos by Brandon Vick


If you are a transplanted Southerner, or if you’ve spent significant time below the Mason-Dixon line, your eye may well spy the pineapples when you walk into the Revelry--one on the mat, several etched into the entryway’s glass, an abstract representation tucked upstairs. A longstanding symbol of hospitality dating back to Colonial times, pineapples are still prevalent in the Southern United States as a decorative motif. It’s true that the Revelry’s hospitable ambiance, as well as its cuisine, takes a cue from the spirit of the South. But make no mistake: this is no meat-andthree joint. No one here is going to call you “y’all” or drawl their way through a recitation of the specials. Instead, as the website promises, The Revelry serves “honest American cuisine that honors the Low country of the South.” The decor is thoroughly modern, an intriguing blend of industrial (brick, metal, exposed ductwork) and quaint, front-parlor charm (milk glass chandeliers, cut glass goblets full of dried flowers). If you’re squeamish about heights, don’t look down as you approach the hostess station, where a glass floor allows patrons to peer down into the wine cellar. Downstairs, an open plan bar serves up craft cocktails made with artisanal ingredients, but the upstairs dining area is where the culinary and aesthetic magic happen. Take the beet deviled eggs, which are a vibrant pink, offset by bright, grassy microgreens and dark red beet chips. Far from the classic potluck offering, these deviled eggs boast a piquant top note provided by mustard caviar, the smoky tang of house-cured bacon, and a Cajun-inspired filling. They are miniature sculptures, almost too pretty to eat -- until you take your first bite, and then all bets are off. Eggs and beets play off each other equally well in another appetizer, a beautiful bowl of Gitchee Boy grits cooked with house-smoked cheddar and butter. Underneath the grits are turnip greens; perched gently atop them is a poached duck egg, asparagus foam and beet puree. From the bottom up, this dish is by turns earthy, creamy, nutty, smoky, salty, and delicate -- an ensemble of ethereal flavors. The Revelry makes a signature dry rub that you can taste on their countryfried chicken wings and smoked duck tacos, as well as their Texas redfish. Made with chipotles, cumin and garlic, it lends a warm, deep spice experience to an otherwise mild white fish. Once again, contrasting textures and tastes make this entree an absolute romp for both the eyes and the palate: there are blistered heirloom tomatoes and haricots verts for color, shoestring potatoes to crunch, and an amazing sweet corn broth that tempers any lingering heat from the rub. An exquisite dry-aged duck breast is paired with more of the comforting smoked cheddar grits, a quince jus and pickled cranberries. Sea salt, microreens and the pop of the tangy berries keep this dish on its toes, lest it become too rich. At the risk of repeating myself, here’s another offering from Executive Chef Derrick DePorter that is not just an entree, but a multi-sensory experience for diners. Want to end your meal on a truly interesting note? Then try the chocolate ganache dessert. An insanely chocolately but not-too-sweet ganache with a tender shortbread crust, this is topped with peanut butter powder. Yes, peanut butter powder, which seems to disappear on your tongue, leaving behind the pure taste of peanut butter. As if peanut butter and chocolate weren’t perfect enough on their own, The Revelry gilds this lily by adding a scoop of roasted banana ice cream and several slices of sweet, caramelized bruleed banana. The Revelry I 1290 University Avenue I Rochester, New York 14607 Phone: 585.340.6454 I :: december 2013


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Once again this year, we asked several of our cover women from the past year to share with us their favorite Holiday recipes. One of the best parts of any Holiday celebration is, of course, the food. We all have a favorite that we look forward to enjoying every year, whether it’s a recipe handed down for generations or maybe something shared by a close friend.


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Share your favorite Holiday recipe with us; simply post it on our Facebook page with the hash tag #RWMHoliday. Enjoy the recipes below and your time with family and friends this holiday season.

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functional capability to do the things you like to do at home, work, and play.

6 Exercise relieves depression. Several noted

psychologists have concluded, “Exercise is nature’s best tranquilizer.” Researchers have found, for example, that mildly to moderately depressed individuals who engage in aerobic exercise for 15 to 30 minutes at least every other day typically experience a positive mood swing within 2 to 3 weeks.

capacity. Studies indicate that aerobic exercise will improve lung capacity and energy levels.

2. Exercise increases strength levels. Research

has shown that weight bearing exercise can increase strength levels as much as 200%.


Exercise improves mental sharpness. Numerous studies have shown that individuals who exercise regularly have better memories, better reaction times, and better levels of concentration than non-exercisers. All factors considered, research suggests that exercise can do for your mind what it does for your body - energize and revitalize it.


Exercise improves the quality of sleep. Researchers have found that exercisers are more refreshed, go to sleep more quickly, and sleep more soundly than individuals who do not exercise.


Exercise improves the quality of your life. The old adage, “add life to your years, as well as years to your life by exercise” has considerable merit. A properly designed exercise program gives you more energy to do the activities you enjoy and enhances your

11 Exercise can slow the aging process.

Several studies have found that physical activity, even at relatively low intensity levels, can play a positive role in preventing some types of cancer. To date, these investigations have shown that exercise has its greatest impact against colon cancer, breast cancer, and cancers of the female reproductive organs (e.g., endometrium, cervix, uterus, and vagina).

It is never too late to improve the functional quality of your life. Sound exercise can slow the age-related decline in the various physiological systems that many individuals experience as they get older. For example, instead of losing aerobic fitness, as older adults often do, typically at the rate of 10% per year, proper exercise can increase your aerobic capacity as you age. Furthermore, sound strength training exercise can reverse the loss of muscular fitness that typically occurs in older adults.

8 Exercise enhances self-image. Research has

12 Exercise increases the “good” (HDL)

7 Exercise prevents certain types of cancer. 1. Consistent exercise increases cardiovascular

are at least 20 % less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack. The point to remember is that your heart needs more than love - it needs the beneficial consequences of exercise (e.g., reduced demand on your heart to pump blood, increased stroke volume, lower heart rate, less wear on your cardiovascular system).

documented the assertion that individuals who exercise regularly feel better about themselves than do sedentary individuals. Strong evidence exists that all factors considered, the more often that you exercise, the more your sense of well-being, personal value, and self-esteem goes up.

9 Exercise relieves stress and anxiety. Several

studies indicate that exercise dissipates hormones and other chemicals that build up during periods of high stress. Exercise also generates a period of substantial emotional and physical relaxation that sets in approximately an hour and a half after a relatively intense bout of physical activity.

10 Exercise reduces the risk of heart disease. Experts have found that non-exercisers have twice the risk of developing heart disease than individuals who exercise regularly. Furthermore, individuals who exercise on a regular basis

cholesterol. Exercise is one of the few voluntary activities that are effective in raising your level of HDL - the type of cholesterol that lowers your risk of heart disease. In fact, research indicates that for every 1% increase in HDL you experience, you incur a 2% to 3% reduction in your risk of heart disease. At the same time exercise increases your level of HDL, it lowers your level of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol). For more information, please contact Robert J. Bovee at (585) 330-0614.

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By Ashley Cooper

The Community Wishbook -By Ashley Cooper-

As 2013 steadily comes to a close with the advent of the holiday season, many consider this time and look forward to the prospect of extending their focuses on others, to give back to their communities at large. With a high volume of needs around the world, it can be overwhelming trying to determine just where to place one’s attention and energy. A great place to start is to seize the opportunities for acts of kindness in the seemingly small, day-to-day gestures. As Malcolm Blane stated, “If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up not doing anything for anybody.” Each one of us has something to offer for the betterment of others, whether it be time, service or funds. There is no shortage of non-profit organizations working hard to make the world a better place right here in the Flower City. Chances are, at least one of said organizations in the community is dedicated year-long to a cause that you also stand for. There’s a place for everyone to lend a helping hand, and Rochester’s “Community Wishbook” is a fantastic source that brings the area’s utmost needs to the forefront this holiday season. Here are just a few of the highlights featured on Rochester’s end-all, be-all guide to local charities A-Z. If you find yourself with superfluous items hanging around, or would be in the market to purchase one for a non-profit cause, the Community Wishbook supplies an organized list of the items needed and the corresponding agency. Please note that any donated items should be new or gently-used, in very good condition. If you’re in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact the charity directly. Many agencies are even willing to pick up the item from you after arrangements are in place. The items needed are categorized into appliances, arts and crafts, baby items, batteries, clothing, computers, cartridges for recycling, copiers, DVD players (and DVD’s), furniture, carpeting, gift cards, prizes, holiday items, grocery items, home décor, cleaning supplies, paper products, outdoor and lawn items, linens, magazines, medical supplies, musical instruments, office supplies, personal care


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items, postage, pet items, exercise equipment, school supplies, toys, vehicles and more! Nothing is more valuable than your time. If you have a special talent or service specialty, the possibilities to give back are endless. Have a knack for administrative duties, grant-writing, or fundraising? Countless charities could use your help including Flower City Habitat for Humanity, Girl Scouts of Western New York, the American Cancer Society, Spiritus Christi Mental Health and much more! Many of these organizations are also seeking board members and event-coordinators, so the roles that need filling are great! If you have an affinity for the animal kingdom, several local shelters and rescue agencies are in need of volunteers to care for our fourlegged friends in various capacities. Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, Bridges for Brain Injury, Heritage Christian Services, CP Rochester, and EquiCenter, Inc. utilize pet therapy as a major part of their programs and could use some extra hands. Determined to help pets find good families? Perhaps adoption is in the cards for you. Organizations like GRASP, NEBTR, Nuts for Mutts, Paws and Purrs Rescue need assistance in this area. Or, if you simply love to play with puppies, there’s an opportunity for you too waiting at Rochester Animal Services or Rochester Hope for Pets. Maybe caregiving is your forte. Perhaps you’d opt to provide complementary childcare for families in court, or would help with classroom assistance for the Friendship Children’s Center or for the Rochester Hearing and Speech Center. Dozens of local charities are looking for one-on-one senior visits, teen mentors or companions. VA Medical Center, Ontario ARC, Jewish Community Center and East House are among those organizations who make it a priority to appoint reliable caregivers. Certainly take the time with friends and loved ones to peruse www. for multiple opportunities to use your time and talent to give back this holiday season, the “season of giving.”

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Local Authors By Kristine Bruneau

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children’s books Jacks Five Dad’s

by Rob Hovey, illustrated by Jack Hovey (2013) About the book: Transcending loss to highlight the idea of “it takes a village to raise a child,” Rob Hovey wrote a heartfelt story about a young boy who misses his Dad. When friend Bob Dedrick lost his battle with cancer, Hovey wanted to do something for Dedrick’s family. He noticed several men who took an interest in Dedrick’s young son Jack, talking, playing, or just giving him a great big bear hug – which sparked the tale. A portion of each book sold will be donated to the Bob Dedrick Education Fund in support of his children’s education. Where to find it:

Memoir Collard Green Curves by Theresa Lou Bowick (2013)

About the book: Obesity is the most common health problem facing children today, and Theresa Lou Bowick knows firsthand what it’s like to grow up fat and unable to break the cycle. In her candid memoir, she chronicles her journey from childhood obesity to healthy living. Bowick reveals the challenges she faced with poverty, unhealthy eating environments, unwelcome teasing in school, domestic abuse, and lack of self respect. Only when Bowick learned to accept herself was she able to gain control of her eating, incorporate exercise, and achieve a healthy body weight. Where to find it:

Poetry There Are No Buffalo in Buffalo by Sally Valentine, illustrated

by Suzanne Valentine (2012)

About the book: What do Loon Lake, Montezuma, and Paradox have in common? They’re all stops on this alphabetical trip through New York State, where geography, history, and whimsy meet in colorful collage to create a one of a kind journey. Although Sally Valentine wrote the book with children in mind, There Are No Buffalo in Buffalo would appeal to anyone who loves New York State or enjoys poetry. Where to find it: local Barnes & Noble Booksellers and

History Murder & Mayhem in Mendon and Honeoye Falls by Diane Ham and Lynne Menz (2013)

If you relish local history, you’ll enjoy this collection of true stories about the sordid past of the Town of Mendon and Village of Honeoye Falls. Intrigued by the nickname of “Murderville” given to Honeoye Falls, local historians Diane Ham and Lynne Menz set out to explore the peaceful region’s vicious history. They weave together a tale of street scuffles, barroom brawls, and murder against a backdrop of prosperous mills, economic development, and obsession. Where to find it:

When Life Gives You Lemons… At Least You Won’t Get Scurvy! by Madge Madigan (2013)

About the book: A collection of humorous essays on life’s struggles as experienced by Madge Madigan. Madigan hit rock bottom, but still managed to laugh at herself while reflecting upon an abusive marriage, divorce, joblessness, food stamps, and dating, all while raising three kids. A blogger and freelance writer, Madigan somehow found a way to maintain “her dignity and fabulousness” to survive it all with humor. Where to find it:

For more than two decades, Kristine Bruneau has made a career from writing and communications. Her commentaries and stories have appeared in a variety of regional and national publications. She blogs regularly at – a mash-up of lessons on motherhood, love, and life. :: december 2013


woman ::healthy

Understanding Menopause By James Woods, MD The term “menopause” often generates a great deal of misunderstanding and frustration among those women who enter that chapter of their lives. Why me? Why have the years when I was having children been so well orchestrated for the preservation of species, only to leave me feeling like this? When I see my doctor, my first thoughts are “What has happened to my memory, why am I gaining weight, why is my skin drying up, what is bone loss, why is intercourse painful, in fact why do I not care for sex at all and why do I go from urinary tract infection, to vaginal yeast infection, to other infections around my vagina, and then back to urinary tract infection? What are these bursting moments of hot flushes, why do my moods swing so widely, and what are these new awkward aches? Why does my doctor talk to me about my cardiac risks when fear of breast cancer is my mountain to climb and what are my options for management of these problems? If my doctor talks about hormonal management, I am really confused regarding what are bioidentical hormones, should I go on hormones and for how long, and what are the differences between the estrogen patch and the pill?” These are some of the questions that women from 40 years to 70 years bring to the primary care physician’s and gynecologist’s office each day. Are these women looking for a cure? Are they looking to understand what is happening to their bodies? In general, yes. For most of them, when presented with current information regarding the biology of menopause, they are willing to accept the fact that this is just another phase of a normal life. Yet it is the obligation of the primary care physician and gynecologist to help women find solutions for these issues. What is clear is that the term, menopause, once considered that 34

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one year in which a woman no longer has a menstrual period, is today thought of as a more comprehensive and lengthy part of life . We now understand that changes in hormonal production from the ovaries usually begins between years 40 and 45 leading to the mean age of 51 years for that final menstrual period. More importantly, that one year without menstruation is only part of a process extending from around 40 years to 70 years called the Menopause Transition. In that period of nearly 30 years, scientists have helped us to understand that there are specific biological events that explain most of the symptoms that women describe including mood swings, hot flushes, pain of intercourse, loss of libido, skin dryness, changes in bone structure, breast cancer risk, cardiovascular health and aging. How can the Menopause Minute help in this process of education? Over the next many months, we will provide short discussions regarding aspects of the menopause transition. To accomplish this task, we will be drawing from information generated by scientists in this field since it is now clear that our current and future knowledge of the symptoms women encounter in this phase of their lives can be explained by specific biological events. And it is alterations in these same biological events that encourage us to return to the basic roles of hormones in the body, how these hormones change as the menopause transition is approached, and how the benefits and risks of the many options for hormonal management participate in the care of women’s health. We look forward to your input and questions regarding this important aspect of life and hope that you will enjoy our “minute.” James Woods, MD,Reprinted from Peri-FACTS academy 2013 a University Rochester educational journal.

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RWM’s Events RWMs Ultimate womens expo

On Sunday, November 3rd over 3,500 women flocked to Eastview Mall to enjoy RWM’s Ultmate Women’s Expo. The first 3,000 women in the door received swag bags filled with thousands of dollars in products and coupons from Expo vendors an participating mall stores. Those in attendance enjoyed over 190 vendors and live entertainment all day including two fabulous fashion shows featuring fashions from mall stores and locally owned boutiques. The Expo also featured food and wine sampling from local vendor including Casa Larga Vineyards, Arbor Hill, Zweigles, Yummies, Black Button Distributing, Zellies and more. :: december 2013


december 2013 Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas

10-15 Breakfast with Santa

14-22 (WEEKENDS ONLY) Reindeer Run by Yellowjacket Racing

21 Holiday Spectacle of Lights

23 Kwanzaa Celebration

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Presented by: Rochester Broadway Theatre League Where: Rochester Auditorium Theater When: Times vary (check website for listings) Website: Organization: Seneca Park Zoo Where: 2222 St. Paul Street When: Times vary (check website for listings) Website: Organization: The Strong Museum of Play Where: 1 Manhattan Square When: 8:30am Website: Organization: Golisano Children’s Hospital Where: Camp Eastman, Lakeshore Boulevard When: 5pm-9pm Website: Organization: The Rochester Memorial Art Gallery Where: 500 University Avenue When: 12:00pm-5:00pm Website:


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