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Mary Anne Erickson
October 16, 2018

Feel Good Food Cookbook Makes the New York Times

We couldn't be more thrilled that Florence Fabricant has reviewed our new cookbook "Feel Good Food, Recipes from the Hudson Valley's Blue Mountain Bistro-to-Go" in the New York Times. Read the online article entitled "Culinary Tales from the Hudson Valley" posted October 15, 2018 here. The print edition of the article will appear on Wednesday October 17, 2018

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Mary Anne Erickson
October 14, 2018

Eat Your Greens! Our Favorite Recipe for Cooking Greens

Enjoy this sneak peak recipe for Mixed Leafy Greens from our newly released cookbook "Feel Good Food". It's fall and greens are at their best. Pick some local varieties up now at your local farmstand while their flavors are at their peak.

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Mary Anne Erickson
October 10, 2018

Hudson Valley Road Trip - the Perfect Fall Weekend Getaway

Looking for the perfect fall weekend getaway? Check out our suggestions for several days of fun, farms, food, and spirits in the glorious Hudson Valley of New York State.

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Mary Anne Erickson
October 8, 2018

Monday Meal Prep to Enjoy all Week - Roasted Vegetable Moussaka

Here's a wonderful vegetarian version of the classic Greek dish Moussaka. This is just one of the great vegetarian recipes in our new cookbook, "Feel Good Food, Recipes from the Hudson Valley's Blue Mountain Bistro-to-Go".

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Mary Anne Erickson
September 29, 2018

Blue Mountain Bistro-to-Go Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Release of New Cookbook “Feel Good Food”

Mary Anne and Richard Erickson, owners of Bistro-to-Go on Route 28 in Kingston, announce their 25th Anniversary Celebration with an official book launch and signing, Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 11:00-5:00 at their Route 28 location. All are welcome.

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Mary Anne Erickson
September 7, 2018

Bistro-To-Go Featured in Visit Vortex!

Okay, so you’re hungry but not in the mood to cook, and you’re not in the mood to eat out either. What to do? Gas station munchies? Fast food? Hold it right there. Don’t do that to yourself—not when Blue Mountain Bistro-to-Go has exactly what you need.

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Mary Anne Erickson
March 15, 2018

High Tea Cold Brewed Iced Tea with CBD is Here

We are thrilled to announce we are the first outlet in the Hudson Valley to be selling Cold Brewed High Tea with Hemp CBD!

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Mary Anne Erickson
November 27, 2017

Post-Thanksgiving Wrap Up Recipe

For most of America Thanksgiving means a four day weekend, lots of good food and football games. For those of us in the food service business it means a lot of work. The work begins long before the turkeys even arrive. The week before we roast turkey necks to get a jump on making the gravy, about 18 gallons worth this year!

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Mary Anne Erickson
October 29, 2016

Marissa and Ethan's June Wedding at Shadowlawn

Now that the warm weather wedding season is winding down, I thought it would be fun to highlight some of our favorite weddings from 2016. June is always the most exciting month for celebrations in the Hudson Valley, as everyone cheers the return of warmth, budding leaves, greenery and flowers.

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Mary Anne Erickson
September 12, 2016

Late Summer Farm Stand Dinner

Late summer is the most delicious time of year for local produce. A visit to any farm stand is sure to inspire a wonderful new meal. Check out this vegetarian dish I made with zucchini "spiralized" into a "pasta" and all locally farm-grown produce.

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Mary Anne Erickson
August 1, 2016

Southern Tomato Pie Recipe 2.0

Looking for a recipe for a Southern Tomato Pie? You'll most likely find that most of the recipes are full of mayo and cheese. With this in mind, Chef Erickson invented this recipe that's a cross between a Provencal-style tomato tart and a classic deep dish tomato pie. It's healthy, delicious, and colorful! Enjoy it all summer long when tomatoes are at their best.

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Mary Anne Erickson
January 15, 2016

Back to the Future - Bringing Back the Vintage Sign

Artist/owner of Bistro-to-Go Mary Anne Erickson has designed the store and cafe's new sign as a tribute to all her favorite vintage neons signs from the past. This beacon of Feel Good Food shines 24/7 welcoming travelers and locals to their eatery for delicious, nourishing food to eat-in or take-out.

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Mary Anne Erickson
December 28, 2015

Great Appetizer Recipes: Blinis with Smoked Trout, Creme Fraiche, & Wasabi Caviar

This elegant appetizer is a snap to assemble and looks like a million dollars, especially if you buy the blinis.

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Mary Anne Erickson
December 19, 2015

Great Appetizer Recipes: Smoked Salmon Canapes

Here's another one of our favorite cocktail party appetizers: Smoked Salmon Canapes

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Mary Anne Erickson
December 19, 2015

Great Appetizer Recipes: Tapenade and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

"Bruschetta" (oil rubbed and toasted baguette slices) are great finger foods and a perfect appetizer for a cocktail party or a cocktail hour at a larger celebration. There are many different toppings you can use to make this perfect bite-size appetizer, and we think this combination of olive tapenade and goat cheese is a real winner! Tapenade is a tasty olive spread which takes its name from the Provencal dialect for capers "tapeno". Everyone makes his or her own version, varying the proportions but the basic ingredients seldom change.

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Mary Anne Erickson
December 15, 2015

Great Appetizer Recipes: Asian Tuna Tartare on Cucumber Rounds

Over the course of the next few days building up to New Year's Eve, we'll be sharing some of our favorite appetizer recipes with you. This Tuna Tartare is always a hit for weddings and cocktail parties!

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Mary Anne Erickson
January 23, 2014

Warming Winter Soups

The freezer at Bistro-to-Go is always stocked with the most delicious soups, made daily. Here's a sampling of what we have on hand most days - when demand hasn't wiped us out. You can also find Lasagna Bolognese and Vegetarian Lasagna and other specialty products in our freezer throughout the year.

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Mary Anne Erickson
October 5, 2013

Early Fall Wedding in Stone Ridge, NY

Some fun decorating ideas from the bride and groom of this classic Hudson Valley barn wedding.

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Mary Anne Erickson
August 9, 2013

Hudson Valley's Finest Weddings!

Ann and Wes had the perfect Hudson Valley summer wedding, featuring our famous BBQ Menu and lots of fun personal decoration ideas.

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Mary Anne Erickson
July 20, 2013

Late June Wedding in The Catskill Mountains

A recap of Kathryn and Michael's magical wedding in a remote valley of the Catskill Mountains.

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Mary Anne Erickson
June 28, 2013

Planning a great wedding - takes a village!

Creating a fabulous wedding can sometimes take a village. Here's our shout out to all the vendors and people who made this Woodstock Wedding a big success.

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Mary Anne Erickson
June 11, 2013

Magical Wedding at The Belltower in Rosendale, NY

Enjoy this recap of Aimee and Matt's beautiful wedding at one of our favorite venues, The Belltower in Rosendale.

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Mary Anne Erickson
June 11, 2013

A Woodstock Wedding at the Historic Byrdcliffe Barn

Enjoy this recap of Katherine and Mark's June wedding at the historic Byrdcliffe Barn in Woodstock, New York.

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Mary Anne Erickson
March 23, 2013

Testimonial from a Satisfied Bistro-to-Go Guest

We receive so many incredible acknowledgments from our fans, both verbal and written - we are truly blessed! Occasionally, we're inspired to share the most wonderful ones with you. So read on.

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Mary Anne Erickson
December 29, 2012

Great Appetizer Recipes: Mushroom Parmesan Risotto Cakes

This is another fabulous finger food that can be prepared in advance and easily reheated at the last minute for a passed appetizer. We also make a larger version of the same cakes and use it as the base for a vegetarian entree, served with assorted vegetables.

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Mary Anne Erickson
November 20, 2012

How to Brine a Turkey (or almost anything) for Thanksgiving

Dried out turkey breasts can be a thing of the past! Try this brining technique for a moist, delicious Thanksgiving turkey, or your next pork or chicken dinner.

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Mary Anne Erickson
September 26, 2012

Blue Mountain Bistro Catering Voted Best in The Hudson Valley

What a great honor to have received this huge vote of confidence from Hudson Valley Magazine readers. Followed by a thank you letter we received from a very happy customer and wedding host.

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Mary Anne Erickson
September 20, 2012

Feel Good Food - A Chef's Perspective on What Makes a Great Kitchen!

Chef Richard Erickson shares his love of the "kitchen way of life" and what makes it so satisfying in this post.

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Mary Anne Erickson
June 27, 2012

Hudson Valley Wedding & Event Catering With Artistic Flair & Love

A look behind the scenes at the preparation, planning, and execution of a perfect wedding day by co-owner of Blue Mountain Bistro-to-Go and fine artist, Mary Anne Erickson.

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Mary Anne Erickson
June 12, 2012

Crudite Centerpiece - Make Your Own Healthy Vegetable Appetizer

This DIY demonstration of how to make your own festive vegetable centerpiece (crudite) has accompanying photos to show you how easy and fun it is. Skip buying an expensive flower centerpiece for your next party and make an edible vegetable arrangement instead.

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Mary Anne Erickson
June 11, 2012

Perfect June Wedding at The Inn at West Settlement

Another wonderful wedding recap from the Inn at West Settlement in the Catskill Mountains of New York State.

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Mary Anne Erickson
June 10, 2012

Celebrating Marriage Equality

We created a wonderful fall wedding menu for Steve and Matt in Woodstock, New York.

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Mary Anne Erickson
April 6, 2012

Long Island Wines, A Tasting for White House Pre-selections

Chef Richard Erickson muses on the wonderful evening we were the hosts for this White House wine tasting. And enjoy the fabulous menu our chefs created to accompany each of the wines.

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Mary Anne Erickson
February 3, 2012

Turducken or Turkey Ballotine? It's Our Recipe!

Chef Richard Erickson muses on the distinction between the festive holiday dishes Turducken and Turkey Ballotine. And in the process of creating his own version of this, he discovered something truly delightful. Enjoy the photo compilation of the steps he went through to make this dish a real winner that will impress your guests.

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Mary Anne Erickson
January 27, 2012

The Beet Goes On! / The Health Benefits of Beets

Beets beets and more beets. Why you would want to make this delicious beet borscht recipe.

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Mary Anne Erickson
January 1, 2012

Our best desserts of 2011

Fabulous desserts are a hit all year round, especially here at Blue Mountain Bistro-to-Go. We are so proud of our fabulous baker, Melinda Champagne for her heroic efforts in putting out desserts of the highest quality. Enjoy these images from the sweetest year on record (and thanks to Roy Gumpel for the yummy shots of the chocolate cake and the chocolate cupcake).

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Mary Anne Erickson
September 18, 2011

Wild Mushroom Lasagna with black truffles recipe

Sometimes fate has it that all the perfect ingredients show up within hours of each other and a brand new dish is invented. That's the fun of being in the restaurant business - creating something delicious with what you have on hand. Try doing this at home sometime and you might be surprised at what you come up with!

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Mary Anne Erickson
August 18, 2011

Eggplant Okra Bhadji Recipe

This farm-to-table recipe for Eggplant Okra Bhadji was inspired by an Indian cooking class I took many years ago at the Siddha Yoga Ashram on Manhattan's Upper West Side with the personal chefs to Swami Muktananda. What an honor to create this homage with vegetables that were grown just down the road at our favorite Gill Farms.

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Mary Anne Erickson
August 12, 2011

Farm-to-table Gardiniera Recipe for Fall Coles

VISITvortex is one of our favorite local magazines. They asked us o provide them with a "farm-to-table" recipe for something using the fresh produce we get in every day from our one of our favorite local farms, which is by far, Gills Farm in Hurley, New York. I turned around to ask our chefs what they had in mind and Jonathan had just put out our plat du jour today, Fresh Trout with Olive Salad (inspired by Muffuletta Olive Salad Recipe from New Orleans). So here's a little inspiration for you today.

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Mary Anne Erickson
June 15, 2011

June Wedding, Mohonk Preserve

What can you say about such a beautiful spot to host a wedding as the Mohonk Preserve. The views to the west are superlative with stunning sunset views, and the site itself is so welcoming with an Adirondack-style pavillion for dancing, and rustic bathrooms so no other provisions are necessary. We just love this beautiful piece of the Hudson Valley for a romantic wedding venue.

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Mary Anne Erickson
May 28, 2011

Carciofi alla Giudia (fried artichoke hearts)

If you've ever wanted to make a great side dish or appetizer, this is it! An authentic fried artichoke that's easy to make. Follow these directions and let us know by posting pics on our Facebook page.

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Mary Anne Erickson
December 30, 2010

Risotto Cakes with Italian Fontina & Black Truffles

If you're looking for a decadently delicious appetizer or main course rice dish for your next holiday party, look no further. This recipe is a knock out and sure to impress even your most discerning guests.

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Mary Anne Erickson
December 9, 2010

Gluten Free Latke Recipe

After making the traditional latkes for Hannukah this year, Richard experimented making a gluten free version with quinoa and they've been a big hit. You can make them too. Check out his recipe.

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Mary Anne Erickson
November 13, 2010

Braised Endive Recipe with Lemon Tarragon Vinaigrette

Enjoy this recipe created by our Chef Jonathan Sheridan for Braised Endive with Lemon Tarragon Vinaigrette. This will make a wonderful side dish or salad.

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Mary Anne Erickson
October 3, 2010

Smashing Summer Wedding

Enjoy this summer wedding recap with photos of some of our favorites: Giant Antipasti Platter, Mediterranean Salad in the making, and the Soy-Ginger Grilled Tuna Steaks on Asian Slaw.

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Mary Anne Erickson
May 17, 2010

We Won First Prize at the Ulster County Wing Fling, Sunday May 23, 2010

Chicken wings have never really been our specialty, as a fine dining restaurant, but now that we've switched gears to Bistro-to-Go we're in the take-out biz and things have all together changed. We were invited to be a part of the the Wing Fling, a big Ulster County, New York event at Cantine Field in Saugerties and gues what? We came away with first place in the voter awards. Here's a recap of how we made our wings so good.

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Mary Anne Erickson

Chicken Pot Pie: the ultimate comfort food

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Mary Anne Erickson

Country post-wedding brunch

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Mary Anne Erickson

New Post for "Post Time" - Derby Pie

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