About Edward Byrnes

Edward Byrnes

Ted was born and raised in Central New York. He is the regional communications and community relations manager for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield in Utica.

Posts by Edward Byrnes

Gym Closed? Build Your Own – It’s Easier Than You Think!

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things in our lives, and many activities that directly contribute to our personal mental and physical health have not been exempt. One activity in particular –going to one’s favorite gym or fitness club – has been particularly hard-hit by the demands to stop the spread. But, with a little…Read More »

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Defying the Laws of Probability, or, How We Got Our Dog

I thought my plan was virtually fail-safe, with only the smallest chance it would not succeed. But on February 21, 2016, as I sat on the finely polished concrete steps between sections 103 and 104 of the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, I saw my plan dashed in the blink of an eye. First,…Read More »

Homemade Sauerkraut is Easier Than You Think

I’m mostly Irish and German and my wife is mostly Polish and Irish. Thus, explaining why we make our own sauerkraut seems indulgent, but here I go anyway. I love sauerkraut with my hot dogs and Reubens, and she loves to use it to make pierogi and kapusta. We both love it with some kielbasa.…Read More »

Sauerkraut Recipe

Fitness After 40

I’ve had the following conversation, or one very similar to it, every August for the past few years upon my return from participating in the annual Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament. “What did you do this weekend?” “I was up in Lake Placid playing in that giant lacrosse tournament they hold up there every year.”…Read More »

Personal Spotlight on Tim Reed, the Man Behind the Boilermaker

Tim Reed is the president of the world renowned Utica Boilermaker Road Race, which will be celebrating its 40th running on July 9, 2017. This year will mark the 10th year that Tim has been involved as president of the organization. Prior to the Boilermaker, he was employed by ECR International for 24 years. The…Read More »

Freezer Meal: Prepare-ahead Chicken Parmesan

Prepare this Crock-Pot meal ahead of time. Freeze the food in gallon Ziploc bags for future chow-downs. -Ted Byrnes

Super Easy Chicken Tacos Recipe

Consider pairing these soft tacos with a side of steamed broccoli or another delicious vegetable. –Ted Byrnes

A Crock-Pot Saved My Sanity and My Marriage

God bless the Crock-Pot. Yes, it’s that cauldron-type electronic countertop cooking device made of inch-thick ceramics and a heavy glass top that your grandmother may describe a bit more literally as a “slow cooker.” I know not one person who has used one and been disappointed. If you are among the uninitiated, let me tell…Read More »