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A whole turkey is cut up into manageable pieces, rubbed with plenty of spices, then braised until tender. The method allows for easy transport and reheating. (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Thanksgiving, the ulitimate potluck

Friday, November 21, 2014

By JEANMARIE BROWNSON Chicago Tribune Long gone are the days of one person cooking the whole Thanksgiving dinner. These days, many guests volunteer to bring a part of the meal, for a bunch of reasons — special diets or food preferences, but mostly, for the pleasure of cooking. They practically beg to bring their all-time favorite dish, or the newest idea they found in a magazine. Friends of ours always want to share a favorite wine or craft beer. For Thanksgiving, about two dozen of us gather at my sister’s home. She’s a practical person and plans two turkeys — one braised in a portable … 0

Tea Guys: Blended brews

Friday, November 14, 2014

During a visit to Piccadilly Circus in London, Tea Guys co-founder Oliver Rich came across an open-air market, where he found vendors busy at work selling fresh lemons, spices and other foods. The crisp aromas swirled in the air, coalescing beneath the tea lover’s nose. That’s when inspiration struck. The experience gave him … 0

Living Dinosaurs?

Friday, November 7, 2014

I s this gawky, Dr. Seuss-like bird — the emu — directly related to Tyrannosaurus rex? Author Elizabeth Thwing of Hawley takes her young readers through the fossil evidence, and it’s just one of a few hundred astonishing facts in her first book, “Amazing Amusing Emus: Yesterday’s Dinosaurs on Today’s Farm.” Thwing’s book … 0

Layer by layer, a historic tavern is being revealed

Friday, October 31, 2014

For Bill Flynt, Historic Deerfield’s lead architectural conservator, exploring one of Old Deerfield’s 18th century buildings is like stepping into a time machine. That’s the experience he aims to give the museum’s visitors, but many of the buildings … 0

Timing is everything

Friday, November 21, 2014

By BILL DALEY Chicago Tribune Question: I love to cook on Thanksgiving. I do the full meal of turkey, stuffing, rolls, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce. Sometimes, when family comes, they like to bring … 0

Whip it, whip it good

Friday, November 21, 2014

By NOELLE CARTER Los Angeles Times Homemade whipped cream. Try it just once and you’ll never look at the store brands again. Nothing beats the flavor or texture, and preparation is simple. Purists are right — using a … 0

Between the Rows: Give thanks for squash!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Turkey, squash and pumpkin pie are the Thanksgiving triumvirate. And we will give thanks for all three, as well as the oyster stuffing, creamed onions and all the rest. A groaning board indeed to stand in for all … 0

Speaking of Nature: an unexpected visitor

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Human beings in general, and scientists in particular, are very sensitive to patterns. This makes a lot of sense when one considers the nature of the planet that we live on. The planet spins at a constant rate, … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. The gray jay continues to be seen at Gate 41 of the Quabbin Reservoir in the town of Petersham. A cattle egret … 0

Between the Rows: thinking about gardens

Friday, November 14, 2014

As I‘ve worked to put my gardens to bed this fall, I’ve also been thinking about how they came to take this form and about how any garden takes form. Some people plan a garden in one fell … 0

Between the Rows: Pat finds connections at the Intervale Centet

Friday, November 7, 2014

My visit with my cousin Travis Marcotte at the Intervale Center in Burlington, Vt., stunned me with the varied ways an organization could support farmers, the vitality of their conservation effort, the size of a marketing project like … 0

Speaking of Nature: oaks

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I was very fortunate to get a day off on Tuesday. The weather was so mild and the landscape so peaceful that I couldn’t resist going for a walk in my back woods. Many is the day that … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A gray jay has been present all week at Gate 41 of the Quabbin Reservoir in the town of Petersham. A golden eagle and a northern goshawk were seen at the northern … 0