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Khalif (Big-Chief) Neville, left, and his father Charles Neville, of The Neville Brothers, Wednesday in Huntington.

Home made with music: Charles Neville and his son Khalif are just two of the stars in a family universe of musicians

Friday, November 27, 2015

Out in the wilds of Huntington, saxophone lines wind around the bare trees of late fall. The reedy notes emanate from a yurt beside Charles Neville’s house. The small, round interior is lined with tie-dyed banners, which Neville got while touring with a Grateful Dead-style jam band. His son Khalif, 19, sits nearby at a keyboard, listening. The yurt used … 0

Root vegetables and cellars

Friday, November 27, 2015

Our Thanksgiving table will include Yukon Gold potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, beets, parsnips and carrots. Even the Pilgrims might have had some of these vegetables at the first Thanksgiving. Root vegetables were an important part of the food supply in Europe before canning and freezing were available. Root vegetables were harvested in the … 0

Neighbors nourishing neighbors

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I was thrilled last week to receive a lovely handwritten note from Elaine Abrahamson and a recipe from Tom Novack. Elaine said, “You are going to enjoy this recipe! Tom and I are in our 60’s and he remembers his great-grandmother always having this dish on hand. Back then, it was flavorful AND inexpensive. MY family never ate this, so I had no … 0

An unusual downy woodpecker

Sunday, November 29, 2015

During one of those long winter mornings that we all remember so fondly from just 10 months ago, I was sitting on “my” couch and reading an old book. My beautiful wife Susan has her own couch that … 0

Trail Mix

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This … 0

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Here are this week’s bird sightings from Voice of Audubon for Western Massachusetts. Four blue-winged teal and two red-headed woodpeckers were at the Longmeadow flats. Short-eared owls continue to be reported at Arcadia Meadows in Northampton. A cackling goose continues to be seen on the campus pond at … 0

Between the Rows: Biomass for compost

Friday, November 13, 2015

As far as I am concerned, the leaves that fall in the fall are as welcome as the flowers that bloom in the spring. When I lived high on a windy hill in Heath, all the leaves blew … 0

Kids’ toys: What’s new, what’s awesome

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Today’s kids are completely immersed in and obsessed with technology, and even the little ones on your shopping list might be anxious to get their hands on the a new iPhone or some sweet Beats headphones this holiday … 0

Friends offer community music lessons from their home

Friday, November 20, 2015

A songbird whistling in a nearby tree, the faint hum purring through the lips of a nearby stranger and the heavy drum beat pulsating through the speakers of the car in your rearview mirror aren’t just everyday ambient … 0

Metal casting: Taking a two-dimensional design and making a durable object

Friday, November 13, 2015

Attaching a long steel wire handle, Paul Andrew lifts a red-hot steel beaker from his recently extinguished propane furnace and uses a second wire to tip out a liquid silver stream of molten aluminum. Metallic and reflective like … 0

Not feeding a crowd?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Let’s say that this year’s Thanksgiving feast is going to be a more intimate affair than the usual cast of thousands, yet you still want turkey. It can be done. Instead of cooking up a whole bird, why … 0

You’ll wonder how you lived without gougeres

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

So we give you blue cheese and mushroom cheese gougeres. Or just call them cheese puffs; they’re delicious no matter what you call them. They’re basically dough balls studded with chopped mushrooms and crumbled blue cheese. They are … 0

The enduring mystery of a lost World War II airman

Friday, November 6, 2015

Four days after Christmas last year I received a phone call from the assistant clerk at Northbridge Town Hall. Located in central Massachusetts, it’s my hometown and a place my parents had moved from 35 years ago. The … 0