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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

Gender & Control: portraits by Anja Shutz

Friday, September 19, 2014

Stepping back into photography after a hiatus occasioned by disillusionment with her experience with a male-dominated photo industry in New York, Anja Schütz set her sights on gender and control in portraiture. Schütz said the project, a collection … 0

Speaking of Nature: fall migration

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I’m teaching a new course at school and it’s absorbing so much of my time that I haven’t had a chance to go out with my camera in far too long. This past weekend was another that had … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Here are some this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A Say’s Phoebe was seen and heard calling along Route 2A in downtown Greenfield. Three white-rumped sandpipers and three greater yellowlegs were found on the east side of the Quabbin Reservoir. A black-crowned … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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 … 0

Savoring the seasons: Fall festival food finds

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love the many fall festivals in our communities this month, and I always look for locally grown food at the food booths. While checking Ashfield Fall Festival’s website, I saw this description: “Ashfield food vendors offer seasonal favorites such as home-made fresh pumpkin doughnuts, … 0

Between the Rows: These berries are for the birds

Friday, October 3, 2014

Feeding the birds is a enjoyable activity, but because I have always had cats, I have planted highbush cranberries, holly and cotoneaster instead of putting up bird feeders. However, my first reason for planting these shrubs that produce … 0

Put your pudding where your mouth is

Friday, September 19, 2014

“When all the men returned home victorious (from the Revolutionary War) and without serious injury in 1777, what a celebration there must have been! Could this have been the reason for the ‘pudding contest?’” — From “Hawley, Massachusetts: … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Doing our part

Friday, October 3, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love a good work party, the satisfaction of seeing a huge heap of firewood transformed into covered, safe-from-the-snow stacks or bushels of apples turned into jars of sauce. While some people think “many hands make light work” is a cliché, I bet they don’t … 0

Said & Done: Some hunting dogs get lost, others just take off

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Halfway between Brattleboro and Bennington, somewhat north of the Molly Stark Trail, there stands a dead pine tree. It is not alone. It is distinguished, however, by a weathered board bearing this notice: “Lost — beagle hunting dog.” A telephone number (Worcester) tells where to be in touch … 0

Kids and Critters: mushrooms

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The beginning of autumn marks that time of year when the green leaves of summer finally “fall” off the trees. This a particularly beautiful time of year here in New England, but what you might not know is … 0