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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

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 1, 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 limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This … 0

Between the Rows: Flowers of autumn

Friday, September 26, 2014

Iyou are planning a flower garden, it’s a good idea to consider what kinds of flowers bloom well into the fall. Chrysanthemums immediately come to mind, if only because in September every supermarket dresses itself with ranks of … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Forester to lead walk through Wendell Town Forest Oct. 4 WENDELL — Forester Mike Mauri will lead a walk through the Wendell Town Forest off Montague Road on Saturday, Oct. 4. Mauri will discuss timber management strategies designed to enhance both the productivity of a section of the … 0

Speaking of Nature: Pied-billed grebes do exits!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

One of the great joys of my life has been the ever-growing relationship that I have with the birds of the world. As time passes, I find that I learn more and more about our avian neighbors and … 0

Voice of Audubon: western Massachusetts bird sightings

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A Connecticut warbler was found in Wendell. A flight of 1,700 broad-winged hawks went over Shatterack Mountain in Russell. Small numbers of most captor species continue to be seen over area hawk … 0

Between the Rows: A windowsill garden

Friday, September 19, 2014

Many of us are very reluctant to put together a flower arrangement. We see photos of complicated bouquets accompanied by complicated descriptions of color and texture and know we could never aspire to making such a thing. In … 0

Between the Rows: spring blooming bulbs

Friday, September 12, 2014

These chilly days and cool nights have got me thinking about spring. Or more specifically, the need to plant spring blooming bulbs this fall. There is something about gardening that makes us gardeners keep one eye a season or two ahead, even as we work with the challenges … 0

Writing a city

Friday, September 5, 2014

Evening light was turning golden as we set out, 16 writers with pens and yellow pamphlets in hand, on a “Flâneur Walk” through Northampton in early July. Led by poet Betsy Wheeler, whose collection of poems, “Loud Dreaming … 0

Speaking of Nature: There’s a new vulture in town

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Back in the fall of 1986, I entered the wildlife biology program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with so much to learn. My head contained a smattering of information about the birds, mammals, reptiles, insects and fish that … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Volunteers needed for Source to Sea Cleanup Volunteers age 7 and older will gather for the 18th annual Source to Sea Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 9 a.m. at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, in Turners Falls. Most volunteers collect trash on foot and … 0