Life & Times

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

Living Smart: How to know if gutters need work or replacement

Friday, October 23, 2015

If your gutters are starting to fail and you aren’t sure whether to repair them or just replace them with new gutters, here are answers from three Dallas gutter experts to help you make the best decision. How often should I clean my gutters? Mike Long, manager at … 0

Designing with tile: Ancient craft gets new attention

Friday, October 23, 2015

Tile was an important element in interior design in many parts of the world for thousands of years, coveted for its aesthetic possibilities, functionality and longevity. Yet for a generation, the craft has been largely unexplored, relegated mainly … 0

Speaking of Nature: The white-crowned sparrow

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Before I get started with this week’s column, I think it is my responsibility to alleviate any undue suspense and suffering by announcing that the juncos arrived at my porch on Sunday (Oct. 18). This coincided nicely with … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email 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

Franklin County Food and Farms

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

These pulled pork tacos are local TURNERS FALLS — The New England Farmers Union tent during the Franklin County Pumpkinfest Saturday, Oct. 24, from 2 to 9 p.m., will feature freshly smoked pulled pork tacos with Mexican slaw and pork-stuffed baked potatoes with options including cheese sauce, butter, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: What’s cooking in your pot?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Standing in the chilly breeze at the Greenfield Peace Vigil last Saturday, I thought “It’s time to make my first chicken/leek/rice/chard soup of the season.” From email messages I received this past week, I’m not the only one … 0

Perfect roast chicken

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

By JEANMARIE BROWNSON Chicago Tribune Roast chicken just might be the quintessential dinner at home. The aroma, the luxurious flavor and the warmth of the oven draw family and friends to the table like magic. Perhaps that’s the … 0

Between the Rows: Apples, the perfect fruit

Friday, October 16, 2015

Ralph Waldo Emerson called the apple the American fruit. Certainly the legend of Leominster-born Johnny Appleseed, once an orchardist and later a traveler on the frontier planting apples, is one of our favorite American stories. However, archeologists have … 0

CiderDays returns Nov. 7-8

Friday, October 16, 2015

The 21st annual CiderDays, which falls on Nov. 7 and 8, will be a county-wide celebration with tastings, workshops, orchard tours and talks from Ashfield, to Deerfield, to Charlemont, to Colrain, to New Salem and the towns in … 0

Between the Rows: Peonies, lush and carefree

Friday, October 9, 2015

Herbaceous peonies are the most glamorous flowers in my garden, so lush and big, and pink, of course. I have planted mostly late varieties so that they will still have some bloom when the roses begin to bloom. … 0