Food / Dining

Savoring the Seasons: Apples for Groundhog Day...and beyond!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I need to find a better hiding place. Or, perhaps I’ll ask a friend to hide them. If I’m going to have any dried goldrush apple slices for camping trips next summer, I need to effectively “lose” them in my house. Otherwise, I’m going to keep snacking on them like I am right now as I write this column. What a great spicy-sweet flavor burst in each … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The 'Fifth Season'

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK The last time I spent five weeks eating just what was in my “pantry” was in 1999 when I was on a sea kayak trip in Alaska — where we carried all the food and camping gear we’d need in our kayaks. Not much “local food” in those food bags ... and we chose not to fish so we didn’t … 0

Blue Plate Special: Baker's Country Store in Conway: One-woman show

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “I’m the whole show,” Helen Baker told me. She is the proprietress of Baker’s Country Store and Luncheonette on Route 116 in Conway — and it’s a truly one-woman enterprise. She sells groceries, breakfast and lunch in the one-room store/dining room. She also takes money for … 0

Savoring the Seasons: seeking YOUR recipes

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I am thrilled when readers send me recipes for tasty dishes that feature locally grown or produced seasonal food. While bagging groceries for my member worker hours at Green Fields Market last week, I saw many people I know, some who commented about my food … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The new normal

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I don’t know what 21st century phrase means “repeating yourself like a broken record,” but I’m feeling like just that as I write this column the day after the first Greenfield Winter Farmers Market of 2015. The broken record is saying “Wow! It’s amazing there’s … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Learning about carrots and chutney

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I love raw carrots and carrot salads, but generally don’t enjoy cooked carrots. So, on Christmas, I was a bit surprised to find myself asking for seconds (and was it thirds?) of my friend Yvonne’s carrot dish. It turns out Yvonne doesn’t normally like cooked carrots either, but … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Savor this season’s delights!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Solstice has passed and here in the northern hemisphere, we’re beyond the longest night of the year. While days will slowly get longer, there are still months of winter ahead. I’m writing this column on Sunday when a bit of snow makes it looks like … 0

Blue Plate Special: A new take on beef bourguignon? The Gypsy Apple Bistro’s got it covered

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder One of our area’s smallest restaurants is also one of its best. The Gypsy Apple Bistro in Shelburne Falls has room for only 20 diners, plus 12 on its diminutive patio … 0

Savoring the Seasons: After all, everyone eats ...!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK When I worked at World Eye Bookshop years ago, the last week before Christmas was when people wandered in searching for gifts for the hard-to-get-gifts-for people on their holiday shopping lists. We loved the fun challenge of helping them figure out something they would enjoy … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The gift of local food

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK It’s that time, when many of us think about gifts we’ll give by the end of the year. For me, that includes mailing gifts to friends in Seattle, California, and Antarctica, and to my sister in Australia. I won’t tell you what I’m sending because … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Thanksgiving lessons, gratefully learned

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK We’ll be telling stories about “the Thanksgiving when it snowed, the power went out, and we improvised Thanksgiving dinner” for decades to come. We’re a resourceful bunch! I’ve heard of, or experienced, turkey cooked on outdoor gas grills, lots of candles, wearing a headlamp to … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Gratitude & generosity

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK The bumper sticker on the upper corner of my windshield says, “Driver Singing.” I often have songs running through my head and I sing aloud a lot, although I try to be socially appropriate and not sing out loud in public places too often! Two … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Grateful for local food

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Last week, I stopped by Elmer’s Store in Ashfield and chatted with Nan Parati — who was excited about the upcoming eighth annual Grateful Harvest Dinner, where every ingredient comes from within 100 miles of Ashfield. Nan was also enthusiastic about Elmer’s new chef, Paul … 0