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Food / Dining

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

Timing is everything

Friday, November 21, 2014

By BILL DALEY Chicago Tribune Question: I love to cook on Thanksgiving. I do the full meal of turkey, stuffing, rolls, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce. Sometimes, when family comes, they like to bring a green bean casserole that needs to be heated up, or they are not a … 0

Whip it, whip it good

Friday, November 21, 2014

By NOELLE CARTER Los Angeles Times Homemade whipped cream. Try it just once and you’ll never look at the store brands again. Nothing beats the flavor or texture, and preparation is simple. Purists are right — using a hand whisk is one of the best ways. But here’s a secret: I think the … 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

Blue Plate Special: A good bite: the Alvah Stone

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder The view from the Alvah Stone is breathtaking. Perched above the Sawmill River in an old gristmill on Greenfield Road in Montague, the restaurant features large windows that give diners the … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Time for a great story

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I debated whether to write my “of course, your whole Thanksgiving dinner will be made from locally-grown food” column for this week — or save it for next week. The “I must share this FABULOUS story NOW!” side won the debate after negotiating a compromise … 0

Savoring the Seasons: What's your town's menu?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK When Barb Parry invited me to the Shelburne Harvest Dinner in late October, I was glad to accept — and curious to learn more about the Shelburne Agricultural Commission’s “Shelburne Grown” initiative and their work to promote Shelburne’s farms. And, I knew the food would … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Got recipes?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Before starting this column in 2007, I didn’t think much about recipes and I certainly didn’t talk about them. I had (and still have) a passion for locally grown food and appreciated creative, tasty ways to prepare it, but I mostly stuck to a few … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Gratitude and frozen vegetables

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Last Thursday, standing in the Western Mass Food Processing Center at the Franklin County Community Development Corporation with many people celebrating the CDC’s 35th anniversary, I turned to friends and said, “What an incredible resource this is! I am soooooo grateful to live in this … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Preserving and storing the harvest

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK After several busy weekends, I was glad to be in Greenfield last Saturday morning to shop at the Farmers Market and stand in the Greenfield Weekly Peace Vigil on the Town Common. As I put on my “Peace Begins When the Hungry are Fed” apron, … 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

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

Savoring the Seasons: Savoring the changing season

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK It’s the equinox, that balancing time when we shift from summer into fall (at least here in New England, it’s spring equinox where my sister lives in Australia). For me, it’s time to savor the end of summer delights, to eat a few more quesadillas … 0