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Food / Dining

Ponte, serving fresh local food, has opened on Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls by Michael Collins, Pacifico "Tony" Palumbo, Nicole Vezina and Paul Forth.  Recorder/Paul Franz

New spot by bridge offers Mexican fare in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Shelburne Falls has Bridge Street, the Iron Bridge and the Bridge of Flowers. Now it has a new little eatery near all these bridges. “Ponte” is Spanish for “bridge,” and Ponte Restaurante , set up by former Green Emporium restaurateurs Chef Michael Collins and Pacifico “Tony” Palumbo, offers Mexican-style dishes, tacos, baked goods, soups, chili, cubanos and … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Many hands ...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I know what it takes to plan big community events. So, I knew it was a tough decision for the Diemand family to CANCEL this year’s Diemand Farm Easter Egg Hunt. While Diemand Farm does not have avian influenza, recent outbreaks in the western and central U.S. mean poultry farms are taking precautions to protect their flocks, including restricting visitors to the farms. … 0

Blue Plate Special: Breakfast at Maple House in Rowe

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder More than two decades ago, when Rebecca Bradley was living in eastern Massachusetts, she told her husband Michael, “All I want for Christmas is a cross-country ski vacation ... with no kids!” The couple skied at Stump Sprouts Ski Lodge and Retreat Center in Hawley that … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Juanita Nelson

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I’ve been thinking a lot about Juanita Nelson since she died on March 9. I’ve laughed, remembering fun times with Juanita, and cried, realizing I won’t be able to laugh with her again. I know I’m only one of many people here and across the … 0

Winter-into-spring delights

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Hooray for above-freezing-during-the-day-below-freezing-at-night temperatures, the definition of maple sugaring weather! It seems like a late start to sugaring season, but hopefully, these conditions will continue so our sugaring neighbors — who are even now trudging through deep snow to tap trees and bring us tasty … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Grow greens NOW!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Are you looking out your window, dreaming of the garden under all that snow and ice? Holly Wescott from Ashfield is doing more than planning her summer garden, she’s growing green food in her kitchen, right now. What’s growing in your kitchen? In Holly’s kitchen, … 0

Blue Plate Special: Christina’s in Erving serves up authentic Italian cuisine

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder Tony DiMaio has been in the restaurant business for 40 years — and he is only 54 years old. The chef and co-owner of Christina’s Restaurant and Tavern on the French … 1

Savoring the Seasons: Applesauce perfection

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I hope you had a wonderful time at Greenfield Winter Fare last Saturday. Sadly, that day I sat at home blowing my nose and nursing a bad head cold instead of enjoying the occasion. As I write this, I’m feeling somewhat better and I hope … 0

Savoring the Seasons: A week of Winter Fare (What I learned)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK As I prepare my shopping list for this Saturday’s Greenfield Winter Farmers Market, I’m thinking about all I’ve learned from Winter Fare over the years. Before the first Winter Fare Farmers Market on Groundhog Day of 2008, I had never swapped food in a barter … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Cooking on our snow days

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Normally, on one of the many snow days we’ve had in recent weeks (months?!), I’d roast squash and root vegetables I’ve stored and spent time cooking up a big pot of soup. But this past week has been far from normal and I haven’t been … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Perfect for a cold day

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Hooray for the folks who heeded my call for recipes a few weeks ago! Several readers have sent me recipes that I’ll share in the weeks ahead. One of those kind souls is Sandy Thomas of Greenfield, who sent me the two recipes below last … 0

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 … 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 … 0