Food / Dining

This Jan. 11, 2016 image shows a cocktail called Muppets Make Manhattens, made with apple brandy and sweet vermouth, with an apple slice and bacon garnish in Concord, N.H. The drink is inspired by the film, "The Muppets Take Manhattan." by Tim Federle, author of "Gone with the Gin." (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Cinematic cocktails

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Silver shakers and the silver screen go back a long time. Think French 75 from “Casablanca” and Agent 007’s dry martinis. So for those of you planning to drink along at home for the Feb. 28 showing of the Oscars this year, now might be a good time to get your cocktail act together. And Tim Federle, author of “Gone … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

9th Annual Cabin Fever Seed Swap Saturday, Feb. 13, 2 to 4 p.m., Green Fields Market, 144 Main Street, Greenfield Open to everyone: experts to novices and everyone in between. There will be seeds to swap, seeds to share, and seeds to simply give away. Bring your seeds, home grown/saved, or store bought, leftovers, whatever you’ve got. You could also bring twigs for … 0

Savoring the Seasons: What we ate in Ashfield

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

This week I have much more to say than can possibly fit in one column! I’ll share more in coming weeks. For now, my mind and heart is full of wonderful community from the Ashfield Local Food Potluck and Greenfield Winter Fare Farmers Market. And, my tastebuds smile with memories of tasty food. At both events, we talked about missing Juanita Nelson, being … 0

Savoring the seasons: Juanita’s Winter Fare legacy lives on

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Juanita Nelson forever changed my experience of Groundhog Day. Until 2007, Groundhog Day meant a weather-forecasting large rodent in Pennsylvania and the time of year I noticed the sun staying up a bit longer in the afternoon. Then, in January 2007, Juanita talked to some of us who’d … 0

9th Annual Winter Fare at the Greenfield Winter Farmers Market

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Saturday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Greenfield High School, 1 Lenox Ave. (Note different location!) Credit/debit/SNAP accepted. For more information, visit buylocalfood.org or call 413-665-7100. Volunteers are needed to help with setup, breakdown, and other tasks on market day. Please contact Brian Snell at CISA, 413-665-7100, … 0

Recipes: Many ways to savor your Winter Farmers Market bounty

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tourtiere (French Meat Pie) By Natty Hussey, Bostrom Farm, Greenfield (from www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/tourtiere-french-meat-pie-recipe) Tourtiere is that feel good smell and warm presence of shepherd’s pie with the savory addition of a double crust. I used King Aurthur Flour’s Tourtière recipe (www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/tourtiere-french-meat-pie-recipe) for the filling with Bostrom ground beef and … 0

Fresh takes on pasta

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

On crazy weeknights, sometimes the only thing standing between you and yet another order of takeout ... Is a box of pasta. A box of pasta is like that been-through-it-all-with-you friend, that dinnertime Swiss Army knife that can … 0

McClintock/Savoring the Seasons: Hundreds of ways to enjoy

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Last Friday afternoon, a friend and I had great fun at the Textile Company selecting bright batik fabrics we’ll make into tank tops. Gazing at the many colors, I thought about a favorite poem of mine. By Rumi, … 0

Finger Lakes ice wine harvest late this winter

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BRANCHPORT, N.Y. — Winter finally came down hard on New York’s Finger Lakes this month with single-digit temperatures at dawn and fresh snow blowing over the rolling vineyards. The wait was over for an ice wine harvest. Thick-gloved … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Winter Fare is coming to Greenfield Winter Farmers Market! Come out to the Greenfield Winter Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 6 for Winter Fare, an annual special event at the market with workshops, hot soup, bartering with Valley Food Swap, and more! The Greenfield … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Comfort foods with gratitude

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Last week, I shared some of my friends’ favorite comfort foods. Since then, I’ve heard from more friends about what comforts them. Deb Donaldson wrote, “As I sit here snuggled under a blanket with a sore throat, one of my favorite comfort foods is Gypsy Soup from the … 0

Blue Plate Special: The Black Cow Burger Bar

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Pamela Tierney has been in the food business for most of her life. “As a youth I worked in restaurants most of the time,” she told me in a recent interview. “I ran the Starlight Diner in Erving … 0

Franklin County Food and Farms

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Free cooking Class: Basics for Basics A free 4-week series Jan. 13, 20, 27, and Feb. 3. Where: the kitchen of the First Universalist Church, 31 N. Main St. in Orange 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. To register call Quabbin Harvest at 978-544-6784. Learn to cook four healthy and … 0