Food / Dining

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, there are flats of soil covered with micro-greens growing under lights. I haven’t actually seen it, but I did enjoy BIG salads … 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 King Highway in Erving began working in a relative’s restaurant as a teenager and hasn’t … 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 to make it to upcoming Week of Winter Fare events detailed below. I plan to … 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

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