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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: Comfort comes in many flavors

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “comfort food”? While I think about soup, applesauce, scrambled eggs, quesadillas, and ice cream, your idea of comfort food could be quite different. What food you find comforting is definitely in the eye, or tastebuds, of the beholder. Actually, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Friendly competition

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Generally, I don’t like food competitions, or, actually, most competitions. If there’s a “who made the best” pie, barbecue, or such event, I want everyone to win a prize, to have their creation appreciated. Given that, and because … 0

OK to work for food? Co-op work programs end amid labor law fears

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. — Food cooperative programs that allow members to scoop rice, sort organic vegetables and ring up sales in return for grocery discounts are fading fast amid a changing marketplace and fears of violating labor laws. The … 0

Hangover soup may be the cure you need

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Chef and cookbook author Rozanne Gold says this sauerkraut-spiked soup is a traditional Hungarian hangover cure. It can be prepared in advance and reheated. Serve small portions in shot glasses, or if the need is great, ladle into … 0

Vermont recycling law boosts Foodbank supplies

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The adage that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure is coming to the world of food in Vermont. Vermont Public Radio reports that food saved by the state’s universal recycling law is being put to use by the Vermont Foodbank and food shelves around … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The light will come

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Over the years, I’ve collected many metaphors to live by. In sea kayaking far and wide, these metaphors came to me: “Don’t focus on the crashing waves off to the side, paddle the wave that’s in front of … 0

Medicinal herbs a niche market for US farmers

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

DELMAR, N.Y. — Expanding interest in traditional Chinese medicine in the United States is fostering a potentially lucrative new niche market for farmers who plant the varieties of herbs, flowers and trees sought by practitioners. While almost all … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Low-tech winter gardening: Tools, tactics and principles Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Laughing Dog Farm, Gill This is a practical, inspiring, basic-level primer on winter growing techniques using cold-hardy cultivars, aggressive timing, propagational ingenuity and (high- and low-tunnel) hoophouses. The workshop is probably appropriate … 0

Secret life of cauliflower

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Truth be told, I was prepared to hate most efforts to transform cauliflower into something it wasn’t. What’s wrong with straight up seasoned and roasted cauliflower? Why do we need to turn it into steaks and cutlets, mash … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Low-tech winter gardening: Tools, tactics and principles Jan. 3, 2016, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Laughing Dog Farm, Gill This is a practical, inspiring, basic-level primer on winter growing techniques using cold-hardy cultivars, aggressive timing, propagational ingenuity and (high- and low-tunnel) hoophouses. The workshop is probably appropriate for … 0