Food / Dining

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 helped her organize the Free Harvest Supper of Locally Grown Food each August starting in 2005. She said, “One purpose of the … 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 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, to get involved. Schedule: There’s more than great food at Winter Fare at the Greenfield … 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 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 ( for the filling with Bostrom ground beef and ground pork. Bostrom’s lean beef is nicely countered by the fattier pork. Not normally a … 0

Savoring the seasons: Dehydrating fruit, modifying recipes, and kale chips!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

This past week, I heard from two readers, one with a question about a recipe I’d shared, and one with great tips about dehydrating fruit. Sheila Graves from Greenfield wrote: “A few weeks ago you included a recipe … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Tasty tips,Meal-planning apps, the wonders of dehydrating

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

I love running into people I know and people I’ve never met and chatting with them about food! When Nancy Hazard introduced me to Barbara Zaccheo at the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce November breakfast meeting at GCC, … 0

Spice up your latkes

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Those of us who celebrate Hanukkah are already a few days into the Festival of Lights. I like the lighting of the candles. I love giving people the perfect gift. But what we all probably love most are … 0

For a fresh take on eggnog just look to Puerto Rican coquito

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

As long as I can remember, I have been a fan of eggnog. And I’m no snob about it. I’ll drink store-bought as readily as homemade. It’s all creamy and delicious. And I’m always game to try new … 0

Tips for perfecting your homemade pie

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Pumpkin, apple or something else? No matter what goes in the middle, pie for dessert is a classic ending to a classic meal. Here are a few tips for tackling the crust. 1. Cold, cold heart: When making crust, make sure butter and/or shortening is thoroughly chilled before … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Together we can ...

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

I magine my delight when I opened my mail and saw Sandy Clark’s handwritten note responding to my “what do I do with …” column. She said, “Last week I opened my refrigerator and saw the makings of a soup.” Here’s what Sandy made with what she found. … 0

No dull cheese platters here

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

There’s nothing wrong with a standard issue platter of delicious cheeses set out as part of a holiday party spread. In fact, we often find ourselves hovering around it. After all, eating cheese is far more enjoyable than … 0

Not feeding a crowd?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Let’s say that this year’s Thanksgiving feast is going to be a more intimate affair than the usual cast of thousands, yet you still want turkey. It can be done. Instead of cooking up a whole bird, why … 0

You’ll wonder how you lived without gougeres

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

So we give you blue cheese and mushroom cheese gougeres. Or just call them cheese puffs; they’re delicious no matter what you call them. They’re basically dough balls studded with chopped mushrooms and crumbled blue cheese. They are … 0

Neighbors nourishing neighbors

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I was thrilled last week to receive a lovely handwritten note from Elaine Abrahamson and a recipe from Tom Novack. Elaine said, “You are going to enjoy this recipe! Tom and I are in our 60’s and he remembers his great-grandmother always having this dish on hand. Back … 0