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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

Gifts worth repeating

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

In case you need a reminder that one person can make a huge difference, check out the Recorder articles about Cliff Fournier, the new Recorder Citizen of the Year Award You can read the story here: bit.ly/1REy4y9 Cliff has devoted much of his life to helping people, in … 0

Blue Plate Special: The rustic elegance of Bernardston’s The Farm Table

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

At first glance, Chris Pappademas looks too young to be the chef at a large restaurant. In fact, this middle-age reporter might even use the word “baby” when referring to him. The head chef at the Farm Table … 0

Blue Plate Special bonus recipe from Bernardston’s Farm Table: Country Apple Tarts

Monday, December 14, 2015

Country Apple Tarts Ingredients: for the cream-cheese dough: 1 pound (about 3½ cups) all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon salt 1½ pounds cream cheese 1 pound cold butter for the apple filling: 6 apples ¾ cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons … 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