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 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, 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 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 ground pork. Bostrom’s lean beef is nicely countered by the fattier pork. Not normally a … 0

Savoring the Seasons: What do I do with ... ?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

One of the many things I love about writing this column is being something of a community clearinghouse for information about enjoying locally grown food. Often, over the years, friends and people-I’ve-just-met have asked me “What do I … 0

Blue Plate Special: “A hidden jewel”: The Crazy Horse Bar and Grille

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Nature is the dominant theme at the Crazy Horse Bar and Grille. This restaurant at Berkshire East Mountain Resort on Thunder Mountain Road in Charlemont features chairs and tables made of rustic wood and its large windows look … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Beyond Coleslaw

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

My grandfather’s last name was Dobrzensky, but when I was growing up, we didn’t live close to his family or a Polish community. Actually, I didn’t grow up near communities related to any parts of my ethnic heritage. My other grandfather’s background was Northern Irish, and my grandmothers … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Greenfield Farmers Market moves indoors for winter The Greenfield Farmers Market has ended its outdoor season and moves indoors for the Winter Market season starting with two Saturday markets in November: Nov. 7 and Nov. 21, at the Greenfield Middle School. It will continue once a month from … 0

Savoring The Seasons: Cooking with Cider

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Growing up in California and Hawaii, the first time I tasted “real” sweet cider was at summer camp in an area of Mendocino County known for redwood trees and apple orchards. Campers bought treats from a local store, including fresh-pressed sweet cider. Several times, my family visited the … 0

Sweet memories

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Nothing sums up the holiday season better than a plate of cookies — preferably accompanied by a tall glass of milk or a steaming mug of hot chocolate. This year Historic Deerfield and King Arthur Flour have chosen … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Sharing what we know

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

“How many other State Senate Presidents could host their own TV cooking show?” That’s what I asked Massachusetts State Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, as he demonstrated how to prepare Chicken alla Romano at last Saturday’s Food Day celebration at the YMCA in Greenfield. Stan laughed and said … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

International awards go to local maple syrup producers Four Massachusetts maple syrup producers — including two from Franklin County — took honors at the North American Maple Syrup Council’s annual competition, held this year in Seven Springs, Pa. More than 120 entries were submitted, from 12 U.S. states … 0

Savoring the Seasons: What’s cooking in your pot?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Standing in the chilly breeze at the Greenfield Peace Vigil last Saturday, I thought “It’s time to make my first chicken/leek/rice/chard soup of the season.” From email messages I received this past week, I’m not the only one … 0

Perfect roast chicken

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

By JEANMARIE BROWNSON Chicago Tribune Roast chicken just might be the quintessential dinner at home. The aroma, the luxurious flavor and the warmth of the oven draw family and friends to the table like magic. Perhaps that’s the … 0