Food / Dining

Corn chowder from Jerry's Place in South Deerfield. 
(Recorder/Paul Franz)

Blue Plate Special: More than an April Fool, Jerry’s Place

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Jerry’s Place is a South Deerfield institution. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, except on major holidays, this Main Street eatery celebrated its 23rd birthday earlier this month. “I opened up on April 1,” owner Jared “Jerry” Dagrosa told me. “It was a Wednesday ... and I fooled everybody by staying open!” Working in a restaurant was … 0

Savoring the seasons: Who’s growing your veggies?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Who’s growing the vegetables you’ll eat in coming months? Are you? If so, you’re busy planning your garden and perhaps starting seeds indoors or in a hoophouse or cold frame. Or, you’re considering growing some vegetables this summer and wondering how to get started. World Eye Bookshop and local libraries have LOTS of books about growing vegetables and there are … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Signs of spring!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK More signs of spring are showing up, in my yard and in nearby farm fields. I checked with Michael Docter of Winter Moon Farm in Hadley and he expects to have his SUPERB spring-dug parsnips in local stores by the time this article is published. Look for them at Green Fields Market on Main Street in Greenfield. I never thought … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Apples galore!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I’ve never seen so many apples on the trees in my yard, in local orchards, and on every gnarly planted-long-ago-by-who-knows-who apple tree I come across as I hike in the woods. I’m seeing lots of trees with apples on them that I didn’t even realize … 0

Savoring the Seasons: How edible is your landscape?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK When you look around where you live, do you ask yourself, “How edible is this landscape?” That’s a question I’ve pondered for awhile. Many of us have vegetable gardens, grow food in containers, or raise sprouts in jars on our kitchen counters. And, we’re fortunate … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Where's the (local) beef? (or local lamb or pork?)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Happy just-past-the-fall-equinox to everyone in the northern hemisphere and just-past-the-spring-equinox to those in the southern hemisphere, including my twin sister, Martha, who lives in Melbourne, Australia. As I’m busily stocking up on fall storage vegetables (winter squash, potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes and beets), Martha is … 0

Blue Plate Special: Hattapon's Thai Kitchen

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hattaporn Wattanarat wasn’t sure she could survive in the United States, she recalled in a recent interview. She didn’t object to the climate or the people ... but the food stymied her. The Thai native moved to this … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Savoring the unexpected

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK If you’re like me, when you think of a particular fruit or vegetable, you think of a few “normal” ways to prepare it. For me, apples are eaten raw whole or cooked into applesauce or baked into apple pies, summer squash gets sauteed with onions … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Variations on a theme

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love getting recipes from friends and folks who read this column, especially different ways to prepare foods I normally fix in my “usual way.” After all, someone else’s “usual” is often different from my “usual.” I was glad to hear from Carl Doerner with … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Peach possibilities, now and later

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Peaches! Hooray for fresh, local, juice dripping down your chin and arm all the way to your elbow PEACHES! Are you eating peaches every day like I am? For now, I’m eating peaches as is, with no preparation, and cutting them up into my morning … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Late summer delights

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Every season has its delights, and I’m revelling in the delights of late summer. This past week, I’ve enjoyed a picnic of chicken/green bean salad and fresh Bars Farm melon cubes while floating in my kayak watching the moon rise on the Connecticut River, savored … 0

Blue Plate Special: Color and flavor behind the Big Indian

Monday, September 9, 2013

By Tinky Weisblat Special to The Recorder Nestled behind the Big Indian at the Native Views shop on Route 2 in Charlemont is a diner-like structure painted yellow — not just any yellow, but a cheerful, eye-popping yellow. … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Celebrating a harvest of abundance

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I’m writing this column right after getting home from the Free Harvest Supper. Once again, my cheeks are sore from grinning, my feet are sore from roaming around the Greenfield Town Common, my mind is full of images of abundance and joy, and my heart … 0