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

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

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