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Food / Dining

Gluten-free cookies?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

People with celiac disease know that a gluten-free diet isn’t a fad or avant-garde trend. If it was, there wouldn’t be a Gluten and Allergy Free Expo at the DCU Center in Worcester on July 25. The event is dedicated to “meeting the needs of the celiac community and those with food sensitivities.” Celiac has increased four-fold since 1960. It’s … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Variations on a Theme

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Standing in the buffet line at last Friday’s Franklin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast, I chatted with a woman I’d never met who told me about a community event that’s happened in Athol for the past four years. She talked about gathering donations from local farmers and gardeners, supplementing that with food paid for with donations, and producing a harvest meal for the … 0

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Exploring Wild Plants Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will explore the woods edges and woodlands around the growing fields for wild plants. What are their names and how can you distinguish different ones? What habitats do they prefer? How can we use some of them? Bring your curiosity and wonder at the diversity of wonderful plants that share this corner … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Applesauce perfection

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I hope you had a wonderful time at Greenfield Winter Fare last Saturday. Sadly, that day I sat at home blowing my nose and nursing a bad head cold instead of enjoying the occasion. As I write this, I’m feeling somewhat better and I hope … 0

Savoring the Seasons: A week of Winter Fare (What I learned)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK As I prepare my shopping list for this Saturday’s Greenfield Winter Farmers Market, I’m thinking about all I’ve learned from Winter Fare over the years. Before the first Winter Fare Farmers Market on Groundhog Day of 2008, I had never swapped food in a barter … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Cooking on our snow days

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Normally, on one of the many snow days we’ve had in recent weeks (months?!), I’d roast squash and root vegetables I’ve stored and spent time cooking up a big pot of soup. But this past week has been far from normal and I haven’t been … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Perfect for a cold day

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Hooray for the folks who heeded my call for recipes a few weeks ago! Several readers have sent me recipes that I’ll share in the weeks ahead. One of those kind souls is Sandy Thomas of Greenfield, who sent me the two recipes below last … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Apples for Groundhog Day...and beyond!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I need to find a better hiding place. Or, perhaps I’ll ask a friend to hide them. If I’m going to have any dried goldrush apple slices for camping trips next summer, I need to effectively “lose” them in my house. Otherwise, I’m going to … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The 'Fifth Season'

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK The last time I spent five weeks eating just what was in my “pantry” was in 1999 when I was on a sea kayak trip in Alaska — where we carried all the food and camping gear we’d need in our kayaks. Not much “local … 0

Blue Plate Special: Baker's Country Store in Conway: One-woman show

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “I’m the whole show,” Helen Baker told me. She is the proprietress of Baker’s Country Store and Luncheonette on Route 116 in Conway — and it’s a truly one-woman enterprise. She … 0

Savoring the Seasons: seeking YOUR recipes

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I am thrilled when readers send me recipes for tasty dishes that feature locally grown or produced seasonal food. While bagging groceries for my member worker hours at Green Fields Market last week, I saw many people I know, some who commented about my food … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The new normal

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I don’t know what 21st century phrase means “repeating yourself like a broken record,” but I’m feeling like just that as I write this column the day after the first Greenfield Winter Farmers Market of 2015. The broken record is saying “Wow! It’s amazing there’s … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Learning about carrots and chutney

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I love raw carrots and carrot salads, but generally don’t enjoy cooked carrots. So, on Christmas, I was a bit surprised to find myself asking for seconds (and was it thirds?) of my friend Yvonne’s carrot dish. It turns out Yvonne doesn’t normally like cooked carrots either, but … 0