Food / Dining

Beef Bourguignon en Croute from Gypsy Apple Bistro. Recorder/Paul Franz

Blue Plate Special: A new take on beef bourguignon? The Gypsy Apple Bistro’s got it covered

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder One of our area’s smallest restaurants is also one of its best. The Gypsy Apple Bistro in Shelburne Falls has room for only 20 diners, plus 12 on its diminutive patio in warmer months. Nevertheless, since its opening in 2007 it has attracted patrons from near and far. “They come from all walks … 0

Savoring the Seasons: After all, everyone eats ...!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK When I worked at World Eye Bookshop years ago, the last week before Christmas was when people wandered in searching for gifts for the hard-to-get-gifts-for people on their holiday shopping lists. We loved the fun challenge of helping them figure out something they would enjoy giving to their uncle or boss or folks they didn’t know well. Along with books, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The gift of local food

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK It’s that time, when many of us think about gifts we’ll give by the end of the year. For me, that includes mailing gifts to friends in Seattle, California, and Antarctica, and to my sister in Australia. I won’t tell you what I’m sending because they all read this column and I don’t want to spoil the surprise. But, here’s … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Talking about rhubarb

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Hooray for spring! Many sizes of daffodils are blooming in my yard, hepatica and bloodroot are blooming in the woods, and the little salad greens I planted in indoor pots on spring equinox are getting closer to the “snip them off and eat them as … 0

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 … 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 … 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. … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Sprouts: gardening in a jar

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK If you’re like most vegetable gardeners I know, you’re busy planning this year’s crops and are eager to start gardening. Many folks are starting seeds indoors or in hoophouses. Last week, I mentioned the salad green seeds, soil, and flats I got at Ashfield Hardware … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Spring will come

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love all four seasons, and I am definitely looking forward to spring. I am noticing early signs of its coming, including returning turkey vultures, courtship song singing cardinals and chickadees, longer days, and the gradual melting of snow in my yard. One sure sign … 0

Blue Plate Special: Johnson's Farm in Orange: 'Here for the long run'

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Family is paramount at Johnson’s Farm Restaurant, Sugarhouse, and Gift Shop. Steve Johnson and his wife Diane are the fourth generation to run the farm on Wheeler Avenue in Orange, which the family acquired in 1900. Their children … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Simple shiitakes

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love mushrooms, but I don’t have a lot of experience with shiitakes. I’ve always enjoyed eating shiitakes when I was served them, but somehow felt a bit intimidated about buying them or growing them. … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Rockin' rutabagas

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK No, the title of this column is not the name of a local rock band. It’s the topic of a fun conversation I had with my Conway neighbors Don Walker and Ruth Parnall at the Greenfield Winter Farmers Market on March 1. Standing next to … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Peaceful, healing food

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I often get wonderful recipes from people I meet in the community. Recently, I ran into Pat Hynes at a GCC event and she shared her simple but tasty root vegetable recipe (below). We also talked about my participation in the Greenfield Weekly Peace Vigil … 0