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

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

Franklin County Food and Farms

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

These pulled pork tacos are local TURNERS FALLS — The New England Farmers Union tent during the Franklin County Pumpkinfest Saturday, Oct. 24, from 2 to 9 p.m., will feature freshly smoked pulled pork tacos with Mexican slaw and pork-stuffed baked potatoes with options including cheese sauce, butter, … 0

Blue Plate Special: Five Eyed Fox’s Kale Caesar Salad

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLATT For the Recorder Ashley Arthur and Aric Binaco enjoy spending time together. Their mutual affection is a good thing: they are life partners and also business partners at Five Eyed Fox. This eclectic café, bar … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Pumpkin Fries! Ginger Plumb Tart!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I’m always thrilled when readers send me recipes or chat with me about my column. Recently, I’ve had many lovely encounters, including visits with Jay Lord at the Greenfield Farmers Market, where he’s promoting Just Roots’ Just Soup and their Just Soup CSA. He’ll be at the market … 0

Beerhunter: Turners Falls brewery hosts opening Friday & Saturday

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Lawrence George pours a hazy-gold sample of beer from the tank and passes it to me in a small glass. It is a bold and flavorful take on an American pale ale: hoppy, tangy and delicious. In another … 0

Savoring the Seasons: ’Tis the season for ‘I wonder ...’

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

“I wonder how this recipe would taste with plums or pears instead of peaches?” I’ve said that a lot recently. First, I asked Kris Pelis about her peach cobbler recipe. Kris tried it with plums and said “Plums are even better than peaches.” Then, I heard from Robbie … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Third annual Fall Farm Festival Sunday, Oct. 11, 2 to 6 p.m., Greenfield Community Farm, 34 Glenbrook Drive, Greenfield. Just Roots will host the third annual Fall Farm Festival at the Greenfield Community Farm. There will be local food and craft vendors, workshops, kids’ activities, pumpkin carving, musical … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Apples — caked, cobblered and hasselbacked!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Wow, there are a LOT of apples on the apple trees this year! Every tree I’ve seen, including old trees in my yard, now-wild trees in the woods by old homesites, trees in local orchards, and even the … 0