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This Sept. 28, 2015, photo shows Italian-style roast turkey breast in Concord, N.H. If you're not feeding a crowd for the holidays, then roasting a turkey breast could be the way to go. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

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 not go with a turkey breast? “Because,” you reasonably reply, “white meat turkey tends to turn out dry as cardboard.” And indeed, … 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 delicious right from the oven or at room temperature. And as an entertaining bonus, they … 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 then, it was flavorful AND inexpensive. MY family never ate this, so I had no … 0

Classic Korean pancakes go easily from street food to dinner

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mung beans have been a staple of the cuisines of India, China, Korea and Southeast Asia for thousands of years. And with good reason. They are a delicious and healthy source of protein and fiber. In the U.S., … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Lessons from Mom and Dad

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I’ve been remembering things I learned or inherited from Mom and Dad. It’s that brief, delicious season when local apricots are available from Clarkdale Fruit Farms and Apex Orchards. I’m savoring their sweetness and remembering picking apricots and making jam and chutney with Mom when I was a … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Farm-to-table luncheon, workshop at Bug Hill Farm Saturday, Aug. 1. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, Aug. 2. A farm-to-table luncheon and workshop, with guest chef Didi Emmons and food writer Odessa Piper, will be held at Bug Hill Farm, 502 Bug Hill Road, Ashfield. A … 0

FDA bans some Mexican cilantro after feces found in fields

Monday, July 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is banning imports of some fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico, after a government investigation found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields there. The FDA announced the partial ban Monday after cilantro imported from the state of Puebla was linked … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Simple now, tasty later

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Roaming through the Greenfield Farmers Market and farmstands this past week has been both a delight and a bit overwhelming. I said something about there being so much fresh, colorful, sure-to-taste-fantastic produce to choose from at the farmers market and a vendor chuckled and said, “Yes, it is … 0

When it comes to grilling, why choose?

Friday, July 17, 2015

For years, I have only used charcoal grills. I was a briquette snob. I snubbed my nose at those who went the way of the propane tank. But as the years rolled by and I kept burning through … 0

Ponte Restaurante: Small but Substantial

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ponte Restaurante calls itself “the little place with the big taste.” Both characterizations are apt. The colorful space, nestled on Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls, could not be much smaller. It seats 18 people, but that number includes … 0

Always writing our community’s food column

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Someday, I’ll write an essay that starts: “It may look like I’m washing dishes, vacuuming, or walking around town, but actually, I’m writing.” I remembered that “someday” essay as I did errands in Greenfield. It looked like I was depositing a check, but actually, this column was brewing … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Beekeepers meeting July 16 DEERFIELD — The Franklin County Beekeepers Association will have a meeting Thursday, July 16, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Frontier Senior Center, 67 North Main St. Area beekeepers as well as anyone interested in learning more about the hobby are encouraged to attend. … 0

Flank steak: 2 easy meals

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

This is the dinner you need for those nights when you’re already dreading packing lunches the next day. The concept is simple. You make a bigger-than-you-need (but still fast and easy) dinner, then you stash the leftovers. In … 0