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Food / Dining

Savoring the Seasons: Grateful for local food

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Last week, I stopped by Elmer’s Store in Ashfield and chatted with Nan Parati — who was excited about the upcoming eighth annual Grateful Harvest Dinner, where every ingredient comes from within 100 miles of Ashfield. Nan was also enthusiastic about Elmer’s new chef, Paul Randall, who grew up in Hadley, worked as a chef in New York City for 25 years after graduating from the French … 0

Blue Plate Special: A good bite: the Alvah Stone

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder The view from the Alvah Stone is breathtaking. Perched above the Sawmill River in an old gristmill on Greenfield Road in Montague, the restaurant features large windows that give diners the feeling of being in the midst of nature. Nature is also important to the chef, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Time for a great story

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I debated whether to write my “of course, your whole Thanksgiving dinner will be made from locally-grown food” column for this week — or save it for next week. The “I must share this FABULOUS story NOW!” side won the debate after negotiating a compromise with the “local Thanksgiving dinner” side to share some urgent news: Turkey ordering just can’t … 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

Savoring the Seasons: Not your average roots

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Tired of your “old standards” root veggie recipes? You’re in luck! Try these great recipes with roots you get at the Greenfield Winter Farmers Market this Saturday. Sarah Voiland says early shoppers at the market may find fresh cilantro from Red Fire Farm’s greenhouses. John … 0

Blue Plate Special: 'One plate at a time' Great Falls Harvest in Turners Falls

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder Great Falls Harvest is a mom-and-pop restaurant ... literally. Husband and wife Chris Menegoni and Bridgette Chaffee are the proud parents of a six-year-old girl who is wise beyond her years … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Maple season is coming!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK When Winton Pitcoff wrote to me about the maple syrup recipe contest being run by the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association, I started thinking about tasty maple syrup recipes I’ve enjoyed. Soon after that, I looked at my pantry shelf and saw a jar of maple … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Potluck delights

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Food doesn’t have to be elaborate to be delightful ... the Week of Winter Fare local food potlucks in Ashfield and Conway last weekend were proof of that. Purple top turnips mashed with butter, salt, and pepper, squash mashed with apple slices and butter, roast … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Winter fare continues

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I hope you made it to the Greenfield Farmers Market and the beginning of the Week of Winter Fare last Saturday. What a great and tasty celebration of locally grown food! Winter Fare continues this week with potlucks, a film, seed swap, and more (see … 0