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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

Franklin County Food & Farms,July 1, 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Exploring Wild Plants Just Roots, Greenfield Community Farm, 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 … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Savor this season’s delights!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Solstice has passed and here in the northern hemisphere, we’re beyond the longest night of the year. While days will slowly get longer, there are still months of winter ahead. I’m writing this column on Sunday when a bit of snow makes it looks like … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Thanksgiving lessons, gratefully learned

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK We’ll be telling stories about “the Thanksgiving when it snowed, the power went out, and we improvised Thanksgiving dinner” for decades to come. We’re a resourceful bunch! I’ve heard of, or experienced, turkey cooked on outdoor gas grills, lots of candles, wearing a headlamp to … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Gratitude & generosity

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK The bumper sticker on the upper corner of my windshield says, “Driver Singing.” I often have songs running through my head and I sing aloud a lot, although I try to be socially appropriate and not sing out loud in public places too often! Two … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Savoring the Seasons: What's your town's menu?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK When Barb Parry invited me to the Shelburne Harvest Dinner in late October, I was glad to accept — and curious to learn more about the Shelburne Agricultural Commission’s “Shelburne Grown” initiative and their work to promote Shelburne’s farms. And, I knew the food would … 0