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Savoring the Seasons

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 idea what it was or how it … 0

Savoring the Seasons: What do I do with ... ?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

One of the many things I love about writing this column is being something of a community clearinghouse for information about enjoying locally grown food. Often, over the years, friends and people-I’ve-just-met have asked me “What do I do with …” questions. Often, I’ve sought answers to that question from friends and readers … 0

Savoring The Seasons: Cooking with Cider

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Growing up in California and Hawaii, the first time I tasted “real” sweet cider was at summer camp in an area of Mendocino County known for redwood trees and apple orchards. Campers bought treats from a local store, including fresh-pressed sweet cider. Several times, my family visited the Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show in the fall and I remember tasting many varieties … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Sharing what we know

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

“How many other State Senate Presidents could host their own TV cooking show?” That’s what I asked Massachusetts State Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, as he demonstrated how to prepare Chicken alla Romano at last Saturday’s Food Day celebration at the YMCA in Greenfield. Stan laughed and said … 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

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

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

Savoring the Seasons: All things garlic

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Where will you be this coming weekend? If you’re like me and thousands of our New England neighbors, you’ll be at the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival in Orange. Love garlic? The Festival is clearly Garlic Central … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Before it’s too late …

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK For me, there’s a point in every food’s season where I realize “the end is near!” For melons, tomatoes, cucumbers and corn, that moment happened last week while I was shopping at The Bars Farmstand, Atlas Farm’s store and Clarkdale Fruit Farms. I looked around … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Yogurt for late summer: savory and sweet

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

When Recorder Editor George Forcier mentioned a food page focused on yogurt, I must confess the first thing I thought about yogurt was far from local. For the past several years, I’ve followed the adventures of a British woman named Sarah Outen who’s on the last leg of … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Neighbors nourishing neighbors

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

“Neighbors Nourishing Neighbors” is the tagline of just one organization I work for — Franklin County Community Meals Program — but it’s what inspires me and all my paid, volunteer and activist work. Here are recent scenes from … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Vegetables on the Grill

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Gazing around the Common at the Free Harvest Supper, I was thrilled to see little kids wearing Mary Hakkinen’s fun balloon hats, older folks chatting with friends, and many people savoring a great meal. Yet, I missed Juanita … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Passing the baton of the Free Harvest Supper

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I don’t know if Juanita Nelson ever ran a relay race, I know I haven’t since I was a kid in gym class. But somehow, the image of a relay race is what keeps coming to me as … 0

Savoring the Seasons: What to do with all that zucchini?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

When I was 7 or 8 years old, Mom planted TOO MUCH zucchini. That meant she served zucchini OFTEN! I don’t remember my opinion of zucchini before that summer … but by the end of it, I knew … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Grab a bib...it's peach season!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

While you read today’s Recorder Food page, I’ll be camping at a music festival in the woods in Michigan. By now, I will have eaten all of the western Mass. peaches I packed for my road trip and will be eating the tasty peaches grown in western Michigan. … 0