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Savoring the Seasons

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 grateful for her Winter Fare vision, and … 0

Savoring the seasons: Juanita’s Winter Fare legacy lives on

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Juanita Nelson forever changed my experience of Groundhog Day. Until 2007, Groundhog Day meant a weather-forecasting large rodent in Pennsylvania and the time of year I noticed the sun staying up a bit longer in the afternoon. Then, in January 2007, Juanita talked to some of us who’d helped her organize the Free Harvest Supper of Locally Grown Food each August starting in … 0

McClintock/Savoring the Seasons: Hundreds of ways to enjoy

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Last Friday afternoon, a friend and I had great fun at the Textile Company selecting bright batik fabrics we’ll make into tank tops. Gazing at the many colors, I thought about a favorite poem of mine. By Rumi, it says “Let the beauty you love be what you do, there are hundreds of … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Comfort foods with gratitude

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Last week, I shared some of my friends’ favorite comfort foods. Since then, I’ve heard from more friends about what comforts them. Deb Donaldson wrote, “As I sit here snuggled under a blanket with a sore throat, one of my favorite comfort foods is Gypsy Soup from the … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Comfort comes in many flavors

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “comfort food”? While I think about soup, applesauce, scrambled eggs, quesadillas, and ice cream, your idea of comfort food could be quite different. What food you find comforting is definitely in the eye, or tastebuds, of the beholder. Actually, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Friendly competition

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Generally, I don’t like food competitions, or, actually, most competitions. If there’s a “who made the best” pie, barbecue, or such event, I want everyone to win a prize, to have their creation appreciated. Given that, and because … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The light will come

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Over the years, I’ve collected many metaphors to live by. In sea kayaking far and wide, these metaphors came to me: “Don’t focus on the crashing waves off to the side, paddle the wave that’s in front of … 0

Gifts worth repeating

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

In case you need a reminder that one person can make a huge difference, check out the Recorder articles about Cliff Fournier, the new Recorder Citizen of the Year Award You can read the story here: bit.ly/1REy4y9 Cliff has devoted much of his life to helping people, in … 0

Savoring the seasons: Dehydrating fruit, modifying recipes, and kale chips!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

This past week, I heard from two readers, one with a question about a recipe I’d shared, and one with great tips about dehydrating fruit. Sheila Graves from Greenfield wrote: “A few weeks ago you included a recipe … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Tasty tips,Meal-planning apps, the wonders of dehydrating

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

I love running into people I know and people I’ve never met and chatting with them about food! When Nancy Hazard introduced me to Barbara Zaccheo at the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce November breakfast meeting at GCC, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Together we can ...

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

I magine my delight when I opened my mail and saw Sandy Clark’s handwritten note responding to my “what do I do with …” column. She said, “Last week I opened my refrigerator and saw the makings of a soup.” Here’s what Sandy made with what she found. … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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