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: 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

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

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

Savoring the Seasons: Enjoying Locally Grown Food Year-Round: The Road Less Traveled

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

If you’re like me, you have your “usual routes” that you use to get from home to work, school, friends’ houses, or the grocery store. Across the county or across town, when I’m out in my car, I normally drive the same roads, past the same stores, farms … 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, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Inspired by the Greenfield Farmers Market

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I love Saturdays in downtown Greenfield when it’s farmers market season. As the season unfolds, there are always new delights to inspire me. Last Saturday, I was thrilled to see sugar snap peas and garlic scapes along with … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Whose water are you eating?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

“Ahhhh, fresh strawberries!” That’s what I said while standing at my kitchen sink last week rinsing off a BIG strawberry. I inhaled its oh-so-strawberryish scent and then bit into my first fresh strawberry of the season. I grinned as that first one was followed by the second, third, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Juanita’s influence continues

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Were you at Juanita Nelson’s memorial celebration on May 30? I hope many of you were able to be part of the truly “Juanita style” send-off! I had a bad cold, but was at the gathering on the Greenfield Town Common at the end of the farmers market, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Highland cattle both lean and tasty

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hooray for recent rains! While we need more to move beyond the current drought, I hope that the rain eases things for the many farmers and gardeners in our community. One of the great things about the Atlas Farm Spring Festival in May was chatting with many local … 0

Savoring the Seasons: One goose egg equals ...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I am truly blessed to have good friends, some I’ve known for decades, some I’ve known for a very short time. My dearest friend, Pat Lively, lives in Seattle and we only see each other every year or so when she comes to visit. I met Pat in … 0

Savoring the Seasons: More goat!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I love hearing from readers! Thank you for your kind words about my new job! As I told the many people who asked, my new job is part-time and I’ll continue writing this column. In fact, I’m thrilled that The Recorder is taking a step to expand what … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Enjoying Locally Grown Food Year-Round: Got Goat?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Until a month or so ago, I had never eaten goat meat, partly because I assumed it would have a strong, gamy flavor that I wouldn’t like. And, when I thought about eating goat, I couldn’t help but think of Eeny, Meeny, Miney and Moe, the four pygmy … 0