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Savoring the Seasons

Savoring The Seasons: It’s time!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK It’s time... to make “thumb jam” by using your thumb to smash fresh-off-the-vine raspberries onto hot buttered toast. It’s time ... to sit chatting with a friend on the porch while cutting green beans into bite-sized pieces, then blanching and freezing them to enliven winter soups. It’s time ... to pick blueberries and end up with a blue tongue from taste-testing and many bags in the freezer … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Small-batch preserving

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK When I think of canning, I imagine spending many hours in a hot kitchen with large boxes of produce, big vats of bubbling preserves, and rows of jars coming out of other vats of boiling water. It’s easy to get overwhelmed considering such a scene, and to decide I don’t have the time and energy to preserve the produce I … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Cooking as art with found objects

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK When I think about Hope & Olive chef Maggie Zaccara’s work just before the Free Harvest Supper, I think about “art with found objects.” Before the supper, Maggie has some idea of what she’s going to create to feed 1,000 people, but she doesn’t know what she’ll have to work with until the day or two before the event. Then, … 0

Savoring the Season: Hashing out a recipe

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I didn’t grow up eating corned beef hash, and, until last week, had no idea that hash can be made from many different kinds of meat, not just corned beef. Recently, Nan Parati from Elmer’s in Ashfield sent her weekly email newsletter asking the Elmer’s … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Do you "soup"?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK After my column about shopping at Ashfield Hardware Store and supporting the many great, locally owned businesses in our community ran, I bumped into Recorder editor Tim Blagg at an event. He asked, “Do you know what’s the oldest business in Greenfield?” I didn’t. Tim … 0

Everyday acts of local choice

Thursday, January 2, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Recently, I’ve been thinking about what matters for each of us and how we express what matters by “voting” with our dollars, whether by donating to our favorite local nonprofits or choosing to eat locally grown food or shop at our favorite locally owned and … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Simple pleasures

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK While I enjoy elaborate meals, sometimes simple is best. I’ve been thinking about simple pleasures since Gloria Meluleni from Bernardston’s Coyote Hill Farm said her favorite way to eat Gilfeather turnips is boiled, mashed, with butter, salt, and pepper. That’s certainly one of my favorite … 0

Savoring the Seasons: As the Valley gives...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK If you’re like me, the past few weeks have brought you many reminders that tomorrow, Dec. 12, is Valley Gives, the 24-hour online celebration of generosity. For the second year, organizations from all over western Mass are working together to encourage area residents to support … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The gift of learning

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK In my teens in California and 20s in western Massachusetts, my first work was as a camp counselor and outdoor leader. Thanks to GCC Art professor Joan Rising, I found GCC’s Outdoor Leadership Program in 1981. I remembered my time learning at GCC and leading … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The real cost of food

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard someone say “Local food is great, but it costs too much. I can’t afford it.” It’s true, locally grown food sometimes has a higher retail price than food shipped from far away. But when I think … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Preparing for Winter

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Planning has begun for Franklin County Week of Winter Fare, which starts Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with workshops, displays and special events at the monthly Greenfield Winter Farmers Market at Greenfield High School. The week continues from Feb. 1 until … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Taking action

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Recently, I came across this powerful quote by Wendell Berry: “Eating is an agricultural act.” Those words are from his essay “The Pleasures of Eating” published in his book “What are People For.” He wrote the essay in response to questions about what “city people” … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Feeding LOTS of people

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

By MARY MCLINTOCK Before we served last Wednesday’s community meal, the Second Congregational Church kitchen bustled with Franklin Community Co-op volunteers slicing watermelon, cutting pizza, pouring juice, and serving chips, salsa, and blueberries as appetizers. From Beth Weissman’s 7-year-old granddaughter Skylar Alamed to those of us in our … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Just a few ingredients

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK As Amy Clarke and I prepared the free community meal a few weeks ago, we talked about simple, few-ingredient recipes we like. A week later, I had a “four-ingredient dinner” with my friends, Grace Edwards, Sue Tippett, Karen Warren, and Xin Xin Tarren. We enjoyed … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Talking about the weather

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Talking about weather is often considered “small talk” or something to say to a stranger at the bus stop. For me, talking about weather is far from small, it’s an important sharing of news and considering of the world around us. These days, conversations about … 0