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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 Seasons: Surf and turf

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I planned to write about garlic scapes after I drove several miles behind a SLOW tractor pulling a trailer with bins of those tasty green curlicues that appear on garlic plants this time of year. Here’s the short version of what I pondered on that … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Community, generosity...and cherries!

Monday, June 3, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I meet many generous people through writing this column and volunteering in our community. Last week, like every 4th Wednesday of the month, I helped serve one of the Franklin County Community Meal Program’s meals at the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield. I’m one of … 0

Savoring he Seasons: Market days are here again!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK This Saturday, April 27, is a day I look forward to all winter long, the opening day of the Greenfield Farmers Market’s summer season. Once again, Court Square at the intersection of Routes 5/10 and 2A in the heart of downtown Greenfield will be busy … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Growing food...together

Monday, April 15, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK This past week I’ve enjoyed salads made with spinach Sue Bridge grew in her greenhouse at Wildside Gardens in Conway. I volunteer weekly at Wildside, and love working alongside Sue, in the greenhouse or forest garden or among her perennial vegetable plantings. We have great … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Food for all

Saturday, November 10, 2012

By MARY McCLINTOCK Thanks to Nan and her crew at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield, I have tasty new recipes for Thanksgiving. Warm Red Cabbage Salad (see below) was the first course of Elmer’s all-local-food Local Harvest dinner last Friday. I think all holidays should be celebrated with local … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Learning from each other

Monday, September 24, 2012

After reading Kemper Carlsen’s Plum Pie recipe in last week’s column, Beth Gilgun wrote from Warwick, saying, “I also grew up in Westchester County — Yonkers, to be exact — and my mother made this plum pie in the fall. The recipe you published is in my Betty … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Celebrating all things apple!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Last week’s article about rendering lard sparked several messages from readers. April Weeks from Gray Dog’s Farm, who had encouraged me to try the process, said , “Another nice thing about lard is that, while vegetable oils oxidize into toxic byproducts with cooking heat, animal fats are much … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Got roots?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Several years ago, I held a “root vegetable election” and asked readers to send me “campaign speeches” for their favorite root vegetables. I included those campaign speeches in my column and the special food page before the then-annual Greenfield Winter Fare Farmers Market. There were … 0

The gift of food

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Last week, I mailed my annual solstice gift to my friend, Anne Dal Vera. Soon, she’ll open a Ziplock bag and take a deep breath of the basil-y scent of summer. My friends appreciate my pesto gifts, but none perhaps as much as Anne. You see, my pesto … 0

Potlucks and sharing recipes

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love potluck meals for many reasons, mostly because I love opportunities to share meals with friends and/or people I’ve yet to meet. Potlucks inevitably expand my cooking horizons as I get a chance to taste dishes I’ve never eaten or even imagined. Recently, I … 0

Collard greens ... and more

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Hooray! This Saturday, Jan. 5, the monthly Greenfield Winter Farmers Market will be open. Great local food, music by Pat and Tex LaMountain, friendly folks, and more will be at the Greenfield High School cafeteria from 10 a.m. to  1 p.m. (For information, visit http://greenfieldfarmersmarket.com/). … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Variations on a theme

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love getting recipes from friends and folks who read this column, especially different ways to prepare foods I normally fix in my “usual way.” After all, someone else’s “usual” is often different from my “usual.” I was glad to hear from Carl Doerner with … 0