Savoring the Seasons

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, she walks into the basement of Hope … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Cherries and chatting

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK It’s the time of year when I get treats at the Greenfield Farmers Market to share with friends at the weekly peace vigil on the Common next to the market. With snap peas, strawberries, or cherry tomatoes, we stand on the Common and munch. Last Saturday, it was first-of-the-season sweet cherries from Clarkdale Fruit Farms. Wow, those were tasty cherries! … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Cool meals for hot days

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK On these hot days, I’m eating lots of cool, crunchy vegetables I’ve bought at farmers markets and farm stands. Along with salads, I’ve been munching on sugar snap peas. Cucumbers are my crunchy green vegetable of choice on hot days. I love cucumber sandwiches made with chevre or Chase Hill Farmstead cheese on El Jardin’s Local Whole Wheat bread. Sometimes, … 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

Savoring the Seasons: Savoring the unexpected

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK If you’re like me, when you think of a particular fruit or vegetable, you think of a few “normal” ways to prepare it. For me, apples are eaten raw whole or cooked into applesauce or baked into apple pies, summer squash gets sauteed with onions … 0

Savoring the Seasons: On the way to

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

By MARY MCCLINTOCK If you’re like me, you have “regular” farm stands, farm stores, and farmers markets that are on your way to work or school or your best friend’s house, places you stop regularly to get fresh, tasty direct-from-the-farmers-and-their-friends foods. Long-time readers of this column probably know … 0