I cannot tell a lie: I made cherry pudding


Presidents’ Day is a relatively new holiday. It was established in 1971.February used to honor Lincoln and Washington separately on their birthdays...



We have entered that gloomy time of year. Although the days are beginning to get longer and lighter, the landscape is snowy and icy. I find that...

Dumplings for prosperity


Happy Lunar New Year! We have just entered the Year of the Rabbit. As readers may know, the Chinese Zodiac comprises 12 signs. Each is assigned an...

A soup from the sea


 Last week I wrote about National Soup Month and gave readers a simple soup recipe of my own. This week I return to the topic with an expert on...

January is National Soup Month. It was so designated in 1986 by the   Campbell’s Soup Co. as a promotional tool for its products.I am not precisely...

A food passage to India


Food fulfills many functions for human beings. It nourishes our bodies, giving us strength to face the world. It gives us a chance to express our...

A New Year’s Eve pizza fiesta


New Year’s Eve is an odd night, perched as it is between one year and the next — and I’m perched between modes of celebrating it.Once in a while, I...

Gifts from the kitchen and the heart


I generally make edible holiday gifts for friends and family. These offerings work on a number of levels. First, as it gets colder outside, it’s...

In the kitchen with two creative bakers


This time of year many of us turn to baking — and the fun of this activity is enhanced by baking with friends and relatives. Joanne Belair of...

My neighbors at Singing Brook Farm in Hawley have a holiday habit I highly endorse. They know that the Thanksgiving table revolves around the...

Cooking with happy memories


Carol Lively of Rowe is a generous but frugal cook. She grows much of the food she and her family eat, from vegetables to chicken. She freezes and...

A generous cook and her squash


Janine Papesh and her husband Brant Cheikes moved to Whately about six years ago from the Boston area. Papesh was struck immediately by the variety...

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