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Primo Restaurant & Pizzeria in South Deerfield under new ownership
04-11-2024 12:39 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — After more than a decade in the previous owner’s hands, the Rodas family is taking the reins at Primo Restaurant & Pizzeria with plans to continue the eatery’s legacy.The new owners officially took over the pizza, sub and pasta shop...

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‘Bringing harvest to the community’: Shelburne Falls Community Orchard on the move
04-15-2024 11:47 AM

By VIRGINIA RAY

Though her original idea to start a small community orchard at Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School doesn’t appear to be in the cards, Julia Godfrey will instead donate and move most of her fruit trees and bushes to the Demonstration Permaculture...


Greenfield’s Stone Soup Culinary Institute welcomes third cohort of aspiring chefs
04-10-2024 11:34 AM

GREENFIELD — The culinary dreams of eight aspiring chefs are taking flight once again as Stone Soup Culinary Institute welcomes its third cohort of students.With nearly 50 applicants vying for the openings, this year’s selection welcomes eight...


A varied and appealing ‘American Table’: New book from the Smithsonian looks at American history through the lens of food
04-09-2024 4:35 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Food connects Americans to each other and to our history. Those connections were highlighted in a recent book and a library talk. The book is “Smithsonian American Table: The Foods, People and Innovations That Feed Us,” (Harvest) by Lisa Kingsley in...


‘The butler did it’: A story about ‘Jeopardy,’ body image and tomato sauce
04-02-2024 4:06 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

I frequently wow my nephew as we compete to yell the answers to the questions (or rather the questions to the answers) on “Jeopardy” at the television set. My secret is that I have had way too much schooling and have read way too many books.I was...


State rules governing to-go drinks, outdoor dining expire as politicians figure out next steps
04-02-2024 12:14 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — This week’s dismal weather forecast might actually have a silver lining for some restaurateurs.After nearly four years with a streamlined system in place to permit outdoor dining and permission to sell takeout alcoholic drinks, both practices...


Local restaurant owners react to proposed ballot question to increase service wage, create tip pool
03-28-2024 4:50 PM

By TANISHA BHAT

Franklin County restaurant owners have mixed feelings about a proposed ballot question that would increase service wages for tipped workers and allow businesses to create a tip pool for all employees, supporting the concept but worried about the...


‘No bunnies in the Bible’: Unpacking the myths and history of hot cross buns at Easter
03-26-2024 3:55 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

When I was a child, I loved embracing spring at this time of year by eating a hot cross bun. I still do.Hot cross buns are sweet, yeasty rolls traditionally served toward the end of Lent, specifically on Good Friday. The cross of icing that tops them...


A bread that unites us all: For St. Patrick’s Day, a savory soda bread with cheese and chives
03-12-2024 4:06 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

I think of my mother and her grandmother whenever I get ready for St. Patrick’s Day. I forage in the basement for my light-up shamrock (which a neighbor whom I shall not name says makes the house look like a low-rent tavern). I affix it to a window,...


Donations sought for Easter hams for seniors
03-06-2024 11:08 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

Local DJ Robert “Bobby C” Campbell is soliciting donations for his eighth annual Franklin County TRIAD Hams for Seniors drive.People have until March 18 to contribute cash to the fundraiser and Campbell hopes to purchase 400 hams to distribute to...


Connecting over casserole: Make this nourishing chili casserole when you want to communicate affection
03-05-2024 2:41 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

The little church I attend in Charlemont is in transition, getting ready to look for a new minister. Right now, we are enjoying sermons from the Rev. Randy Purinton of Amherst.Randy is a delight. He is wise and funny, and he often manages to work a...


Celebrating with syllabub: A whipped dessert inspired by Jane Austen and Hallmark movies
02-27-2024 2:56 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

When I was in graduate school, I taught a class called “American Women’s Fictions.” My students made their way through stories popular with American women.We started with “Charlotte Temple,” a 1791 novel about an English schoolgirl who is seduced and...


Hillside Pizza has record-breaking year in sales, despite closing Hadley location
02-22-2024 11:47 AM

By GRACE LEE

The return of the Super Bowl marked a record-breaking year in sales and fundraising efforts for Hillside Pizza, despite closing the doors at its 15-year-old Hadley location.With employee shortages and rising supply costs, many restaurants have...


Father of our country hoe cakes: George Washington-related concoction is a favorite breakfast
02-20-2024 4:20 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

I appreciate that people who work regular jobs need three-day holiday weekends. For this reason, in 1968, George Washington’s birthday was moved from Feb. 22 to the third Monday in the month.Sadly, in my opinion, this means that the official...


PHOTOS: Sending sustenance
02-18-2024 2:01 PM


Supper for Six food drive enters 20th year in Greenfield
02-13-2024 3:28 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The Supper for Six food drive is gearing up for its 20th annual event on Thursday and Women’s Way, the affinity group of the United Way of the Franklin & Hampshire Region, is again appealing to the public for donations to help ensure...


Focaccia is for lovers: Nothing is as cozy as a freshly baked bread on a cold day
02-13-2024 11:21 AM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

At this time of year, when the weather is still cool, baking is a pleasure … almost a necessity. Baked goods warm us up when we eat them. The word “calorie,” after all, represents a measure of heat. Moreover, the mere act of turning on the oven makes...


$155K to expand workplace training for inmates, formerly incarcerated
02-09-2024 1:14 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Community Development Corporation is expanding its work helping incarcerated and recently released individuals enter the workforce, thanks to a $155,000 grant from the state Executive Office of Economic Development’s...


Can leftover rice make you sick?
02-06-2024 1:34 PM

By BECKY KRYSTAL

Leftover rice is something many of us have on hand often, whether it’s surplus from a takeout order or homemade batch.Despite, or because of, its ubiquity, there are plenty of myths and misconceptions surrounding leftover rice. Here are answers to...


Mapping the future of food: Kyra Kristof of Forest Kitchen encourages joy, play, and exploration of regenerative biodiversity
01-30-2024 4:54 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Talking about food with Kyra Kristof of Forest Kitchen was a fascinating experience.Kristof is part artist, part social scientist, part cook, and all passion. She used terms I had never heard applied to food before.Kristof lives with her partner and...


If the land could speak: Community gardens are located on land with stories echoing social justice roots
01-26-2024 12:39 PM

By PAT JAMES

Community gardens grow on all kinds of land. Many gardens start as derelict lots, long abandoned by owners who sometimes reclaim the property after community gardeners reveal its beauty and productivity.Schools and parks are common sites for community...

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