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Where the food is smokin’ good: Crazy Horse Bar and Grill in Charlemont serves up pub food and more with flair
06-18-2024 3:32 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

David Comstock grew up in Charlemont and started his career as a chef in that town. He began as a dishwasher at the now defunct Charlemont Inn and took to restaurant life, eventually attending the New England Culinary Institute.Back in Charlemont...

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A simple sandwich that oozes comfort: The ‘asparadilla’ uses local produce in a classic Mexican dish
06-11-2024 2:31 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

I have always had a fondness for what the late cookbook editor and writer Judith Jones called “nursery foods,” simple dishes that appeal to the child in all of us.One of my favorite such foods is grilled cheese. When my teeth sink into the crispy...


Hero in aisle five: Wendell author’s new book, ‘Food Margins,’ delves into the anthropology of groceries
06-04-2024 1:40 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

This article was originally slated as a book review. The book I was going to review, “Food Margins” by Cathy Stanton of Wendell, cried out to be moved to the Food & Farms page, however. Instead of reviewing the book, then, I interviewed the author and...


‘Everyone loves our whoopee pies’: Over the Top Bakery in Orange enjoying a successful first year in business
05-28-2024 1:50 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Fran Bates is busy. She and her husband Mike are entrepreneurs on New Athol Road in Orange with three businesses to date. The most recent is Over the Top Bakery.The pair didn’t start out to run a bakery, Bates told me. They leased the property because...


Catching up with rhubarb: A cup of stewed, sugared rhubarb contains as much calcium as a glass of milk
05-21-2024 3:44 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

My favorite season of the year is here. Asparagus and rhubarb tend to ripen in New England at about the same time, and they have arrived. I’ll talk more about asparagus soon. Meanwhile, I’m savoring rhubarb as much as I can.I try to learn something...


The cool new ‘underground’ spot in town: Le Peacock in Shelburne Falls delivers on colorful décor, people, food and cocktails
05-14-2024 12:23 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

For weeks, friends have been telling me how much they love Le Peacock in Shelburne Falls. I finally got there on a recent afternoon … and the place lived up to the hype.Le Peacock is located beneath 10 Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls. The restaurant...


Book Review: Reflecting on love and loss: Astrid Lindstrom to read from “Cecilia,” May 17 in Northampton
05-10-2024 3:09 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Astrid Lindstrom shares the joys and the travails of caregiving for a loved one with cancer in “Cecelia.” Lindstrom will talk about her book on Friday, May 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Cancer Connection in Northampton.Cecelia is subtitled “A Memoir of Lesbian...


On Mother’s Day, we’ll always have Paris: A crêpe recipe in honor of my French-speaking mother
05-07-2024 2:07 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

I recently received an odd email from Macy’s. It said that the retailer understood that not everyone wanted to receive Mother’s Day emails and offered me the opportunity to opt out of those missives.I’m not sure why Mother’s Day was singled in out...


Sharing the gift of spring: The tradition of making May Baskets for May Day
04-30-2024 2:25 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

May 1, May Day, arrives almost halfway between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice. Although spring officially arrives on the former day, our weather often doesn’t feel springlike until April … and, as recent weeks have shown, it can sometime...


Rescuing food and feeding people: Rachel’s Table programs continue to expand throughout western Mass
04-23-2024 12:46 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

My great-grandmother’s oak dining table has graced my kitchen ever since my parents built the house in the 1980s. Looking at it makes me happy. The table — actually, almost any table — signifies history, nourishment, family and community.The...


Crunch time for matzo: An easy-to-make sweet treat that’s Passover Seder-friendly
04-16-2024 4:08 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Passover begins this coming Monday night. This eight-day holiday means many things to many people: the survival of the Jewish people in the book of Exodus, the overall history of Judaism, and even the last supper of Jesus.This year Easter came more...


Celebrating ‘Seasonings’: New book by veteran preacher and poet, Allen ‘Mick’ Comstock
04-12-2024 10:51 AM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

I was thrilled to learn last year that Haley’s of Athol was planning to publish “Seasonings,” a book of prayers by Allen “Mick” Comstock of Shelburne Falls. Mick has been a minister for more than 50 years, many of those years in Franklin County. In...


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...


Book Review: A boy who found salvation in comics: Author of autobiographical graphic novel ‘Hey, Kiddo’ to give talk in Greenfield on Tuesday
03-29-2024 12:21 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

‘Hey, Kiddo” came out in 2018. I was inspired to read it last week when I learned that its author, Jarrett Krosoczka of Florence, will be visiting Greenfield this coming Tuesday, April 2.I haven’t read a lot of graphic novels (I’m too old!), but I...


‘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...


All maple syrups are not created equal: A brief history of the sweet stuff we make from sap
03-19-2024 1:26 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

March is Massachusetts Maple Month. Farmers in our area are working around the clock to turn the sap that flows from maple trees into the sweet elixir that New Englanders prize year round.It’s not just full-time farmers who make maple syrup. My friend...


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,...


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...


Finding God everywhere: Pastor Peter Stilla of the First Congregational Church in Hadley pens new book about Christian Universalism
02-23-2024 1:50 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Peter Stilla of Deerfield has had multiple careers. For much of his life, he was a journalist. This work included stints doing editorial work at the Greenfield Recorder and its sister paper, the Daily Hampshire Gazette.In 2000, he decided to attend...

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