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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...

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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...


‘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...


Delicious food, happy feelings: Harvey’s in Turners Falls serves ‘foods that I have a hard time finding that I would like to be eating’
02-06-2024 1:02 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Harvey’s Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge on Avenue A in Turners Falls is a passion project for Evelyn Wulfkuhle of Greenfield.Wulfkuhle has been in the local restaurant business for more than two decades. She started at Green Fields Market in...


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...


Replicable yet flexible: For National Soup Month, a simple recipe that will never steer you wrong
01-23-2024 2:59 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

January is National Soup Month so I thought for this week I would make one of my favorite soups and share the story of its origins.Some home cooks don’t write down recipes at all. I was one of those cooks before I became a food writer. I would combine...

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