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In the early days of August, when the cherry tomatoes begin to ripen and you can pluck them off the vine and eat them, still warm from the sun with the grit of dirt felt on your tongue, it feels like … more
This weekend, I had the joy of watching the light of my life, my son David, marry the love of his life, Casey — and I couldn't be happier to be replaced as the most important woman in his … more
PITTSFIELD — Biergartens are typically communal outdoor places, where you can share a beer, local food and catch up with friends over long tables. Even during a pandemic, that relaxed, … more
I probably could eat food off the grill every day, summer or winter. There is true magic when you combine olive oil, salt, pepper and grill fire; chicken becomes transcendent, eggplant tastes like a … more
When did you last cook a ham? Was it Christmas or Easter? It was for me. Other than holidays, I don't much think of cooking ham. Baked ham is great for cooler weather, but not so much in the … more
Here, I am, almost five months into working from home. And, to be honest, I've gotten to really like it. My office space is the dining room table, mere feet from my bedroom — not 24.7 miles one way. I have my own private bathroom and my own personal deli. Though, to be honest, the "deli" is way too close … more
What do you do when you pick 12 pounds of blueberries? Make muffins, a pie, and maybe a few dozen more muffins. Last week, my family and I trekked to Mountain View Farm in Lanesborough for a … more
Pickling isn't just for your grandmother any more. These days, most of us have some kind of garden thanks to a resurgence in the time-honored tradition of growing your own food fueled by extra … more
Take me out with the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks ..." Well, you know how the song goes; but, sadly, there will be no seventh-inning stretch with crowds belting out "Take Me Out … more
In this pandemic summer, who doesn't want to eat and cook outdoors? And if you're firing up the grill, don't forget dessert. I am bananas for grilled bananas. Fast and easy, they become instant … more

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