Not sure what's for dinner? All you need is one pot

It's 5:30 p.m. on a Wednesday, you're staring down the empty stomachs of hungry family members and it's just too darn cold out to make that poor pizza delivery driver make a …

Toasted rice gives one-pan chili maximum flavor Looking to make enough chili for one night's dinner without hauling out a heavy pot, we turned to our trusty skillet. We would use it to make both the chili and the rice, cooking in stages, for a …
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Mysteries from the morgue: A castle in Adams, Sinatra and a mob boss in Hancock Did you know Adams was once home to a castle? It was known as Castle Hathconnor (according to the North Adams Transcript or Castle Rathconnor, as named in Adams historian Eugene Michalenko's "Lost …
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For classic chicken soup, go for the thighs
This classic rendition of chicken soup starts the old-fashioned way, by making a from-scratch broth. But instead of using a whole … Read More
Robin Anish | The Table Is Set: Warm up with a hearty steak and ale pie
I've always had an affinity for the cheery, almost poetic rhythm of the Scottish dialect, so I was thrilled to meet a friend of my son … Read More
Bits & Bites: Fine dining event, nor'easter sundae brighten winter
FINE DINING EVENTThe First Congregational Church of Hinsdale will host an "Evening of Fine Dining" on Friday at the Fellowship Hall, … Read More
Bob Dunn | Game On: Bring back the interactive text adventure
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Breakfast with The Eagle: 'Capacity building' with Colleen Holmes
Colleen Holmes drives to work listening to business advice. Tips from audiobooks roll in as the road unspools from Springfield to … Read More
A music-loving pig inspires violinist Elias' latest classical music tale
WEST STOCKBRIDGE — Boston Symphony Orchestra violinist Ronan Lefkowitz and his family once owned a pig who loved listening to music. … Read More
Thom Smith | NatureWatch: Any downside to feeding birds?
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4 events not to miss this week, Jan. 20 - 26
Enjoy at day at Mass MoCA for freeAmplify your Mass MoCA experience when it throws open the doors to the museum for free and fills the … Read More
Blind Boy Paxton turns back the clock
NORTH ADAMS — With his music career taking off, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton has been making about 60 flights per year to shows … Read More
Rambling Poets find a safe, snug harbor in North Adams
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HARTFORD, Conn. — OBIE Award-winning director Melia Bensussen will succeed Darko Tresnjak as artistic director of Hartford Stage, beginning in June. Tresnjak, who has … more
LENOX — WAM Theatre is marking its 10th anniversary season with two, rather than one, Mainstage productions — one in spring, the other in fall; two Fresh Takes … more
FilmFestival kicks offThe Berkshire County Historical Society and the Friends of The Berkshire Athenaeum kick off the first "Moby-Dick" Film Festival, with a screening of "The Sea Beast," tonight at … more
Sunday is National Cheese Lover's Day! According to, the average American consumes about 31 pounds of cheese each year. Cheese may be made from milk from cows, goats, sheep and even … more
This cold weather is killing me. Well, maybe not killing me, but it's hampering my lifestyle. It made me feel a little better when my friend, Debbi, who lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, texted it had been … more
LENOX — Shakespeare & Company's annual Winter Studio Festival of Plays — five play readings over two days —is set for this weekend in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble … more
It's hard to find anyone who doesn't love a bowl of spaghetti topped with meatballs and marinara, but stovetop versions are often messy (between the spattering oil from frying the meatballs and the … more
One of the best ways to serve banana bread is with toasted nuts. Toasting nuts in the oven makes them taste better. Spread the nuts out on a rimmed baking sheet and heat the nuts in a 350 F oven … more
Eggplant shines in this dish, where its melt-in-your mouth consistency and ability to soak up a flavor-packed sauce are on full display. But its excess moisture can be a serious liability, leading … more
LOOKING AND LUNCHINGThe Clark Art Institute holds its popular "Looking and Lunching" program at noon Thursday with "The Itinerant American," a close-up look at American artist Ammi Phillips's … more

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