The Meat

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Good afternoon, foodie friends.

I bet you thought I forgot about you this morning … truth be told, this busy editor did. Or almost did, until I started stuffing my face with lunch at 1 p.m. and suddenly could hear all of my dear readers crying out for foodie news!

So, instead of morning food news, I’ll serve up some lunch and dinner options today. If you’re like me and eat at your desk (shame on you, shame on me, shame on all of us … now get back to work!) complicated lunch options are a no-go. I’m always looking for healthy, tasty ways to beef up my salad to lessen the chances I’ll make the vending machine walk of shame at 3 p.m. Lately, I’ve been making a white bean salad — mixing a can of drained white beans, chopped tomato and diced avocado with a fresh vinaigrette made of 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, dried basil to taste, garlic powder to taste, salt and pepper and 1 teaspoon mustard. It’s perfect to dress up that boring midweek salad.

If you want to keep your healthy streak going, Francesca Olsen offers up a meatless stew with Ethiopian flair or try this braised cod with tons of flavor that would look good on the dinner table tomorrow night.

And as a reward for all of that healthy eating, why not try Robin Anish’s homemade version of salted peanut chews? Go ahead, you’ve earned it.

Lindsey Hollenbaugh
Managing editor of Features

The Sides

A chicken dish flavored with sweet, nutty garlic

Perhaps an arbitrary number of cloves, the 40 in this French dish are iconic; while the chicken braises, the generous cloves become appealingly soft and spreadable. But their flavor is often … more

Meatless stew with an Ethiopian flair

A confession: This is kind of a vegetarian version of my favorite column recipe ever, a spiced lamb and chickpea stew. As I prepare to get married in September, I've been trying to bring my cooking … more

A dish perfect for a relaxed brunch at home

This bread pudding is earthy, comforting, and perfect for a relaxed brunch at home.To make sure this casserole came out rich and satisfying but not overbearing, we chose leaner (but still flavorful) … more

Don't feel like cooking?

Biggins Diggins: Calling all meat lovers ... there's a new smokey barbecue joint in the Berkshires

LANESBOROUGH — Jenn and Terry Bishop rise and smoke every morning.It's the normal pace of life at their breakfast and lunch barbecue diner, which has a 6-foot custom-made meat smoker in the … more

Get your fill

Bits & Bites: Dinners, breakfast, lunch program slated

'COMMUNITY DINE OUT' CONTINUESRoeliff Jansen Community Library area restaurants are hosting Community Dine Out meals and donating 10 percent of revenues to benefit the library programs for all ages. … more

We don't just eat ...

Female authors get top-shelf treatment

LANESBOROUGH — Antiquarian bookseller Second Life Books Inc. once put out a catalog with a title mentioning the "women's sphere," a term alluding to the early American notion that women should … more

A true fighter against sexual discrimination

When the first-ever U.S. Olympic Trials for Women's Boxing were held in February 2012, the woman who paved the way for the historic event was ringside. Local boxer Gail Grandchamp won the right for … more

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