The Meat

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018

Good morning, foodie friends.

I hope you all had a delicious Thanksgiving. But let’s get down to the real business at hand (you, put that leftover turkey recipe away!) — it’s baking season.

Before you go pinning cookie recipes on your Pinterest board, take a good, long, hard look at your baking pantry. Make sure you’ve got all the necessary items: sugar, flour, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. Don’t be like a certain features editor who went on a wild powdered sugar chase last Saturday before realizing she had two bags shoved behind a box of pasta.

And those sprinkles you bought a few *cough* years ago? Chuck them and start fresh. (Here’s a great cookie recipe that uses sprinkles up.)

This week launches our beloved Cookie of the Week feature, where we give you one of our tested recipes each week leading up to Christmas. And by tested, I mean our features department does the hard work of eating them all. Please, no one check my cholesterol this month.Our first cookie comes from my kitchen, a bakery-style butter cookie that will remind you of those delicious dessert counters at your favorite childhood diner.

Happy baking!
Lindsey Hollenbaugh
Managing Editor of Features

P.S. Did you hear the news that Chili's is set to open next month? Two-for-one margaritas, anyone?

The Sides

Deer season: 'Never cook game past medium'

It's deer hunting season in New England and the odds are, at some point, a brown butcher paper-wrapped package of game will find its way to your freezer or refrigerator. But, how do you cook … more

Challah loaf is perfect for the holidays

Beautifully braided, rich, and lightly sweet, freshly baked challah is delicious on its own or smeared with softened butter. After a few days, it's great dunked in custard and made into French toast … more

Robin Anish | The Table is Set: It's time for some fruitcake

I've been putting off writing this article for a couple of years, but now I am ready to boldly go where no other food writer dares go without fear of losing readership. It is time to make … more

Don't feel like cooking?

Go ahead, drink your dinner ... with a side of vodka and Worcestershire sauce

LENOX — The Edible Bloody Mary at Firefly Gastropub & Catering Co. is more than a drink, it's more than a meal, it's an experience.The culinary adventure begins with a decision: land or … more

Family 'always wanted to open a restaurant'; welcome to Berkshire Palate in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN — There is a new eatery in town, and it is not a stretch to say it is a family restaurant.It is owned and operated by three brothers — Nolan, Aaron and Zach Brassard — … more

Chili's opening in Pittsfield next month

PITTSFIELD — A Chili's Grill and Bar will be open soon at Berkshire Crossing. The newly built eatery is scheduled to open in mid- to late December, said Kristen Moore, a spokesperson for … more

Cafe 7 on the Square won't renew lease

BELLOWS FALLS — After two years of running Cafe 7 on the Square in downtown Bellows Falls, Jonathan and Karen Wright have decided not to renew their lease and will be closed by … more

Get your fill

Bits and Bites: Tea and talks, book signing among holiday fare

There is no more essential way to show up for people than with food. "Extra Helping: Recipes for Caring, Connecting & Building Community," written by writer and teacher Janet … more

We don't just eat ...

'Bringing out the spirit of Naumkeag' with 120,000 twinkle lights

This holiday season, see the gardens at Naumkeag like you've never seen them before.Bathed in reds, greens, yellows and blues, the gardens are washed with colors absent since the arrival of fall. … more

Bob Dunn | Game On: For the love of the game

I've always loved gaming. It started as a young kid, when my late father, who was a forklift operator at the Milton Bradley factory, would stock the top shelf of the living room closet with stacks of … more

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