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A simple sandwich that oozes comfort: The ‘asparadilla’ uses local produce in a classic Mexican dish
06-11-2024 2:31 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

I have always had a fondness for what the late cookbook editor and writer Judith Jones called “nursery foods,” simple dishes that appeal to the child in all of us.One of my favorite such foods is grilled cheese. When my teeth sink into the crispy...

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Catching up with rhubarb: A cup of stewed, sugared rhubarb contains as much calcium as a glass of milk
05-21-2024 3:44 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

My favorite season of the year is here. Asparagus and rhubarb tend to ripen in New England at about the same time, and they have arrived. I’ll talk more about asparagus soon. Meanwhile, I’m savoring rhubarb as much as I can.I try to learn something...


On Mother’s Day, we’ll always have Paris: A crêpe recipe in honor of my French-speaking mother
05-07-2024 2:07 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

I recently received an odd email from Macy’s. It said that the retailer understood that not everyone wanted to receive Mother’s Day emails and offered me the opportunity to opt out of those missives.I’m not sure why Mother’s Day was singled in out...


Sharing the gift of spring: The tradition of making May Baskets for May Day
04-30-2024 2:25 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

May 1, May Day, arrives almost halfway between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice. Although spring officially arrives on the former day, our weather often doesn’t feel springlike until April … and, as recent weeks have shown, it can sometime...


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...


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...


Celebrating with syllabub: A whipped dessert inspired by Jane Austen and Hallmark movies
02-27-2024 2:56 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

When I was in graduate school, I taught a class called “American Women’s Fictions.” My students made their way through stories popular with American women.We started with “Charlotte Temple,” a 1791 novel about an English schoolgirl who is seduced and...


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...


I cannot tell a lie: I made cherry pudding
02-20-2023 7:22 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Presidents’ Day is a relatively new holiday. It was established in 1971.February used to honor Lincoln and Washington separately on their birthdays. This omnibus holiday generously embraces all presidents, even the incompetent ones like James Buchanan...


Chocolate ‘hearts’ for Valentine’s Day
02-07-2023 4:20 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

I saw my first heart-shaped box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day when I was four. My father presented it to my mother, who gave me a piece. I swooned, both at the delectable taste and texture of the chocolate and at the romance of the whole idea.I...


A NOURISHED SOUL
01-31-2023 3:51 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

We have entered that gloomy time of year. Although the days are beginning to get longer and lighter, the landscape is snowy and icy. I find that nothing cheers me up in weather like this than the smell (and the taste) of bread fresh from the oven.One...


Dumplings for prosperity
01-24-2023 4:02 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Happy Lunar New Year! We have just entered the Year of the Rabbit. As readers may know, the Chinese Zodiac comprises 12 signs. Each is assigned an animal, and the animals repeat in a 12-year cycle. This roughly corresponds to the time it takes Jupiter...


A soup from the sea
01-17-2023 4:42 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

 Last week I wrote about National Soup Month and gave readers a simple soup recipe of my own. This week I return to the topic with an expert on soups I don’t make very often, those involving fish and seafood.That expert is Craig Fear of Southampton....


Split pea soup, in time for National Soup Month
01-10-2023 3:53 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

January is National Soup Month. It was so designated in 1986 by the   Campbell’s Soup Co. as a promotional tool for its products.I am not precisely thrilled about the origins of Soup Month, but I endorse the general idea. When temperatures turn cold...

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