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Dining al fresco: A cheese dish picnic perfect

In the almost 10 years I worked at cheese counters in the Berkshires, the most fun I had was when Yo-Yo Ma came into the shop with some friends from Paris, who had flown in for Yo-Yo's daughter's …

Margaret Button | Kitchen Comfort: Slow cooker meal for slow summer days Friday, we usher in my favorite season of the year — summer. It hasn't really been summer-like. The good news is, we've had so much rain, I've only had to water my garden, err, horse troughs, …
Cucumber, fennel, apples and romaine sing in this salad All too often, chopped salads wind up tasting mediocre and doused in dressing. We were set on creating a simple version that was fresh and flavorful.We settled on a mix of flavors and textures, …
Jamaican jerk starts with bold ingredients Spicy, smoky Jamaican jerk is one of the world's great barbecue traditions. Meat (traditionally chicken or pork) is rubbed with an intensely flavored liquidy paste made from fiery Scotch bonnet …
Kitchen-klutz confessional We've all been there — the 25-pound turkey slides off the serving platter onto the floor, the chocolate cream pie didn't set and is a runny mess, the potatoes cooked too long and are too mushy …
Robin Anish | The Table is Set: You'll want to try Icelandic yogurt I was delighted to read the recent article in The Berkshire Eagle about Gammelgarden Creamery in Pownal, Vt., and very excited to learn than the specialty of the creamery is skyr!I first learned of …
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MANCHESTER — In the summer of 1964, while pursuing a degree in studio arts at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rupert artist Dona Mara gathered with a group of her creative high school … more
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Dear Readers: As you may know, our region is blessed with a number of fantastic independent bookstores. What follows is the first in a regular series of staff reviews from those stores, from … more
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