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Butter has been and continues to be subject to debate as to how good or bad it is for you. Given that it's not just fat, but saturated fat, we have been encouraged to steer clear in favor of more heart healthy fats, such as olive oil. But, it takes … more
PITTSFIELD — Natural food retailers from across the U.S. will convene in Pittsfield this week for the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association's northeast produce intensive. Hosted by Guido's, the event will include an intensive workshop … more
At the time, permanently dyeing a lock of my hair seemed like the thing to do. I had had teal and burgundy extensions added to my hair a few times in the past year, but I was tired of them falling out or the clip showing as my hair grew. I had a … more
Every year, I think to myself, "the weather will definitely be nice by the end of March. Just hold on until the end of March. You'll see." I never see. In my entire life, I don't think I've lived through one spring-settled, sunny March. This year … more
What a lovely spring day this past Easter Sunday was. With a bright blue sky dotted with clouds as fluffy as a bunny's tail, fresh air, plenty of warm sunshine and an easy-going spring rain in the evening, it was wonderful! Our family gatherings are … more
Question: Why does sophisticated food always have to be complicated? Answer: Trick question; it doesn't. Case in point, these pork chops. You quickly sear the chops up, and finish by making a rich, creamy, leek pan sauce in the same skillet you used to brown the chops in. The seared chops then finish cooking in the sauce, and you have a one-dish meal that you might be pleased to have served up to you at a restaurant. more
A friend recently mentioned having me over for a "literary night," at which you discuss a book that has affected your life in some way. I thought about the books I've read — literally thousands through the years. But which one had affected me … more
It's clear as mud, you're a stick in the mud and if you sling mud, your name is mud, mud duck, so here's mud in your eye!Translation: It's very difficult to understand why you're old-fashioned and won't try anything new and if you say unpleasant … more
In the quest for Big Crowd Food, lasagna reigns supreme. And at this time of year, you may find yourself entertaining a big crowd for a basketball game party or just because it's cold out and it's nice to put together a cozy gathering.This lasagna … more
Quite often, I think a simple Greek salad is perfect as is, no adornments needed. But you may notice that in many eateries, from diners to higher-end restaurants, you often get a choice of added protein, usually chicken, shrimp or steak. And it's … more
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