Hilltown Families

For as long as human history has been recorded, the common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) has been used as food and medicine across the globe. While not native to this continent, this...

If sugaring is something that your family is particularly interested in trying and you’ve got a yard full of maples, try it out for yourself at home! With the right supplies,...

Celebrated in Spanish-speaking cultures around the world (and in many communities in western Massachusetts), Three King's Day celebrates the biblical arrival of the kings in Jerusalem, bearing gifts for the baby...

Apple Chutney When our vegetable garden begins slowing down, we begin apple season. We harvest our own apples, visit friends who have apple trees, and gather apples from wild trees and...

Apples, apples, everywhere! New England is rich in over 100 varieties of apples, just waiting to be pick, munched, cooked & baked! This month in "Oak & Acorn," Leslie...

In this installment of "Our Growing Roots: Real Food, Real Connection," Cheryl explores how to create simple, food-based connections during the cold winter months as she shares some of her favorite...

Fiddleheads are an enigma. These unusual looking greens when handled properly in the kitchen can unleash a joyous culinary moment! Read on and see about the Fiddlehead Arugula Salad that YOU...

"...this Apple Pie has a crisp, buttery crust and delicious filling..." This is what awaits you if you follow the amazing recipe from Red Lion Inn Executive Chef, Brian Alberg...

During the summer months many families In Western MA are lucky to have an abundance of basil and peas practically at their fingertips, either growing in their own gardens are available...

It's strawberry season in Western Massachusetts and as the harvest approaches, everybody seems to either grow, pick or buy lots strawberries. They can be frozen and used throughout the year, and...

Get ready for Rhubarb! Whether it's grown in your own garden or purchased at the farmers' market, this perennial vegetable is one of the first harvests and make a delicious dessert!...

If you are having a sweet craving but want to add a little healthy nutrition, try this recipe for Beet Brownies...

Brian Alberg, Executive Chef at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, shares his recipe for Rosemary Popovers, a pastry that is rich in history and delicious at any meal. Read...

Colder months call for comfort foods! This month, Leslie Lynn shares a healthy version of a kid favorite... macaroni & cheese! The star seasonal ingredient in the comfort dish... butternut...

Have you tried kale chips yet? This month in "Oak & Acorn," Leslie share a recipe for Cheesy Kale Chips kids (and their adults) will love! A delicious way to...

Leslie Lynn shares a recipe for Staghorn Sumac Berry Lemonade this month in "Oak & Acorn: Forage, Farm and Feast with the Family." Foraging can be a great way to...

Roasted Beet Salad Wow, what a wacky growing season this has been! The extremes we’ve been experiencing are challenging. From drought to flooding, cold to heat and heat to cold, the...

Tasting the Evergreens Life in Western MA has its many pleasures. So many times I feel really lucky to live where I do and to be surrounded by so much beauty....

Mushroom Barley Soup I wake up in the morning thinking of the billowing steam from maple sap boiling. I love going to sugar houses to see the dramatic plumes of steam...

Southern Biscuits Enjoyed with Local Western MA Ingredients Biscuits Here’s something you can make for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack…how versatile is that!  Biscuits are great any time of day. ...

Indian Potato Fritters Potatoes Bonda Amy and I were in local food heaven! We were visiting her folks on the Gulf Coast of Florida. It is incredulous to everyone that I...

Roasted Sweet Potato Lasagne Amy might be a southerner by heart and spirit, but she and I are Yankees by practice; we light our first fire as late into the season as...

Quick and Cozy Spicy Chickpeas and Simple Couscous The diminishing afternoon/evening light seems to get my stomach rumbling for dinner much earlier than our usual late night dinner hour. When I...

Inspiration for family dinner night... SOUP! Last year, Alice shared two of her favorite fall soups in her column, "In the Kitchen with Alice." Download her recipes for Tomatillo and Fresh...

For the Love of Cabbage Stuffed Cabbage & Garden Tomato Sauce The weather is softly leaning toward autumn. Though my garden is full of summer’s light and fresh bounty (tomatoes, peppers,...

Pesto and Variations The drought, deer, and heat have slowed down our garden quite a bit, but the list of chores is still long and the available time is still short....

Sauteed Sugar Snaps and Radishes I’ve so enjoyed the first of this season’s local cukes. At the Creamery, we have the first tomatoes and the first cukes, picked fresh from the...

Spring Garden: What to do with Chives, Rhubarb & Asparagus CHIVE FLOWER VINEGAR I begin the season of preparing herbal vinegars with Chive Flower Vinegar. We pick handfuls of beautiful, spiky...

Fiddlehead Arugula Salad One of the most joyous culinary moments of the year for me is the arrival of the season’s first fiddleheads. It’s among the first of the “just-picked” cooking...

Maple Flan We were given some fresh eggs by a friend with chickens. The variety of colors, shapes, and sizes invite inspiration. Hmm … we have some Taproot Commons Farm raw...