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Hot chocolate on a cold winter day is like liquid gold. So, why cheapen it with the prepackaged powdered stuff? Skip the dehydrated mini marshmallows and go gourmet instead with a few simple easy steps. Here are some tips for making gourmet … more
Every year, staff members in the newsroom gather around a table loaded with cookies to take home. Cookies, recipes and stories are exchanged and the best cookies often don't even make it home for family to enjoy. Here are a few of the cookies shared … more
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Ioka Valley Farm will hold Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4. Hayrides, wreaths, decorations, gifts and the farm's pure maple syrup will be available. The farm is at … more
There are three items I would almost guarantee to be on most shopping lists this holiday season: butter, vanilla and chocolate, and they're all deserving of a column of their own. But, time is of the essence, so let me give you an abbreviated lesson … more
When entertaining, there's everything to be said for doing as much as possible days in advance. Checking items off a list and forgetting about them until it's time to eat is sheer bliss and eliminates kitchen chaos last minute when we'd all rather … more
Jeweled breads, studded with candied fruits and nuts, are hallmarks of the Christmas holiday, traditions brought by European immigrants as they settled across the United States. Fruitcake, panettone, and julekake are favorites, but for many, the … more
Ask my daughter Oc ane what her favorite food is and she will shoot back, without hesitation, "braised ribs." Who doesn't love the comforting meaty aroma that fills the house from ribs cooking slowly in Dutch-oven full of savory, gently-bubbling … more
Holiday wine seminar 'Tis the season to be merry! Nejaime's welcomes Christian Dalbavie, Master Sommelier and regional director for the Kobrand Wine Portfolio, back to the Berkshires for Champagne and white and red Burgundy seminar at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at … more
Who says you can only enjoy a charcuterie board when you go out to eat? Restaurants have made them a diner's favorite and many restaurants become destinations based on their ability to source great meats and cheeses.With a little planning, you can … more
Is that new stand mixer, food processor or pressure cooker you got as a holiday gift still in the box? Grab a pair of scissors — it's time to crack it open and start cooking.Berkshire/Southern Vermont cooking experts say you'll find those … more
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