Byline: By Nina M. Scott and Katy van Geel

Moonshine, Chow Chow, Sausage Gravy and … shattering stereotypes.

6/24/19

Katy van Geel had the initial idea for a Five College Learning in Retirement seminar on Appalachian food and culture. She had read J.D. Vance’s...

Potluck: Cinnamon coffee cake, made with spelt

2/16/18

Now it was my turn (Nina, Amherst) to finish up our Five College Learning in Retirement course on Ancient Grains with spelt, another form of wheat,...

Going with the Grain: Millet

2/2/18

Gail Gaustad of Northampton is a veteran Five College Learning in Retirement participant as well as a master gardener. Both of these attributes...

Potluck: Warm farro salad

12/22/17

Suzannah Muspratt, of Amherst, chose farro, a grain with which she was already familiar, for our Five College Learning in Retirement course on...

Tasting Circle: Teff, the world’s smallest grain

11/22/17

This fall Katy and I decided to team up again to lead a Five College Learning in Retirement class on ancient grains. The minute we had this idea...

Tasting Circle: Poached Chicken

10/6/17

Sancho’s HeavenSancho, Don Quixote’s squire, is much more focused on his belly than is his master, buthe’s also relegated to meager fare: often...

Tasting Circle: Lentil soup

8/25/17

Many people have noticed that the second sentence of Cervantes’ remarkable novel describes Don Quixote’s daily diet, an unusual beginning for a...

Tasting Circle: Sangria and Salad

8/18/17

Continuing in the vein of Spanish foods for warm summer days, let me first recommend sangria, the delicious fruit-and-wine punch that is served in...

Foods from the Land of Don Quixote: Gazpacho 

7/21/17

In Cervantes’ picaresque novel, Don Quixote and Sancho spent much time adventuring in La Mancha, a hot, arid region of central Spain. Wearing an...

A Tasting Circle Farewell 

2/23/17

In early December, the Five College Learning in Retirement Tasting Circle met for the last time at Katy’s house. Hanukkah and Christmas were...

Tasting Circle: Maple Farm Foods

2/2/17

The Tasting Circle’s last stop, after visits to two Hadley markets, was Maple Farm Foods, also in Hadley. The 10 South Maple Street store is owned...

Tasting circle: Save room for a honey of a cake

8/18/16

Frieda Howards is an intrepid 91 year old with Polish-Jewish roots. A former elementary school teacher, she learned Yiddish from her grandparents...

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