Byline: By Nina M. Scott and Katy van Geel

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 


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 


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


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


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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