UpCountry sugarhouses share favorite maple recipes

MAPLE BAKED BEANS Recipe courtesy of Harlow’s Sugar House INGREDIENTS 2 pounds yellow eye or soldier beans, dried½ pound salt pork or bacon½ cup sugar2 teaspoons dry mustard½ teaspoon pepper¾ cup maple syrup, Grade A: Dark Color/Robust Taste or Grade A; Very Dark/Strong Taste DIRECTIONS Place the beans in a bowl and cover with cold… Continue reading UpCountry sugarhouses share favorite maple recipes


You’ll never look at an evergreen tree the same way again

The great outdoors of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont can provide us with wild foods that we can forage for our dinner plates. In the spring, we can find an abundance of ramps (wild leeks) for what seems like a fleeting moment. Summer gives way to many wild berries worth collecting, and autumn sees us scurrying through the woods for a diverse population of wild mushrooms and nuts.

Food, Outdoors, People

How a world-class athlete became a master distiller

Ski Bum Rum’s Ryan Max Riley once skied the slopes as part of the U.S. Ski Team Distiller Ryan Max Riley runs Ski Bum Rum Distillery in North Adams, which is located at Greylock Works. Berkshire Eagle File Photo By Mike WalshNORTH ADAMS, Mass. The pretty butterfly with dirty blond hair has no idea how… Continue reading How a world-class athlete became a master distiller


Funky, fun, eclectic and full of ‘Lebenslust’

Photo provided by Wunderbar. Wunderbar Biergarten brings global menu to Bellows Falls By Susan AllenBELLOWS FALLS, Vt. “Wunderbar” is German for “wonderful.” Remy Walker and Alain Martinez added new meaning to the word, creating the Wunderbar Biergarten in the heart of downtown Bellows Falls that also is funky, fun, eclectic and full of “Lebenslust,” German… Continue reading Funky, fun, eclectic and full of ‘Lebenslust’

Essay, Food, History, UpCountry Kitchen

Gather in gratitude

Contemporary Thanksgiving prep pales in comparison to past celebrations Metro Creative By Robin Anish Historians tell us that the first Thanksgiving feast celebrated by the Pilgrims bears little in common with the Thanksgiving feasts of today; but, what they do share in common is the reason for the feast. Then, as now, families and friends… Continue reading Gather in gratitude