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Plenty #2 — Berkshires Author Alana Chernila Launches “The Homemade Kitchen”

Practical guiding principles point to cooking and eating habits that make sense for families.

Berkshires author Alana Chernila launches her second book, "The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure" in October, 2015; submitted photo.
Berkshires author Alana Chernila launches her second book, “The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure” in October, 2015; submitted photo.

Alana Chernila has been piecing together a philosophy about food at least as early as becoming a mom. Her first contacts with preparing meals, often with vegetables she helped raise, goes back to her own childhood. Through writing about her journey in the culinary realm, Alana has crystallized her experiences interacting with ingredients into some common sense grains of kitchen wisdom. With “The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure,” (Clarkson Potter, 2015) these precepts are offered to help the entire process of food preparation and enjoying simpler and, well, more pleasurable.

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Plenty #1 — Hard Cider Tasting at MASS MoCA

SIX Western Mass grower/fermentors offer their wares at the hard cider tasting in the Chalet 08/28

Bins will soon be full as apples near ripening in September; photo courtesy Headwater Cider.
Bins will soon be full as apples near ripening in September; photo courtesy Headwater Cider.

 

 

Don’t miss the hard cider tasting at the Chalet at MASS MoCA on August 28 from 6:30–8:00 p.m. that features SIX local cider growers/fermentors.

Bear Swamp Orchard, 
Carr’s Ciderhouse,
 Headwater Cider,

Hilltop Orchards
, Newhall Farm, 
West County Cider

On this, our first episode of “Plenty,” Pete Mitchell of Headwater Cider in Hawley, Mass., joins us to discuss the process of making hard cider, from selection of apple varieties to the bottling process. Also, we are joined by Jen Williams of Bear Swamp Orchard in Ashfield, Mass., who discusses their choice to offer organic cider (both sweet and hard). Robert Martell, from Hilltop Orchards and Furnacebrook Winery in Richmond, Mass., describes cider and wine, but also some of the recreational opportunities available on the farm operated by the Vittori family.

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