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JERREY ROBERTS
The Banger at The Mick at the Delaney House in Holyoke

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: First impressions

Thursday, November 20, 2014

You can only make a first impression once. At The Mick, the bar at the entrance of the Delaney House on Route 5 in Holyoke, they make a good one. My friend Chris and I arrived at The Mick one day recently before it was officially opened. But Charlie, who was busy cutting up fruit behind the bar, insisted we stay, and he made us a couple of cocktails. Charlie, 71 and full of energy, sure gave us a great first impression. Eager to return, I was back before too long, this time with my friend Lori. It was a crowded Tuesday, The Mick’s Burger …

Chef’s Best: For Hanukkah, these are some pretty sweet latkes

Thursday, November 20, 2014

During college, I took a class on global populations and food (affectionately known as “pops and crops”). I’m sure it was a fine class, but really only one lesson has stuck with me in the 25 years since. Professor Tremblay was adamant that if we ever were stuck on a deserted island and …

Minnesotans gripe over grape salad being named classic Thanksgiving dish

Thursday, November 20, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — It seemed an innocent enough premise: The New York Times Food section Wednesday featured a state-by-state guide to traditional Thanksgiving dishes of the 50 states. But snuggled between Michigan’s Baked German Potato Salad and Mississippi’s Ale-Braised Collard Greens With Smoked Ham Hock was a culinary land mine. Their choice for Minnesota? Grape salad. Huh? Surprise turned to outrage and then mockery …

Great American Meals
  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
(L-R) Paul McNeil, Jill Griffin, Michael Cutler, Jeremy Bucci, Bob Gunther and Ezra Parzybok discuss about medical marijuana during the Medical Marijuana Pot Forum at the JFK Middle School, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA (L-R) Paul McNeil, Jill Griffin, Michael Cutler, Jeremy Bucci, Bob Gunther and Ezra Parzybok discuss about medical marijuana during the Medical Marijuana Pot Forum at the JFK Middle School, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD
Singer-songwriter Marcia Gomes in her home in Granby on Saturday afternoon, Feb 1st.

    JASON PICARD Singer-songwriter Marcia Gomes in her home in Granby on Saturday afternoon, Feb 1st.

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Luke Bosco, on piano, accompanies Hayley Hemminger-Martin (Sabina), on stage with arms raised, in a rehearsal of the finall scene of Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth." Joining Hemminger-Martin on the edge of the stage are, from left, Kaitlyn Andersen, Jonathan Letendre, Jasmeet Singh and Jimmy Murphy.

    KEVIN GUTTING Luke Bosco, on piano, accompanies Hayley Hemminger-Martin (Sabina), on stage with arms raised, in a rehearsal of the finall scene of Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth." Joining Hemminger-Martin on the edge of the stage are, from left, Kaitlyn Andersen, Jonathan Letendre, Jasmeet Singh and Jimmy Murphy. Purchase photo reprints »

Hosting Thanksgiving for the first time? Some tips

Friday, November 14, 2014

The potatoes are wrong. The football game’s too loud. The kids aren’t dressed right. Thanksgiving can, of course, be a great joy, but with so many beloved traditions on the line it can also be prime ground for …

A do-ahead cornmeal biscuit to sop up your gravy

Friday, November 14, 2014

These rich cornmeal biscuits aren’t just an easy and delicious way to have fresh bread at the Thanksgiving table. They also let you get a jump on your dinner prep. The biscuits can be prepared up to the …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou gets fancy

Friday, November 14, 2014

You want elegant? I’ll give you elegant. I served a beautifully plated persimmon salad Wednesday night that had a wow factor of 10. Persimmons are not normally on my radar when food shopping but I had just read an article that suggested always buying one ingredient you have …

Valley Bounty: Cooking with leeks

Friday, November 14, 2014

Leeks Soft and malleable in both texture and flavor, leeks have a delicate Allium allure that doesn’t overpower dishes (or leave you crying) like onions can. Slow-cooked in butter, they’ll warm your kitchen and melt into a wide …

Chef’s Best: Thanksgiving: What can and can’t be prepped ahead

Thursday, November 13, 2014

When it comes to wrangling the Thanksgiving meal onto the table, one motto gets it right: Be prepared. Let’s face it, our national day of feasting features multiple dishes, all of which require different cooking times, temperatures and …

Chef’s Best: Spice up Thanksgiving with barbecue-rubbed turkey

Thursday, November 13, 2014

It occurred to us recently that many of the same flavors we crave on grilled meats during the summer also would be superb on roasted turkey at Thanksgiving. After all, cumin and chili powder and garlic and onion …

Price Chopper supermarket chain changing its name to Market 32

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — The Price Chopper supermarket chain plans to change the name of its 135 stores in six states to Market 32 in a $300 million rebranding move. Schenectady-based parent company Golub Corp. announced Tuesday that the change will begin in the spring as the chain modernizes …

Ale and mustard sauce flavor pork one pot meal

Friday, November 7, 2014

Juicy pork chops, potatoes and leeks lightly coated in a beer mustard sauce star in this one-pot meal. Ale is brewed from malt and hops. It’s more flavorful than beer and the color can vary from light to …

A Wine To Try: 2011 Boekenhoutskloof ‘The Chocolate Block’

Friday, November 7, 2014

A WINE TO TRY 2011 Boekenhoutskloof ‘The Chocolate Block’ Region: Franschhoek Coastal Region, South Africa Price: $28 to $40 Style: Rich and full-bodied What it goes with: Braised short ribs, oxtail stew, lamb It’s time to think about …

Valley Bounty: Local turkey

Friday, November 7, 2014

LOCAL TURKEY Fresh and frozen local turkeys are widely available in the Valley, but you need to place your order now to reserve a bird for your Thanksgiving table. There are countless ways to cook a turkey, and …