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Food / Dining

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: To The Apollo Grill and all the Valley restaurants I’ve loved before

Friday, September 12, 2014

Most people have a go-to restaurant they frequent. Maybe they have a favorite appetizer or entree there. Or there’s a certain ambiance that beckons them to return again and again. Well, I have many restaurants I like, but few where I feel like a regular. For me, one of these go-to restaurants was the Side Street Grill in Florence. Sadly, now closed. Not only did they have great food and …

Tarragon: It goes with everything

Friday, September 12, 2014

Most herbs defy easy description. Trying to discuss the flavor of thyme or oregano leads only to vague adjectives. Calling rosemary “woody” doesn’t quite cut it. But tarragon is easy. Tarragon tastes sort of like licorice. It does not taste entirely like licorice; if it did, people would just put licorice in their …

Dip into dukkah

Friday, September 12, 2014

Dukkah (pronounced DOO-kah) is a Middle Eastern blend of toasted nuts, sesame seeds and spices. The crunchy condiment served on olive oil-dipped flatbread is especially popular in Egypt, where nearly every family has developed its own version to suit its personal taste. But dukkah - traditionally featuring hazelnuts ground in a mortar and …

Great American Meals
  • KEVIN GUTTING
There are efforts underway to raise money needed to restore and preserve the 1880s Hotel Bridge that spans the Mill River between Main and Water Streets in Leeds.

    KEVIN GUTTING There are efforts underway to raise money needed to restore and preserve the 1880s Hotel Bridge that spans the Mill River between Main and Water Streets in Leeds. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, left, and David Santilli of Integrated Technical Systems look out for traffic entering the E. John Gare III parking garage on Monday while the new pay system was being installed. Narkewicz dropped by to check on the progress of the installation and then tweeted a picture of the exit gate unit, in foreground. Santilli, who was working on the new entrance and exit units, said work is expected to continue Tuesday to change over the pay stations to the new system.

    KEVIN GUTTING Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, left, and David Santilli of Integrated Technical Systems look out for traffic entering the E. John Gare III parking garage on Monday while the new pay system was being installed. Narkewicz dropped by to check on the progress of the installation and then tweeted a picture of the exit gate unit, in foreground. Santilli, who was working on the new entrance and exit units, said work is expected to continue Tuesday to change over the pay stations to the new system. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Mike Philpott, top, from left, Aaron Oldenberg and Brian Anderson, all of Belchertown, install a sunshade during work on Jessica's Boundless Playground Sunday on State Street in Belchertown. Fran Garrow, bottom, runs the lift.

    JERREY ROBERTS Mike Philpott, top, from left, Aaron Oldenberg and Brian Anderson, all of Belchertown, install a sunshade during work on Jessica's Boundless Playground Sunday on State Street in Belchertown. Fran Garrow, bottom, runs the lift. Purchase photo reprints »

Valley Bounty: Hot peppers

Friday, September 12, 2014

HOT PEPPERS Local hot peppers are ripe for the picking. Varieties from around the world — with heat levels ranging from mild to scorching — are grown right here, often by farmers with a passion for peppers. Be …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, September 12, 2014

TASTINGS Amherst Wine & Spirits, 308 College Street, Amherst Today, 2-5 p.m., Grand opening party, champagnes, red wine Liquors 44, 458-9 Campus Plaza (Route 9), Hadley Friday, Bluechair Rum, 5-8 p.m., WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main …

Cheesesteak that’s delicious even minus the steak

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Like Philadelphia itself, there’s a lot to love about the city’s signature sandwich — the cheesesteak. But that delicious combination of beef, onions and cheese isn’t the sort of thing you want to pack away every day, unless …

Apollo Grill to close Dec. 31 after 12 years at Eastworks in Easthampton

Monday, September 8, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — After a dozen years anchoring the Eastworks building, the Apollo Grill will close on Dec. 31. Owner and head chef John Casey Douglass said Monday that he and Eastworks owner William Bundy were unable to agree …

Market Basket recovering after turmoil

Sunday, September 7, 2014

RAYNHAM — Alice Farrington has her pick of four supermarkets, all a quick drive from her home. But this week, instead of going to one of those stores, she drove about 10 miles to shop at a place she’s heard a lot about lately: Market Basket, the family-owned …

How civilized! Have a brunch with sweet rolls, bread pudding, granola parfaits

Friday, September 5, 2014

‘Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting,” wrote Guy Beringer in Britain’s 1895 Hunter’s Weekly, in an article titled “Brunch: A Plea.” “It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and …

Recipe: Savory Bread Pudding With Sausage Gravy

Friday, September 5, 2014

1 hour, 10 minutes, plus soaking time. Serves 10 to 12 BREAD PUDDING 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon oil 1 onion, chopped 1 pound button or crimini mushrooms, thinly sliced ⅓ cup sherry or dry white wine 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme Salt and freshly ground pepper 3 …

Recipe: Summer Fruit and Yogurt Parfait With Homemade Granola

Friday, September 5, 2014

1 hour, plus cooling time for the granola. Serves 6 to 8 HOMEMADE GRANOLA 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons wheat bran 1 cup pecan halves 1 cup sliced almonds 1½ cups unsweetened flaked coconut 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon …

Recipe: Maple Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

Friday, September 5, 2014

1 hour, 40 minutes plus rising time. Serves 12 ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons milk 1 package active dry yeast (2½ teaspoons) ⅓ cup sugar, divided 3 eggs, divided 10 tablespoons butter (11/4 sticks), at room temperature, diced into ½-inch pieces; plus 2 tablespoons butter, melted, divided 3½ …

Too much civilization? Rediscover joy of campfire cooking

Friday, September 5, 2014

The scents of wood smoke and burnt sugar remind many people of times spent around a campfire singeing marshmallows for s’mores. Few people ever move beyond cooking marshmallows or at most, a hot dog on a stick, over …