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KEVIN GUTTING
The new Atkins Farms market on Cowls Road in the Mill District of North Amherst was at one time a working cow barn.

New Atkins store opens in North Amherst Mill District

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — Bins filled with corn, lettuce and tomatoes — as well as tables displaying locally grown fruits and vegetables, including apples and peaches — will greet customers entering the new Atkins Farms Country Market satellite store in North Amherst. “The mainstay at Atkins has been the produce,” said store manager Matt O’Brien. “It will stare you in the face …

Eat up

Friday, August 28, 2015

Ice cream social The second annual Ice Cream Social will be held at Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge St., Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. rain or shine. Once again Herrill’s Ice Cream is donating the ice cream. Steve and Judy Herrell will kick off the event with a short talk on the history …

Let’s Eat: Smoky Corn Polenta with Tomato Salad

Friday, August 28, 2015

Corn often is served the same way in summer — hot on the cob, stirred into chowder or folded in seasonal casseroles. In this easy recipe adapted from Sameh Wadi’s “The New Mediterranean Table,” its sweet kernels are paired with creamy, cheesy polenta and a tomato salad. (The original recipe called for using …

Great American Meals
  • KEVIN GUTTING
A truck bed filled with shingles and furring strips in the driveway of Ron and Alice Thibault's Easthampton home on Monday was testament to a volunteer job by Easthampton police officers to get the house ready for some new siding. The officers' effort was one way of thanking her for her many kindnesses over the last ten years, including bringing them water and baked goods on their daily shifts.

    KEVIN GUTTING A truck bed filled with shingles and furring strips in the driveway of Ron and Alice Thibault's Easthampton home on Monday was testament to a volunteer job by Easthampton police officers to get the house ready for some new siding. The officers' effort was one way of thanking her for her many kindnesses over the last ten years, including bringing them water and baked goods on their daily shifts. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
Nicole Hamer, of Northampton, tosses her daughter Tali Cohen-Hamer, 6, in the swim area Tuesday at the D.A.R. State Forest in Goshen.

    DAN LITTLE Nicole Hamer, of Northampton, tosses her daughter Tali Cohen-Hamer, 6, in the swim area Tuesday at the D.A.R. State Forest in Goshen. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Adam Liccardi, right, talks to his attorney, Alfred P. Chamberland, Tuesday at the Hampshire County Courthouse. Deliberations will continue Wednesday. Liccardi is accused of taking part in the alleged gang-rape of a UMass student.

    JERREY ROBERTS Adam Liccardi, right, talks to his attorney, Alfred P. Chamberland, Tuesday at the Hampshire County Courthouse. Deliberations will continue Wednesday. Liccardi is accused of taking part in the alleged gang-rape of a UMass student. Purchase photo reprints »

The real thing: Sangria returns to its refreshing Spanish roots

Friday, August 28, 2015

The pitcher of red wine dosed with a confetti of fruit and orange slices seemed so festive - until the next morning’s headache. That was the old bastardized sangria, the one featured at patio parties in suburban America …

Stealth steak: Salads for the meat-and-potatoes crowd

Friday, August 28, 2015

Even as I attempt to eat less red meat, I still crave steak. During the summer months, its virtues suit our lifestyles. Steak cooks quickly, is easy to transport to a picnic and tastes great hot, warm and …

Valley Bounty: Summer squash and zucchini

Friday, August 28, 2015

Summer Squash and Zucchini On this last Saturday in September, it seems fitting to herald a sometimes-unsung summer vegetable. Sure, zucchini can be prolific and overlarge, but young and fresh from the farm it’s a different creature altogether …

Chef’s Best: Paper-thin veggies make better, more creative summer salads

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Want to build a better salad? Think thin. This summer, I fell in love with my mandoline, that paddle-shaped kitchen gadget that with back-and-forth swipes lets you easily and quickly render produce to paper-thin slices. Why for salads? …

Federal grant bears fruit — and vegetables — for community food program

Monday, August 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — A three-year, $284,000 federal grant has yielded a bumper crop of results, agreed all four recipients of the community food program that the money funded. State and federal officials who gathered Wednesday at Just Roots Community …

Let’s Eat: Fried Zucchini Pasta

Friday, August 21, 2015

This is about the time of year when everyone and his brother, mother and second cousin are trying to give away homegrown zucchini squash. Yet one can eat only so much of the vegetable grilled, stuffed with meat …

Is refrigerating tomatoes really a bad idea?

Friday, August 21, 2015

Tomato season is here. For years I’ve been telling people not to store tomatoes in the refrigerator, but I recently came across an article on the reliable website Serious Eats that called that into question. Culinary director Daniel …

Cilantro: Putting its potent taste to work in sauces, meats and an addictive batch of hummus

Friday, August 21, 2015

In the Bible, the manna that fell from heaven to feed the Israelites on their journey out of Egypt was described as being like coriander seeds. Or to put it another way, the seeds of the cilantro plant. …

Madame Barfly: Hope and Olive’s cocktails take cues from the kitchen

Friday, August 21, 2015

Jim Zaccara says his bar is an appletini-free zone. Zaccara, 45, grew up working in restaurants, and bartending was always his forte. When he began making his own style of cocktail at his first full-bar restaurant — Hope …

Valley Bounty: Juicy Fruit

Friday, August 21, 2015

Juicy fruit Peaches, plums, and melons are hard to eat without getting sticky, but no matter — whether you rinse off demurely with a washcloth, dump a bucket of water over your head or take a swim, you’ll be glad for the sweet taste in your mouth and …