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This Nov. 30, 2015 photo shows baked bay scallops with lemon garlic cream in Concord, N.H. The beauty is that this recipe, which bathes scallops in a cream sauce and tops them with crispy panko breadcrumbs, is easily prepped up to 24 hours ahead, then refrigerated until you are ready to serve. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Staying home on Valentine’s Day is easy with these scallops

Friday, February 12, 2016

This Valentine’s Day, take a pass on the expected. As in, ditch the restaurant reservations. You’re just going to get overcharged for so-so food, anyway. Instead, stay home and show your lover how much you care by assembling this simple — but impressive — baked scallop dinner. The beauty is that this recipe — which bathes scallops in a cream …

Going for grains that aren’t run of the mill

Friday, February 12, 2016

Apart from rice, most of the grain we eat is consumed as the flour used in prepared foods. We eat wheat as breads, crackers, cakes, cookies and breakfast foods, but rarely as whole grains; corn comes in chips, tortillas, cereals, polenta, corn bread and corn syrup far more often than it appears as …

Valley Bounty: Maple Panna Cotta

Friday, February 12, 2016

Maple panna cotta Want a fancy, easy-to-make Valentine’s Day dessert that features local ingredients? Panna Cotta is a simple pudding, made with milk or cream and a little bit of gelatin. (How simple? Heat milk or cream. Add gelatin. Chill until set). It’s smooth and delicious and a good base for seasonal embellishment. …

Great American Meals
  • KEVIN GUTTING
Parallel Universe: Two strangers pass on Main Street in Northampton as snow intensifies Monday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Parallel Universe: Two strangers pass on Main Street in Northampton as snow intensifies Monday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Michelle Perez, of Florence, colors with a pencil during a meeting of an adult coloring group called "Coloring and Kumquats" Thursday at Lilly Library in Florence. The group was organized by her sister, Kim Perez, who is the children's librarian, and Theo Hull, the young adults librarian. Adult coloring has become increasingly popular in the past few years and some coloring books have become best sellers. Michelle took up the hobby about two years ago after breaking her foot. "It's so relaxing. I can do my own thing with it," she said. Kim claims it's like meditation. The group meets Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m.

    JERREY ROBERTS Michelle Perez, of Florence, colors with a pencil during a meeting of an adult coloring group called "Coloring and Kumquats" Thursday at Lilly Library in Florence. The group was organized by her sister, Kim Perez, who is the children's librarian, and Theo Hull, the young adults librarian. Adult coloring has become increasingly popular in the past few years and some coloring books have become best sellers. Michelle took up the hobby about two years ago after breaking her foot. "It's so relaxing. I can do my own thing with it," she said. Kim claims it's like meditation. The group meets Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Mussels Stuffed with Quinoa and Walnuts

    CAROL LOLLIS Mussels Stuffed with Quinoa and Walnuts Purchase photo reprints »

Eat up

Friday, February 12, 2016

M&M’s twofer Looking back, I believe that this year’s Valentine candy merchandise appeared on some store shelves the day after Christmas, but I didn’t pay much attention to it until I was strolling recently past one supermarket’s array …

Tasting circle: 1000 foods to eat before you die

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Katy van Geel and I are enthusiastic foodies, cooks and 5 College Learning in Retirement members. Last spring, Katy asked if I would co-moderate a course with her with the intriguing title “1000 Foods to Eat Before You …

Super Bowl sliders: A little beer is a lot of flavor in these mini burgers

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Big provisions are required to watch the big game, and nothing’s more substantial than a burger, even in its mini form — the slider. Indeed, if you plan to serve a variety of dishes for the Super Bowl, …

Bacon-wrapped dates? Yes! Easy to make, and even easier to eat

Saturday, February 6, 2016

It’s hard for me to believe that this year marks the 50th Super Bowl. And food has become such an essential part of this event, I can’t help but wonder what was on the menu back when it …

Eat up

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Mini heart cookies Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes this box of chocolate-flavored, heart-shaped cookies, and they are great. They are from Trader Joe’s, and what makes them special is the fact that they begin with chocolate …

Chef Prudhomme’s cookbooks donated

Saturday, February 6, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — The family of the late Louisiana chef Paul Prudhomme has donated his extensive cookbook collection to a New Orleans museum dedicated to Southern cuisine. The Southern Food & Beverage Museum said in a statement Monday that Prudhomme’s wife, Lori, donated the approximately 600 cookbooks, as …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: The grains of rice truth

Saturday, February 6, 2016

I just spent the best $30 I can imagine for a kitchen appliance. I’m talking about an eight-cup (cooked) Aroma rice cooker. Talk about simplicity: Fill the bucket with your rice, cover to the appropriate line with liquid, hit the Power button, hit the White Rice or Brown …

Valley Bounty: The humble, wonderful sweet potato

Saturday, February 6, 2016

SWEET POTATOES Sweet potatoes store beautifully, making them a great way to eat more local in the winter. My father calls them “American’s most under-rated vegetable,” and although I disagreed with him as a child, I’ve come around. …

Madame Bar Fly: Beer in that cocktail? Have some fear

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Naturally, I was really excited about the whole beer cocktail thing. Beer is good, and cocktails are good, so how can we go wrong, right? As it turns out, some beer cocktails are good and others are downright …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: But ... watch out for the worm

Thursday, February 4, 2016

“We’re overdue for cocktails,” my friend Amy gently admonished me when we ran into each other recently, and I couldn’t have agreed more. We made plans to meet at Spoleto Restaurant, at One Bridge Street in Northampton, after …