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A Spiced-Apple Vodka Martini at the Glendale Grill in Easthampton

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Strike one, strike two ... home run!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I was in the doghouse, and I deserved to be there: My friend Jean and I had gone to the Cellar Bar in Easthampton to do “research” for one of these articles and I didn’t mention her name. Strike one. Then I went to Roberto’s in Northampton with my friend Mike, forgetting that I had promised to go with Jean. Strike two. So when Jean suggested (yes, she’s still speaking to me) we go together to the Glendale Grill at 65 Glendale St. in Easthampton, I readily agreed. As we sat at the bar for lunch on a recent afternoon, we eyed four large glass …

Roasted beets can brighten up any holiday table

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Beets are the perfect addition to bountiful fall feasts. They are satisfying without being heavy, and their rich ruby and golden tones add visual interest to any seasonal color scheme. Plus, beets are incredibly flexible on temperature — serve them warm, room temperature or chilled — which is a huge bonus when planning …

A classic revisited: How to make a Cuban sandwich

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Cuban sandwich is the stuff of which food memories are made. I still remember my first — enjoyed nearly 30 years ago at a small restaurant on Key Biscayne off the Miami coast. It was savory, it was crusty, it was delicious and it hit the spot. What is a Cuban sandwich? …

The best of all words Taking a culinary trip to the wonders of Myanmar

Friday, October 17, 2014

To understand why Burmese food is my favorite cuisine in the world, all you have to do is look at a map. Burma, which is now known as Myanmar, is nestled cozily between Thailand, China and India. Think …

Wine to try: 2012 Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba

Friday, October 17, 2014

A WINE TO TRY 2012 Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba Region: Piedmont, Italy Price: About $20 Style: Bright and chiseled. What it goes with: Salumi, braised beef, pasta with meat sauce, hearty soups, mushroom dishes This Barbera from one …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou makes paella

Friday, October 17, 2014

After years of languishing at the bottom of my seven-shelf-high bookcase in the kitchen, my carbon steel, 13-inch paella pan has gotten quite a workout the past two weekends. First up for the pan was a stove-top mixta paella, which is basically made with meat (chicken thigh pieces, …

Valley Bounty: Greenbeans

Friday, October 17, 2014

GREEN BEANS Hard frost has not yet arrived in most of the Valley, and as a result green beans are still coming in strong. They bring a vibrant green color to fall menus and are wonderful additions to …

Go green with pistachios

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Healthful, delicious and growing in popularity, pistachios make green look great. Finding new fans around the world, this California tree nut with the distinct color and taste is on a roll. (And it’s not just comedian and pistachio …

Back on the scene: Former owner of Northampton's C. McD’s Cafe, Caroline McDaniel to open ConVino wine bar in Thornes Marketplace

Saturday, October 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As a restaurant consultant in New York City during the 2000s, Caroline McDaniel watched dozens of wine bars open in the Big Apple. The Smith College graduate, who at the time frequently returned to Northampton for …

Pumpkin pie spice isn’t just for fall lattes

Friday, October 10, 2014

It’s officially fall. And for many, the seasonal change has nothing to do with the weather or a date on the calendar. Fall is here because Starbucks is once again offering its signature pumpkin spice latte. Never mind …

Break out of your dinner rut

Friday, October 10, 2014

On Sunday nights this summer, I would often stare at a blank sheet of paper as I tried to plan a week’s worth of meals. I would try to think up something new to cook for dinner. Often …

Wine to try: 2012 Chateau Thivin Cote de Brouilly

Friday, October 10, 2014

A WINE TO TRY 2012 Chateau Thivin Cote de Brouilly Region: Beaujolais, France Price: $20 to $25 Style: Supple and nuanced What it goes with: Grilled steaks, pork chops, sausages Year in and year out, the Geoffray family …

Spiced Candied Pecans

Friday, October 10, 2014

1 hour, 15 minutes. Makes about 1 1/2 quarts candied nuts 4 cups sugar, divided 3 cups water 1 pound raw pecan halves 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1½ teaspoons ground ginger 1½ teaspoons ground nutmeg ¾ teaspoon ground allspice 1. Heat the oven to 275 degrees. 2. In …