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Grand opening set for new Atkins location in North Amherst

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMHERST — The new Atkins Farms Country Market location will open in North Amherst’s Mill District development in August, with a grand-opening event scheduled for September. W.D. Cowls President Cinda Jones said this week that work is being completed on refurbishing the old “Cow Palace” barn at 113 Cowls Road that will house the 4,200-square-foot store. The latest work includes paving the parking lot and completing interior details, such as …

Gluten-free cookies? A Toll House fan has his doubts

Saturday, July 25, 2015

People with celiac disease know that a gluten-free diet isn’t a fad or avant-garde trend. A Gluten and Allergy Free Expo takes place Saturday at the DCU Center in Worcester. The event is dedicated to “meeting the needs of the celiac community and those with food sensitivities.” Celiac has increased four-fold since 1960. …

You can make this stuff up! Creating your own nut butter, mustard, ketchup, cured egg yolks

Saturday, July 25, 2015

I’m looking inside my refrigerator as I type this and what do I see? Individual glass jars filled with homemade foodstuffs: preserved lemons, refrigerator garlic/dill pickles, Thai chili oil, gravlox (cured salmon), hazelnut butter, schmaltz (rendered chicken fat) and pineapple-infused vodka. Inside my freezer are homemade herb/olive oil ice cubes, chicken stock, spaghetti …

Great American Meals
  • GREG SAULMON
Carol I. Chandler of Chester sketches a scene at Childs Park in Northampton Friday morning. Chandler was preparing to meet at the park with other members of the Hilltown Plein Air Painters group.

    GREG SAULMON Carol I. Chandler of Chester sketches a scene at Childs Park in Northampton Friday morning. Chandler was preparing to meet at the park with other members of the Hilltown Plein Air Painters group. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
 
Addie, center, a two-year-old yellow lab, shakes off after a dip in the Fort River during a trip to Amherst's Wentworth Farm Conservation Area with dog walker Katherine Welch of Amherst on Wednesday. Also enjoying the watering hole are, from left, Matilda, a seven-year-old golden doodle, Mazie, a three-year-old miniature schnauzer, Harriet, a cockapoo, and Welch's own Tiger, an eight-year-old puggle, digging deep into the cool mud.

    KEVIN GUTTING Addie, center, a two-year-old yellow lab, shakes off after a dip in the Fort River during a trip to Amherst's Wentworth Farm Conservation Area with dog walker Katherine Welch of Amherst on Wednesday. Also enjoying the watering hole are, from left, Matilda, a seven-year-old golden doodle, Mazie, a three-year-old miniature schnauzer, Harriet, a cockapoo, and Welch's own Tiger, an eight-year-old puggle, digging deep into the cool mud. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Olivia,10 and her sister, Makayla,7, Labrie of Southampton make their way through a rock tunnel on the  North branch of the Manhan River in Easthampton during Wednesdays hot weather.

    CAROL LOLLIS Olivia,10 and her sister, Makayla,7, Labrie of Southampton make their way through a rock tunnel on the North branch of the Manhan River in Easthampton during Wednesdays hot weather. Purchase photo reprints »

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou’s nice nachos

Saturday, July 25, 2015

I’ve always had trouble making nachos. They always seem to turn out as one big glop of gooey cheese covering up melded pieces of tortilla chips and salsa. And you better eat them fast before they cool off and turn into that thing you can fill a pothole …

Valley Bounty: Basil

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Basil Basil is a quintessential summer ingredient, providing big flavor in easy ways: topping slabs of tomato and fresh mozzarella, or chopped and mixed with butter and spread on corn-on-the-cob. It comes in a surprising array of varieties …

Zoe’s Fish House, closed since November for renovations, to close for good

Thursday, July 23, 2015

HADLEY — Mired in debt, the owner of Zoe’s Fish House in Hadley will not reopen the restaurant, which closed in November for renovations, according to the property landlord. Jim Sands, who opened Zoe’s at the Hadley location …

Amherst Community Co-op leaders seek more members, schedule meeting Thursday

Friday, July 17, 2015

AMHERST — As plans to bring a cooperative supermarket to Amherst continue, organizers are trying to double the membership base before conducting a feasibility study that would identify its size, potential location and business plan. The steering committee for the Amherst Community Co-op will meet at 7 p.m. …

Ten fresh ideas for turning toast into something exciting

Friday, July 17, 2015

We’re not entirely sure what the difference is between a classic open-faced sandwich and the suddenly hip world of toast with toppings. Then again, maybe it doesn’t much matter. A thick slab of lightly toasted good quality bread …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy shares her method for home brew

Friday, July 17, 2015

How much does the average ice-coffee-drinking person spend on iced coffee in the summer? Let’s say $3 a day or so. If you buy coffee once or sometimes twice a day you could spend $300 to $500 on iced coffee over the course of the season. Often, I …

Feasting on fruit: Pair peaches, pears and berries with herbs, spices and dairy for delicous dishes

Friday, July 17, 2015

Though fruits and berries can star in any meal, many of them perform divinely with a partner. Think of duos such as apples with cinnamon, for example, or strawberries with the sweet buttery shortcake that highlights them so …

The rich taste of cherries and strawberries marks this rose

Friday, July 17, 2015

Cote Mas Sud de France Rose Aurore Languedoc, France, $8.99 One of my favorite wines for a warm summer evening is a crisp, dry rose. Rose is a happy bridge wine between the reds of winter and the …

Eat Up

Friday, July 17, 2015

Cake and ice cream Clarkdale Fruit Farms, 303 Upper Road, Deerfield, is celebrating 100 years in business Sunday with an afternoon of festivities that includes cake and ice cream at 1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m. there will be …

Drink up

Friday, July 17, 2015

Beer and wine The 11th annual Lake Wyola Association Beer & Wine Tasting, including food, live music and dancing, is on for Saturday night at Association Hall, 1 Shore Drive, Shutesbury. The event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Products from Amherst Brewing Co., Berkshire Brewing Co., Harpoon …