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Food / Dining

The culinary high life Ancient Roman Apicius epitomized a life of excess

Friday, August 29, 2014

Apicius was such an over-the-top foodie, even by the grand standards of the Roman Empire, that his name not only became synonymous with the culinary high life but, so scholars believe, also the popular title for a cookbook formally known as “De re coquinaria” (On cooking). This work, the only known cookbook to have survived from the ancient Greco-Roman world, has for centuries intrigued scholars and cooks with its glimpse of Roman life. “I think if people look into Roman cooking at all, they go to ‘Apicius’ first,” said Rosemary L. Moore, lecturer in history and classics at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. … 0

Wine to try: 2013 Alta Maria Vineyards ‘Carbonic’ Pinot Noir

Friday, August 29, 2014

WINE TO TRY 2013 Alta Maria Vineyards ‘Carbonic’ Pinot Noir Region: Central Coast Price: About $22 Style: Lighthearted easy drinking What it goes with: Fish or fowl, salade Nicoise, pizza Alta Maria Vineyards makes mostly very serious and seriously delicious Pinot Noirs. This one, though, is lighthearted and fun. Made by fermenting whole … 0

A new look for your lunchbox: Hummus

Friday, August 29, 2014

What’s the first lunch lesson of the school year? Embrace hummus. Yes, it has a weird name (say it like we’re humming together - “hum us.”) And yes, it is usually made from ground-up chickpeas, which sounds like it should have all the joy of eating library paste. But stick with me on … 0

Great American Meals
  • JERREY ROBERTS
Gabrielle Akanhay, 6, left, and Sarah McGrath, 7, both of Florence, enjoy frog toys they won by throwing darts Friday at the Three-County Fair in Northampton.

    JERREY ROBERTS Gabrielle Akanhay, 6, left, and Sarah McGrath, 7, both of Florence, enjoy frog toys they won by throwing darts Friday at the Three-County Fair in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA

Summer is winding down, but some of the flowers in  Andrew Magee's garden, on Conz Street in Northampton, are still going strong.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Summer is winding down, but some of the flowers in Andrew Magee's garden, on Conz Street in Northampton, are still going strong. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Dillon Tiner, of Leverett, a student at Harvard University who's home for the summer, was painting the Leverett Congregational Church on Wednesday while Richard Connelly, a retired professor from Providence College, passed some time sitting on the steps.

    CAROL LOLLIS Dillon Tiner, of Leverett, a student at Harvard University who's home for the summer, was painting the Leverett Congregational Church on Wednesday while Richard Connelly, a retired professor from Providence College, passed some time sitting on the steps. Purchase photo reprints »

Valley Bounty: Cucumbers

Friday, August 29, 2014

Cucumbers The end is near for cucumbers, so enjoy those crunchy picklers and slicers while you can. This time of year I love a cucumber jalapeno salad with chopped cilantro, drizzled with rice vinegar. This cool but spicy … 0

Taking a sweet and tangy approach to gazpacho

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Watermelon and tomatoes may seem an unlikely combination, but in this simple, refreshing gazpacho they blend perfectly. The recipe — inspired by one in Yotam Ottolenghi’s upcoming cookbook “Plenty More” — comes together in minutes and easily adapts … 0

‘12-Mile Meal’ battle of the chefs heats up at Northampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chefs from three local restaurants, including defending champion The Sierra Grill, will take part in a cooking throw-down as they battle to create three-course meals using ingredients from within a 12-mile radius of Northampton. “The 12-Mile Meal” will … 0

A grilled pizza for when you have too many onions

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Onions are a bit of a problem for me. They are one of my reflex buys. By which I mean, every time I go to the grocer, no matter what I am shopping for I always buy a … 0

Judie’s Restaurant in Amherst to add room for ‘paint-and-sip’ events

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — A downtown restaurant best known for its popovers will soon be adding a room where customers can drink a glass of wine while painting their own masterpieces. Judie’s Restaurant at 51 North Pleasant St. is taking over the 650-square-foot space in the attached Boltwood Place building … 0

Businesses: Quake cleanup should not deter tourists

Monday, August 25, 2014

NAPA, Calif. — The earthquake that jarred California’s wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass … 0

Coffee shop on the honor system working in North Dakota

Sunday, August 24, 2014

VALLEY CITY, N.D. — The owner of a North Dakota coffee shop is flattered his decision to operate the business on the honor system garnered international attention earlier this summer, but those who equate it to the goodness … 0

Cut and dried A foray into a time-honored method for preserving fruit

Friday, August 22, 2014

I borrowed a friend’s food dehydrator earlier this summer and spent a week drying all kinds of fruit. I dried peaches, mangoes, figs, apples, bananas, apricots and nectarines. I even made my own blueberry fruit leather (aka homemade … 0

Seven fun new takes on the seven-layer salad

Friday, August 22, 2014

It’s the quintessential potluck food: seven-layer salad. With its layers of iceberg lettuce, peas, tomatoes, onions, cheddar cheese, bacon and mayonnaise, it’s colorful, crunchy and creamy all in one bite. Food legend has it that it was born … 0

MAP Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton releases first beer as a third brewery takes shape on Pleasant Street

Friday, August 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Standing at the wooden bar in the tasting room of Fort Hill Brewery this week, owner Eric Berzins held a glass of Oktoberfest, the first beer his brewery has released, and indulged in a proud moment. … 2