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Food / Dining

Mmmm Mmmm Maple: Savoring the first crop of the season

Friday, April 17, 2015

Is it possible to think of maple syrup as a vegetable? It’s a bit of a stretch, yet it’s a plant food, and plant foods are classified as vegetables, fruits, legumes and cereals. It’s definitely not a legume or a cereal. Possibly it could be a fruit because like most fruits it comes from a tree. But counting maple syrup …

Valley Bounty: Jams and Preserves

Friday, April 17, 2015

Jams and Preserves A well-stocked pantry can upgrade easy every day meals and snacks to special ones with a minimum of on-the-spot effort. Try hot pepper jelly on crackers with goat cheese; apricot jam, spread between the layers of a cake and topped with whipped cream; rhubarb chutney on toasted bread with melted …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou gets Shakespearean

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friends, Romans, Northamptonmen (and women), lend me your cooking ears. I come to praise my Caesar Salad dressing, not to bury it. While “real” Caesar salad dressing involves fresh egg yolks and olive oil, I like to make a thicker and more stable refrigerator version using mayonnaise. Having a jar of this in the fridge is among the handiest quick fixes in my …

Great American Meals
  • CAROL LOLLIS

Quiche made as part of an after school program called Circles for Jewish Living  as a way to raise money to donate  Heifer International.

    CAROL LOLLIS Quiche made as part of an after school program called Circles for Jewish Living as a way to raise money to donate Heifer International. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MICKY BEDELL
Suze Glenn, 67, leads an osteo-excercise class in the Hatfield Senior Center on Friday, located in the  basement of the town hall. From left, Dolores Mosakewicz, Glenn,  Roberta Slysz, 73, and Bernice Kellogg, 82, stretch their legs and lift their arms in the small space provided by pushing tables up against the wall.

    MICKY BEDELL
Suze Glenn, 67, leads an osteo-excercise class in the Hatfield Senior Center on Friday, located in the basement of the town hall. From left, Dolores Mosakewicz, Glenn, Roberta Slysz, 73, and Bernice Kellogg, 82, stretch their legs and lift their arms in the small space provided by pushing tables up against the wall. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Easthampton High School seniors, from left, Claudia Marcinowski, Kyle Reynolds and Heather Sikop get help from freshmen Paul Borowski, right, and Mason Moynihan in making a video on breakfast foods in Eileen Claveloux's multimedia class.

    KEVIN GUTTING Easthampton High School seniors, from left, Claudia Marcinowski, Kyle Reynolds and Heather Sikop get help from freshmen Paul Borowski, right, and Mason Moynihan in making a video on breakfast foods in Eileen Claveloux's multimedia class. Purchase photo reprints »

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Just perfect

Thursday, April 16, 2015

My dinner at home was set in motion — the salmon fillets were marinating, and the sweet potato and veggies were in the oven. With time to spare, I thought I’d treat myself to a before-dinner cocktail. But …

Eat Up

Friday, April 10, 2015

FARMERS MARKETS Area farmers markets are opening soon. The Amherst Farmers Market begins its season April 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Spring Street parking lot. The Tuesday market in Northampton begins April 28 from …

Valley Bounty: Wheatberries

Friday, April 10, 2015

Wheatberries Locally grown wheatberries offer an alternative to pasta, rice or other grains in salads, sides and main dishes. Wheatberries are flavorful and hearty even when fully cooked, making them a satisfying and assertive partner in many dishes. …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy does Manhattan

Friday, April 10, 2015

You could set your watch by my father’s nightly Manhattan. His favorite cocktail. 5 p.m. on the dot. Pretty much every night. Manhattan, 5 o’clock. When he was visiting my house from his Florida residence and I would get home a little past 5 from work, he would …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, April 10, 2015

TASTINGS Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton Saturday, 12 p.m, Jack’s Abby beer, 4 p.m., Charles River wines; Thursday, 4:30 p.m., Brewmaster Jack; Friday, 4:30 p.m., Vineyard Road WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., wine; Leeds Package Store, Route 9, Leeds: …

Gussy up your salad by breaking it down and jarring it up

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Too often, a salad is served out of obligation. We feel it is something we have to do to make the meal complete, but really don’t want to. And too often that’s why the salads we serve aren’t …

Your Time: Culinary arts program, Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, Northampton

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Students in the culinary arts program at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton get real-life experience. Under the direction of instructors/chefs, the program’s 50 students — from freshmen to seniors — study cooking theory in the …

New Pizza Studio in Hadley combines food and art

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

HADLEY — A new pizza place aims to tap the creativity of its customers to design their pizza as an artist might compose a painting. Pizza Studio opens today at 34 Russell St., according to company spokeswoman Stephanie …

Owner Mike Cronin closing Look Restaurant; head cook considers buying popular Leeds institution

Friday, April 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As Bess Detmold of Leeds took her usual lunchtime seat at one of the dozen stools at Look Restaurant’s counter Friday, the waitress knew what question to ask her. Would she be having soup today? Detmold …