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Food / Dining

Valley Bounty: Tomatoes

Friday, September 4, 2015

Tomatoes It’s time to focus on tomatoes. First, eating them, in all their juicy, multi-colored glory. Second, preserving them. Here’s an easy method: Line a rimmed cookie sheet with one layer of halved tomatoes, skin side down. Add herbs, peeled garlic, salt and pepper and a drizzle of oil. Roast at 275 degrees …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Grillmaster Lou fesses up about hamburgers

Friday, September 4, 2015

I have a confession to make. Despite a brand-new Weber gas grill and a well-used large charcoal grill beckoning to me on my mancave-deck, the last three times I’ve cooked hamburgers I’ve done them in a screamingly hot, cast-iron frying pan on my gas stove. (Excuse the long sentence, I lost the period key for a few seconds there). And they were delicious. …

Eat Up: Celebrity chef comes home

Friday, September 4, 2015

Celebrity chef comes home James Beard Award-winning chef — and UMass graduate — Joanne Weir will be preparing a five-course, prix-fixe dinner on Sept. 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the University Club & Restaurant at the …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Hanging in there for the last gasp of summer

Thursday, September 3, 2015

It was a hot summer day and I was parched, so I made my way to the Northampton Brewery at 13 Old South St., in search of a refreshing cocktail. I debated whether to imbibe inside with the …

Chef’s Best: When the apple itch strikes, bust out this easy baked treat

Thursday, September 3, 2015

During my freshman year at the University of Vermont, I became a pro at apple picking, and at cooking up all those apples I picked. I probably know at least 20 different ways to bake an apple! So …

New Atkins store opens in North Amherst Mill District

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — Bins filled with corn, lettuce and tomatoes — as well as tables displaying locally grown fruits and vegetables, including apples and peaches — will greet customers entering the new Atkins Farms Country Market satellite store in …

Eat up

Friday, August 28, 2015

Ice cream social The second annual Ice Cream Social will be held at Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge St., Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. rain or shine. Once again Herrill’s Ice Cream is donating the ice cream. Steve …

Let’s Eat: Smoky Corn Polenta with Tomato Salad

Friday, August 28, 2015

Corn often is served the same way in summer — hot on the cob, stirred into chowder or folded in seasonal casseroles. In this easy recipe adapted from Sameh Wadi’s “The New Mediterranean Table,” its sweet kernels are …

The real thing: Sangria returns to its refreshing Spanish roots

Friday, August 28, 2015

The pitcher of red wine dosed with a confetti of fruit and orange slices seemed so festive - until the next morning’s headache. That was the old bastardized sangria, the one featured at patio parties in suburban America …

Stealth steak: Salads for the meat-and-potatoes crowd

Friday, August 28, 2015

Even as I attempt to eat less red meat, I still crave steak. During the summer months, its virtues suit our lifestyles. Steak cooks quickly, is easy to transport to a picnic and tastes great hot, warm and …

Valley Bounty: Summer squash and zucchini

Friday, August 28, 2015

Summer Squash and Zucchini On this last Saturday in September, it seems fitting to herald a sometimes-unsung summer vegetable. Sure, zucchini can be prolific and overlarge, but young and fresh from the farm it’s a different creature altogether …

Chef’s Best: Paper-thin veggies make better, more creative summer salads

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Want to build a better salad? Think thin. This summer, I fell in love with my mandoline, that paddle-shaped kitchen gadget that with back-and-forth swipes lets you easily and quickly render produce to paper-thin slices. Why for salads? …