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Food / Dining

Lawsuit against Purina claims food sickens, kills dogs

Thursday, February 26, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — A dog owner has filed a lawsuit against a pet food company alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating a brand of dry dog food. Pet owner Frank Lucido filed the suit on Feb. 5 in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California against Nestle Purina PetCare Company, saying he fed his three dogs Beneful “kibble” style dog food, and …

A wine to try: 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel

Friday, February 20, 2015

A WINE TO TRY 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel Region: California Price: About $25 Style: Gorgeous fruit with a dark undertone Hard to believe it’s been only eight years since the young Morgan Twain-Peterson started making wine in a minuscule converted chicken coop. He grew up in wine: His father is …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou’s beautiful bounty

Friday, February 20, 2015

Rummaging through my kitchen cabinets is often a journey into the unknown. Often, as in I often come across foodstuffs bought “deity” knows when, for who knows what reason. My latest journey into the heart of dark kitchen cabinets unearthed unopened bags of various dried fruits: sliced mango, blueberries, whole apricots, raisins, sliced ginger, cranberries. With this pile of healthiness confronting me, I …

Valley Bounty: Maple popcorn

Friday, February 20, 2015

Maple Popcorn Maple syrup and popcorn are year-round treats, but especially well-suited to the end of February vacation in a cold, snowy year. Popcorn, of course, can be flavored any number of ways depending on the topping, but …

Beerhunter: Lager elbows its way into the craft market

Friday, February 20, 2015

In the warm, bright tasting room of Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton, my friend took a sip from a sample glass and frowned. He took another and made the same face. “It’s a lager,” I said. “They’re all …

Banh Mi Saigon: Burned out of Hadley, Chuong Son and Mung Pham are back in business selling their exotic sandwich in Northampton

Friday, February 20, 2015

A fire destroyed their restaurant, along with 11 other businesses on Route 9 in Hadley 15 months ago, Chuong Son and his wife, Mung Pham, are finally bringing Banh Mi Saigon back to life in downtown Northampton. It’s …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Where the cocktail is king

Thursday, February 19, 2015

For years, I’ve wandered western Massachusetts looking in vain for The Serious Cocktail Bar. Sometimes I felt like a parched man in the Sahara Desert, in search of an oasis. That’s not to suggest that there aren’t great …

A Nutella dessert heard round the world

Thursday, February 19, 2015

If there is any person in the United States who understands how much Americans — or really, people all over the world — love Nutella, it is Allison Robicelli, who along with her husband, Matt, owns the New …

Chasing Fireball’s heat: Whiskey makers fight fire with cinnamon

Friday, February 13, 2015

The cinnamon wars get hotter every day — or night, as the case may be. If you’ve been at a party recently, chances are you were offered a shot of cinnamon whiskey. Most likely it was Fireball. Sazerac’s …

Chinese New Year foods signify hopes for prosperity

Friday, February 13, 2015

Chinese New Year is a spring holiday focused on a fresh start and hopes of prosperity for the new year. “Basically, it’s always about getting better and better,” said Ching Ching Cernada, a native of Taiwan who has …

A wine to try: 2013 Cruse Wine Co. Valdiguie ‘Rancho Chimiles Vineyard’

Friday, February 13, 2015

A wine to try 2013 Cruse Wine Co. Valdiguie ‘Rancho Chimiles Vineyard’ Region: Sonoma Price: About $25 Style: Bright and fruity Ever heard of Valdiguie? Watch for it on you next wine trivia test. That’s the grape formerly …

Valley Bounty: Eggs

Friday, February 13, 2015

Eggs As anyone with a backyard flock of chickens knows, with the increasing daylight comes an increase in egg production. Eggs make for a wonderful, protein-rich meal any time of day. Hard boil some to slice on salad. …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, February 13, 2015

TASTINGS Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton Thursday, 4:30 p.m, Downeast Cider Friday, 4:30 p.m., Baystate wines WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., wine; Leeds Package Store, Route 9, Leeds: Wednesday to Friday, 3 to 6 p.m., wine.; Four Seasons, 333 …