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State will end prohibition on wine shipments to consumers Jan. 1

Saturday, July 12, 2014

BOSTON — Whether it’s pinot noir, merlot, chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon, wine lovers in Massachusetts will soon be able to have some of their favorite bottles shipped straight from the vineyards to their homes. A provision in the new state budget lifts a long-standing prohibition on direct deliveries from wineries to consumers. It follows a spirited campaign by out-of-state producers and customers that recently received a major endorsement from former … 0

Preserved lemons, easy to make, make any dish special

Friday, July 11, 2014

If you close your eyes, you can imagine you are wending your way through the crowded streets of the casbah, with the camels and the open-air markets and the heady aroma of tagines cooking over charcoal fires. A bite of preserved lemon can do that to you, transport you to a land you … 0

Dude Food: Steven Raichlen talks man-made meals

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cooking may not be a gender-specific activity, but there are some characteristics that follow stereotypes more often than not (read on before you start to object). At least that’s what Steven Raichlen says — and we tend to agree. He’s the guy who has brought us more grilling books than one would think … 0

Great American Meals
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Una's pick
Dan Ehrenfeld, of Florence, shops while holding his daughter, Una, during Tuesday Market, behind Thornes Marketplace. He let Una pick out the sunflower at the Old Friends Farm tent.

    JERREY ROBERTS Una's pick Dan Ehrenfeld, of Florence, shops while holding his daughter, Una, during Tuesday Market, behind Thornes Marketplace. He let Una pick out the sunflower at the Old Friends Farm tent. Purchase photo reprints »

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Brian Bak, left, of South Hadley, prepares to tag out Liam Brodigan, of Amherst, at third on a steal during a Mickey Mantle League game Thursday in South Hadley.

    JERREY ROBERTS Brian Bak, left, of South Hadley, prepares to tag out Liam Brodigan, of Amherst, at third on a steal during a Mickey Mantle League game Thursday in South Hadley. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jacob Matakanski, of Northampton, pitches to Westfield during a Little League District 2  11-12-year-old semi-final Wednesday in Westfield.

    JERREY ROBERTS Jacob Matakanski, of Northampton, pitches to Westfield during a Little League District 2 11-12-year-old semi-final Wednesday in Westfield. Purchase photo reprints »

Valley Bounty: Zucchini

Friday, July 11, 2014

Zucchini Zucchini in out in plenty right now, and is as versatile as your imagination. Great grilled in long strips, used on kebabs or stuffed, this summer staple is ready for your next culinary creation. Zucchini is a … 0

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers

Friday, July 11, 2014

I’ve been in “Use-Up-Old-Stuff-In-The-Cupboards” mode for a couple of weeks now and a few days ago came across a box of falafel mix that may have been in there for at least a couple of years. Thus the reason for my above-mentioned mode. So, as instructed, I mixed … 0

Chef’s Best: A summer guide to grilling backyard barbecue ribs

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It was one of those culinary epiphanies. I realized you rarely get great barbecued ribs from a restaurant. They have to come from backyards. My rib-awakening came during the world’s largest barbecue contest, Memphis in May. All it … 0

Hemingway’s favorite burger is a moveable feast

Friday, July 4, 2014

He was a soldier, a boxer, a hunter, a fisherman, a drinker, a father and the writer of words and stories that aimed to be, above all else, true and honest and pure. He also knew how to … 0

Does It Work? Burger maker; potato steamer; bacon cooking aids put to test

Friday, July 4, 2014

The kitchen has to be the most gadget-heavy room of the house. Some of those implements are true time savers. Some just end up as cupboard clutter. In today’s installment of Does It Work?, the two of us … 0

Wine to try: 2013 Storm Sauvignon Blanc

Friday, July 4, 2014

Wine to try 2013 Storm Sauvignon Blanc Region: Santa Ynez Valley, Central California Coast Price: $20 to $23 Style: Crisp, classic What it goes with: Shrimp cocktail, crab Louis, grilled salmon, salads At the Santa Barbara County Futures … 0

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, July 4, 2014

TASTINGS Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton Thursday, 4:30 p.m., Abacus beer tasting WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4-6 p.m., wine; Leeds Package Store, Route 9, Leeds: Wed.—Fri., 3 to 6p.m.,wine.; Four Seasons, 333 Russell St., Hadley: everyday, wine; Spirit Haus, 338 College St., … 0

Valley Bounty: Cherries

Friday, July 4, 2014

Cherries Cherries, the elusive stone fruit of New England! Due to the cold, harsh winter, most producers only have sweet cherries (not their sour siblings) available for sale at farmers markets and pick-your-own farms. Stock up for your … 0

Herbs top off the summer’s produce

Thursday, July 3, 2014

This is the best time of year for people who love food because fresh corn, tomatoes, green beans, squash, blueberries, watermelon and cantaloupe are plentiful. They’re delicious by themselves, but they can taste even better with a sprinkle … 0

Toasting July Fourth in true Colonial fashion

Friday, June 27, 2014

You know George Washington and John Hancock as founding fathers. But what about George Washington, successful whiskey distiller? Or John Hancock, fortified wine importer? Turns out some of that patriot spirit came in bottles. “I was surprised at … 0