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This July 20, 2015 photo shows chili cucumber bread salad in Concord, NH. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

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? Because tender wafers of carrot and ribbons of cucumber and flakes of radish are so much more pleasing and delicious than the …

Federal grant bears fruit — and vegetables — for community food program

Monday, August 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — A three-year, $284,000 federal grant has yielded a bumper crop of results, agreed all four recipients of the community food program that the money funded. State and federal officials who gathered Wednesday at Just Roots Community Farm and the Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center got to see some of the high-school …

Let’s Eat: Fried Zucchini Pasta

Friday, August 21, 2015

This is about the time of year when everyone and his brother, mother and second cousin are trying to give away homegrown zucchini squash. Yet one can eat only so much of the vegetable grilled, stuffed with meat and cheese, or baked into bread. I say fry it and use the crispy pieces …

Great American Meals
  • KEVIN GUTTING
Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right.

    KEVIN GUTTING Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
Outer Stylie band members Tom Schack, left, and Nate Martel perform music inspired by the movie Easy Rider during Transperformance 25- Look at the Movies,  Wednesday afternoon at Pines Theater in Florence.

    DAN LITTLE Outer Stylie band members Tom Schack, left, and Nate Martel perform music inspired by the movie Easy Rider during Transperformance 25- Look at the Movies, Wednesday afternoon at Pines Theater in Florence. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Austin Koney, an employee of the fair Grounds cleans out one of the ticket booths in preparation for the Three County fair to start next Friday.

    CAROL LOLLIS Austin Koney, an employee of the fair Grounds cleans out one of the ticket booths in preparation for the Three County fair to start next Friday. Purchase photo reprints »

Is refrigerating tomatoes really a bad idea?

Friday, August 21, 2015

Tomato season is here. For years I’ve been telling people not to store tomatoes in the refrigerator, but I recently came across an article on the reliable website Serious Eats that called that into question. Culinary director Daniel …

Cilantro: Putting its potent taste to work in sauces, meats and an addictive batch of hummus

Friday, August 21, 2015

In the Bible, the manna that fell from heaven to feed the Israelites on their journey out of Egypt was described as being like coriander seeds. Or to put it another way, the seeds of the cilantro plant. …

Madame Barfly: Hope and Olive’s cocktails take cues from the kitchen

Friday, August 21, 2015

Jim Zaccara says his bar is an appletini-free zone. Zaccara, 45, grew up working in restaurants, and bartending was always his forte. When he began making his own style of cocktail at his first full-bar restaurant — Hope …

Valley Bounty: Juicy Fruit

Friday, August 21, 2015

Juicy fruit Peaches, plums, and melons are hard to eat without getting sticky, but no matter — whether you rinse off demurely with a washcloth, dump a bucket of water over your head or take a swim, you’ll be glad for the sweet taste in your mouth and …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou raids the pantry

Friday, August 21, 2015

What does having a well-stocked pantry allow you to do on the spur of the moment? Why, make the following tuna/bean salad, of course. In a large bowl: Toss in a jar of tuna in olive oil, drained. About three ounces. Throw in a can of white beans, …

Andy Yee and family to open restaurant at site of former Route 9 Diner

Thursday, August 20, 2015

HADLEY — A family that owns and operates several restaurants in the Pioneer Valley — including four in Amherst and South Hadley — intends to reopen the former Route 9 Diner as Johnny’s Roadside Diner this fall. Andy …

Herrell’s Ice Cream in Northampton to expand space and sweet offerings in Thornes Marketplace

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Herrell’s Ice Cream is planning to expand its Thornes Marketplace location in order to offer more treats to more people — with additional space to move around. “We’re renovating because we’re tripping over each other,” Herrell’s …

Food-truck festival in Northampton canceled after earlier postponement

Friday, August 14, 2015

UPDATE: The Northampton Survival Center benefit referenced in the story below has been moved to Sunday, Aug. 19. NORTHAMPTON — An inaugural food-truck festival expected to draw nearly 3,000 people to the Three-County Fairgrounds this weekend has been …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy’s faux pas

Friday, August 14, 2015

I recently read a top 10 synopsis of a book called “The Pocket Butler: A Compact Guide to Modern Manners, Business Etiquette and Everyday Entertaining.” The article cut to the chase and listed 10 pearls of wisdom, as the writer called it, of what not to do at …

Dinner companions: Dishes that pair well with wines from Hadley's Mount Warner Vineyards

Friday, August 14, 2015

When you think of vineyards do you see landscapes of grape vines blanketing California’s Napa Valley or climbing the hills of Italy’s Tuscany region? Or, do you picture the green banks of the Rhine filled with the grapes …