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The appetizer Holyoke restaurant Slaint created last year during the 12-Mile Meal chef challenge

‘12-Mile Meal’ battle of the chefs heats up at Northampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chefs from three local restaurants, including defending champion The Sierra Grill, will take part in a cooking throw-down as they battle to create three-course meals using ingredients from within a 12-mile radius of Northampton. “The 12-Mile Meal” will take place as part of the “Northampton Jazz Festival” on Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chef Tent behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton. “It fits in pretty well because jazz is an art form and so is cooking,” said the program’s director and host, Rick Gifford, in a phone interview. “The 12-Mile Meal” is an annual event that is open to the public; … 0

Judie’s Restaurant in Amherst to add room for ‘paint-and-sip’ events

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — A downtown restaurant best known for its popovers will soon be adding a room where customers can drink a glass of wine while painting their own masterpieces. Judie’s Restaurant at 51 North Pleasant St. is taking over the 650-square-foot space in the attached Boltwood Place building most recently occupied by Scandihoovians, a jewelry and clothing store, which closed at the end … 0

Businesses: Quake cleanup should not deter tourists

Monday, August 25, 2014

NAPA, Calif. — The earthquake that jarred California’s wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass in the rush to get the tourist hotspot back in shape for the summer’s final … 0

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Alicia Lopez, front, and other members of Grupo Folklorico Tradiciones dance Wednesday during the annual back-to-school party on the Amherst Common. The event is sponsored by the School Committee. She is an ELL teacher at Amherst Regional Middle School.

    JERREY ROBERTS Alicia Lopez, front, and other members of Grupo Folklorico Tradiciones dance Wednesday during the annual back-to-school party on the Amherst Common. The event is sponsored by the School Committee. She is an ELL teacher at Amherst Regional Middle School. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jodie Castanza, of Northampton, watches as her son, Logan, 18 months, points at the stage during Transperformance XXIV Tuesday at Pines Theater.

    JERREY ROBERTS Jodie Castanza, of Northampton, watches as her son, Logan, 18 months, points at the stage during Transperformance XXIV Tuesday at Pines Theater. Purchase photo reprints »

Coffee shop on the honor system working in North Dakota

Sunday, August 24, 2014

VALLEY CITY, N.D. — The owner of a North Dakota coffee shop is flattered his decision to operate the business on the honor system garnered international attention earlier this summer, but those who equate it to the goodness … 0

Cut and dried A foray into a time-honored method for preserving fruit

Friday, August 22, 2014

I borrowed a friend’s food dehydrator earlier this summer and spent a week drying all kinds of fruit. I dried peaches, mangoes, figs, apples, bananas, apricots and nectarines. I even made my own blueberry fruit leather (aka homemade … 0

Seven fun new takes on the seven-layer salad

Friday, August 22, 2014

It’s the quintessential potluck food: seven-layer salad. With its layers of iceberg lettuce, peas, tomatoes, onions, cheddar cheese, bacon and mayonnaise, it’s colorful, crunchy and creamy all in one bite. Food legend has it that it was born … 0

MAP Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton releases first beer as a third brewery takes shape on Pleasant Street

Friday, August 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Standing at the wooden bar in the tasting room of Fort Hill Brewery this week, owner Eric Berzins held a glass of Oktoberfest, the first beer his brewery has released, and indulged in a proud moment. … 2

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou talks avocados

Friday, August 22, 2014

Guacamole. What a great word. What a great dip. But don’t you ever wish there was something different you could do with those beautiful, ripe avocados sitting on your counter right now, getting more ripe by the minute? Of course you could just eat one with a spoon … 0

Friendly’s restaurant closes on King Street in Northampton

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What was for many people a nostalgic downtown fixture has closed its doors. The Friendly’s restaurant at 63 King St. closed Monday, according to a statement by the chain’s corporate headquarters in Wilbraham. GLG Corporation owned … 1

Florence Subway franchise owner Matthew Baca to open new restaurant in downtown Northampton

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A new Subway restaurant is planned for the 193 Main St. storefront downtown formerly occupied by Main Street Cleaners. Matthew Baca, who already owns the Subway at 91 Main St. in Florence, tentatively plans to open … 3

Juicing lets you drink the rainbow of fruits and vegetables

Friday, August 15, 2014

Last year, Kim Wilcox and his wife, Tamara, were flipping TV channels when they stumbled on a movie with an attention-grabbing title: “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.” The 2010 documentary follows Australian entrepreneur Joe Cross as he reboots … 0

Let’s be frank about fair food: All calories? Check. All fat? Check. All delicious? Check.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Is there anything more American than the state fair? Small-town pride. Prize-winning bulls. Proud children showing off their favorite ponies and sheep. State fairs are so American, they even have a contest for the best apple pie. Some … 0

Wine to try: 2012 Tenuta Sarno ‘1860’ Fiano di Avellino

Friday, August 15, 2014

A WINE TO TRY 2012 Tenuta Sarno ‘1860’ Fiano di Avellino Region: Campania, Italy Price: About $25 Style: Power and finesse What it goes with: Lobster, swordfish, grilled shrimp, shellfish Southern Italian wines are just beginning to get … 0