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JERREY ROBERTS
A Gin and Tonic made with with Barr Hill Gin from Vermont, at Northampton Brewery

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 air conditioning, or outside at the deck bar. I opted for the fresh air. The bartender, Aubrey, greeted me and I told her I was in the mood for a Gin and Tonic. I ordered the catfish bites to complement the drink. The Gin and Tonic isn’t fancy, but it is a classic — and it is the quintessential summer drink. Gin originated in Holland where it …

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 ever since college, it just doesn’t feel like fall without a slew of apple recipes …

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 North Amherst. “The mainstay at Atkins has been the produce,” said store manager Matt O’Brien. …

Great American Meals
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A pair of hot-air balloons float near Sunny Brook Farm in Hadley late last month.

    JERREY ROBERTS A pair of hot-air balloons float near Sunny Brook Farm in Hadley late last month. Purchase photo reprints »

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Adam Liccardi, center, listens to his attorney, Alfred P. Chamberland, before the verdicts were read in his rape case Wednesday at Hamsphire County Courthouse.

    JERREY ROBERTS Adam Liccardi, center, listens to his attorney, Alfred P. Chamberland, before the verdicts were read in his rape case Wednesday at Hamsphire County Courthouse. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jackson Street School first graders Malia Mafi Silver, left, and Violet Nolan were happy to see a familiar face from last year, kindergarten ESP (Educational Support Professional) Lilly Pastor, while they waited for the doors to open for the first day of classes on Wednesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Jackson Street School first graders Malia Mafi Silver, left, and Violet Nolan were happy to see a familiar face from last year, kindergarten ESP (Educational Support Professional) Lilly Pastor, while they waited for the doors to open for the first day of classes on Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

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? …

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 …

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 …

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. …