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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2013, file photo, customers walk outside of a Wal-Mart store in San Jose, Calif. Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Wal-Mart pushing for better animal welfare

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart’s push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though the steps are voluntary, Wal-Mart, which sells more food than any other store, has a history of using its retail muscle to change the way products …

Dijon mustard amps up the flavor of chicken

Friday, May 22, 2015

One of my pantry staples for adding flavor, but not fat and calories, is Dijon mustard. I’m never without it. Dijon mustard is a kitchen workhorse. Having a bottle or jar on hand is a quick route to an easy meal. You can use Dijon to make a sauce, dip or spread. Dijon …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Still true blue to first red love

Friday, May 22, 2015

Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Amador County, Calif. $9.99 to $15.99 In the early 1970s in Atlanta, you could be considered knowledgeable about wine if you knew that the rose from Lancers and Mateus came from Portugal. And there were ego-boosting bonus points given if you could name any grape varietal, that is, other than …

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Tom Quinn, of Worthington,  volunteering at Full Circle Bikes helping Jason Graves put bikes together for the spring season. Working along with him is Anthony Rigali,17, of Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Tom Quinn, of Worthington, volunteering at Full Circle Bikes helping Jason Graves put bikes together for the spring season. Working along with him is Anthony Rigali,17, of Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Bill Robbins,an employee of Omasta, plants Petunias along route 9 in front of Riverbend Animal in Hadley Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Bill Robbins,an employee of Omasta, plants Petunias along route 9 in front of Riverbend Animal in Hadley Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

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left, Adam Cranson, Alex Kelly and far right Derek Rood, all employees of Clearspan out of Michigan, building the new boat house for Northampton Community Rowing.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Adam Cranson, Alex Kelly and far right Derek Rood, all employees of Clearspan out of Michigan, building the new boat house for Northampton Community Rowing. Purchase photo reprints »

Eat Up: Make your own French fries

Friday, May 22, 2015

French fries What makes for the best French fries — before ketchup, mayonnaise or any other condiment? Texture and flavor are defining factors, dictated by what potatoes are used, how they’re cut and prepped, the frying oil used …

From the fields to the food truck: Three former farm apprentices dish up local produce in breakfast, lunch and snack fare

Friday, May 22, 2015

There’s a new food truck parked at the Amherst Farmers Market on Saturdays this season dishing up egg and pesto breakfast sandwiches, parsnip fritters snacks and arepas — a kind of stuffed South American corn bread — for …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy gets gritty

Friday, May 22, 2015

Shrimp and grits. You know you want it. I know I always want it when I see it on a menu. I don’t know why, I just do. Good old southern comfort food. I grew up with grits for breakfast. My father would make them on Sundays along …

Valley Bounty: Radishes

Friday, May 22, 2015

Radishes Spring radishes are a lovely thing, beautiful to look at and crisp and spicy on the tongue. They even have cheerful, evocative names: French Breakfast, Easter Egg, Amethyst, Rudolf. Radishes and other spring flavors are highlighted in …

Zoe’s Fish House in Hadley to reopen this summer after renovations

Sunday, May 17, 2015

HADLEY — Closed for renovations since October, Zoe’s Fish House may reopen in six to eight weeks, according to owner Jim Sands. Sands, of Goshen, said renovations have taken several months longer than anticipated. The restaurant used to be in its own freestanding building, and when renovations are …

Sweet ride: Florence couple peddles pastries from a bicycle cart

Friday, May 15, 2015

At the Tuesday outdoor market in downtown Northampton where vendors set up under tents, at tables and out of pick-up truck beds, Caleb and Emily Langer stand out. They sell their sweets from a pastry case sitting atop …

Valley Bounty: Asparagus

Friday, May 15, 2015

Asparagus Count yourself lucky to live in a place where the season’s premier crop is available at dozens of roadside stands. Although as recently as 1989, we grew more asparagus than we consumed in the United States, we …

Drink up: Toasting the Class of 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

Toasting the Class of 2015 Uncork potential with the gift of wine to college graduates. B.A. — 2013 Anaba Sonoma Valley Turbine White ($28), a snappy white blend with citrus and tropical fruit B.S. — 2012 Francis Ford …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou builds an outdoor wok station

Friday, May 15, 2015

My Weber Jumbo Joe 18” charcoal grill has led a sheltered existence. This table-top, made-for-traveling, beauty has been used only once, during the week last summer I was busy putting together my large, steel box charcoal grill. The Jumbo Joe is a quite serviceable cooking device, able to …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Tuaca (‘Waka Waka Waka’)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

An old friend, Beth (a self-described lunch junkie), asked me recently to take a trip over “the bridge” with her to Osteria Vespa, a new restaurant at 28 Amity St. in Amherst. I was onboard as soon as …