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Burger King to close in Hadley on Dec. 28, future of site uncertain

Saturday, December 13, 2014

HADLEY — Burger King restaurant, a mainstay of the Route 9 dining scene since opening in the 1970s, will close later this month, possibly to make way for a new development project at the Mountain Farms Mall. “Our last day is Dec. 28,” said Krystin Bauer, a manager at the restaurant at 335 Russell St. Bauer said Friday that the restaurant lost the lease with property owner W.S. Development of …

Shifts leave Williamsburg with larger, indoor Snack Bar and seasonal Local Burger food trailer

Saturday, December 13, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — A shifting landscape of places to eat in Williamsburg will leave the town with a new, larger indoor Snack Bar and a seasonal food trailer operated by the owners of Local Burger in Northampton. After dishing out lobster rolls, fish and chips, burgers, hotdogs and an assortment of sandwiches from a …

Ten fresh ways to improve a mug of cocoa

Friday, December 12, 2014

We can’t help it. Once the cold weather arrives, we crave hot cocoa with the same intensity that we crave a cold beer during barbecue season. There is, after all, something intensely comforting about drinking a warm mug of nature’s most perfect food — chocolate! Add a dollop of freshly whipped and lightly …

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John Pastorello, of South Hadley, changes a fuse amid his Christmas Light display Monday in the backyard of his home that faces McKinley Avenue.

    JERREY ROBERTS John Pastorello, of South Hadley, changes a fuse amid his Christmas Light display Monday in the backyard of his home that faces McKinley Avenue. Purchase photo reprints »

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Crosswalk of Henshaw and Elm in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Crosswalk of Henshaw and Elm in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Rhea Maciag, left, and Jenny Woodward, right, sing "Here Comes Santa Clause" during the opening of fifth annual Ho-Ho-Hotline at the Linda Manor Extended Care Facility in Leeds Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Rhea Maciag, left, and Jenny Woodward, right, sing "Here Comes Santa Clause" during the opening of fifth annual Ho-Ho-Hotline at the Linda Manor Extended Care Facility in Leeds Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, December 5, 2014

TASTINGS Amherst Wine & Spirits, 308 College Street, Amherst Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m., Cabernet Sauvignon, U.S. style Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton Thursday, 4:30 p.m., Special combo tasting of Bantam Ciders and Spencer Trappist Ale Liquors 44, 238 King St., Northampton Friday, 3 to 5 p.m., Guinness …

Valley Bounty: Spinach

Friday, December 5, 2014

Spinach Finding it hard to eat healthy local food this time of year? Spinach is versatile and nutritious — and it’s available all winter long at farmers markets and local grocers. Sauté spinach as a side or make …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy’s tips on culinary gifts

Friday, December 5, 2014

Holiday gift giving can be hard. That’s why all year round I keep my eyes peeled and ears tuned when I am at family or friends’ houses to find out what culinary gift I might be able to get them for Christmas. Recently while at my niece’s house …

Heritage Baking Day contest features favorite family dessert recipes

Friday, December 5, 2014

DEERFIELD — For Montague resident Amy Stout, a Thanksgiving or Christmas celebration just wouldn’t be the same without “Mom’s Apricot Danish.” But when her mother, Carol Jenks, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease over a decade ago, she began to find it difficult to continue cooking. So, Stout stepped …

Chef’s Best: Dressing up a simple hash for Christmas brunch

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sure, you could do pancakes or muffins, just as you have so many years before. But maybe this year you should consider stepping up your Christmas brunch offerings. Maybe this year you could consider a baked hash made …

From maple to nutmeg to currant, Tea Guys of Whately make a blend for every taste

Friday, November 28, 2014

During a visit to Piccadilly Circus in London, Oliver Rich of Hatfield came across an open-air market, where vendors were selling fresh lemons, spices and other foods. The crisp aromas swirled in the air, coalescing beneath the tea …

The Beerhunter: All-you-can-sample nights a weekly staple at Paper City Brewery

Friday, November 28, 2014

Throw down your coasters and pull up your stools — there’s a new beer column in town. You’ll be seeing The Beerhunter every month here. But who, exactly, is this wanderer of the night? Well, I could pretend …

Valley Bounty: Collards

Friday, November 28, 2014

COLLARDS Collards love the cold and become sweeter after hard frosts. Now is a great time to enjoy this cousin to kale. It is just as versatile for braising, using in soups or stews, or stuffing with other …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou bows down to the Baking Steel

Friday, November 28, 2014

I hope everyone had a festive and not-too-stuffed Thanksgiving. Now that the largest meal of the year is behind us (so to speak), it’s high time we turn our attention to the one thing that may be even more important than making sure the turkey doesn’t dry out …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, November 28, 2014

TASTINGS Amherst Wine & Spirits, 308 College Street, Amherst Today, 2 to 5 p.m., Merlot, California and Washington WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., wine; Leeds Package Store, Route 9, Leeds: Wed.-Fri., 3 to 6 p.m., wine.; Four Seasons, 333 …