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Daffodils are on sale at Mahoney's Garden Center in Winchester, Mass., Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The barrage of snow and cold in New England this winter has pushed back the gardening season and left behind damaged bushes, trees and greenhouses and gardeners eager to get outside and in the dirt. The growing season is about two weeks behind schedule, following a winter without a usual thaw. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

New England’s snowy winter pushes back gardening season

Monday, April 20, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The historic barrage of snow and cold that struck New England this winter has pushed back the gardening season and left behind damaged bushes, trees and greenhouses — and gardeners clamoring to get their hands in the dirt. The growing season is one to two weeks behind schedule after a winter that lacked the usual mid-season thaw …

Mmmm Mmmm Maple: Savoring the first crop of the season

Friday, April 17, 2015

Is it possible to think of maple syrup as a vegetable? It’s a bit of a stretch, yet it’s a plant food, and plant foods are classified as vegetables, fruits, legumes and cereals. It’s definitely not a legume or a cereal. Possibly it could be a fruit because like most fruits it comes …

Valley Bounty: Jams and Preserves

Friday, April 17, 2015

Jams and Preserves A well-stocked pantry can upgrade easy every day meals and snacks to special ones with a minimum of on-the-spot effort. Try hot pepper jelly on crackers with goat cheese; apricot jam, spread between the layers of a cake and topped with whipped cream; rhubarb chutney on toasted bread with melted …

Great American Meals
  • CAROL LOLLIS

Quiche made as part of an after school program called Circles for Jewish Living  as a way to raise money to donate  Heifer International.

    CAROL LOLLIS Quiche made as part of an after school program called Circles for Jewish Living as a way to raise money to donate Heifer International. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MICKY BEDELL
Suze Glenn, 67, leads an osteo-excercise class in the Hatfield Senior Center on Friday, located in the  basement of the town hall. From left, Dolores Mosakewicz, Glenn,  Roberta Slysz, 73, and Bernice Kellogg, 82, stretch their legs and lift their arms in the small space provided by pushing tables up against the wall.

    MICKY BEDELL
Suze Glenn, 67, leads an osteo-excercise class in the Hatfield Senior Center on Friday, located in the basement of the town hall. From left, Dolores Mosakewicz, Glenn, Roberta Slysz, 73, and Bernice Kellogg, 82, stretch their legs and lift their arms in the small space provided by pushing tables up against the wall. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Easthampton High School seniors, from left, Claudia Marcinowski, Kyle Reynolds and Heather Sikop get help from freshmen Paul Borowski, right, and Mason Moynihan in making a video on breakfast foods in Eileen Claveloux's multimedia class.

    KEVIN GUTTING Easthampton High School seniors, from left, Claudia Marcinowski, Kyle Reynolds and Heather Sikop get help from freshmen Paul Borowski, right, and Mason Moynihan in making a video on breakfast foods in Eileen Claveloux's multimedia class. Purchase photo reprints »

Road trip to the BBA Deli and Pekarksi’s Sausage in South Deerfield

Friday, April 3, 2015

Come out, come out, wherever you are. Spring is finally here. Really. The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising and it’s high time to think about taking a field trip. And I’m here to offer not just …

Valley Bounty

Friday, April 3, 2015

Spring Greens The sap is running, the ground is visible between the snow banks, and it’s finally possible to think about spring — even summer! Spring greens are available from local greenhouses, and give an early taste of …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou and Pyrex do not mix

Friday, April 3, 2015

We had some friends over for paella two Friday nights ago, which was the first day of spring. Being said first day of spring, I was determined to cook the chicken and seafood paella on my charcoal grill. This is really the only acceptable way to cook an …

Drink up

Friday, April 3, 2015

RoséS To Try On the cusp of spring, it’s time to pick rosés. They just remind you of what’s ahead, not behind. And they have colors to make you smile, even if you’re just gingerly putting away the …

Chef’s Best: And you thought maple syrup was just for pancakes and waffles

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Pancakes, waffles and French toast? They’re fine, but they’re also just the start. Because if you’re limiting maple syrup to the breakfast table, you’re missing out on all sorts of excuses to add its gentle, yet distinct flavor …

McDonald’s: Workers to get pay raises

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NEW YORK — McDonald’s says it’s raising pay for workers at company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy. The fast-food chain owns about 10 percent of its more than …

Moe’s Southwest Grill to open in two weeks on King Street in Northampton

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The owner of the Hadley franchise of Moe’s Southwest Grill is gearing up to open another restaurant in Northampton, next to Stop & Shop, in space formerly occupied by Blockbuster Video. Sagar Shah, 30, of Connecticut, appeared Wednesday before the License Commission seeking a license to …

Easter and chocolate: Hand in hand

Friday, March 27, 2015

Looking back at the traditional agriculture year shows us the origins of most Easter foods, but tells us nothing about one vital treat: chocolate. It’s a newcomer to the festivities because until the 19th century it was impossible …

Easter feast: Holiday sweets and luscious leftovers

Friday, March 27, 2015

Wouldn’t it be terrific if our local asparagus were with us for Easter? It tastes wonderful with both ham and lamb, which are Easter dinner favorites, but, of course, we can’t expect it to pop through the ground …