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Vickie Hidalgo plays Marble Matrix on the tablet while waiting for food with William Hidalgo, right, on August 26, 2014 at a Chili's restaurant in Fair Oaks, Calif. The Zysko-made kiosks allow customers to see images of menu entrees, order drinks and desserts, and pay their bill. (Brian Nguyen/Sacramento Bee/MCT)

A taste of tech: Devices changing the game for restaurants and patrons

Friday, September 19, 2014

From taco stands to sit-down restaurants, technology is changing the way we order, pay and even dine while eating out. Want to peruse the news or occupy your fidgety kids at the table? There’s a tablet for that. Want to call ahead your order and pay by your phone? There’s an app for that. Want to grab takeout deals at …

Want to be a better cook? Choose the right pan for the task at hand

Friday, September 19, 2014

Picking the perfect pan for cooking may seem simple enough. A frying pan for scrambled eggs and burgers. A huge pot for boiling pasta or sweet corn. If you want to cook well, though, choosing the right pan for a particular technique or recipe can mean the difference between culinary success and lousy …

Lou & Lucy’s leftovers: Littlenecks

Friday, September 19, 2014

Just got back from vacation in Wellfleet — and boy, did I get a raw deal there. But this raw deal was a good thing and educational to boot. Last year a friend and I taught ourselves to shuck our own oysters. We sat a picnic table and mastered the technique by practicing on dozens upon dozens of the pearls of the sea. …

Great American Meals
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Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Don Courtemanche visits the information booth on the town common at South Pleasant Street.

    KEVIN GUTTING Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Don Courtemanche visits the information booth on the town common at South Pleasant Street. Purchase photo reprints »

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Maureen Shea rehearses earlier this week with members of the Dance Generators.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Maureen Shea rehearses earlier this week with members of the Dance Generators. Purchase photo reprints »

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Members of Jessica Ann Pripstein's family listen to testimony in the murder trial of Ryan D. Welch in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Tuesday. From left are brother-in-law, Marc Davies, sister, Lenore Davies and parents, Stephen and Rochelle Pripstein, all of Pennsylvania.

    KEVIN GUTTING Members of Jessica Ann Pripstein's family listen to testimony in the murder trial of Ryan D. Welch in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Tuesday. From left are brother-in-law, Marc Davies, sister, Lenore Davies and parents, Stephen and Rochelle Pripstein, all of Pennsylvania. Purchase photo reprints »

How civilized! Have a brunch with sweet rolls, bread pudding, granola parfaits

Friday, September 5, 2014

‘Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting,” wrote Guy Beringer in Britain’s 1895 Hunter’s Weekly, in an article titled “Brunch: A Plea.” “It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and …

Recipe: Savory Bread Pudding With Sausage Gravy

Friday, September 5, 2014

1 hour, 10 minutes, plus soaking time. Serves 10 to 12 BREAD PUDDING 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon oil 1 onion, chopped 1 pound button or crimini mushrooms, thinly sliced ⅓ cup sherry or dry white wine 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme Salt and freshly ground pepper 3 …

Recipe: Summer Fruit and Yogurt Parfait With Homemade Granola

Friday, September 5, 2014

1 hour, plus cooling time for the granola. Serves 6 to 8 HOMEMADE GRANOLA 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons wheat bran 1 cup pecan halves 1 cup sliced almonds 1½ cups unsweetened flaked coconut 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon …

Recipe: Maple Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

Friday, September 5, 2014

1 hour, 40 minutes plus rising time. Serves 12 ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons milk 1 package active dry yeast (2½ teaspoons) ⅓ cup sugar, divided 3 eggs, divided 10 tablespoons butter (11/4 sticks), at room temperature, diced into ½-inch pieces; plus 2 tablespoons butter, melted, divided 3½ …

Too much civilization? Rediscover joy of campfire cooking

Friday, September 5, 2014

The scents of wood smoke and burnt sugar remind many people of times spent around a campfire singeing marshmallows for s’mores. Few people ever move beyond cooking marshmallows or at most, a hot dog on a stick, over …

Valley Bounty: Fennel

Friday, September 5, 2014

FENNEL Voluptuous bulbs of fennel are back in season and can be found in grocery stores, at farmers markets and in CSA shares. Crunchy and sweet, fennel loves to be grilled, sautéed or eaten raw. It’s an excellent …

Starbucks to try new store sizes

Friday, September 5, 2014

Starbucks plans to roll out several new store formats, including bite-sized “express” stores plus more than 100 boutiques dedicated to the highbrow Reserve brand of small-pot coffees. The coffee giant also said a Reserve roastery and tasting room in Seattle, where it will shift all roasting for small-batch …

Don’t be chicken: Grill it this way

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I can’t be the only one, can I? It’s too obvious. It’s too easy. Isn’t it? And just because I haven’t heard of anyone else doing it, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t millions and millions of people out there doing it. Right? Here is the deal: When …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Here’s Johnny

Thursday, September 4, 2014

My friend Becky, who lives in Arizona, was in the area recently for a cousin’s wedding, and I suggested we get together for a cocktail. I didn’t have to twist her arm. We headed to Johnny’s Tavern at …

The culinary high life Ancient Roman Apicius epitomized a life of excess

Friday, August 29, 2014

Apicius was such an over-the-top foodie, even by the grand standards of the Roman Empire, that his name not only became synonymous with the culinary high life but, so scholars believe, also the popular title for a cookbook …