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CAROL LOLLIS
Star and Rain Drooker at the Evolution Cafe in Florence.

Charting the evolution of grief

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Star Drooker, owner of Cafe Evolution in Florence, is sharing more than just his popular tofu dishes and vegan cupcakes with patrons as the cafe celebrates its 10th anniversary Sunday, Valentine’s Day. Cafe Evolution will host a screening of Drooker’s documentary film “Salmonboy” at 5 p.m. Sunday. The film follows Drooker and his family over a 20-year period …

Staying home on Valentine’s Day is easy with these scallops

Friday, February 12, 2016

This Valentine’s Day, take a pass on the expected. As in, ditch the restaurant reservations. You’re just going to get overcharged for so-so food, anyway. Instead, stay home and show your lover how much you care by assembling this simple — but impressive — baked scallop dinner. The beauty is that this recipe …

Going for grains that aren’t run of the mill

Friday, February 12, 2016

Apart from rice, most of the grain we eat is consumed as the flour used in prepared foods. We eat wheat as breads, crackers, cakes, cookies and breakfast foods, but rarely as whole grains; corn comes in chips, tortillas, cereals, polenta, corn bread and corn syrup far more often than it appears as …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: But ... watch out for the worm

Thursday, February 4, 2016

“We’re overdue for cocktails,” my friend Amy gently admonished me when we ran into each other recently, and I couldn’t have agreed more. We made plans to meet at Spoleto Restaurant, at One Bridge Street in Northampton, after …

Serving up cocktails with a cinematic twist for the Oscars

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Silver shakers and the silver screen go back a long time. Think French 75 from “Casablanca” and Agent 007’s dry martinis. So for those of you planning to drink along at home for the Feb. 28 showing of …

Downtown Northampton Subway shop closes because ‘there’s so much competition in that area’

Friday, January 29, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — After opening about 15 months ago, the Subway sandwich shop in downtown Northampton closed this week. The owners of the franchise, Seema and Sanjeev Bhatia of Easthampton, cited slow business and closed after Tuesday. “It is …

Big brother finally comes through

Friday, January 29, 2016

McManis Family Vineyards, Petite Sirah; California, 2014; $11.99 When I was growing up as the youngest of four boys, I didn’t always get the straight scoop from my older brothers. For example, although I was the smallest of the crowd and about 4 years old, they convinced me …

Eat Up: Baked Alaska

Friday, January 29, 2016

BAKED ALASKA “Change” has changed. Consider “cell change,” “climate change.” Change, once a lighthearted switch, now serves as grim euphemism. Change is not good. But cheer up, Baked Alaska is a delicious constant in this changing world. And …

Like some heat with your sweet? Try Mexican-spiced brownies

Friday, January 29, 2016

Mexican hot chocolate is a beloved beverage made from chocolate (no surprise there) combined with cinnamon and another spice or two to bring up the heat. The combination of spicy and chocolate just plain works, and I wanted …

Friday, January 29, 2016

Beets Google beets, and the top returns promise super health benefits and sell beet powder. I was more interested in beets as regular, delicious, food, and decided to abandon Google and turn to local farms. There, I found …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy gets ready for National Snack Day

Friday, January 29, 2016

Sorry, Pats fans about the loss. The Patriots will not be playing next Sunday. But look on the bright side, Pats fans will be able to concentrate on the actual holiday, National Snack Day! This is my annual roundup of interesting snacks that I have seen pop up …

Chef’s Best: Baked Alaska — A delicious constant in a changing world

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Change used to be good. Remember? “Change is good” championed motion indiscriminately. But times change. Now we prefer to stay put. “It is what it is” celebrates stasis. “Change” has changed. Consider “cell change.” Consider “climate change.” Change, …

Whole Foods recalls 74,000 pounds of mislabeled pizza

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

HADLEY — Whole Foods Market recalled nearly 74,000 pounds of pepperoni pizza products from its stores in New England, New York and New Jersey after federal food inspectors discovered the products had been mislabeled, officials said. The recall applies to Whole Foods’ store brand 8-inch and 12-inch pepperoni …