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A Gin and Tonic made with with Barr Hill Gin from Vermont, at Northampton Brewery

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Hanging in there for the last gasp of summer

Thursday, September 3, 2015

It was a hot summer day and I was parched, so I made my way to the Northampton Brewery at 13 Old South St., in search of a refreshing cocktail. I debated whether to imbibe inside with the air conditioning, or outside at the deck bar. I opted for the fresh air. The bartender, Aubrey, greeted me and I told her I was in the mood for a Gin and Tonic. I ordered the catfish bites to complement the drink. The Gin and Tonic isn’t fancy, but it is a classic — and it is the quintessential summer drink. Gin originated in Holland where it …

Chef’s Best: When the apple itch strikes, bust out this easy baked treat

Thursday, September 3, 2015

During my freshman year at the University of Vermont, I became a pro at apple picking, and at cooking up all those apples I picked. I probably know at least 20 different ways to bake an apple! So ever since college, it just doesn’t feel like fall without a slew of apple recipes …

New Atkins store opens in North Amherst Mill District

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — Bins filled with corn, lettuce and tomatoes — as well as tables displaying locally grown fruits and vegetables, including apples and peaches — will greet customers entering the new Atkins Farms Country Market satellite store in North Amherst. “The mainstay at Atkins has been the produce,” said store manager Matt O’Brien. …

Madame Barfly: Hope and Olive’s cocktails take cues from the kitchen

Friday, August 21, 2015

Jim Zaccara says his bar is an appletini-free zone. Zaccara, 45, grew up working in restaurants, and bartending was always his forte. When he began making his own style of cocktail at his first full-bar restaurant — Hope …

Valley Bounty: Juicy Fruit

Friday, August 21, 2015

Juicy fruit Peaches, plums, and melons are hard to eat without getting sticky, but no matter — whether you rinse off demurely with a washcloth, dump a bucket of water over your head or take a swim, you’ll be glad for the sweet taste in your mouth and …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou raids the pantry

Friday, August 21, 2015

What does having a well-stocked pantry allow you to do on the spur of the moment? Why, make the following tuna/bean salad, of course. In a large bowl: Toss in a jar of tuna in olive oil, drained. About three ounces. Throw in a can of white beans, …

Andy Yee and family to open restaurant at site of former Route 9 Diner

Thursday, August 20, 2015

HADLEY — A family that owns and operates several restaurants in the Pioneer Valley — including four in Amherst and South Hadley — intends to reopen the former Route 9 Diner as Johnny’s Roadside Diner this fall. Andy …

Herrell’s Ice Cream in Northampton to expand space and sweet offerings in Thornes Marketplace

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Herrell’s Ice Cream is planning to expand its Thornes Marketplace location in order to offer more treats to more people — with additional space to move around. “We’re renovating because we’re tripping over each other,” Herrell’s …

Food-truck festival in Northampton canceled after earlier postponement

Friday, August 14, 2015

UPDATE: The Northampton Survival Center benefit referenced in the story below has been moved to Sunday, Aug. 19. NORTHAMPTON — An inaugural food-truck festival expected to draw nearly 3,000 people to the Three-County Fairgrounds this weekend has been …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy’s faux pas

Friday, August 14, 2015

I recently read a top 10 synopsis of a book called “The Pocket Butler: A Compact Guide to Modern Manners, Business Etiquette and Everyday Entertaining.” The article cut to the chase and listed 10 pearls of wisdom, as the writer called it, of what not to do at …

Dinner companions: Dishes that pair well with wines from Hadley's Mount Warner Vineyards

Friday, August 14, 2015

When you think of vineyards do you see landscapes of grape vines blanketing California’s Napa Valley or climbing the hills of Italy’s Tuscany region? Or, do you picture the green banks of the Rhine filled with the grapes …

Eat up

Friday, August 14, 2015

Tomatoes galore We’re coming up on Tomato Fest time at Red Fire Farm in Granby. Ryan and Sarah Voiland will be offering tastings of over 100 varieties of tomatoes Aug. 22 at their farm at 7 Carver St. …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Frontera Sauvignon Blanc’s flavor shines in a summer spritzer

Friday, August 14, 2015

Frontera Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, Chile’s Central Valley, $11 I don’t often write about what some would derisively call “industrial wine,” but Frontera, the big-batch line from Concha y Toro, is an exception. However, I’m not going to extol …