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KEVIN GUTTING
Almeida's Country Cafe which will be opening on State Street (Rt. 202) in Belchertown near the intersection of Turkey Hill Road (Rt. 21).

Belchertown restaurateur to open new cafe on 202

Saturday, April 12, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — For years, Joan Almeida thought the land across from the Footloose School of Dance on Route 202 heading west out of the center of town, where she spent much time bringing her daughter for lessons, would be the perfect place for a restaurant. “Trust me, I’ve traveled this road many times,” she said sitting in a booth of … 0

Wine of the Week: The 2010 Borgo Scopeto goes well with just about anything

Friday, April 11, 2014

A WINE TO TRY The 2010 Borgo Scopeto Region: Tuscany, Italy Price: $12 to $15 Style: Classic What it goes with: Pasta e fagioli, pasta with duck ragu, pizza, lamb chops For a while it seemed the days of the $12 Chianti Classico were long gone as the region hit its stride and … 0

Which famous recipe for roast chicken is the best?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Julia Child used to say that you can judge the quality of a restaurant by its roast chicken. Her point: It’s so simple, with just a few ingredients. But there are endless ways to do it. How well you can execute that one dish shows a lot about what kind of cook you … 0

Great American Meals
  • KEVIN GUTTING
Holly Ghazey of Northampton helps her grandson, Robby Bates, 3, of Hatfield, wash two dolls at the Sunnyside Child Care Center table of the Brain Building Festival at Jackson Street School in Northampton Saturday. The yearly event is hosted by the Northampton public schools as part of the Week of the Young Child celebrations.

    KEVIN GUTTING Holly Ghazey of Northampton helps her grandson, Robby Bates, 3, of Hatfield, wash two dolls at the Sunnyside Child Care Center table of the Brain Building Festival at Jackson Street School in Northampton Saturday. The yearly event is hosted by the Northampton public schools as part of the Week of the Young Child celebrations. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Donovan Riley, right, of Amherst Regional, shoots against Jack Shea, of Northampton, Monday in Northampton.

    JERREY ROBERTS Donovan Riley, right, of Amherst Regional, shoots against Jack Shea, of Northampton, Monday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD

Joy Ohm ,Chiara Ohm, 18 months, Ana-Lucia Ohm, 4

    JASON PICARD Joy Ohm ,Chiara Ohm, 18 months, Ana-Lucia Ohm, 4 Purchase photo reprints »

Massachusetts promotes local beer with Craft Brewers Trail

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The state of Massachusetts has teamed up with the state’s breweries to send citizens a message about drinking beer. That message? Drink local. The Massachusetts Craft Brewers Trail highlights 47 breweries in the state. They are split into … 0

Biscuits rise in esteem: Diners can’t seem to get enough of these humble yet dreamy treats; Bakers debate the fine points

Friday, March 28, 2014

There’s a Southern influence that lately has wended its way through Los Angeles restaurants, and its emblem is the biscuit. Tender, flaky, golden biscuits have risen on menus from Manhattan Beach to Melrose Avenue. Buttermilk biscuits, oat biscuits, … 0

A Wine to Try: 2012 Broadley Vineyards Pinot Noir ‘Shea Vineyard’

Friday, March 28, 2014

A WINE TO TRY 2012 Broadley Vineyards Pinot Noir ‘Shea Vineyard’ Willamette Valley, Oregon $33 to $50 Rich and full-bodied Goes with: Calf’s liver, quail, roast chicken, pot pie This is a great example of Willamette Valley Pinot … 0

Mystery is the spice of life, or is it vice versa?

Friday, March 28, 2014

I was preparing for our annual holiday posole party and needed some chile molido. I knew I had some, somewhere in my spice cabinet. And sure enough, I did - after half an hour of frenzied digging, I … 0

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, March 28, 2014

TASTINGS Amherst Wine & Spirits, 233 N. Pleasant St., Amherst Today, 2-5 p.m., wine Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton Today, 1 p.m., Headwater Cider; 4:30 p.m., wine Wednesday, 5-7:30, wine Friday, 5 p.m., wine WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4-6 p.m., wine; Leeds … 0

Valley Bounty: Pork

Friday, March 28, 2014

PORK Pulled pork, pork chops, empanadas, tamales, dumplings, big roasts or a little bit of bacon added for flavor; there are a lot of ways to eat a pig. Local farmers are raising a variety of pigs and … 0

Co-op pushes membership drive to create grocery in Amherst center

Friday, March 28, 2014

AMHERST — When Louis’ Foods moved into its new site on University Drive in 1986, the departure left Amherst center without a full-service grocery store. Sometime in 2015, organizers of the Amherst Community Co-op hope to bring a … 0

Chef’s Best: Turning raw kale into a salad you will crave

Friday, March 28, 2014

There was a time when kale was just ornamental. Then suddenly it became a culinary superstar. And with good reason. Because once you start eating kale, it will become the “new normal” base for your salads. It has … 0

Big demand for Small Oven: New bakery opens in Easthampton

Friday, March 28, 2014

EASTHAMPTON Bakers Amanda Milazzo and Julie Copoulos thought there was a demand in Easthampton for made-from-scratch baked goods because the city had not had a bakery shop in 2½ years, ever since Sunrise Pastry Shop on Cottage Street … 2

New restaurants open in Amherst, Works Bakery Cafe, and Hadley, Moe’s Southwest Grill

Thursday, March 27, 2014

AMHERST — Two “fast-casual” restaurants have opened in Amherst and Hadley in recent days. In Amherst, at 48 North Pleasant St., the Works Bakery Cafe began serving customers Wednesday morning, and in Hadley, at 379 Russell St., Moe’s Southwest Grill started business on March 20. The Works is … 0