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Food / Dining

Valley Bounty: Tomatoes

Friday, September 4, 2015

Tomatoes It’s time to focus on tomatoes. First, eating them, in all their juicy, multi-colored glory. Second, preserving them. Here’s an easy method: Line a rimmed cookie sheet with one layer of halved tomatoes, skin side down. Add herbs, peeled garlic, salt and pepper and a drizzle of oil. Roast at 275 degrees …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Grillmaster Lou fesses up about hamburgers

Friday, September 4, 2015

I have a confession to make. Despite a brand-new Weber gas grill and a well-used large charcoal grill beckoning to me on my mancave-deck, the last three times I’ve cooked hamburgers I’ve done them in a screamingly hot, cast-iron frying pan on my gas stove. (Excuse the long sentence, I lost the period key for a few seconds there). And they were delicious. …

Great American Meals
  • CAROL LOLLIS
Kim Dion of Easthampton, plays his Monocord at Nashawannuck Pond Wednesday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Kim Dion of Easthampton, plays his Monocord at Nashawannuck Pond Wednesday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Katie Joyce of Northampton enjoys a book on the quiet north beach of Puffer's Pond in N. Amherst on Wednesday. The south beach can be seen at far right.

    KEVIN GUTTING Katie Joyce of Northampton enjoys a book on the quiet north beach of Puffer's Pond in N. Amherst on Wednesday. The south beach can be seen at far right. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Moises Dias waters his plots at the Northampton Community Gardens Monday. He is in his second season at the garden and is growing a wide variety of vegetables including tomatoes, green beans, carrots, lettuce, kale and beets as well as flowers.

    JERREY ROBERTS Moises Dias waters his plots at the Northampton Community Gardens Monday. He is in his second season at the garden and is growing a wide variety of vegetables including tomatoes, green beans, carrots, lettuce, kale and beets as well as flowers. Purchase photo reprints »

Federal grant bears fruit — and vegetables — for community food program

Monday, August 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — A three-year, $284,000 federal grant has yielded a bumper crop of results, agreed all four recipients of the community food program that the money funded. State and federal officials who gathered Wednesday at Just Roots Community …

Let’s Eat: Fried Zucchini Pasta

Friday, August 21, 2015

This is about the time of year when everyone and his brother, mother and second cousin are trying to give away homegrown zucchini squash. Yet one can eat only so much of the vegetable grilled, stuffed with meat …

Is refrigerating tomatoes really a bad idea?

Friday, August 21, 2015

Tomato season is here. For years I’ve been telling people not to store tomatoes in the refrigerator, but I recently came across an article on the reliable website Serious Eats that called that into question. Culinary director Daniel …

Cilantro: Putting its potent taste to work in sauces, meats and an addictive batch of hummus

Friday, August 21, 2015

In the Bible, the manna that fell from heaven to feed the Israelites on their journey out of Egypt was described as being like coriander seeds. Or to put it another way, the seeds of the cilantro plant. …

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 …