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Moe’s Southwest Grill to open in two weeks on King Street in Northampton

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The owner of the Hadley franchise of Moe’s Southwest Grill is gearing up to open another franchise in Northampton, next to Stop & Shop, in space formerly occupied by Blockbuster Video. Sagar Shah, 30, of Connecticut, appeared Wednesday before the License Commission seeking a license to open the restaurant at 228 King St. The commission unanimously approved the license. Moe’s is a national burrito chain founded in Atlanta …

Easter and chocolate: Hand in hand

Friday, March 27, 2015

Looking back at the traditional agriculture year shows us the origins of most Easter foods, but tells us nothing about one vital treat: chocolate. It’s a newcomer to the festivities because until the 19th century it was impossible to separate the cocoa butter from the cocoa solids, so chocolate was only palatable as …

Easter feast: Holiday sweets and luscious leftovers

Friday, March 27, 2015

Wouldn’t it be terrific if our local asparagus were with us for Easter? It tastes wonderful with both ham and lamb, which are Easter dinner favorites, but, of course, we can’t expect it to pop through the ground until early May. And that will be too late for Easter dinner. But no vegetable …

Great American Meals
  • JERREY ROBERTS
Christopher Petersen and Nicole Metcalf practice ballet during a class for adults earlier this month at Amherst Ballet.

    JERREY ROBERTS Christopher Petersen and Nicole Metcalf practice ballet during a class for adults earlier this month at Amherst Ballet. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MICKY BEDELL
Joan O'Brien, 56, walks her dog Sally down East Street in Northampton on Wednesday, March 25.

    MICKY BEDELL
Joan O'Brien, 56, walks her dog Sally down East Street in Northampton on Wednesday, March 25. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Jim Brooks of Northampton takes a recreational shell out for a row on the Connecticut River. The oars are fixed into the oar locks so the blade is "square," the best angle to power through the water, but this immobilization also keeps the blade from being "feathered," or turned parallel to the surface, during the return stroke out of the water.

    KEVIN GUTTING Jim Brooks of Northampton takes a recreational shell out for a row on the Connecticut River. The oars are fixed into the oar locks so the blade is "square," the best angle to power through the water, but this immobilization also keeps the blade from being "feathered," or turned parallel to the surface, during the return stroke out of the water. Purchase photo reprints »

A wine to try: 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel

Friday, March 20, 2015

A Wine to Try 2013 Bedrock “Old Vine” Zinfandel Region: California Price: About $25 Style: Gorgeous fruit with a dark undertone Full of craggy character, the 2013 Bedrock “Old Vine” Zinfandel carries the taste of dark, wizened berries, …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou has too much time on his hands

Friday, March 20, 2015

Having read way too many articles about coping with retirement, I realized when I packed it in at the end of February that I shouldn’t rush right in and try to tackle major tasks that had been delayed for years. All these articles screamed: TAKE YOUR TIME. YOU …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Platinum Pony’s cutting-edge Cuban Manhattan

Thursday, March 19, 2015

It was actually research I was doing about Boston micro-distilleries that led me to the Platinum Pony in Easthampton. The bar/restaurant/night club at 30 Cottage St. is one of just two locations in the Pioneer Valley that carries …

10 fresh ideas for turning toast into something exciting

Thursday, March 19, 2015

We’re not entirely sure what the difference is between a classic open-faced sandwich and the suddenly hip world of toast with toppings. Then again, maybe it doesn’t much matter. A thick slab of lightly toasted good quality bread …

Feds aim to halt fishing fraud by tracking seafood imports

Sunday, March 15, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — In an effort to eradicate illegal fishing and seafood fraud, the Obama Administration is launching a fish tracking system that would eventually tell consumers where their fish was caught, processed and stored. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews announced the initiative at the Seafood …

Surprise gift delivers welcome sunshine

Friday, March 13, 2015

March, aptly named, is a slow, obligatory trudge. The scenery is best indoors: cup, counter, cookbook. A moment startled, one morning, by the buzzer; the man in the brown uniform handed off a brown box. Small, heavy and …

Emerald tradition: On St. Patrick’s Day corned beef is king — but not in Ireland

Friday, March 13, 2015

You don’t have to be Irish-American to eat corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s the iconic must-have meal on March 17. Other holiday foods range from green bagels for breakfast to green-frosted cookies for snack …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: A white Spanish wine for all seasons

Friday, March 13, 2015

Marques de Caceres’ Verdejo In the last couple of years, I may have had wines made from the white wine grape Verdejo, but I didn’t give them much thought until recently when I had a glass at an …

Valley Bounty: Maple Syrup

Friday, March 13, 2015

Maple Syrup One of the delights of local eating is the return of seasonal foods, like much-missed friends greeted joyfully after a long journey away. Despite the year-round availability of local syrup, the short stretch of cold nights …

Whole-wheat pasta redeemed with chard and cheese

Thursday, March 12, 2015

No matter how unimpeachable whole-wheat pasta is in terms of nutritional cred, I’ve always found it off-putting. Sure, it has more fiber and whole-grain nutrition. But it always struck me as rather spineless and dull. And as someone …