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JERREY ROBERTS
A Dressed in Black cocktail at Spoleto in Northampton.

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 work the following day. I arrived first and settled in at the bar, where Chris asked me what I’d like to drink. I told him I was waiting for someone, but a glass of water with lemon would be nice. Amy soon arrived and we ordered Spoleto’s famous Gorgonzola bread and a Margherita pizza. Amy had her usual, a Cosmopolitan with a diet soda on the side, …

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 the Oscars this year, now might be a good time to get your cocktail act …

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 permanent,” Seema Bhatia told the Gazette. “Business wasn’t doing that well. We tried very hard …

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Allison Johndrow,13, puts on the finishing touches to a snow man she and her brother,   Luke,10 Johndrow of Westhampton,built in their yard Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Allison Johndrow,13, puts on the finishing touches to a snow man she and her brother, Luke,10 Johndrow of Westhampton,built in their yard Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

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Wielding an umbrella for some protection against the wet spring-like snow, Yao Wu makes her way to work at the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton on Friday morning during a snowstorm that dropped about 4 inches on the area and caught many residents by surprise.

    KEVIN GUTTING Wielding an umbrella for some protection against the wet spring-like snow, Yao Wu makes her way to work at the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton on Friday morning during a snowstorm that dropped about 4 inches on the area and caught many residents by surprise. Purchase photo reprints »

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Zachary Holmes, 21, center, during a hearing to determine his release from jail Friday at Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton.

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Valle Bounty: Chicken

Friday, January 22, 2016

Chicken For those who eat meat, chicken is an all-purpose food, associated with summer barbecues and winter comfort meals alike. Roasting a whole chicken can provide several meals, including leftovers for use in chicken salad or burritos and …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou is an open book

Friday, January 22, 2016

My kitchen table is covered with four cookbooks, all opened wide to recipes I’ve had on my mind lately. Here’s a brief rundown of the four recipes I’m attempting this week: Coconut-Chocolate Bread: This is from the “My Bread” cookbook by Jim Lahey. He’s the founder of the …

Salad days: Digging into to some delicious, nutritious dishes

Friday, January 22, 2016

Well, that was fun while it lasted. The cakes, the cookies, the candy canes and champagne — they’re all increasingly fleeting memories. Now it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty. It’s time for salads. Don’t groan. …

Trader Joe’s in Hadley removes cashews from shelves over salmonella concern

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Trader Joe’s has issued a recall on cashews that may be contaminated with salmonella in stores throughout Massachusetts. The store in Hadley has pulled all cashews from its shelves. “If you have been eating the cashews, and you are perfectly fine, then they are OK,” said a spokesman …

In search of more living wage: Amherst shop adds $2 an hour to formerly minimum wage jobs

Sunday, January 17, 2016

AMHERST — The long commute from her home in Orange to her workplace at the Glazed Doughnut Shop in downtown Amherst is always a factor Siiri Paton weighs when deciding whether to remain employed in the college town. …

Valley Bounty: Pickles

Friday, January 15, 2016

Pickles Pickles provide a refreshing counterpoint to warm winter foods, and they’re easy to make — this time of year, possible ingredients include radishes, turnips, onions, carrots or cabbage. Quick vinegar pickles can be ready to eat in …

Eat Up: Perfect cake?

Friday, January 15, 2016

Perfect cake? New from Duncan Hines is Perfect Size cake mix, which makes a small one-layer cake, and comes complete with frosting mix and a small (one-use) pan. The pan is 6 inches in diameter, so according to …

Stir pasta into a spicy Thai meal in a flash

Friday, January 15, 2016

The early morning noodle vendor in Thailand is a familiar sight. He draws people out to buy the first meal of the day and to chat with their neighbors. Noodles of all types play and important roll in …

Lou and Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy savors a freebie

Friday, January 15, 2016

Who doesn’t like a freebie? I certainly do. I’m not really talking about the junk that somebody leaves at the curb with a big free sign on it. Not that there is anything wrong with that. I am sure we have all done it to get rid of …

Familiar Route 9 eatery in Hadley reopens as Johnny’s Roadside Diner

Sunday, January 10, 2016

HADLEY — Enjoying hot coffee and cream-cheese-covered bagels at their booth, two longtime customers of the only diner on Route 9 were pleased to be back at the establishment Thursday morning. “This used to be very popular,” said …