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Lou and Lucy’s Leftovers: To brine or not to brine the bird

Friday, November 21, 2014

Let the eating begin. Next week we will be thrown into the eating season, starting of course with Thanksgiving. I think Thanksgiving dinner is one of my favorite holiday meals. Steeped in tradition, not stuck in it. Lots of family or not. Good food and not a ton of the added pressure and expense that seems to come along with Christmas. I hosted Thanksgiving last year at my house, but …

Drink up: Smart cocktail shaker could be the key to the perfect drink

Friday, November 21, 2014

Making the perfect cocktail is serious business. Like baking, it requires precision, the right tools and a tested recipe. But the makers of the B4RM4N, a new smart cocktail shaker, are hoping their invention is all you’ll need to become a skilled bartender. The B4RM4N works by syncing with an app on your smartphone that’s loaded with hundreds of recipes for popular cocktails. …

Good reading, good eating: New cookbooks offer intriguing dishes for holiday feasting

Friday, November 21, 2014

Some people need only one cookbook — if that. Occasionally they want one to answer questions such as how long to cook the Thanksgiving turkey. But other people yearn for the cookbooks with intriguing recipes and vivid pictures of luscious dishes. Leafing through new cookbooks makes for happy private moments, especially at this …

Chef’s Best: Thanksgiving: What can and can’t be prepped ahead

Thursday, November 13, 2014

When it comes to wrangling the Thanksgiving meal onto the table, one motto gets it right: Be prepared. Let’s face it, our national day of feasting features multiple dishes, all of which require different cooking times, temperatures and …

Chef’s Best: Spice up Thanksgiving with barbecue-rubbed turkey

Thursday, November 13, 2014

It occurred to us recently that many of the same flavors we crave on grilled meats during the summer also would be superb on roasted turkey at Thanksgiving. After all, cumin and chili powder and garlic and onion …

Price Chopper supermarket chain changing its name to Market 32

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — The Price Chopper supermarket chain plans to change the name of its 135 stores in six states to Market 32 in a $300 million rebranding move. Schenectady-based parent company Golub Corp. announced Tuesday that the change will begin in the spring as the chain modernizes …

Ale and mustard sauce flavor pork one pot meal

Friday, November 7, 2014

Juicy pork chops, potatoes and leeks lightly coated in a beer mustard sauce star in this one-pot meal. Ale is brewed from malt and hops. It’s more flavorful than beer and the color can vary from light to …

A Wine To Try: 2011 Boekenhoutskloof ‘The Chocolate Block’

Friday, November 7, 2014

A WINE TO TRY 2011 Boekenhoutskloof ‘The Chocolate Block’ Region: Franschhoek Coastal Region, South Africa Price: $28 to $40 Style: Rich and full-bodied What it goes with: Braised short ribs, oxtail stew, lamb It’s time to think about …

Valley Bounty: Local turkey

Friday, November 7, 2014

LOCAL TURKEY Fresh and frozen local turkeys are widely available in the Valley, but you need to place your order now to reserve a bird for your Thanksgiving table. There are countless ways to cook a turkey, and …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, November 7, 2014

TASTINGS Liquors 44, 238 King St., Northampton Today, 12 to 2 p.m.,Two Roads craft beer; 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Jekel Wine Spirit Haus, 338 College St., Amherst Thursday, 4 to 6 p.m. Lexington Whiskey; 4 to 7 p.m. V-One Vodka WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: A Barbary Coast Cocktail at JJ’s in Florence

Thursday, November 6, 2014

On a recent sunny Sunday, as talk turned to mixology, my friend Joe asked me if I had ever heard of a Barbary Coast Cocktail? I told him I’m familiar with the term as it relates to San …

Inventor of CorningWare ceramic glass dies in New York

Thursday, November 6, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa — S. Donald Stookey is no household name, but his best-known invention truly is: CorningWare, the durable, heat-resistant ceramic glass used since the 1950s to make millions upon millions of baked lasagnas, tuna casseroles and …

Austrian pancakes: Perfect for novices

Saturday, November 1, 2014

On a recent vacation to Austria, I was bombarded with memories of my paternal grandparents. Everywhere we traveled, we encountered the bacons and sausages my grandfather cured in his smokehouse and the sweets my gram made so lovingly …