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Critics spend heavily in bottle bill fight

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Opponents of a proposed expansion of the state’s bottle deposit law have poured another $2.4 million into a campaign to defeat the November ballot question. The opponents, which includes supermarkets and the Washington-based American Beverage Association — had already spent $5.4 million to help pay for ads aimed at persuading voters to reject the proposal. The question would expand the state’s nickel deposit law to include bottled …

A taste of tech: Devices changing the game for restaurants and patrons

Friday, September 19, 2014

From taco stands to sit-down restaurants, technology is changing the way we order, pay and even dine while eating out. Want to peruse the news or occupy your fidgety kids at the table? There’s a tablet for that. Want to call ahead your order and pay by your phone? There’s an app for …

Want to be a better cook? Choose the right pan for the task at hand

Friday, September 19, 2014

Picking the perfect pan for cooking may seem simple enough. A frying pan for scrambled eggs and burgers. A huge pot for boiling pasta or sweet corn. If you want to cook well, though, choosing the right pan for a particular technique or recipe can mean the difference between culinary success and lousy …

Great American Meals
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Northampton Fire Capt. Matthew Lemberg leaves a resident of Forest Glen Drive after going door-to-door to evacuate about 10 houses on the street which were downwind from a ruptured gas line at 85 Cahillane Terrace Monday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Northampton Fire Capt. Matthew Lemberg leaves a resident of Forest Glen Drive after going door-to-door to evacuate about 10 houses on the street which were downwind from a ruptured gas line at 85 Cahillane Terrace Monday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Stephen Pripstein, who is the father of Jessica Ann Pripstein, speaks Monday at Hampshire County Courthouse after Ryan D. Welch was found guilty of murdering Jessica. In the background is Lenore Davies, left, a sister, and Lynn Terenowicz, a friend.

    JERREY ROBERTS Stephen Pripstein, who is the father of Jessica Ann Pripstein, speaks Monday at Hampshire County Courthouse after Ryan D. Welch was found guilty of murdering Jessica. In the background is Lenore Davies, left, a sister, and Lynn Terenowicz, a friend. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton Fire Capt. Matthew Lemberg, left, and Deputy Chief David Gagne look at a Mercedes SUV that backed into the Lathrop Community meetinghouse at 1 Shallowbrook Drive in Northampton about 4 p.m. Monday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Northampton Fire Capt. Matthew Lemberg, left, and Deputy Chief David Gagne look at a Mercedes SUV that backed into the Lathrop Community meetinghouse at 1 Shallowbrook Drive in Northampton about 4 p.m. Monday. Purchase photo reprints »

Market Basket recovering after turmoil

Sunday, September 7, 2014

RAYNHAM — Alice Farrington has her pick of four supermarkets, all a quick drive from her home. But this week, instead of going to one of those stores, she drove about 10 miles to shop at a place she’s heard a lot about lately: Market Basket, the family-owned …

How civilized! Have a brunch with sweet rolls, bread pudding, granola parfaits

Friday, September 5, 2014

‘Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting,” wrote Guy Beringer in Britain’s 1895 Hunter’s Weekly, in an article titled “Brunch: A Plea.” “It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and …

Recipe: Savory Bread Pudding With Sausage Gravy

Friday, September 5, 2014

1 hour, 10 minutes, plus soaking time. Serves 10 to 12 BREAD PUDDING 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon oil 1 onion, chopped 1 pound button or crimini mushrooms, thinly sliced ⅓ cup sherry or dry white wine 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme Salt and freshly ground pepper 3 …

Recipe: Summer Fruit and Yogurt Parfait With Homemade Granola

Friday, September 5, 2014

1 hour, plus cooling time for the granola. Serves 6 to 8 HOMEMADE GRANOLA 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons wheat bran 1 cup pecan halves 1 cup sliced almonds 1½ cups unsweetened flaked coconut 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon …

Recipe: Maple Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

Friday, September 5, 2014

1 hour, 40 minutes plus rising time. Serves 12 ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons milk 1 package active dry yeast (2½ teaspoons) ⅓ cup sugar, divided 3 eggs, divided 10 tablespoons butter (11/4 sticks), at room temperature, diced into ½-inch pieces; plus 2 tablespoons butter, melted, divided 3½ …

Too much civilization? Rediscover joy of campfire cooking

Friday, September 5, 2014

The scents of wood smoke and burnt sugar remind many people of times spent around a campfire singeing marshmallows for s’mores. Few people ever move beyond cooking marshmallows or at most, a hot dog on a stick, over …

Valley Bounty: Fennel

Friday, September 5, 2014

FENNEL Voluptuous bulbs of fennel are back in season and can be found in grocery stores, at farmers markets and in CSA shares. Crunchy and sweet, fennel loves to be grilled, sautéed or eaten raw. It’s an excellent …

Starbucks to try new store sizes

Friday, September 5, 2014

Starbucks plans to roll out several new store formats, including bite-sized “express” stores plus more than 100 boutiques dedicated to the highbrow Reserve brand of small-pot coffees. The coffee giant also said a Reserve roastery and tasting room in Seattle, where it will shift all roasting for small-batch …

Don’t be chicken: Grill it this way

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I can’t be the only one, can I? It’s too obvious. It’s too easy. Isn’t it? And just because I haven’t heard of anyone else doing it, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t millions and millions of people out there doing it. Right? Here is the deal: When …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Here’s Johnny

Thursday, September 4, 2014

My friend Becky, who lives in Arizona, was in the area recently for a cousin’s wedding, and I suggested we get together for a cocktail. I didn’t have to twist her arm. We headed to Johnny’s Tavern at …