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Food / Dining

Roast beef , vegetables and fruit

Valley Bounty: Local beef

Friday, December 19, 2014

Roast Beef In my family, the Christmas table celebrates local food just like the Thanksgiving table does. Every Christmas Eve, the main entrée is a select roast from one of my family’s small herd of cows. For those of you with similar “roast beast” traditions like the Whos in Whoville, order your cut of meat for the holiday table from your local farmer or butcher before it’s too late. For sources of holiday roasts, marinade recipes and cooking tips, visit the Valley Bounty page at www.buylocalfood.org. — Abby Getman of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Kung Fu Girl Riesling: Seriously good despite the whimsy

Friday, December 19, 2014

Kung Fu Girl Riesling Washington State 2013, $11.99 I find it rewarding when the big national wine magazines write about something that you can actually find on the shelves of a neighborhood store. In this case, the 2013 Kung Fu Girl Riesling, a serious, dry Washington white wine with an artsy label and …

A Hanukkah tradition: Brisket, latkes and tzimmes

Friday, December 19, 2014

It’s all a matter of cause and effect. The cause is that in 164 BC, a group of Jews led by Judah Maccabee captured the former Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, which had been turned into a pagan shrine by brutal King Antiochus IV. The effect is that Jews today eat latkes for Hanukkah. …

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Tim Brennan stands near Union Station in Northampton Thursday where a train platform is being built.

    JERREY ROBERTS Tim Brennan stands near Union Station in Northampton Thursday where a train platform is being built. Purchase photo reprints »

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the signage of the Wanczyk Evergreen Nursery and Christmas trees are seen in Hadley, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA the signage of the Wanczyk Evergreen Nursery and Christmas trees are seen in Hadley, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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(L-R) Gerard Peters, of Easthampton, Tricia Dandrea and Matthew Watkins, of Leeds, laugh as they have a conversation during a holiday luncheon hosted by National Honor Society at the Oliver Smith Restaurant at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA (L-R) Gerard Peters, of Easthampton, Tricia Dandrea and Matthew Watkins, of Leeds, laugh as they have a conversation during a holiday luncheon hosted by National Honor Society at the Oliver Smith Restaurant at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

Ask a Cook: Freezing unbaked biscuits shouldn’t diminish their goodness

Friday, December 12, 2014

Q: I would like to make biscuits ahead of my holiday meal. Should I partially bake them and then freeze them, or freeze them unbaked? Or is this impossible? A: It’s not impossible at all. It’s easy to freeze unbaked biscuits. It works best with baking-powder biscuit recipes. …

Madame Barfly: A spike of spice gives go-to cocktails holiday flair

Friday, December 12, 2014

As a nine-year veteran of the restaurant business, I’ve learned a worthy trick or two. In this monthly column I will share trade secrets and scope out what’s shaking at local bars. Craft cocktails are all the rage …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, December 12, 2014

TASTINGS Amherst Wine & Spirits, 308 College Street, Amherst Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m., Port with walnuts and Stilton cheese Liquors 44, 238 King St., Northampton Saturday, 12 to 3 p.m., Brut Dargent & JP Chenet Sparkling Wine; 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Bluepoint Brewery Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., …

Valley Bounty: Festive Drinks

Friday, December 12, 2014

Festive Drinks Local ciders, beers, wines and liqueur infusions make great gifts and good treats to serve to out-of-towners. Mulled ciders are easy to make in a crock pot with local apple cider, cinnamon, clove and allspice. Serving …

Lou and Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou makes his Christmas list - and it's a doozy

Friday, December 12, 2014

There are just a few things I want for Christmas this year. Please feel free to get just one of them, unless of course the spirit moves you to get more than one. A larger kitchen. I’ve run out of space for all my culinary things. They’re spilling …

Chef’s Best: Dress up your chocolate chip cookies for the holidays

Thursday, December 11, 2014

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or so they say. But why is this so? Is it the kids Jingle Belling? Is it everyone telling you “Be of good cheer”? Does that even happen anymore? No, …

Beloved Hadley Korean Restaurant Gohyang to close its doors this week; owner Hyunjeong Kim to head back to Korea for family issues

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HADLEY — Its name means “hometown,” but the restaurant that has been a home away from home for its owner could not keep her from a family crisis in her native land. Hyunjeong Kim, owner of the Gohyang …

Locavores takes to deer hunting

Friday, December 5, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A decades-long national decline in the number of hunters has prompted states to tap into a new group of hunters — people who demand locally produced food, but don’t know the first thing about bagging …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: An uncommonly smooth but still hearty Malbec to ease winter’s chill

Friday, December 5, 2014

Domaine Bousquet Malbec Reserve, $10.99 As the temperatures have receded, the red wine season is upon us, and one of my favorites is Malbec. It’s a flinty wine, high in tannins, produced from gritty deep purple grapes grown …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, December 5, 2014

TASTINGS Amherst Wine & Spirits, 308 College Street, Amherst Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m., Cabernet Sauvignon, U.S. style Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton Thursday, 4:30 p.m., Special combo tasting of Bantam Ciders and Spencer Trappist Ale Liquors 44, 238 King St., Northampton Friday, 3 to 5 p.m., Guinness …