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Food / Dining

Yakitori

Thursday, July 2, 2015

TERIYAKI GLAZE • Combine 2 cups mirin and 2 cups white wine. Bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes to cook off alcohol. • Add 6 tablespoons brown sugar and stir until dissolved. • Add 1 cup soy sauce and 5-6 slices of crushed fresh ginger. Simmer until thickened to a light syrup. 2) TSUKUNE (CHICKEN MEATBALLS) • Combine 1 pound ground chicken, 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger, 2 teaspoons …

Valley Bounty: Sugar Snap Peas

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sugar Snap Peas Sugar snap peas are a recent and widely successful addition to the pea family. Introduced in the late 1970s, these plump, sweet edible pod peas are a top seller for some regional seed companies and an early summer treat. Mostly, I eat them raw, but I’m eager to try grilling …

Beach Eats in our own backyard: No need to head to the ocean for fresh seafood

Friday, June 26, 2015

Under a hot sun, a subtle breeze carries the scent of fried seafood out to the lot outside Captain Jack’s Roadside Shack on Route 10 in Easthampton where customers are dining on the fresh fish at picnic tables dotting the area. The clams, scallops and pollack served by restaurant owner Kevin Sahagian are …

Great American Meals
  • PHOEBE JONES
Tyson Serpone, 16 months, leads the Peoples Institute annual fourth of July parade through downtown Northampton Thursday morning.

    PHOEBE JONES Tyson Serpone, 16 months, leads the Peoples Institute annual fourth of July parade through downtown Northampton Thursday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Maya Constantine, 3,  and her mother Jenny Boas at the Cup and Top Cafe in Florence Wednesday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Maya Constantine, 3, and her mother Jenny Boas at the Cup and Top Cafe in Florence Wednesday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
Jenn Seredjko, bottom left, and Chris Volonte, both of Kestrel Land Trust, retrieve four American Kestrel chicks from their nesting box for banding Wednesday at New England Falconry in Hadley. Kestrel Land Trust has been working with the U.S. Forest Service, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Mass Audubon, and others to study kestrel populations in hopes of determining and addressing the causes of the Kestrel's rapidly declining population.

    DAN LITTLE Jenn Seredjko, bottom left, and Chris Volonte, both of Kestrel Land Trust, retrieve four American Kestrel chicks from their nesting box for banding Wednesday at New England Falconry in Hadley. Kestrel Land Trust has been working with the U.S. Forest Service, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Mass Audubon, and others to study kestrel populations in hopes of determining and addressing the causes of the Kestrel's rapidly declining population. Purchase photo reprints »

Taste of Amherst begins Thursday for 24th year

Sunday, June 14, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst Town Common will be filled with food vendors, music and children’s activities when the Taste of Amherst begins Thursday. Now in its 24th year, the food festival will feature 21 area restaurants bringing their signature …

Veggies and cheese: A perfect pairing

Friday, June 12, 2015

It’s June and local vegetables are busting out all over. Asparagus has been with us for a few weeks and will stay for a little while longer. Arugula, spinach and early lettuces are also gladdening gardeners’ and farmers’ …

Beerhunter: Brews in Peru include a nice surprise

Friday, June 12, 2015

The American craft beer landscape is an ever-expanding picture, but if you want to call yourself a seasoned beerhunter, you need to wander off the map from time to time. So in late May I set off on vacation to Peru, primed to enjoy a break from routine …

Valley Bounty: Strawberries

Friday, June 12, 2015

Strawberries Local strawberries lead the parade of sweet and juicy summer fruit. And they’re here! Don’t skimp on the strawberry desserts — or the local whipped cream on top — but remember that strawberries can star in salads, …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou can’t let go

Friday, June 12, 2015

I’ve been told by certain friends that my wife is funnier than I am. That always makes me laugh. Yuk. Yuk. But now I’m starting to believe them. We’ve been in the process of decluttering our house and my wife actually has asked me the following hilarious questions: …

Eat Up: S’Mores Oreos

Friday, June 12, 2015

S’Mores Oreos The folks at the National Biscuit Co. (it’s officially been called Nabisco since 1971, but we prefer the old-fashioned name) have been playing around with their signature Oreo cookie, and they have come up with a …

Chef’s Best: Strawberry chicken ... why not?

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Now is the best time of the year. It’s strawberry time. So juicy. So sweet. So delicious. So soft-tender on your tongue. No sensation in the world can compare to eating a plump, sun-warmed strawberry straight off the …

Salmon two ways: Electric smoker: Smoked; Gas grill: Cedar-planked salmon

Friday, June 5, 2015

Grills are made-to-order for cooking fish. What follows are two easy methods for a side or large filet of salmon. Or steelhead trout. Or bluefish (Outstanding in the smoker!!!!!). Electric smoker: Smoked salmon Marinate the fish for a couple of hours or overnight. Mix together ½-cup of soy …

Whole chicken two ways: Gas grill: Spatched-cocked with bricks; Charcoal grill: Beer-can chicken

Friday, June 5, 2015

Charcoal grill: Beer-can Chicken There are few things better than a whole beer-can chicken on a charcoal grill. Simple to prepare, simple to wow your company with. 1 (4-pound) whole chicken 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 tablespoons salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 3 tablespoons of your favorite dry …

St Louis-style pork ribs two ways: Gas grill: Barbecued; Charcoal grill: Smoked

Friday, June 5, 2015

I prefer St. Louis-stye pork ribs over baby-back ribs. They’re meatier, less expensive and have way more flavor. They’re the ones usually sold in those vacuum packs. If you can get fresh, locally grown ribs, you’re a better …