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The 2012 Julien Sunier Regnie is a wonderful fall wine, floral and delicately spicy. (Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

A wine to try: 2012 Julien Sunier Regnie

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A wine to try 2012 Julien Sunier Regnie Region: Beaujolais Price: About $24 Style: Graceful and balanced What it goes with: Indian food, braised or roast lamb, lentil stew, a burger Beaujolais Nouveau is coming, and soon, but for wines of more character, look to Beaujolais cru for some wonderful Gamay. This Regnie from Dijon native (and avid surfer) Julien Sunier is a revelation. A gentler expression of Gamay, it is floral and delicately spicy. And yet it’s complex enough that you find something new in every sip. — S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times …

Mushrooms can be a healthy piece of the Super Bowl spread

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Anybody who has kids will appreciate this milestone. My daughter ate an entire mushroom for the first time the other day! I had roasted it on a baking sheet alongside other veggies, knowing she would likely skip the mushroom and dig around for the carrots and beets instead. Up until the other night, …

Valley Bounty: Lamb

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lamb Lamb stews are wonderfully rich and warming. Use traditional New England stew fixings like carrots, onions and potatoes, or a mix of Middle Eastern spices, which bring out lamb’s complexity. Tagine, a lamb stew named for the clay pot it is cooked in, makes a fantastic meal to share with friends. Using cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and almonds, dried apricot, and raisins, the …

Great American Meals
  • JERREY ROBERTS
Haymarket Cafe, one of few downtown Northampton businesses open Tuesday due to the snowstorm, was a popular haven.

    JERREY ROBERTS Haymarket Cafe, one of few downtown Northampton businesses open Tuesday due to the snowstorm, was a popular haven. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MATT BURKHARTT
Lisa Leong of Williamsburg shovels the sidewalk in front of her home on North Main Street Tuesday January 27. Daytime accumulation of snow is estimated at 3 to 7 inches.

    MATT BURKHARTT Lisa Leong of Williamsburg shovels the sidewalk in front of her home on North Main Street Tuesday January 27. Daytime accumulation of snow is estimated at 3 to 7 inches. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Christopher Montanez, left, 6, Joe Beaulieu and Miriam Rosas, all of Chicopee, talk Tuesday morning about their overnight stay at the Red Cross emergency shelter at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School.

    KEVIN GUTTING Christopher Montanez, left, 6, Joe Beaulieu and Miriam Rosas, all of Chicopee, talk Tuesday morning about their overnight stay at the Red Cross emergency shelter at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. Purchase photo reprints »

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy reveals she ia well-bred.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Are proper manners a thing of the past? Yes and no would be my very wishy-washy answer. If you watch “Downton Abbey” on PBS you see the attention given to every detail when it comes to protocol and table manners. You might say we are a bunch of …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Mondavi is winning back its reputation

Friday, January 16, 2015

Spellbound Cabernet Sauvignon California, 2013 $11.99 - $15.99 When the weather turns not quite so delightful and temperatures start to drop, a hearty red wine seems an appropriate answer to the sleet-smattered cold and the right choice to …

Herb toasts, dumplings, diablotins: Soup’s sidekicks take centerstage

Friday, January 16, 2015

Soup is super-popular at this time of year. Most of us love it for its warmth during winter’s bitter days, while dieters are comforted by bowls full of delectable flavor that don’t necessarily have lots of calories. But …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Plan B

Thursday, January 15, 2015

It was a raw, rainy day, the kind that chills to the bone — the sort of nasty night that keeps most people home. But not me. I had places to go and cocktails to drink. And on …

Ashfield Lake House nears change in ownership

Thursday, January 15, 2015

ASHFIELD — It appears the Ashfield Lake House will change owners in the coming weeks. The Select Board this month unanimously approved a liquor license transfer for the local landmark restaurant. Now all that remains is state approval …

The power of one: Cooking for solo diners

Friday, January 9, 2015

The words, repeated day after day, week after week, can be frustrating: “Yield: 4 servings.” “Yield: 6 to 8 servings.” What about the many people who only need “Yield: 1 serving”? Cookbooks, online sources, food television and even …

Winter Fare days planned at Amherst, Northampton farmers markets

Friday, January 9, 2015

WINTER FARE CISA is celebrating the abundance of seasonal local produce this month with Winter Fare, a day of free workshops, bartering, music and children’s activities at regular winter farmers markets, including those in Amherst and Northampton. The event takes place at the Northampton market at Smith Vocational …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, January 9, 2015

TASTINGS Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton Saturday, 12 p.m, Fort Hill Brewing WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., wine; Leeds Package Store, Route 9, Leeds: Wednesday to Friday, 3 to 6 p.m., wine.; Four Seasons, 333 Russell St., Hadley: every …

Loose Goose Cafe in Amherst prepares to close after 14 years

Thursday, January 8, 2015

AMHERST — The Loose Goose Cafe, a long-time restaurant in downtown Amherst known for its gourmet sandwiches with jazz-influenced names, like the Miles and the Blue Note, will close next week as the building it occupies eventually gets demolished to make way for the proposed redevelopment known as …

Chef’s Best: Marry the flavors of Buffalo chicken wings and barbecue ribs

Thursday, January 8, 2015

We know what you want for your Super Bowl party. You want big, bold flavors. You want rich, meaty goodness. All of which is to say, you want grub. We got grub. We came up with these boneless …