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Valley Bounty: Local Beef

Friday, April 24, 2015

Local Beef Pioneer Valley residents have many choices for buying delicious local meat. Many farms sell direct through farm stores, farmers markets, or CSA shares (some with delivery). Retailers that prioritize local food also offer a good selection. Last night, we stretched a local top round steak to feed three, with leftovers. We marinated the steak in oil and lemon juice, tamari, ginger and garlic for only an hour, grilled it briefly, then served thin, cross-grain slices on top of heaping plates of local greens, with oven fries on the side. Find sources of local meat on the Valley Bounty page at www.buylocalfood.org. — Margaret …

Frittatas — the ultimate have-it-your-way weeknight dinner

Friday, April 24, 2015

Frittatas are like quiches without crusts, and that makes them an ideal fast and simple weeknight dinner. They also are the ultimate have-it-your-way meal, and that makes it easy to feed a family of — inevitably — picky eaters. You all get to enjoy the same meal at the same time, but you …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy laments loose use of language

Friday, April 24, 2015

Artisan is a word being bandied about a lot these days. What does it actually mean? My interpretation of the word is a skilled craftsmen or artist who makes something in a traditional and nonmechanical way. I also believe it means love and care was put into producing a certain product. Perhaps a special cheese crafted by generations of a family of cheesemakers …

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Richard Hayden of Marois Construction guides a stone section from the front steps of the Hampshire County Courthouse as it's removed for renovation Thursday in Northampton.

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Wayne Smith, who served two tours in Vietnam as an Army medic, speaks Thursday during "The Conflicting Legacies of the Vietnam War: Why They Still Matter" in Goodell Hall at UMass.

    JERREY ROBERTS Wayne Smith, who served two tours in Vietnam as an Army medic, speaks Thursday during "The Conflicting Legacies of the Vietnam War: Why They Still Matter" in Goodell Hall at UMass. Purchase photo reprints »

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Gus Mason and David Sullivan at a speak out at Umass against student debt.

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Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou gets Shakespearean

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friends, Romans, Northamptonmen (and women), lend me your cooking ears. I come to praise my Caesar Salad dressing, not to bury it. While “real” Caesar salad dressing involves fresh egg yolks and olive oil, I like to make a thicker and more stable refrigerator version using mayonnaise. Having …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Just perfect

Thursday, April 16, 2015

My dinner at home was set in motion — the salmon fillets were marinating, and the sweet potato and veggies were in the oven. With time to spare, I thought I’d treat myself to a before-dinner cocktail. But …

Eat Up

Friday, April 10, 2015

FARMERS MARKETS Area farmers markets are opening soon. The Amherst Farmers Market begins its season April 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Spring Street parking lot. The Tuesday market in Northampton begins April 28 from …

Valley Bounty: Wheatberries

Friday, April 10, 2015

Wheatberries Locally grown wheatberries offer an alternative to pasta, rice or other grains in salads, sides and main dishes. Wheatberries are flavorful and hearty even when fully cooked, making them a satisfying and assertive partner in many dishes. …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy does Manhattan

Friday, April 10, 2015

You could set your watch by my father’s nightly Manhattan. His favorite cocktail. 5 p.m. on the dot. Pretty much every night. Manhattan, 5 o’clock. When he was visiting my house from his Florida residence and I would get home a little past 5 from work, he would …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, April 10, 2015

TASTINGS Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton Saturday, 12 p.m, Jack’s Abby beer, 4 p.m., Charles River wines; Thursday, 4:30 p.m., Brewmaster Jack; Friday, 4:30 p.m., Vineyard Road WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., wine; Leeds Package Store, Route 9, Leeds: …

Gussy up your salad by breaking it down and jarring it up

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Too often, a salad is served out of obligation. We feel it is something we have to do to make the meal complete, but really don’t want to. And too often that’s why the salads we serve aren’t …

Your Time: Culinary arts program, Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, Northampton

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Students in the culinary arts program at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton get real-life experience. Under the direction of instructors/chefs, the program’s 50 students — from freshmen to seniors — study cooking theory in the …

New Pizza Studio in Hadley combines food and art

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

HADLEY — A new pizza place aims to tap the creativity of its customers to design their pizza as an artist might compose a painting. Pizza Studio opens today at 34 Russell St., according to company spokeswoman Stephanie …

Owner Mike Cronin closing Look Restaurant; head cook considers buying popular Leeds institution

Friday, April 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As Bess Detmold of Leeds took her usual lunchtime seat at one of the dozen stools at Look Restaurant’s counter Friday, the waitress knew what question to ask her. Would she be having soup today? Detmold …