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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2013, file photo, customers walk outside of a Wal-Mart store in San Jose, Calif. Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Wal-Mart pushing for better animal welfare

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart’s push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though the steps are voluntary, Wal-Mart, which sells more food than any other store, has a history of using its retail muscle to change the way products …

Dijon mustard amps up the flavor of chicken

Friday, May 22, 2015

One of my pantry staples for adding flavor, but not fat and calories, is Dijon mustard. I’m never without it. Dijon mustard is a kitchen workhorse. Having a bottle or jar on hand is a quick route to an easy meal. You can use Dijon to make a sauce, dip or spread. Dijon …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Still true blue to first red love

Friday, May 22, 2015

Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Amador County, Calif. $9.99 to $15.99 In the early 1970s in Atlanta, you could be considered knowledgeable about wine if you knew that the rose from Lancers and Mateus came from Portugal. And there were ego-boosting bonus points given if you could name any grape varietal, that is, other than …

Great American Meals
  • ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER
Ben Gilsdorf of Amherst, a 10th-grader and member of Boy Scout Troop 500, salutes during the Amherst Memorial Day observances.

    ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER Ben Gilsdorf of Amherst, a 10th-grader and member of Boy Scout Troop 500, salutes during the Amherst Memorial Day observances. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
A building at the former Belchertiown State School is torn down last week. An 83-unit, assisted-living facility is planned for the site.

    CAROL LOLLIS A building at the former Belchertiown State School is torn down last week. An 83-unit, assisted-living facility is planned for the site. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
United States Marine Corps veterans Tony Krzynowek, from left, James Zedonis and Army veteran Celias Barayon salute while the Star Spangled Banner plays Monday during a Memorial Day ceremony in Easthampton.

    DAN LITTLE United States Marine Corps veterans Tony Krzynowek, from left, James Zedonis and Army veteran Celias Barayon salute while the Star Spangled Banner plays Monday during a Memorial Day ceremony in Easthampton. Purchase photo reprints »

Deerfield Select Board approves plan for New England Natural Bakers factory on Jewett Avenue

Saturday, May 9, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Select Board last week unanimously approved the site plan for the New England Natural Bakers factory on the former Oxford Pickle site on Jewett Avenue. The permit was granted during a public hearing. The bakery, which makes organic granola and muesli, has been operating from …

Valley Views: Krokus

Friday, May 8, 2015

Krokus Montague Book Mill, Montague Photograph and text by Julius Lester, Belchertown Crocus, or Krokus, was a mortal young man. The gods did not approve of his love affair with the nymph, Smilax, so they turned him into …

Freshest fish: Simple guide for mastering salmon seasonality

Friday, May 8, 2015

Add salmon to the long list of foods Americans have mostly lost touch with in terms of seasonality. It’s an understandable lapse. After all, salmon certainly seems to be available all year. And indeed, farmed Atlantic salmon is …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Once barely drinkable, South African wine now well-respected

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Wolftrap Red Blend, 2013 Western Cape of Good Hope, South Africa $7.98 to $9.99 Last week I heard a wine expert say that the best way for a regular wine drinker to become knowledgeable is to try …

Eat Up: Hot, hot ketchup

Friday, May 8, 2015

Hot, hot, hot Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few years, you’ve probably heard of the hot sauce called Sriracha. It’s everywhere. It might soon replace Tabasco as the word people use when they …

Valley Bounty: Rhubarb

Friday, May 8, 2015

Rhubarb Rhubarb’s moment in the spotlight is brief but delightful. Take a rhubarb cobbler to new heights by using local eggs and pastry flour, adding deep yellow color and rich and nutty flavor. Rhubarb simple syrup can bring …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy is swept away by ramps

Friday, May 8, 2015

Spring is here and that means all those special foods only available this time of year have arrived. There’s the usual, asparagus, the baby lettuce, tender spinach and fiddleheads. This year, though, something I have heard a lot about over the years but never tried presented themselves to …

Chef’s Best: Ban boring baked fish! It’s time for grilled tuna panzanella

Thursday, May 7, 2015

We all know we should eat more fish. We all know it’s good for us. What we don’t always know is a great way to make eating fish feel new and exciting. Because how many times can you …

Popular Gohyang Restaurant on Route 9 in Hadley reopens under new owner

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

HADLEY — A popular Route 9 Korean restaurant that features rooms for karaoke-style singing and a market selling authentic Korean products is back in business. Gohyang Restaurant recently returned under Hoony Song of Amherst, who with his wife …

King Street Eats restaurant in Northampton shuts its doors

Sunday, May 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After just under two years in business, King Street Eats has closed its doors. An announcement was made Friday on the restaurant’s Facebook page. “King Street Eats will close today due to circumstances beyond our control,” the Friday Facebook post read. “We want to thank all …