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This July 20, 2015 photo shows chili cucumber bread salad in Concord, NH. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Chef’s Best: Paper-thin veggies make better, more creative summer salads

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Want to build a better salad? Think thin. This summer, I fell in love with my mandoline, that paddle-shaped kitchen gadget that with back-and-forth swipes lets you easily and quickly render produce to paper-thin slices. Why for salads? Because tender wafers of carrot and ribbons of cucumber and flakes of radish are so much more pleasing and delicious than the …

Federal grant bears fruit — and vegetables — for community food program

Monday, August 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — A three-year, $284,000 federal grant has yielded a bumper crop of results, agreed all four recipients of the community food program that the money funded. State and federal officials who gathered Wednesday at Just Roots Community Farm and the Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center got to see some of the high-school …

Let’s Eat: Fried Zucchini Pasta

Friday, August 21, 2015

This is about the time of year when everyone and his brother, mother and second cousin are trying to give away homegrown zucchini squash. Yet one can eat only so much of the vegetable grilled, stuffed with meat and cheese, or baked into bread. I say fry it and use the crispy pieces …

Great American Meals
  • KEVIN GUTTING
Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right.

    KEVIN GUTTING Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
Outer Stylie band members Tom Schack, left, and Nate Martel perform music inspired by the movie Easy Rider during Transperformance 25- Look at the Movies,  Wednesday afternoon at Pines Theater in Florence.

    DAN LITTLE Outer Stylie band members Tom Schack, left, and Nate Martel perform music inspired by the movie Easy Rider during Transperformance 25- Look at the Movies, Wednesday afternoon at Pines Theater in Florence. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Austin Koney, an employee of the fair Grounds cleans out one of the ticket booths in preparation for the Three County fair to start next Friday.

    CAROL LOLLIS Austin Koney, an employee of the fair Grounds cleans out one of the ticket booths in preparation for the Three County fair to start next Friday. Purchase photo reprints »

Eat up

Friday, August 14, 2015

Tomatoes galore We’re coming up on Tomato Fest time at Red Fire Farm in Granby. Ryan and Sarah Voiland will be offering tastings of over 100 varieties of tomatoes Aug. 22 at their farm at 7 Carver St. …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Frontera Sauvignon Blanc’s flavor shines in a summer spritzer

Friday, August 14, 2015

Frontera Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, Chile’s Central Valley, $11 I don’t often write about what some would derisively call “industrial wine,” but Frontera, the big-batch line from Concha y Toro, is an exception. However, I’m not going to extol …

Valley Bounty: Cilantro

Friday, August 14, 2015

Cilantro Cilantro is easy to grow but quick to go to seed, requiring repeat plantings for constant harvest. If you are a cilantro lover, it’s an essential ingredient in the quick, fresh homemade salsas that can be made …

Chef’s Best: Re-creating bibimbap at home

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Bibimbap is no ordinary bowl of rice — it’s an all-in-one meal alive with flavor and texture usually found in restaurants here in North America, but it can be made at home using whatever you happen to have …

You won’t miss the meat or cheese in these hearty burritos

Friday, August 7, 2015

Roasting is my default cooking method for just about any veggie. The high heat brings the natural sweetness of the vegetable to the surface and turns a simple little item from the produce aisle into a delectable treat. …

Valley Bounty: Edamame

Friday, August 7, 2015

Edamame One of the best things about edamame, or fresh green soybeans, is how much fun they are to eat. The tender beans are sold still in their pods, which you toss into boiling water for just a …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou rediscovers a childhood treat — tripe

Friday, August 7, 2015

As I was growing up Worcester during the 1950s, I went with my parents to the Mount Carmel festival every year. There were sights and sounds and smells galore, but what I remember more than anything else a half-century later was my father handing me a bowl of …

Eat up

Friday, August 7, 2015

Shemesh Sorbet Herrell’s Ice Cream in Northampton was offering samples of a new sorbet flavor Friday: Carrot Basil Shemesh Sorbet, made with the help of campers from Amherst. Children from Camp Shemesh of the Jewish Community of Amherst …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: A Smoking Jacket for a regular joe

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Consider, if you will, the smoking jacket — that colorful, ornate garment of silk and/or velvet that’s most often associated with the likes of, say, suave British actor David Niven, Playboy’s Hugh Hefner, or Christopher Walken as The …

Grand opening set for new Atkins location in North Amherst

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMHERST — The new Atkins Farms Country Market location will open in North Amherst’s Mill District development in August, with a grand-opening event scheduled for September. W.D. Cowls President Cinda Jones said this week that work is being completed on refurbishing the old “Cow Palace” barn at 113 …