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The appetizer Holyoke restaurant Slaint created last year during the 12-Mile Meal chef challenge

‘12-Mile Meal’ battle of the chefs heats up at Northampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chefs from three local restaurants, including defending champion The Sierra Grill, will take part in a cooking throw-down as they battle to create three-course meals using ingredients from within a 12-mile radius of Northampton. “The 12-Mile Meal” will take place as part of the “Northampton Jazz Festival” on Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chef Tent behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton. “It fits in pretty well because jazz is an art form and so is cooking,” said the program’s director and host, Rick Gifford, in a phone interview. “The 12-Mile Meal” is an annual event that is open to the public; … 0

Judie’s Restaurant in Amherst to add room for ‘paint-and-sip’ events

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — A downtown restaurant best known for its popovers will soon be adding a room where customers can drink a glass of wine while painting their own masterpieces. Judie’s Restaurant at 51 North Pleasant St. is taking over the 650-square-foot space in the attached Boltwood Place building most recently occupied by Scandihoovians, a jewelry and clothing store, which closed at the end … 0

Businesses: Quake cleanup should not deter tourists

Monday, August 25, 2014

NAPA, Calif. — The earthquake that jarred California’s wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass in the rush to get the tourist hotspot back in shape for the summer’s final … 0

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, August 15, 2014

TASTINGS Liquors 44, 238 King St., Northampton Today, noon to 2 p.m., Boulevard craft beer sampling; Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., Berkshire Brewing craft beer sampling Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton Thursday, 5-7:30, Berkshire Brewing craft beer sampling WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, … 0

Valley Bounty: Tomatoes

Friday, August 15, 2014

TOMATOES If you haven’t broken out your canning equipment yet, you have no more excuses. Tomatoes are the rock stars of summer and Valley farmers grow them all, from basic red to exotic, heirloom and paste varieties. Many … 0

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Call the doctor, stat

Thursday, August 14, 2014

One day in the late 1970s, my buddy Jeff and I were having a Bombay Martini at a bar in Northampton, when we sent out a call to friends: “Dr. Bombay come right away.” It didn’t take long … 0

Patrick urges protesting Market Basket employees to return to work

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick is urging Market Basket employees to go back to work while a deal to sell the chain is hammered out. Patrick told reporters Wednesday that he spoke with ousted former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. He also spoke with Market Basket Board Chairman Keith … 0

The easy and the hard: How much effort is worth it when deciding what to cook?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Every now and then, you might want to make a meal that, as Tina Turner said, is nice . and easy. If you come home from work worn out and bedraggled, the last thing you want to do … 0

How to cook lobster at home: Keeping track of the time

Friday, August 8, 2014

Going out for lobster is, for many, the ultimate culinary celebration. But lobster is also extremely easy to cook at home. And with live lobsters usually selling for $10 to $15 a pound, they are an affordable luxury. … 0

Wine to Try: 2012 August West ‘Santa Lucia Highlands’ Pinot Noir

Friday, August 8, 2014

A WINE TO TRY 2012 August West ‘Santa Lucia Highlands’ Pinot Noir Region: California’s Central Coast Price: $26 to $30 Style: Lush and silky What it goes with: Grilled poultry, vegetable soups, composed salads, Salad Nicoise From a … 0

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Tomatoes

Friday, August 8, 2014

Hello August! In Lou’s kitchen (that would be mine) right now as I write this, there are nine beautifully ripe tomatoes sitting on my rolling cart with a butcher block top. That number is down from the 15 that were there this past Saturday. In the intervening four … 0

Valley Bounty: Melons

Friday, August 8, 2014

MELONS Watermelons, cantaloupes, and honeydews are here! Find fragrant, sweet melons in different shapes, sizes, and colors at farmers markets and farm stands. Smaller, gourmet melons are bursting with flavor and take up less room in the refrigerator … 0

Celebrate the season with a triple-tomato salad

Thursday, August 7, 2014

At the peak of ripeness, an in-season tomato is one of the things that makes life worth living. Happily, that season is upon us. And this recipe is my ode to that summer tomato. All kinds of tomatoes … 0