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Food / Dining

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 Cowls Road that will house the 4,200-square-foot store. The latest work includes paving the parking lot and completing interior details, such as …

Gluten-free cookies? A Toll House fan has his doubts

Saturday, July 25, 2015

People with celiac disease know that a gluten-free diet isn’t a fad or avant-garde trend. A Gluten and Allergy Free Expo takes place Saturday at the DCU Center in Worcester. The event is dedicated to “meeting the needs of the celiac community and those with food sensitivities.” Celiac has increased four-fold since 1960. …

You can make this stuff up! Creating your own nut butter, mustard, ketchup, cured egg yolks

Saturday, July 25, 2015

I’m looking inside my refrigerator as I type this and what do I see? Individual glass jars filled with homemade foodstuffs: preserved lemons, refrigerator garlic/dill pickles, Thai chili oil, gravlox (cured salmon), hazelnut butter, schmaltz (rendered chicken fat) and pineapple-infused vodka. Inside my freezer are homemade herb/olive oil ice cubes, chicken stock, spaghetti …

Great American Meals
  • GREG SAULMON
Carol I. Chandler of Chester sketches a scene at Childs Park in Northampton Friday morning. Chandler was preparing to meet at the park with other members of the Hilltown Plein Air Painters group.

    GREG SAULMON Carol I. Chandler of Chester sketches a scene at Childs Park in Northampton Friday morning. Chandler was preparing to meet at the park with other members of the Hilltown Plein Air Painters group. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
 
Addie, center, a two-year-old yellow lab, shakes off after a dip in the Fort River during a trip to Amherst's Wentworth Farm Conservation Area with dog walker Katherine Welch of Amherst on Wednesday. Also enjoying the watering hole are, from left, Matilda, a seven-year-old golden doodle, Mazie, a three-year-old miniature schnauzer, Harriet, a cockapoo, and Welch's own Tiger, an eight-year-old puggle, digging deep into the cool mud.

    KEVIN GUTTING Addie, center, a two-year-old yellow lab, shakes off after a dip in the Fort River during a trip to Amherst's Wentworth Farm Conservation Area with dog walker Katherine Welch of Amherst on Wednesday. Also enjoying the watering hole are, from left, Matilda, a seven-year-old golden doodle, Mazie, a three-year-old miniature schnauzer, Harriet, a cockapoo, and Welch's own Tiger, an eight-year-old puggle, digging deep into the cool mud. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Olivia,10 and her sister, Makayla,7, Labrie of Southampton make their way through a rock tunnel on the  North branch of the Manhan River in Easthampton during Wednesdays hot weather.

    CAROL LOLLIS Olivia,10 and her sister, Makayla,7, Labrie of Southampton make their way through a rock tunnel on the North branch of the Manhan River in Easthampton during Wednesdays hot weather. Purchase photo reprints »

Valley Bounty: Raspberries

Friday, July 17, 2015

Raspberries Soft and luscious raspberries are perfect item to purchase fresh-picked, not after being transported hundreds of miles. Find them at farmers markets, farmstands, in your CSA share, or from retailers that sell local produce. Try tossing a bowl of berries with a little balsamic vinegar and maple …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Producing a Passionate Presbyterian at 30 Boltwood in Amherst

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The first thing I noticed when I walked into 30 Boltwood, the bar and restaurant at the Lord Jeffery Inn in Amherst, were the leather, high backed, circular booths. They looked very cozy, in a room that oozes …

Lake Wyola Association Beer & Wine Tasting set for Saturday

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SHUTESBURY — A beer- and wine-tasting fundraiser featuring several local brewers will be held Saturday night at Lake Wyola. The 11th annual Lake Wyola Association Beer & Wine Tasting features beer, wine, food and live music by Knightwatch under three large tents near the Association Hall at 1 …

A healthy twist on fries

Friday, July 10, 2015

I’ve been watching the “zoodle” craze from the sidelines. Admittedly, I’ve been tempted to jump in. Noodles made from healthy zucchini using a super-cool spiral cutter? Yes, please! But truthfully, I’ve harbored fears that the fad (and my …

Super summer salads: Veggie, green, pasta, grain and fruit

Friday, July 10, 2015

Summer salads have everything going for them. They are fresh, packed with flavor and have contrasting textures. Bursting with colors, they are quick to toss together, easily portable and a great team player at any summer cookout, party …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou does dogs (hot)

Friday, July 10, 2015

Hey Luce, remember when you asked me the other day what’s the proper way to cook hot dogs? Here’s how (But I’m only going to tell you this once. Please take notes if need be). Buy a charcoal grill. Or a gas grill. Or an electric grill. What …

Eat Up

Friday, July 10, 2015

Gomasio It’s impossible to say this without sounding stupid (or as though I’m practicing Klingon), but gomasio is going to be the next za’atar. Seriously. During the past few years, America’s top chefs have been on a serious …

Valley Bounty: Broccolini

Friday, July 10, 2015

Broccolini Broccolini is a relatively recent cross of broccoli and kai-lan, a leafy Asian relative, and it looks a little bit like an elegant, elongated broccoli. Just like broccoli, you can eat the small florets and the long …

Yakitori

Thursday, July 2, 2015

TERIYAKI GLAZE • Combine 2 cups mirin and 2 cups white wine. Bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes to cook off alcohol. • Add 6 tablespoons brown sugar and stir until dissolved. • Add 1 cup soy sauce and 5-6 slices of crushed fresh ginger. Simmer until …

Valley Bounty: Sugar Snap Peas

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sugar Snap Peas Sugar snap peas are a recent and widely successful addition to the pea family. Introduced in the late 1970s, these plump, sweet edible pod peas are a top seller for some regional seed companies and …