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Spicy mustard greens and milder fresh spinach combine in small spinach pies, made rich with feta and bright with lemon. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Chef’s Best: Hope sprouts in a corner of Baltimore

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Spring came late to Baltimore, not green this year, but red. There were flashes of anger, flashes of fire, flash floods of shouting in the streets. I stayed in and served something warm, wishing I could garnish it with something wise. In the morning, we went out. We took work gloves, trash bags, push brooms. We drove to the grocery …

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 …

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 …

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Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz presents Helen Krok Backiel, who will turn 100-years-old on June 10, with a certificate as the eldest living alumnus of Bridge Street School on the occasion of the school building's 100-year anniversary Friday in Northampton.

    DAN LITTLE Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz presents Helen Krok Backiel, who will turn 100-years-old on June 10, with a certificate as the eldest living alumnus of Bridge Street School on the occasion of the school building's 100-year anniversary Friday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Joseph Rex, left, and Wade Vandoloski of Four Rex Farm in Hadley prepare a dusty field near Hopkins Academy to prepare fields for growing watermelons, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers on Friday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Joseph Rex, left, and Wade Vandoloski of Four Rex Farm in Hadley prepare a dusty field near Hopkins Academy to prepare fields for growing watermelons, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers on Friday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Ralph Taylor, left, district manager for the MassWildlife Connecticut Valley District Office, is helped by members of the Amherst Schools facilities department and Massachusetts Environmental Police in guiding a netted and immobilized moose out of a field behind Amherst Regional High School on Friday morning. The eyes of the juvenile moose were covered to keep it calm.

    KEVIN GUTTING Ralph Taylor, left, district manager for the MassWildlife Connecticut Valley District Office, is helped by members of the Amherst Schools facilities department and Massachusetts Environmental Police in guiding a netted and immobilized moose out of a field behind Amherst Regional High School on Friday morning. The eyes of the juvenile moose were covered to keep it calm. Purchase photo reprints »

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Tuaca (‘Waka Waka Waka’)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

An old friend, Beth (a self-described lunch junkie), asked me recently to take a trip over “the bridge” with her to Osteria Vespa, a new restaurant at 28 Amity St. in Amherst. I was onboard as soon as …

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 …