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This Nov. 16, 2015 photo shows beer steamed cheese and mushroom beef sliders in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Super Bowl sliders: A little beer is a lot of flavor in these mini burgers

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Big provisions are required to watch the big game, and nothing’s more substantial than a burger, even in its mini form — the slider. Indeed, if you plan to serve a variety of dishes for the Super Bowl, sliders are more sensible than the full-sized guys. But they happen to be a little trickier to cook than a standard-issue burger. The slider’s size makes it tough to put a nice crust on the outside while ensuring that it doesn’t overcook on the inside. These sliders are adapted from a burger I used to make a million years ago at a bar in Ann Arbor called …

Bacon-wrapped dates? Yes! Easy to make, and even easier to eat

Saturday, February 6, 2016

It’s hard for me to believe that this year marks the 50th Super Bowl. And food has become such an essential part of this event, I can’t help but wonder what was on the menu back when it all got started! So as I was thinking about what to serve at this year’s …

Eat up

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Mini heart cookies Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes this box of chocolate-flavored, heart-shaped cookies, and they are great. They are from Trader Joe’s, and what makes them special is the fact that they begin with chocolate shortbread, which is then covered with a thin layer of dark chocolate, topped with colorful …

Great American Meals
  • CAROL LOLLIS
Alyssa Varney,13, of Easthampton, works on a presentation with other students and Judith Breier as part of a Free the Children Program at White Brook Middle Middle school in Easthampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Alyssa Varney,13, of Easthampton, works on a presentation with other students and Judith Breier as part of a Free the Children Program at White Brook Middle Middle school in Easthampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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 Joann Holmes reads a letter that her son Zachary wrote to her from jail at their home in   Belchertown Monday night.

    CAROL LOLLIS Joann Holmes reads a letter that her son Zachary wrote to her from jail at their home in Belchertown Monday night. Purchase photo reprints »

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Margaux Galvin, 7, front right, Saskia Baskin, 8, front left, both of Northampton, and others, practice on the balance beam Tuesday during a class at the Hampshire Regional YMCA.

    JERREY ROBERTS Margaux Galvin, 7, front right, Saskia Baskin, 8, front left, both of Northampton, and others, practice on the balance beam Tuesday during a class at the Hampshire Regional YMCA. Purchase photo reprints »

Friday, January 29, 2016

Beets Google beets, and the top returns promise super health benefits and sell beet powder. I was more interested in beets as regular, delicious, food, and decided to abandon Google and turn to local farms. There, I found …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy gets ready for National Snack Day

Friday, January 29, 2016

Sorry, Pats fans about the loss. The Patriots will not be playing next Sunday. But look on the bright side, Pats fans will be able to concentrate on the actual holiday, National Snack Day! This is my annual roundup of interesting snacks that I have seen pop up …

Chef’s Best: Baked Alaska — A delicious constant in a changing world

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Change used to be good. Remember? “Change is good” championed motion indiscriminately. But times change. Now we prefer to stay put. “It is what it is” celebrates stasis. “Change” has changed. Consider “cell change.” Consider “climate change.” Change, …

Whole Foods recalls 74,000 pounds of mislabeled pizza

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

HADLEY — Whole Foods Market recalled nearly 74,000 pounds of pepperoni pizza products from its stores in New England, New York and New Jersey after federal food inspectors discovered the products had been mislabeled, officials said. The recall applies to Whole Foods’ store brand 8-inch and 12-inch pepperoni …

Let’s Eat: Baked Haddock with Ginger, Tomatoes and Pine Nuts

Friday, January 22, 2016

It’s that time of year again when you decide it’s time to (finally) eat healthier. January does that to people. One easy way to eat better is to occasionally switch out the fatty red meat for seafood. The American Heart Association recommends at least two servings a week …

Muffin in a mug can be a fun family treat

Friday, January 22, 2016

I’m not sure how it happened, but the microwave mug muffin is suddenly an Internet sensation. I’m a believer in making muffins in large batches and freezing, so I admit I’ve only taken interest in the individually-made microwave …

Eat Up: A cookbook to consider

Friday, January 22, 2016

A cookbook to consider In honor of French chef Jacques Pepin’s 80th birthday, his memoir, “The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen,” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.95) has just been republished, with a new foreword by Anthony Bourdain. It’s …

Valle Bounty: Chicken

Friday, January 22, 2016

Chicken For those who eat meat, chicken is an all-purpose food, associated with summer barbecues and winter comfort meals alike. Roasting a whole chicken can provide several meals, including leftovers for use in chicken salad or burritos and …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou is an open book

Friday, January 22, 2016

My kitchen table is covered with four cookbooks, all opened wide to recipes I’ve had on my mind lately. Here’s a brief rundown of the four recipes I’m attempting this week: Coconut-Chocolate Bread: This is from the “My Bread” cookbook by Jim Lahey. He’s the founder of the …

Salad days: Digging into to some delicious, nutritious dishes

Friday, January 22, 2016

Well, that was fun while it lasted. The cakes, the cookies, the candy canes and champagne — they’re all increasingly fleeting memories. Now it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty. It’s time for salads. Don’t groan. …