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Food / Dining

State will end prohibition on wine shipments to consumers Jan. 1

Saturday, July 12, 2014

BOSTON — Whether it’s pinot noir, merlot, chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon, wine lovers in Massachusetts will soon be able to have some of their favorite bottles shipped straight from the vineyards to their homes. A provision in the new state budget lifts a long-standing prohibition on direct deliveries from wineries to consumers. It follows a spirited campaign by out-of-state producers and customers that recently received a major endorsement from former … 0

Preserved lemons, easy to make, make any dish special

Friday, July 11, 2014

If you close your eyes, you can imagine you are wending your way through the crowded streets of the casbah, with the camels and the open-air markets and the heady aroma of tagines cooking over charcoal fires. A bite of preserved lemon can do that to you, transport you to a land you … 0

Dude Food: Steven Raichlen talks man-made meals

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cooking may not be a gender-specific activity, but there are some characteristics that follow stereotypes more often than not (read on before you start to object). At least that’s what Steven Raichlen says — and we tend to agree. He’s the guy who has brought us more grilling books than one would think … 0

Great American Meals
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Dan Ehrenfeld, of Florence, shops while holding his daughter, Una, during Tuesday Market, behind Thornes Marketplace. He let Una pick out the sunflower at the Old Friends Farm tent.

    JERREY ROBERTS Una's pick Dan Ehrenfeld, of Florence, shops while holding his daughter, Una, during Tuesday Market, behind Thornes Marketplace. He let Una pick out the sunflower at the Old Friends Farm tent. Purchase photo reprints »

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Brian Bak, left, of South Hadley, prepares to tag out Liam Brodigan, of Amherst, at third on a steal during a Mickey Mantle League game Thursday in South Hadley.

    JERREY ROBERTS Brian Bak, left, of South Hadley, prepares to tag out Liam Brodigan, of Amherst, at third on a steal during a Mickey Mantle League game Thursday in South Hadley. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jacob Matakanski, of Northampton, pitches to Westfield during a Little League District 2  11-12-year-old semi-final Wednesday in Westfield.

    JERREY ROBERTS Jacob Matakanski, of Northampton, pitches to Westfield during a Little League District 2 11-12-year-old semi-final Wednesday in Westfield. Purchase photo reprints »

Keep the grill going for a colorful July 4 dessert

Friday, June 27, 2014

As somebody who spends a whole lot of time thinking about grilling, I love that so many Americans celebrate July Fourth by busting out the grill. So many of us are eating the same thing cooked in the … 0

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Takeout leftovers

Friday, June 27, 2014

So there we were with a kitchen table full of leftovers from our great India House takeout the other night. My sister was in town and I splurged on the takeout. Ordered way more than necessary. (My sister’s family still doesn’t let me forget the night I ordered … 0

Valley Bounty: Strawberries

Friday, June 27, 2014

Strawberries Finally! After a long spring and a wet start, recent good weather has brought a bounty of strawberries, now full of sweet sunshine. Pick-your-own fields are open across the Valley. Most places plant different successions for early, … 0

Resurgence of interest in member-owned co-ops said key to River Valley Market’s success in Northampton

Friday, June 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Six years after opening in an old granite quarry on North King Street, River Valley Market’s is doing far better than expected. The market is on target to exceed $20 million in annual sales by the … 0

Wildwood Barbecue in Hadley expands with 25-seat covered patio

Saturday, June 14, 2014

HADLEY — Less than a year after Wildwood Barbecue opened — specializing in smoking meats on site and serving beer from regional microbreweries — it is undergoing an expansion that will nearly double the size of its seating … 0

Paula Wolfert fighting Alzheimer’s with food

Friday, June 13, 2014

A diagnosis of an early stage of Alzheimer’s disease hasn’t stopped cookbook author Paula Wolfert’s decades-long career with food. But it has changed the direction. The 76-year-old Wolfert, renowned for classics like “Couscous and Other Good Food from … 0

Canning questions. Canning answers

Friday, June 13, 2014

Sugar and safety: Those are the two big concerns of home cooks when it comes to canning. When people even think about making their own jams or pickles, they experience what I call “recipe shock” about the amount … 0

A guide to canning cookbooks for beginners to experienced cooks

Friday, June 13, 2014

I picked up a cookbook last week to peruse some canning recipes and what I saw left me cold. Two recipes, one for preserving green beans, the other for asparagus, called for processing the vegetables in a boiling … 0

Wine to try: 2012 Ridge Vineyards ‘Benito Dusi Ranch’ Zinfandel

Friday, June 13, 2014

Wine to try 2012 Ridge Vineyards ‘Benito Dusi Ranch’ Zinfandel Region: Central Coast of California Price: $25 to $29 Style: Lush and full-bodied What it goes with: Barbecue, steak, duck breast, burgers Made from a 90-year-old vineyard in … 0

Valley Bounty: Garlic scapes

Friday, June 13, 2014

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