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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 an early summer treat. Mostly, I eat them raw, but I’m eager to try grilling them, then tossing with a thai-inspired dressing, chopped cilantro and peanuts. Sugar snaps are also a great addition to salads featuring other early summer produce, like roasted baby beets or tender summer squash. Find links to recipes and some interesting history on the Valley Bounty page at buylocalfood.org. — Margaret Christie of …

Beach Eats in our own backyard: No need to head to the ocean for fresh seafood

Friday, June 26, 2015

Under a hot sun, a subtle breeze carries the scent of fried seafood out to the lot outside Captain Jack’s Roadside Shack on Route 10 in Easthampton where customers are dining on the fresh fish at picnic tables dotting the area. The clams, scallops and pollack served by restaurant owner Kevin Sahagian are …

Lou & Lucy’s leftovers: Lou has an herb to pick

Friday, June 26, 2015

I’ve discovered a whole lot of new friends in my retirement. Why, just in the past few weeks they’ve really been growing on me. My new friends hang out on our deck and practically beg me to snip them every day. And you know how I love to snip. Of course, I’m talking about my five parsley plants, four basil plants, two mint …

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Jake Bridgman, recently graduated from Northampton High School, works on his senior capstone film, "The Cards," at the NCTV station in Northampton.

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Dewey Hathaway,8, jumps between cars on the new train play structure at Westhampton Elementary School.

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Justin A. King reacts in Hampshire Superior Court Monday as he is sentenced to eight to 12 years in state prison for his role in the 2012 rape of a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room.

    GREG SAULMON Justin A. King reacts in Hampshire Superior Court Monday as he is sentenced to eight to 12 years in state prison for his role in the 2012 rape of a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room. Purchase photo reprints »

Veggies and cheese: A perfect pairing

Friday, June 12, 2015

It’s June and local vegetables are busting out all over. Asparagus has been with us for a few weeks and will stay for a little while longer. Arugula, spinach and early lettuces are also gladdening gardeners’ and farmers’ …

Beerhunter: Brews in Peru include a nice surprise

Friday, June 12, 2015

The American craft beer landscape is an ever-expanding picture, but if you want to call yourself a seasoned beerhunter, you need to wander off the map from time to time. So in late May I set off on vacation to Peru, primed to enjoy a break from routine …

Valley Bounty: Strawberries

Friday, June 12, 2015

Strawberries Local strawberries lead the parade of sweet and juicy summer fruit. And they’re here! Don’t skimp on the strawberry desserts — or the local whipped cream on top — but remember that strawberries can star in salads, …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou can’t let go

Friday, June 12, 2015

I’ve been told by certain friends that my wife is funnier than I am. That always makes me laugh. Yuk. Yuk. But now I’m starting to believe them. We’ve been in the process of decluttering our house and my wife actually has asked me the following hilarious questions: …

Eat Up: S’Mores Oreos

Friday, June 12, 2015

S’Mores Oreos The folks at the National Biscuit Co. (it’s officially been called Nabisco since 1971, but we prefer the old-fashioned name) have been playing around with their signature Oreo cookie, and they have come up with a …

Chef’s Best: Strawberry chicken ... why not?

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Now is the best time of the year. It’s strawberry time. So juicy. So sweet. So delicious. So soft-tender on your tongue. No sensation in the world can compare to eating a plump, sun-warmed strawberry straight off the …

Salmon two ways: Electric smoker: Smoked; Gas grill: Cedar-planked salmon

Friday, June 5, 2015

Grills are made-to-order for cooking fish. What follows are two easy methods for a side or large filet of salmon. Or steelhead trout. Or bluefish (Outstanding in the smoker!!!!!). Electric smoker: Smoked salmon Marinate the fish for a couple of hours or overnight. Mix together ½-cup of soy …

Whole chicken two ways: Gas grill: Spatched-cocked with bricks; Charcoal grill: Beer-can chicken

Friday, June 5, 2015

Charcoal grill: Beer-can Chicken There are few things better than a whole beer-can chicken on a charcoal grill. Simple to prepare, simple to wow your company with. 1 (4-pound) whole chicken 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 tablespoons salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 3 tablespoons of your favorite dry …

St Louis-style pork ribs two ways: Gas grill: Barbecued; Charcoal grill: Smoked

Friday, June 5, 2015

I prefer St. Louis-stye pork ribs over baby-back ribs. They’re meatier, less expensive and have way more flavor. They’re the ones usually sold in those vacuum packs. If you can get fresh, locally grown ribs, you’re a better …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy’s fascination with fair food

Friday, June 5, 2015

It’s closing in on summer and the season of fairs. It is time for my annual roundup of new and may I say somewhat weird fair food. I have a certain fascination with these foods. There is always something new and amazing in the fair food world. Who …