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Food / Dining

Cooking in this kitchen aboard a Cape Dory 36 sailboat inspires one to focus on getting the most from a small space without compromising the quality of food. (John Danicic/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)

Cooking in small spaces, strategically

Friday, August 1, 2014

It sounds weird, but the prospect of spending a week sailing on the vast expanse of Lake Superior is when I most channel my inner New Yorker. The city’s tiny apartments are infamous for their even tinier kitchens, which may explain all the restaurants there. But dining out isn’t an option when anchored in the Apostle Islands or off Isle … 0

Valley Bounty: Stone fruit

Friday, August 1, 2014

Stone Fruit: Peaches, apricots & plums Peaches and apricots are just starting to ripen, so now is the time to get them. The intensely cold winter, with multiple days below zero, caused damage to many stone fruit trees’ buds and decreased crop yields this year. But don’t fear! Peaches, apricots, and soon-to-see plums … 0

Wine to try: Alexander Jules Manzanilla ‘17/71’ Sherry

Friday, August 1, 2014

A WINE TO TRY Alexander Jules Manzanilla ‘17/71’ Sherry Region: Sherry (Spain) Price: About $40 Style: Dry, complex What it goes with: Olives, nuts, shellfish, sushi, cured hams and meats This could be the sherry to turn even the most dubious wine drinker into a sherry fancier. Alexander Jules proprietor Alex Russan fell … 0

Great American Meals
  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Kerry Fickett, a clerk, Barbara Fell-Johnson, and Marian Herrick, both volunteers, go through documents dating from 1660's to 1860's that are being unfolded, flattened and transferred to acid free folders at the Registry of Probate in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Kerry Fickett, a clerk, Barbara Fell-Johnson, and Marian Herrick, both volunteers, go through documents dating from 1660's to 1860's that are being unfolded, flattened and transferred to acid free folders at the Registry of Probate in Northampton.

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Bundle of love
James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday.  Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to Noble Hospital in Westfield.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Bundle of love James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday. Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to Noble Hospital in Westfield. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

A tuna sandwich by way of Mediterranean bruschetta

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sometimes the last thing you want to do at the end of a long hot summer day is turn on the oven and make a meal. So here’s a delicious solution that requires no more heat than is … 0

Ex-CEO wants Market Basket protesters rehired

Monday, July 21, 2014

TEWKSBURY — The fired longtime chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain is urging the family-owned company to reinstate workers who were fired for protests demanding his return. Arthur T. Demoulas’s statement Monday night was his first since he was fired last month by a board controlled … 0

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Everyone’s got a favorite

Thursday, July 17, 2014

On a recent quiet, midweek evening, I stopped by the Tunnel Bar on Strong Avenue in Northampton. Kathleen was behind the bar, and I asked her what her favorite cocktail is. A Coconut Basil Gimlet, she told me, … 0

Health officials: Food label changes not enough

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don’t tell consumers outright if a food is good for them. Public health advocates say that information is necessary to help consumers make healthy choices … 0

French law stirs pot against bad restaurant food

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

PARIS — Restaurant-goers in France will start seeing a funny little symbol on their menus this week: a skillet with a house on top, indicating your menu choice is made in-house. It’s part of a new law meant … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Valley Bounty: Zucchini

Friday, July 11, 2014

Zucchini Zucchini in out in plenty right now, and is as versatile as your imagination. Great grilled in long strips, used on kebabs or stuffed, this summer staple is ready for your next culinary creation. Zucchini is a … 0

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers

Friday, July 11, 2014

I’ve been in “Use-Up-Old-Stuff-In-The-Cupboards” mode for a couple of weeks now and a few days ago came across a box of falafel mix that may have been in there for at least a couple of years. Thus the reason for my above-mentioned mode. So, as instructed, I mixed … 0