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Chicken braised with pancetta and tomatoes. (Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Chef’s Best: Chicken in a sauce: Easy dishes that won’t put you in a stew

Thursday, January 29, 2015

My slogan for 2015? “A chicken in every pot.” Somebody’s already used that? Well, mine comes with a recipe to get you started. Take that, Herbert Hoover, and you too, Henry IV! It’s about as basic as cooking can get: chicken cooked slowly in a sauce. Really, this is one of those dishes that is more technique than actual recipe. …

A wine to try: 2012 Julien Sunier Regnie

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A wine to try 2012 Julien Sunier Regnie Region: Beaujolais Price: About $24 Style: Graceful and balanced What it goes with: Indian food, braised or roast lamb, lentil stew, a burger Beaujolais Nouveau is coming, and soon, but for wines of more character, look to Beaujolais cru for some wonderful Gamay. This Regnie …

Mushrooms can be a healthy piece of the Super Bowl spread

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Anybody who has kids will appreciate this milestone. My daughter ate an entire mushroom for the first time the other day! I had roasted it on a baking sheet alongside other veggies, knowing she would likely skip the mushroom and dig around for the carrots and beets instead. Up until the other night, …

Great American Meals
  • CAROL LOLLIS
Maureen Dempsey weighs an egg Thursday before placing it in a carton to be sold at Intervale farm in Westhampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Maureen Dempsey weighs an egg Thursday before placing it in a carton to be sold at Intervale farm in Westhampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS

Steve Holt cuts  cuts a marked tree down in  the woods on George Munsons property on Reservoir Rd.  in Westhampton. Holt uses the tops for fire wood and the logs get sold to be milled.

    CAROL LOLLIS Steve Holt cuts cuts a marked tree down in the woods on George Munsons property on Reservoir Rd. in Westhampton. Holt uses the tops for fire wood and the logs get sold to be milled. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MATT BURKHARTT
Students walk between the Southwest Residence Halls on campus at the University of Massachusetts where riots have taken place on Superbowl Sunday in previous years.

    MATT BURKHARTT Students walk between the Southwest Residence Halls on campus at the University of Massachusetts where riots have taken place on Superbowl Sunday in previous years. Purchase photo reprints »

Shelf life: Speed supper prep with one-pan roasted meals, seasoned sauces

Friday, January 16, 2015

Don’t pan it until you try it We love how pan roasting gives vegetables a toasted flavor. So Molly Gilbert’s new book, “Sheet Pan Suppers: 120 Recipes for Simple, Surprising, Hands-Off Meals Straight from the Oven” (Workman, $15.95), …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy reveals she ia well-bred.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Are proper manners a thing of the past? Yes and no would be my very wishy-washy answer. If you watch “Downton Abbey” on PBS you see the attention given to every detail when it comes to protocol and table manners. You might say we are a bunch of …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Mondavi is winning back its reputation

Friday, January 16, 2015

Spellbound Cabernet Sauvignon California, 2013 $11.99 - $15.99 When the weather turns not quite so delightful and temperatures start to drop, a hearty red wine seems an appropriate answer to the sleet-smattered cold and the right choice to …

Herb toasts, dumplings, diablotins: Soup’s sidekicks take centerstage

Friday, January 16, 2015

Soup is super-popular at this time of year. Most of us love it for its warmth during winter’s bitter days, while dieters are comforted by bowls full of delectable flavor that don’t necessarily have lots of calories. But …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Plan B

Thursday, January 15, 2015

It was a raw, rainy day, the kind that chills to the bone — the sort of nasty night that keeps most people home. But not me. I had places to go and cocktails to drink. And on …

Ashfield Lake House nears change in ownership

Thursday, January 15, 2015

ASHFIELD — It appears the Ashfield Lake House will change owners in the coming weeks. The Select Board this month unanimously approved a liquor license transfer for the local landmark restaurant. Now all that remains is state approval …

The power of one: Cooking for solo diners

Friday, January 9, 2015

The words, repeated day after day, week after week, can be frustrating: “Yield: 4 servings.” “Yield: 6 to 8 servings.” What about the many people who only need “Yield: 1 serving”? Cookbooks, online sources, food television and even …

Winter Fare days planned at Amherst, Northampton farmers markets

Friday, January 9, 2015

WINTER FARE CISA is celebrating the abundance of seasonal local produce this month with Winter Fare, a day of free workshops, bartering, music and children’s activities at regular winter farmers markets, including those in Amherst and Northampton. The event takes place at the Northampton market at Smith Vocational …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, January 9, 2015

TASTINGS Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton Saturday, 12 p.m, Fort Hill Brewing WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., wine; Leeds Package Store, Route 9, Leeds: Wednesday to Friday, 3 to 6 p.m., wine.; Four Seasons, 333 Russell St., Hadley: every …

Loose Goose Cafe in Amherst prepares to close after 14 years

Thursday, January 8, 2015

AMHERST — The Loose Goose Cafe, a long-time restaurant in downtown Amherst known for its gourmet sandwiches with jazz-influenced names, like the Miles and the Blue Note, will close next week as the building it occupies eventually gets demolished to make way for the proposed redevelopment known as …