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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2013, file photo, customers walk outside of a Wal-Mart store in San Jose, Calif. Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Wal-Mart pushing for better animal welfare

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart’s push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though the steps are voluntary, Wal-Mart, which sells more food than any other store, has a history of using its retail muscle to change the way products …

Dijon mustard amps up the flavor of chicken

Friday, May 22, 2015

One of my pantry staples for adding flavor, but not fat and calories, is Dijon mustard. I’m never without it. Dijon mustard is a kitchen workhorse. Having a bottle or jar on hand is a quick route to an easy meal. You can use Dijon to make a sauce, dip or spread. Dijon …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Still true blue to first red love

Friday, May 22, 2015

Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Amador County, Calif. $9.99 to $15.99 In the early 1970s in Atlanta, you could be considered knowledgeable about wine if you knew that the rose from Lancers and Mateus came from Portugal. And there were ego-boosting bonus points given if you could name any grape varietal, that is, other than …

Great American Meals
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Carlton Pickron, his wife, Lisa Pickron, and their daughter, Charisse, walk near their home in Amherst Tuesday, May 12.

    JERREY ROBERTS Carlton Pickron, his wife, Lisa Pickron, and their daughter, Charisse, walk near their home in Amherst Tuesday, May 12. Purchase photo reprints »

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Barbara Landry an employee at  Williston, checks the pews after cleaning  Stevens Chapel Friday afternoon in preparation for graduation weekend.

    CAROL LOLLIS Barbara Landry an employee at Williston, checks the pews after cleaning Stevens Chapel Friday afternoon in preparation for graduation weekend. Purchase photo reprints »

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Ben Gilsdorf of Amherst, a 10th-grader and member of Boy Scout Troop 500, salutes during the Amherst Memorial Day observances.

    ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER Ben Gilsdorf of Amherst, a 10th-grader and member of Boy Scout Troop 500, salutes during the Amherst Memorial Day observances. Purchase photo reprints »

Eat Up

Saturday, May 2, 2015

TOASTING TASTY TOASTS Jill Donenfeld loves toast so much she wrote “Better on Toast: Happiness on a Slice of Bread — 70 Irresistible Recipes” (William Morrow, $27.50). It’s a whimsical love story packed with sweet, savory, spicy ideas. …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou gets a gift

Saturday, May 2, 2015

It’s not every day I get an unmarked brown cardboard box. And certainly not one from Greece. But that’s what happened last week when a large brown truck pulled up in front of the house and the driver, also dressed mysteriously in brown, quickly deposited that brown cardboard …

Valley Bounty: Sorrel

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Sorrel If you’ve eaten a local salad mix recently, you may have noticed a leaf with a particular lemony tang. That’s sorrel, a perennial herb that emerges early in the spring. It has a triangular leaf that looks …

The Latino Market today ... ... homemade tamales tomorrow

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Let’s make tamales. I’m going to take you through the thoroughly enjoyable if somewhat time-consuming process. First we’ll go on a one-stop shopping trip for the ingredients, and maybe have a little lunch while we’re at it. Just …

Show Mom some love on Mother’s Day with a moist chocolate — and beet! — cake

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Mom always said to eat your vegetables. So call this getting even... Make her vegetables as a Mother’s Day dessert. Or maybe it’s just the ticket for letting her know how much you listen to what she’s always …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: A drink named for a pro

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Last month, I decided to watch the “back nine” of the Masters Golf Tournament at the Grill ’N Chill at 127 Elm St. in Hatfield. Before I headed over, I went online to see if the Masters has …

Nation’s last 2 HoJo’s soldier on

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. — The 28 ice cream flavors are just a cool memory. Those fried clam plates? All but eighty-sixed. Howard Johnson’s restaurants — the once-ubiquitous orange-roofed eateries that nourished baby boomers before the rise of burgers …

Valley Bounty: Local Beef

Friday, April 24, 2015

Local Beef Pioneer Valley residents have many choices for buying delicious local meat. Many farms sell direct through farm stores, farmers markets, or CSA shares (some with delivery). Retailers that prioritize local food also offer a good selection. …

Frittatas — the ultimate have-it-your-way weeknight dinner

Friday, April 24, 2015

Frittatas are like quiches without crusts, and that makes them an ideal fast and simple weeknight dinner. They also are the ultimate have-it-your-way meal, and that makes it easy to feed a family of — inevitably — picky …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy laments loose use of language

Friday, April 24, 2015

Artisan is a word being bandied about a lot these days. What does it actually mean? My interpretation of the word is a skilled craftsmen or artist who makes something in a traditional and nonmechanical way. I also believe it means love and care was put into producing …