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Food / Dining

Grand opening set for new Atkins location in North Amherst

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMHERST — The new Atkins Farms Country Market location will open in North Amherst’s Mill District development in August, with a grand-opening event scheduled for September. W.D. Cowls President Cinda Jones said this week that work is being completed on refurbishing the old “Cow Palace” barn at 113 Cowls Road that will house the 4,200-square-foot store. The latest work includes paving the parking lot and completing interior details, such as …

Gluten-free cookies? A Toll House fan has his doubts

Saturday, July 25, 2015

People with celiac disease know that a gluten-free diet isn’t a fad or avant-garde trend. A Gluten and Allergy Free Expo takes place Saturday at the DCU Center in Worcester. The event is dedicated to “meeting the needs of the celiac community and those with food sensitivities.” Celiac has increased four-fold since 1960. …

You can make this stuff up! Creating your own nut butter, mustard, ketchup, cured egg yolks

Saturday, July 25, 2015

I’m looking inside my refrigerator as I type this and what do I see? Individual glass jars filled with homemade foodstuffs: preserved lemons, refrigerator garlic/dill pickles, Thai chili oil, gravlox (cured salmon), hazelnut butter, schmaltz (rendered chicken fat) and pineapple-infused vodka. Inside my freezer are homemade herb/olive oil ice cubes, chicken stock, spaghetti …

Great American Meals
  • JERREY ROBERTS
Workers from T Ford Company, in Georgetown, Mass., set up a pump Monday, part of their effort to repair footings at the base of the Mill River dam at Smith College. They estimate the work will be finished in two or three months.

    JERREY ROBERTS Workers from T Ford Company, in Georgetown, Mass., set up a pump Monday, part of their effort to repair footings at the base of the Mill River dam at Smith College. They estimate the work will be finished in two or three months. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Rebecca Hull of Amherst and her seven-year-old saluki, Tassle, pause to enjoy the cool air below Puffer's Pond dam during a walk in North Amherst on Sunday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Rebecca Hull of Amherst and her seven-year-old saluki, Tassle, pause to enjoy the cool air below Puffer's Pond dam during a walk in North Amherst on Sunday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Kyle McGillvran, left, and Brian O'Sullivan, both graduate students in accounting at the University of Massachusetts, shoot hoops on a shady court near the UMass Research Administration building on Butterfield Terrace in Amherst on Sunday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Kyle McGillvran, left, and Brian O'Sullivan, both graduate students in accounting at the University of Massachusetts, shoot hoops on a shady court near the UMass Research Administration building on Butterfield Terrace in Amherst on Sunday. Purchase photo reprints »

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 …

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 …

European deal creates new US grocery giant

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NEW YORK — The owner of Stop & Shop and Giant will tie up with the parent company of Food Lion, creating a $29 billion grocer that will be in a stronger position to compete with Wal-Mart and …

Man enough to get into the kitchen? These books aim to help

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Cookbooks Just in time for Father’s Day, there’s a whole crop of new cookbooks aimed at guys. The message in the three books seems to be that any guy can and should get in the kitchen, and if …

Red, white and blue: Food for the Fourth

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Most holidays have iconic colors and foods. While the colors for July 4th are clear — red, white and blue — there’s no must-have food for Independence Day — like turkey at Thanksgiving, cookies at Christmas, or chocolate …

Valley Bounty: Make-Your-Own Cheese

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Make-Your-Own Cheese Basic cheeses are easy to make and combine the wonder of a science experiment with the pleasures of eating. Making cheese can be as simple as adding a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice to a …

Raise your glass, Hampshire County

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Chateau La Paws, California; $10.99 - $12.99 I’m generally turned off by cute wine labels. If I come across a bottle with say, a smiling, cartoon version of Ebenezer Scrooge and a name that borders on the scatological, …

Ditch the bottled vinaigrette and go Italian for pasta salad

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Make this the year that you elevate your July Fourth pasta salad. By which we mean, avoid the temptation to simply dump a bottle of vinaigrette over cooked pasta and a bag of frozen peas and call it …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy takes her dishwashing seriously

Saturday, June 20, 2015

I saw a Facebook post the other day about the mundane subject of loading the dishwasher. It had a drawing of an elegant women holding her glass up in a toast, the caption read “Here’s to all you who rearrange the dirty dishes in the dishwasher after someone …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Once bitten ...

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I was bitten by a Black Widow. As my friend Chris and I were driving through Easthampton recently, we decided to stop for a libation at the Hideaway Lounge at Riff’s Joint in the Eastworks building at 116 …