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This Nov. 30, 2015 photo shows baked bay scallops with lemon garlic cream in Concord, N.H. The beauty is that this recipe, which bathes scallops in a cream sauce and tops them with crispy panko breadcrumbs, is easily prepped up to 24 hours ahead, then refrigerated until you are ready to serve. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Staying home on Valentine’s Day is easy with these scallops

Friday, February 12, 2016

This Valentine’s Day, take a pass on the expected. As in, ditch the restaurant reservations. You’re just going to get overcharged for so-so food, anyway. Instead, stay home and show your lover how much you care by assembling this simple — but impressive — baked scallop dinner. The beauty is that this recipe — which bathes scallops in a cream …

Going for grains that aren’t run of the mill

Friday, February 12, 2016

Apart from rice, most of the grain we eat is consumed as the flour used in prepared foods. We eat wheat as breads, crackers, cakes, cookies and breakfast foods, but rarely as whole grains; corn comes in chips, tortillas, cereals, polenta, corn bread and corn syrup far more often than it appears as …

Valley Bounty: Maple Panna Cotta

Friday, February 12, 2016

Maple panna cotta Want a fancy, easy-to-make Valentine’s Day dessert that features local ingredients? Panna Cotta is a simple pudding, made with milk or cream and a little bit of gelatin. (How simple? Heat milk or cream. Add gelatin. Chill until set). It’s smooth and delicious and a good base for seasonal embellishment. …

Great American Meals
  • KEVIN GUTTING
Parallel Universe: Two strangers pass on Main Street in Northampton as snow intensifies Monday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Parallel Universe: Two strangers pass on Main Street in Northampton as snow intensifies Monday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Michelle Perez, of Florence, colors with a pencil during a meeting of an adult coloring group called "Coloring and Kumquats" Thursday at Lilly Library in Florence. The group was organized by her sister, Kim Perez, who is the children's librarian, and Theo Hull, the young adults librarian. Adult coloring has become increasingly popular in the past few years and some coloring books have become best sellers. Michelle took up the hobby about two years ago after breaking her foot. "It's so relaxing. I can do my own thing with it," she said. Kim claims it's like meditation. The group meets Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m.

    JERREY ROBERTS Michelle Perez, of Florence, colors with a pencil during a meeting of an adult coloring group called "Coloring and Kumquats" Thursday at Lilly Library in Florence. The group was organized by her sister, Kim Perez, who is the children's librarian, and Theo Hull, the young adults librarian. Adult coloring has become increasingly popular in the past few years and some coloring books have become best sellers. Michelle took up the hobby about two years ago after breaking her foot. "It's so relaxing. I can do my own thing with it," she said. Kim claims it's like meditation. The group meets Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Mussels Stuffed with Quinoa and Walnuts

    CAROL LOLLIS Mussels Stuffed with Quinoa and Walnuts Purchase photo reprints »

Muffin in a mug can be a fun family treat

Friday, January 22, 2016

I’m not sure how it happened, but the microwave mug muffin is suddenly an Internet sensation. I’m a believer in making muffins in large batches and freezing, so I admit I’ve only taken interest in the individually-made microwave …

Eat Up: A cookbook to consider

Friday, January 22, 2016

A cookbook to consider In honor of French chef Jacques Pepin’s 80th birthday, his memoir, “The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen,” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.95) has just been republished, with a new foreword by Anthony Bourdain. It’s …

Valle Bounty: Chicken

Friday, January 22, 2016

Chicken For those who eat meat, chicken is an all-purpose food, associated with summer barbecues and winter comfort meals alike. Roasting a whole chicken can provide several meals, including leftovers for use in chicken salad or burritos and …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou is an open book

Friday, January 22, 2016

My kitchen table is covered with four cookbooks, all opened wide to recipes I’ve had on my mind lately. Here’s a brief rundown of the four recipes I’m attempting this week: Coconut-Chocolate Bread: This is from the “My Bread” cookbook by Jim Lahey. He’s the founder of the …

Salad days: Digging into to some delicious, nutritious dishes

Friday, January 22, 2016

Well, that was fun while it lasted. The cakes, the cookies, the candy canes and champagne — they’re all increasingly fleeting memories. Now it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty. It’s time for salads. Don’t groan. …

Trader Joe’s in Hadley removes cashews from shelves over salmonella concern

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Trader Joe’s has issued a recall on cashews that may be contaminated with salmonella in stores throughout Massachusetts. The store in Hadley has pulled all cashews from its shelves. “If you have been eating the cashews, and you are perfectly fine, then they are OK,” said a spokesman …

In search of more living wage: Amherst shop adds $2 an hour to formerly minimum wage jobs

Sunday, January 17, 2016

AMHERST — The long commute from her home in Orange to her workplace at the Glazed Doughnut Shop in downtown Amherst is always a factor Siiri Paton weighs when deciding whether to remain employed in the college town. …

Valley Bounty: Pickles

Friday, January 15, 2016

Pickles Pickles provide a refreshing counterpoint to warm winter foods, and they’re easy to make — this time of year, possible ingredients include radishes, turnips, onions, carrots or cabbage. Quick vinegar pickles can be ready to eat in …

Eat Up: Perfect cake?

Friday, January 15, 2016

Perfect cake? New from Duncan Hines is Perfect Size cake mix, which makes a small one-layer cake, and comes complete with frosting mix and a small (one-use) pan. The pan is 6 inches in diameter, so according to …

Stir pasta into a spicy Thai meal in a flash

Friday, January 15, 2016

The early morning noodle vendor in Thailand is a familiar sight. He draws people out to buy the first meal of the day and to chat with their neighbors. Noodles of all types play and important roll in …