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Food / Dining

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou hears those dreaded words

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mere seconds after opening the refrigerator door, I could be heard swearing as I tried to reach the condiment bottle I needed that was lurking in the back of the top shelf behind about a dozen other bottles and containers. Soon I had about half the top shelf emptied out just to get the bottle I needed. This was when the wife chimed in from the living room with that … 0

Warm up to cold soup

Friday, July 25, 2014

The sun is blazing. The sweat is dripping. The air feels as if it is sticking to your skin. Hey, how about a nice big bowl of soup? No, seriously. Soup is good food. Especially in the summer, when the soup is cold. Summer soup is different from winter soup. Winter soup is … 0

Wine to try: 2012 Enkidu ‘E’ Old Vine Field Blend

Friday, July 25, 2014

A WINE TO TRY 2012 Enkidu ‘E’ Old Vine Field Blend Region: Sonoma County Price: $18 to $22 Style: Juicy and lush What it goes with: Burgers, barbecue, grilled lamb chops or vegetables, salads This old vine field blend from Enkidu’s owner and winemaker Phillip Staehle is 60 percent zinfandel, 24 percent carignane … 0

Great American Meals
  • CAROL LOLLIS
Wendy Blow, of Westhampton picks Rasberries at her home off Kings High Way Friday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Wendy Blow, of Westhampton picks Rasberries at her home off Kings High Way Friday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks up flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday, July 28, 2014.  Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to the Nobel Hospital in Westfield.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks up flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday, July 28, 2014. Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to the Nobel 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 »

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Takeout leftovers

Friday, June 27, 2014

So there we were with a kitchen table full of leftovers from our great India House takeout the other night. My sister was in town and I splurged on the takeout. Ordered way more than necessary. (My sister’s family still doesn’t let me forget the night I ordered … 0

Valley Bounty: Strawberries

Friday, June 27, 2014

Strawberries Finally! After a long spring and a wet start, recent good weather has brought a bounty of strawberries, now full of sweet sunshine. Pick-your-own fields are open across the Valley. Most places plant different successions for early, … 0

Resurgence of interest in member-owned co-ops said key to River Valley Market’s success in Northampton

Friday, June 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Six years after opening in an old granite quarry on North King Street, River Valley Market’s is doing far better than expected. The market is on target to exceed $20 million in annual sales by the … 0

Wildwood Barbecue in Hadley expands with 25-seat covered patio

Saturday, June 14, 2014

HADLEY — Less than a year after Wildwood Barbecue opened — specializing in smoking meats on site and serving beer from regional microbreweries — it is undergoing an expansion that will nearly double the size of its seating … 0

Paula Wolfert fighting Alzheimer’s with food

Friday, June 13, 2014

A diagnosis of an early stage of Alzheimer’s disease hasn’t stopped cookbook author Paula Wolfert’s decades-long career with food. But it has changed the direction. The 76-year-old Wolfert, renowned for classics like “Couscous and Other Good Food from … 0

Canning questions. Canning answers

Friday, June 13, 2014

Sugar and safety: Those are the two big concerns of home cooks when it comes to canning. When people even think about making their own jams or pickles, they experience what I call “recipe shock” about the amount … 0

A guide to canning cookbooks for beginners to experienced cooks

Friday, June 13, 2014

I picked up a cookbook last week to peruse some canning recipes and what I saw left me cold. Two recipes, one for preserving green beans, the other for asparagus, called for processing the vegetables in a boiling … 0

Wine to try: 2012 Ridge Vineyards ‘Benito Dusi Ranch’ Zinfandel

Friday, June 13, 2014

Wine to try 2012 Ridge Vineyards ‘Benito Dusi Ranch’ Zinfandel Region: Central Coast of California Price: $25 to $29 Style: Lush and full-bodied What it goes with: Barbecue, steak, duck breast, burgers Made from a 90-year-old vineyard in … 0

Valley Bounty: Garlic scapes

Friday, June 13, 2014

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Making lamb a little leaner for a healthier burger

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Beef may claim to be what’s for dinner in America, but in the Middle East that honor often goes to lamb. It’s prepared in innumerable ways, but my favorite is when the lamb is ground, spiced and grilled, … 0