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Daffodils are on sale at Mahoney's Garden Center in Winchester, Mass., Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The barrage of snow and cold in New England this winter has pushed back the gardening season and left behind damaged bushes, trees and greenhouses and gardeners eager to get outside and in the dirt. The growing season is about two weeks behind schedule, following a winter without a usual thaw. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

New England’s snowy winter pushes back gardening season

Monday, April 20, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The historic barrage of snow and cold that struck New England this winter has pushed back the gardening season and left behind damaged bushes, trees and greenhouses — and gardeners clamoring to get their hands in the dirt. The growing season is one to two weeks behind schedule after a winter that lacked the usual mid-season thaw …

Mmmm Mmmm Maple: Savoring the first crop of the season

Friday, April 17, 2015

Is it possible to think of maple syrup as a vegetable? It’s a bit of a stretch, yet it’s a plant food, and plant foods are classified as vegetables, fruits, legumes and cereals. It’s definitely not a legume or a cereal. Possibly it could be a fruit because like most fruits it comes …

Valley Bounty: Jams and Preserves

Friday, April 17, 2015

Jams and Preserves A well-stocked pantry can upgrade easy every day meals and snacks to special ones with a minimum of on-the-spot effort. Try hot pepper jelly on crackers with goat cheese; apricot jam, spread between the layers of a cake and topped with whipped cream; rhubarb chutney on toasted bread with melted …

Great American Meals
  • CAROL LOLLIS
Kimberly Ann Schildbach sits with her two children left, Jericho Poet Schildbach,8, and Anelia Ann Prayer Schildbach,7, at their home in Leverett.

    CAROL LOLLIS Kimberly Ann Schildbach sits with her two children left, Jericho Poet Schildbach,8, and Anelia Ann Prayer Schildbach,7, at their home in Leverett. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS

Quiche made as part of an after school program called Circles for Jewish Living  as a way to raise money to donate  Heifer International.

    CAROL LOLLIS Quiche made as part of an after school program called Circles for Jewish Living as a way to raise money to donate Heifer International. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MICKY BEDELL
Suze Glenn, 67, leads an osteo-excercise class in the Hatfield Senior Center on Friday, located in the  basement of the town hall. From left, Dolores Mosakewicz, Glenn,  Roberta Slysz, 73, and Bernice Kellogg, 82, stretch their legs and lift their arms in the small space provided by pushing tables up against the wall.

    MICKY BEDELL
Suze Glenn, 67, leads an osteo-excercise class in the Hatfield Senior Center on Friday, located in the basement of the town hall. From left, Dolores Mosakewicz, Glenn, Roberta Slysz, 73, and Bernice Kellogg, 82, stretch their legs and lift their arms in the small space provided by pushing tables up against the wall. Purchase photo reprints »

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley

Friday, March 27, 2015

Natura Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Chile, $9.99-11.99 Natura Chardonnay 2013, Chile, $9.99-11.99 About a decade ago, I tried an organic wine. It was expensive and bad. I didn’t spit it out or even pour it down the drain, probably …

Potent, healthy condiments deliver big flavor, few calories in this Passover dish

Friday, March 27, 2015

Wouldn’t it be terrific if our local asparagus were with us for Easter? It tastes wonderful with both ham and lamb, which are Easter dinner favorites, but, of course, we can’t expect it to pop through the ground …

Valley Bounty: Parsnip Latkes

Friday, March 27, 2015

Parsnip Latkes Parsnips are a tapered root vegetable that withstand long winters in a cold cellar, in your vegetable drawer, or over-wintered in the garden. Spring-dug parsnips are my favorite — and they’re coming soon! — but I’ve …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy encounters too much of a good thing

Friday, March 27, 2015

I tend to eat foods that are good for me. I like them, they make me feel better. If I go out to dinner and have fried fish and a huge pile of fries, I am probably not going to feel so great the next day. Or the …

Eat Up

Friday, March 27, 2015

Charming critters Expect a few smiles at Easter breakfast when these tiny stoneware egg cups show up holding soft-boiled or brightly colored hard-cooked eggs. A set of four Animal Egg Cups from West Elm features abstract images of …

Toast the end of ‘Mad Men’ with the era’s classic cocktails

Thursday, March 26, 2015

From Don Draper’s old fashioneds to Roger Sterling’s smuggled-in Stoli, cocktails have played a deliciously major role on AMC’s “Mad Men.” But was it really that great an era to drink? Because though the show celebrates — and …

Starbucks CEO defends new ‘Race Together’ campaign after criticism

Sunday, March 22, 2015

NEW YORK — Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz last week defended the company’s new “Race Together” campaign that has been criticized for being naive and even using racial tensions to boost its bottom line. The chain, best known for …

Ten ideas for dressing up a basic bowl of oatmeal

Friday, March 20, 2015

Oatmeal is the vanilla ice cream of the breakfast world. Some of us like it plain and straight up, appreciating its clean, oaty flavor, its firm yet giving texture, the way it cloyingly stays in your mouth just …

Dinner by the bowlful: From salads to stir-fry

Friday, March 20, 2015

I’ve collected bowls for years. Big ones, little ones, and bowls shallow and deep. I use bowls not just for eating out of but for collecting keys and glasses, keeping bedside-table necessities wrangled, for storing rolls of twine …

Valley Bounty: Cabbage

Friday, March 20, 2015

Cabbage Cabbage is an underrated vegetable. Even the attention it gets in March is often unflattering. But don’t be fooled! Cabbage stores beautifully and is a great local winter vegetable choice. More importantly, it’s delicious, supplemented with just …