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This Sept. 15, 2014 photo shows Brussels sprouts and chicken salad with mustard pepper dressing in Concord, N.H. Brussels sprouts belong to the same family as cabbage, broccoli and kale, so it’s no surprise that they are incredibly healthy. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Bulking up all those salads with Brussels sprouts

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Eating a salad a day is one of my strategies for making sure I get at least one serious daily dose of raw veggies. And if you love salads as much as I do, listen up, because I’m about to change your salad-building world. Ditch the usual greens and get your hands on Brussels sprouts! Fact is, for a long …

Man who raised $55K is throwing potato salad party

Thursday, September 25, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who jokingly sought $10 from a crowdfunding website to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad and ended up raising $55,000 is making good on his promise to throw a huge party. Zack Brown is planning PotatoStock 2014, an all-ages, charity-minded party Saturday in downtown Columbus featuring bands, food trucks, beer vendors, potato-sack races …

Critics spend heavily in bottle bill fight

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Opponents of a proposed expansion of the state’s bottle deposit law have poured another $2.4 million into a campaign to defeat the November ballot question. The opponents, which includes supermarkets and the Washington-based American Beverage Association — had already spent $5.4 million to help pay for ads aimed at persuading voters to reject the proposal. The question would expand the …

Great American Meals
  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Jowel Iranzi speaks to students at  Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton on Tuesday. Iranzi is a survivor of genocides and political violence in Africa and now works for the Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Jowel Iranzi speaks to students at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton on Tuesday. Iranzi is a survivor of genocides and political violence in Africa and now works for the Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Ross Mcinnis,19, Eli Silvia,19, Zack Halpryn, 19 and Andrew Petricone,19,talk about the use of students by the Umass police department as confidential informants.

    CAROL LOLLIS Ross Mcinnis,19, Eli Silvia,19, Zack Halpryn, 19 and Andrew Petricone,19,talk about the use of students by the Umass police department as confidential informants. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Scott Lively, second from right, takes his turn answering a question from moderator Jim Madigan, back to audience, during a debate among the five candidates for governor held at City Stage in Springfield on Monday. From left are Republican Charles Baker, Democrat Martha Coakley and independents Evan Falchuk, Lively and Jeff McCormick.

    KEVIN GUTTING Scott Lively, second from right, takes his turn answering a question from moderator Jim Madigan, back to audience, during a debate among the five candidates for governor held at City Stage in Springfield on Monday. From left are Republican Charles Baker, Democrat Martha Coakley and independents Evan Falchuk, Lively and Jeff McCormick. Purchase photo reprints »

Don’t be chicken: Grill it this way

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I can’t be the only one, can I? It’s too obvious. It’s too easy. Isn’t it? And just because I haven’t heard of anyone else doing it, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t millions and millions of people out there doing it. Right? Here is the deal: When …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Here’s Johnny

Thursday, September 4, 2014

My friend Becky, who lives in Arizona, was in the area recently for a cousin’s wedding, and I suggested we get together for a cocktail. I didn’t have to twist her arm. We headed to Johnny’s Tavern at …

The culinary high life Ancient Roman Apicius epitomized a life of excess

Friday, August 29, 2014

Apicius was such an over-the-top foodie, even by the grand standards of the Roman Empire, that his name not only became synonymous with the culinary high life but, so scholars believe, also the popular title for a cookbook …

Wine to try: 2013 Alta Maria Vineyards ‘Carbonic’ Pinot Noir

Friday, August 29, 2014

WINE TO TRY 2013 Alta Maria Vineyards ‘Carbonic’ Pinot Noir Region: Central Coast Price: About $22 Style: Lighthearted easy drinking What it goes with: Fish or fowl, salade Nicoise, pizza Alta Maria Vineyards makes mostly very serious and …

A new look for your lunchbox: Hummus

Friday, August 29, 2014

What’s the first lunch lesson of the school year? Embrace hummus. Yes, it has a weird name (say it like we’re humming together - “hum us.”) And yes, it is usually made from ground-up chickpeas, which sounds like …

Valley Bounty: Cucumbers

Friday, August 29, 2014

Cucumbers The end is near for cucumbers, so enjoy those crunchy picklers and slicers while you can. This time of year I love a cucumber jalapeno salad with chopped cilantro, drizzled with rice vinegar. This cool but spicy …

Taking a sweet and tangy approach to gazpacho

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Watermelon and tomatoes may seem an unlikely combination, but in this simple, refreshing gazpacho they blend perfectly. The recipe — inspired by one in Yotam Ottolenghi’s upcoming cookbook “Plenty More” — comes together in minutes and easily adapts …

‘12-Mile Meal’ battle of the chefs heats up at Northampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chefs from three local restaurants, including defending champion The Sierra Grill, will take part in a cooking throw-down as they battle to create three-course meals using ingredients from within a 12-mile radius of Northampton. “The 12-Mile Meal” will …

A grilled pizza for when you have too many onions

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Onions are a bit of a problem for me. They are one of my reflex buys. By which I mean, every time I go to the grocer, no matter what I am shopping for I always buy a …

Judie’s Restaurant in Amherst to add room for ‘paint-and-sip’ events

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — A downtown restaurant best known for its popovers will soon be adding a room where customers can drink a glass of wine while painting their own masterpieces. Judie’s Restaurant at 51 North Pleasant St. is taking over the 650-square-foot space in the attached Boltwood Place building …