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Food / Dining

Roast beef , vegetables and fruit

Valley Bounty: Local beef

Friday, December 19, 2014

Roast Beef In my family, the Christmas table celebrates local food just like the Thanksgiving table does. Every Christmas Eve, the main entrée is a select roast from one of my family’s small herd of cows. For those of you with similar “roast beast” traditions like the Whos in Whoville, order your cut of meat for the holiday table from your local farmer or butcher before it’s too late. For sources of holiday roasts, marinade recipes and cooking tips, visit the Valley Bounty page at www.buylocalfood.org. — Abby Getman of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Kung Fu Girl Riesling: Seriously good despite the whimsy

Friday, December 19, 2014

Kung Fu Girl Riesling Washington State 2013, $11.99 I find it rewarding when the big national wine magazines write about something that you can actually find on the shelves of a neighborhood store. In this case, the 2013 Kung Fu Girl Riesling, a serious, dry Washington white wine with an artsy label and …

A Hanukkah tradition: Brisket, latkes and tzimmes

Friday, December 19, 2014

It’s all a matter of cause and effect. The cause is that in 164 BC, a group of Jews led by Judah Maccabee captured the former Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, which had been turned into a pagan shrine by brutal King Antiochus IV. The effect is that Jews today eat latkes for Hanukkah. …

Great American Meals
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Tim Brennan stands near Union Station in Northampton Thursday where a train platform is being built.

    JERREY ROBERTS Tim Brennan stands near Union Station in Northampton Thursday where a train platform is being built. Purchase photo reprints »

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the signage of the Wanczyk Evergreen Nursery and Christmas trees are seen in Hadley, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA the signage of the Wanczyk Evergreen Nursery and Christmas trees are seen in Hadley, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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(L-R) Gerard Peters, of Easthampton, Tricia Dandrea and Matthew Watkins, of Leeds, laugh as they have a conversation during a holiday luncheon hosted by National Honor Society at the Oliver Smith Restaurant at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA (L-R) Gerard Peters, of Easthampton, Tricia Dandrea and Matthew Watkins, of Leeds, laugh as they have a conversation during a holiday luncheon hosted by National Honor Society at the Oliver Smith Restaurant at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

Valley Bounty: Spinach

Friday, December 5, 2014

Spinach Finding it hard to eat healthy local food this time of year? Spinach is versatile and nutritious — and it’s available all winter long at farmers markets and local grocers. Sauté spinach as a side or make …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy’s tips on culinary gifts

Friday, December 5, 2014

Holiday gift giving can be hard. That’s why all year round I keep my eyes peeled and ears tuned when I am at family or friends’ houses to find out what culinary gift I might be able to get them for Christmas. Recently while at my niece’s house …

Heritage Baking Day contest features favorite family dessert recipes

Friday, December 5, 2014

DEERFIELD — For Montague resident Amy Stout, a Thanksgiving or Christmas celebration just wouldn’t be the same without “Mom’s Apricot Danish.” But when her mother, Carol Jenks, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease over a decade ago, she began to find it difficult to continue cooking. So, Stout stepped …

Chef’s Best: Dressing up a simple hash for Christmas brunch

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sure, you could do pancakes or muffins, just as you have so many years before. But maybe this year you should consider stepping up your Christmas brunch offerings. Maybe this year you could consider a baked hash made …

From maple to nutmeg to currant, Tea Guys of Whately make a blend for every taste

Friday, November 28, 2014

During a visit to Piccadilly Circus in London, Oliver Rich of Hatfield came across an open-air market, where vendors were selling fresh lemons, spices and other foods. The crisp aromas swirled in the air, coalescing beneath the tea …

The Beerhunter: All-you-can-sample nights a weekly staple at Paper City Brewery

Friday, November 28, 2014

Throw down your coasters and pull up your stools — there’s a new beer column in town. You’ll be seeing The Beerhunter every month here. But who, exactly, is this wanderer of the night? Well, I could pretend …

Valley Bounty: Collards

Friday, November 28, 2014

COLLARDS Collards love the cold and become sweeter after hard frosts. Now is a great time to enjoy this cousin to kale. It is just as versatile for braising, using in soups or stews, or stuffing with other …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou bows down to the Baking Steel

Friday, November 28, 2014

I hope everyone had a festive and not-too-stuffed Thanksgiving. Now that the largest meal of the year is behind us (so to speak), it’s high time we turn our attention to the one thing that may be even more important than making sure the turkey doesn’t dry out …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, November 28, 2014

TASTINGS Amherst Wine & Spirits, 308 College Street, Amherst Today, 2 to 5 p.m., Merlot, California and Washington WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., wine; Leeds Package Store, Route 9, Leeds: Wed.-Fri., 3 to 6 p.m., wine.; Four Seasons, 333 …

Chef’s Best: Hankering for comfort food? Consider the knish

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

If you’re looking for some cold weather comfort food, you might want to consider the knish. Though there are many variations of the knish, they essentially are the hand pie of classic Jewish cuisine — a baked (though …