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Food / Dining

Gluten-free cookies? A Toll House fan has his doubts

Saturday, July 25, 2015

People with celiac disease know that a gluten-free diet isn’t a fad or avant-garde trend. A Gluten and Allergy Free Expo takes place Saturday at the DCU Center in Worcester. The event is dedicated to “meeting the needs of the celiac community and those with food sensitivities.” Celiac has increased four-fold since 1960. It’s a stomach illness that’s triggered by …

You can make this stuff up! Creating your own nut butter, mustard, ketchup, cured egg yolks

Saturday, July 25, 2015

I’m looking inside my refrigerator as I type this and what do I see? Individual glass jars filled with homemade foodstuffs: preserved lemons, refrigerator garlic/dill pickles, Thai chili oil, gravlox (cured salmon), hazelnut butter, schmaltz (rendered chicken fat) and pineapple-infused vodka. Inside my freezer are homemade herb/olive oil ice cubes, chicken stock, spaghetti …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou’s nice nachos

Saturday, July 25, 2015

I’ve always had trouble making nachos. They always seem to turn out as one big glop of gooey cheese covering up melded pieces of tortilla chips and salsa. And you better eat them fast before they cool off and turn into that thing you can fill a pothole with. Colorful and effective to boot! I have always used a recipe a rocket scientist …

Great American Meals
  • KEVIN GUTTING
Anastasia Ordonez and Stefan Antonowicz and their boys Gideon, left, 6, and Audric, 4, are accompanied by their calm 11-year-old rat terrier Basho as they enjoy a burrito lunch in the shade of one of the Amherst Common maples on Tuesday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Anastasia Ordonez and Stefan Antonowicz and their boys Gideon, left, 6, and Audric, 4, are accompanied by their calm 11-year-old rat terrier Basho as they enjoy a burrito lunch in the shade of one of the Amherst Common maples on Tuesday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Ryland August,6, watches a Circus Smirkus act during the afternoon show at the fairgrounds Tuesday.

    CAROL LOLLIS Ryland August,6, watches a Circus Smirkus act during the afternoon show at the fairgrounds Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Sophia Collins of South Deerfield and  Eddie Bajgier of South Deerfield Polka to  Dennis Polisky and The Maestro's Men at the polish American Citizens Club annual chicken BBQ in South Deerfield Sunday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Sophia Collins of South Deerfield and Eddie Bajgier of South Deerfield Polka to Dennis Polisky and The Maestro's Men at the polish American Citizens Club annual chicken BBQ in South Deerfield Sunday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

Lou & Lucy’s leftovers: Lou has an herb to pick

Friday, June 26, 2015

I’ve discovered a whole lot of new friends in my retirement. Why, just in the past few weeks they’ve really been growing on me. My new friends hang out on our deck and practically beg me to snip them every day. And you know how I love to …

European deal creates new US grocery giant

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NEW YORK — The owner of Stop & Shop and Giant will tie up with the parent company of Food Lion, creating a $29 billion grocer that will be in a stronger position to compete with Wal-Mart and …

Man enough to get into the kitchen? These books aim to help

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Cookbooks Just in time for Father’s Day, there’s a whole crop of new cookbooks aimed at guys. The message in the three books seems to be that any guy can and should get in the kitchen, and if …

Red, white and blue: Food for the Fourth

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Most holidays have iconic colors and foods. While the colors for July 4th are clear — red, white and blue — there’s no must-have food for Independence Day — like turkey at Thanksgiving, cookies at Christmas, or chocolate …

Valley Bounty: Make-Your-Own Cheese

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Make-Your-Own Cheese Basic cheeses are easy to make and combine the wonder of a science experiment with the pleasures of eating. Making cheese can be as simple as adding a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice to a …

Raise your glass, Hampshire County

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Chateau La Paws, California; $10.99 - $12.99 I’m generally turned off by cute wine labels. If I come across a bottle with say, a smiling, cartoon version of Ebenezer Scrooge and a name that borders on the scatological, …

Ditch the bottled vinaigrette and go Italian for pasta salad

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Make this the year that you elevate your July Fourth pasta salad. By which we mean, avoid the temptation to simply dump a bottle of vinaigrette over cooked pasta and a bag of frozen peas and call it …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy takes her dishwashing seriously

Saturday, June 20, 2015

I saw a Facebook post the other day about the mundane subject of loading the dishwasher. It had a drawing of an elegant women holding her glass up in a toast, the caption read “Here’s to all you who rearrange the dirty dishes in the dishwasher after someone …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Once bitten ...

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I was bitten by a Black Widow. As my friend Chris and I were driving through Easthampton recently, we decided to stop for a libation at the Hideaway Lounge at Riff’s Joint in the Eastworks building at 116 …

FDA orders end to artificial trans fats

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Popular foods like pie crusts, frostings and microwave popcorn will be largely rid of artery-clogging trans fats after a decision by the Obama administration to phase them out over the next three years. The Food and …