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The appetizer Holyoke restaurant Slaint created last year during the 12-Mile Meal chef challenge

‘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 take place as part of the “Northampton Jazz Festival” on Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chef Tent behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton. “It fits in pretty well because jazz is an art form and so is cooking,” said the program’s director and host, Rick Gifford, in a phone interview. “The 12-Mile Meal” is an annual event that is open to the public; … 0

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 most recently occupied by Scandihoovians, a jewelry and clothing store, which closed at the end … 0

Businesses: Quake cleanup should not deter tourists

Monday, August 25, 2014

NAPA, Calif. — The earthquake that jarred California’s wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass in the rush to get the tourist hotspot back in shape for the summer’s final … 0

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Alicia Lopez, front, and other members of Grupo Folklorico Tradiciones dance Wednesday during the annual back-to-school party on the Amherst Common. The event is sponsored by the School Committee. She is an ELL teacher at Amherst Regional Middle School.

    JERREY ROBERTS Alicia Lopez, front, and other members of Grupo Folklorico Tradiciones dance Wednesday during the annual back-to-school party on the Amherst Common. The event is sponsored by the School Committee. She is an ELL teacher at Amherst Regional Middle School. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jodie Castanza, of Northampton, watches as her son, Logan, 18 months, points at the stage during Transperformance XXIV Tuesday at Pines Theater.

    JERREY ROBERTS Jodie Castanza, of Northampton, watches as her son, Logan, 18 months, points at the stage during Transperformance XXIV Tuesday at Pines Theater. Purchase photo reprints »

Grocery workers rally for fired boss

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

TEWKSBURY — Thousands of workers and customers at the troubled Market Basket supermarket chain shouted “Bring him back!” Tuesday at a boisterous rally designed to pressure management to reinstate the company’s fired chief executive or accept his offer … 0

Market Basket CEOs say workers fear for safety

Monday, August 4, 2014

BOSTON — Executives at the troubled Market Basket supermarket chain in New England stepped up their efforts Monday to fight back against a workers’ revolt and customer boycott that have paralyzed the company and drawn attention for their … 0

Cooking in small spaces, strategically

Friday, August 1, 2014

It sounds weird, but the prospect of spending a week sailing on the vast expanse of Lake Superior is when I most channel my inner New Yorker. The city’s tiny apartments are infamous for their even tinier kitchens, … 0

Valley Bounty: Stone fruit

Friday, August 1, 2014

Stone Fruit: Peaches, apricots & plums Peaches and apricots are just starting to ripen, so now is the time to get them. The intensely cold winter, with multiple days below zero, caused damage to many stone fruit trees’ … 0

Wine to try: Alexander Jules Manzanilla ‘17/71’ Sherry

Friday, August 1, 2014

A WINE TO TRY Alexander Jules Manzanilla ‘17/71’ Sherry Region: Sherry (Spain) Price: About $40 Style: Dry, complex What it goes with: Olives, nuts, shellfish, sushi, cured hams and meats This could be the sherry to turn even … 0

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, August 1, 2014

TASTINGS Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton Friday, 5 p.m., Arts Night Out; To Die For WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4-6 p.m., wine; Leeds Package Store, Route 9, Leeds: Wed.—Fri., 3 to 6p.m.,wine.; Four Seasons, 333 Russell St., Hadley: everyday, wine; Spirit Haus, … 0

Recipe: Peach chutney

Friday, August 1, 2014

Makes about 2 cups 1 tablespoon neutral oil, like rice bran oil 1 teaspoon onion seeds (or nigella) 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced ½ teaspoon turmeric 4 to 6 peaches, peeled and diced (about 1 quart) 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 1 teaspoon … 0

Recipe: California Kraut Salad

Friday, August 1, 2014

Serves 6 1 pound Farmhouse Culture Classic Kraut with Caraway 1 cup shredded carrots 1 cup chopped green onions ¾ cup good quality California olive oil Toss all ingredients together and serve as a salad. — Kathryn Lukas, Farmhouse Culture … 0

Recipe: Onion and cilantro chutney

Friday, August 1, 2014

Makes about 2 cups 6 ounces red onion 1 cup cilantro leaves 1 teaspoon kosher salt 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon vegetable oil 1½ teaspoons ground cumin 1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil while you slice the onion into \-inch thick strips. … 0

Recipe: Radish Kimchee

Friday, August 1, 2014

Makes about 2 cups 2 large bunches of salad radishes, greens and roots attached 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon fine sea salt 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup gochujang (a fermented red chile paste), homemade or store-bought 1. Wash the radishes well, particularly the greens. Slice each radish … 0