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JERREY ROBERTS
A Gin and Tonic made with with Barr Hill Gin from Vermont, at Northampton Brewery

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Hanging in there for the last gasp of summer

Thursday, September 3, 2015

It was a hot summer day and I was parched, so I made my way to the Northampton Brewery at 13 Old South St., in search of a refreshing cocktail. I debated whether to imbibe inside with the air conditioning, or outside at the deck bar. I opted for the fresh air. The bartender, Aubrey, greeted me and I told her I was in the mood for a Gin and Tonic. I ordered the catfish bites to complement the drink. The Gin and Tonic isn’t fancy, but it is a classic — and it is the quintessential summer drink. Gin originated in Holland where it …

Chef’s Best: When the apple itch strikes, bust out this easy baked treat

Thursday, September 3, 2015

During my freshman year at the University of Vermont, I became a pro at apple picking, and at cooking up all those apples I picked. I probably know at least 20 different ways to bake an apple! So ever since college, it just doesn’t feel like fall without a slew of apple recipes …

New Atkins store opens in North Amherst Mill District

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — Bins filled with corn, lettuce and tomatoes — as well as tables displaying locally grown fruits and vegetables, including apples and peaches — will greet customers entering the new Atkins Farms Country Market satellite store in North Amherst. “The mainstay at Atkins has been the produce,” said store manager Matt O’Brien. …

Great American Meals
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A pair of hot-air balloons float near Sunny Brook Farm in Hadley late last month.

    JERREY ROBERTS A pair of hot-air balloons float near Sunny Brook Farm in Hadley late last month. Purchase photo reprints »

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Adam Liccardi, center, listens to his attorney, Alfred P. Chamberland, before the verdicts were read in his rape case Wednesday at Hamsphire County Courthouse.

    JERREY ROBERTS Adam Liccardi, center, listens to his attorney, Alfred P. Chamberland, before the verdicts were read in his rape case Wednesday at Hamsphire County Courthouse. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jackson Street School first graders Malia Mafi Silver, left, and Violet Nolan were happy to see a familiar face from last year, kindergarten ESP (Educational Support Professional) Lilly Pastor, while they waited for the doors to open for the first day of classes on Wednesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Jackson Street School first graders Malia Mafi Silver, left, and Violet Nolan were happy to see a familiar face from last year, kindergarten ESP (Educational Support Professional) Lilly Pastor, while they waited for the doors to open for the first day of classes on Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

Valley Bounty: Cilantro

Friday, August 14, 2015

Cilantro Cilantro is easy to grow but quick to go to seed, requiring repeat plantings for constant harvest. If you are a cilantro lover, it’s an essential ingredient in the quick, fresh homemade salsas that can be made …

Chef’s Best: Re-creating bibimbap at home

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Bibimbap is no ordinary bowl of rice — it’s an all-in-one meal alive with flavor and texture usually found in restaurants here in North America, but it can be made at home using whatever you happen to have …

You won’t miss the meat or cheese in these hearty burritos

Friday, August 7, 2015

Roasting is my default cooking method for just about any veggie. The high heat brings the natural sweetness of the vegetable to the surface and turns a simple little item from the produce aisle into a delectable treat. …

Valley Bounty: Edamame

Friday, August 7, 2015

Edamame One of the best things about edamame, or fresh green soybeans, is how much fun they are to eat. The tender beans are sold still in their pods, which you toss into boiling water for just a …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou rediscovers a childhood treat — tripe

Friday, August 7, 2015

As I was growing up Worcester during the 1950s, I went with my parents to the Mount Carmel festival every year. There were sights and sounds and smells galore, but what I remember more than anything else a half-century later was my father handing me a bowl of …

Eat up

Friday, August 7, 2015

Shemesh Sorbet Herrell’s Ice Cream in Northampton was offering samples of a new sorbet flavor Friday: Carrot Basil Shemesh Sorbet, made with the help of campers from Amherst. Children from Camp Shemesh of the Jewish Community of Amherst …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: A Smoking Jacket for a regular joe

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Consider, if you will, the smoking jacket — that colorful, ornate garment of silk and/or velvet that’s most often associated with the likes of, say, suave British actor David Niven, Playboy’s Hugh Hefner, or Christopher Walken as The …

Grand opening set for new Atkins location in North Amherst

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMHERST — The new Atkins Farms Country Market location will open in North Amherst’s Mill District development in August, with a grand-opening event scheduled for September. W.D. Cowls President Cinda Jones said this week that work is being completed on refurbishing the old “Cow Palace” barn at 113 …

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 …

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) …