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This Oct. 5, 2015 photo shows hot pepers for homemade boozy hot sauce in Concord, NH.   Start a spicy new holiday tradition by making batches of hot sauce as gifts. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Chef’s Best: Heat up the holidays by making batches of hot sauce as gifts

Monday, November 30, 2015

Right around Thanksgiving, I usually start my holiday gift-making. Most years, my mother and I make wild persimmon fruitcakes, which we wrap in bourbon-soaked cheesecloth. They are so delicious. But this year, I’ve decided to start a spicy new tradition. I am going to make bottles of my favorite boozy hot sauce. Everyone loves hot sauce and this one is …

Homemade granola bars have moved far beyond hippie origins to become a mainstream snack

Friday, November 27, 2015

BC-HOMEMADE-GRANOLABARS:MS - food (800 words),0851 Homemade granola bars have moved far beyond hippie origins to become a mainstream snack (PHOTOS) By Kim Ode Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) The kids are back in school, which can bestow a sense of routine in a household - except when it doesn’t, as when school activities kick …

Test Kitchen recipe: French onion is the perfect soup for fall

Friday, November 27, 2015

Nothing feeds the soul quite like soup. Most soups are hearty in both taste and texture. And one of the best things about soups: You can make a meal out of them. Add a salad and some crusty bread and dinner is served. One of my favorite soups for fall is French onion …

Hangar Pub and Grill in Amherst seeks license for restaurant in downtown Greenfield

Friday, November 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — It appears the owner of the Hangar Pub and Grill in Amherst now wants to open a similar restaurant in the former Famous Bill’s space on Federal Street. Originally, it appeared Hangar owner Harold Tramazzo wanted to move into the former Artisans restaurant building on the …

Eyes on the Pies: Easthampton author Robert Cox digests a big portion of New England cuisine

Friday, November 6, 2015

Go ahead, say it: “pie.” Say it a few times. Breathe the word out slowly, like Garrison Keillor. It’s faintly amusing, appetizing, mathematical in its roundness. Pie is also old-school American fare, redolent of late-night diners and coffee. …

Friday, November 6, 2015

Pizza and PB&J The public is invited to stop in at the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts Monday at 5 p.m. for a pizza party to celebrate the efforts of a group of children who spent the month of October collecting peanut butter and jelly for those in …

Dave Matthews adds making good wine to his roster of talents

Friday, November 6, 2015

Dreaming Tree Pinot Noir, 2013; California, $13-$15 In addition to wine and news, I try to keep up with what’s going on in the music world. As with wine, I have an eclectic taste in music. I pretty …

Valley Bounty: Cider

Friday, November 6, 2015

Cider, hard and sweet Though hard cider has long been the preferred beverage of New Englanders, its commercial production was nearly extinguished by Prohibition. But now it’s experiencing impressive growth, celebrated this weekend at Franklin County’s Cider Days. …

Mastering a better apple pie

Friday, November 6, 2015

Any number of tasks may strike you as easy as pie, but anyone who’s ever actually made a pie can tell you that it actually requires some care if you want it to turn out well. Consider apple …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy talks turkey

Friday, November 6, 2015

There is a niggling thought in the back of my mind, and it starts with a T. Yes, you guessed it. Thanksgiving. Are we ready for the gateway to the holidays? I just found out that I will be hosting it for my family. First thing I thought …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Pinball and lavender

Friday, November 6, 2015

FUN! That was my first thought when I entered The Quarters at 8 Railroad St. in Hadley at lunchtime not long ago, and saw the décor: It’s a colorful mix of video games and cartoons, with vintage arcade …

Chef’s Best: Don’t chicken out on the duck

Friday, November 6, 2015

If you love the particular richness of duck - it’s more assertive than the blank canvas of chicken - but you’ve never tried to tackle it at home, it’s not as hard as you might think. Shop for …

EU looks into reports of fake fish labeling

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

BRUSSELS — The European Union is looking into reports that cheap seafood is often mislabeled as choice fish in some of the Belgian capital’s fine restaurants and even in EU cafeterias. The Oceana environmental group said Tuesday it found that 31.8 percent of seafood it tested in and …