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Food / Dining

Cooking in this kitchen aboard a Cape Dory 36 sailboat inspires one to focus on getting the most from a small space without compromising the quality of food. (John Danicic/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)

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, which may explain all the restaurants there. But dining out isn’t an option when anchored in the Apostle Islands or off Isle … 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’ buds and decreased crop yields this year. But don’t fear! Peaches, apricots, and soon-to-see plums … 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 the most dubious wine drinker into a sherry fancier. Alexander Jules proprietor Alex Russan fell … 0

Great American Meals
  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Kerry Fickett, a clerk, Barbara Fell-Johnson, and Marian Herrick, both volunteers, go through documents dating from 1660's to 1860's that are being unfolded, flattened and transferred to acid free folders at the Registry of Probate in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Kerry Fickett, a clerk, Barbara Fell-Johnson, and Marian Herrick, both volunteers, go through documents dating from 1660's to 1860's that are being unfolded, flattened and transferred to acid free folders at the Registry of Probate in Northampton.

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Bundle of love
James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday.  Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to Noble Hospital in Westfield.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Bundle of love James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday. Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to Noble Hospital in Westfield. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

Chef’s Best: A summer guide to grilling backyard barbecue ribs

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It was one of those culinary epiphanies. I realized you rarely get great barbecued ribs from a restaurant. They have to come from backyards. My rib-awakening came during the world’s largest barbecue contest, Memphis in May. All it … 0

Hemingway’s favorite burger is a moveable feast

Friday, July 4, 2014

He was a soldier, a boxer, a hunter, a fisherman, a drinker, a father and the writer of words and stories that aimed to be, above all else, true and honest and pure. He also knew how to … 0

Does It Work? Burger maker; potato steamer; bacon cooking aids put to test

Friday, July 4, 2014

The kitchen has to be the most gadget-heavy room of the house. Some of those implements are true time savers. Some just end up as cupboard clutter. In today’s installment of Does It Work?, the two of us … 0

Wine to try: 2013 Storm Sauvignon Blanc

Friday, July 4, 2014

Wine to try 2013 Storm Sauvignon Blanc Region: Santa Ynez Valley, Central California Coast Price: $20 to $23 Style: Crisp, classic What it goes with: Shrimp cocktail, crab Louis, grilled salmon, salads At the Santa Barbara County Futures … 0

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, July 4, 2014

TASTINGS Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton Thursday, 4:30 p.m., Abacus beer tasting 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, 338 College St., … 0

Valley Bounty: Cherries

Friday, July 4, 2014

Cherries Cherries, the elusive stone fruit of New England! Due to the cold, harsh winter, most producers only have sweet cherries (not their sour siblings) available for sale at farmers markets and pick-your-own farms. Stock up for your … 0

Herbs top off the summer’s produce

Thursday, July 3, 2014

This is the best time of year for people who love food because fresh corn, tomatoes, green beans, squash, blueberries, watermelon and cantaloupe are plentiful. They’re delicious by themselves, but they can taste even better with a sprinkle … 0

Toasting July Fourth in true Colonial fashion

Friday, June 27, 2014

You know George Washington and John Hancock as founding fathers. But what about George Washington, successful whiskey distiller? Or John Hancock, fortified wine importer? Turns out some of that patriot spirit came in bottles. “I was surprised at … 0

Keep the grill going for a colorful July 4 dessert

Friday, June 27, 2014

As somebody who spends a whole lot of time thinking about grilling, I love that so many Americans celebrate July Fourth by busting out the grill. So many of us are eating the same thing cooked in the … 0

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Takeout leftovers

Friday, June 27, 2014

So there we were with a kitchen table full of leftovers from our great India House takeout the other night. My sister was in town and I splurged on the takeout. Ordered way more than necessary. (My sister’s family still doesn’t let me forget the night I ordered … 0