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This March 23, 2015 photo shows mixed cocktails, from left, an old fashioned, a vodka gimlet, a Bull Shot, a dry martini and a bloody mary. "The culture of the cocktail really exploded in the '60s," says Maureen Petrosky, author of "The Cocktail Club." Suddenly there were cocktail dresses, new glassware, bar couture, Tiki drinks. The cocktail hour had its own wardrobe. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Toast the end of ‘Mad Men’ with the era’s classic cocktails

Thursday, March 26, 2015

From Don Draper’s old fashioneds to Roger Sterling’s smuggled-in Stoli, cocktails have played a deliciously major role on AMC’s “Mad Men.” But was it really that great an era to drink? Because though the show celebrates — and has boosted modern-day interest in — classic cocktails, it is set in a decade, the ’60s, when mixed drinks were sliding into …

Starbucks CEO defends new ‘Race Together’ campaign after criticism

Sunday, March 22, 2015

NEW YORK — Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz last week defended the company’s new “Race Together” campaign that has been criticized for being naive and even using racial tensions to boost its bottom line. The chain, best known for its Frappaccinos, will have U.S. workers write “Race Together” on cups. Starbucks also plans to …

Ten ideas for dressing up a basic bowl of oatmeal

Friday, March 20, 2015

Oatmeal is the vanilla ice cream of the breakfast world. Some of us like it plain and straight up, appreciating its clean, oaty flavor, its firm yet giving texture, the way it cloyingly stays in your mouth just a second longer than you think it should. And then there is the rest of …

Great American Meals
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Northampton Policemen Steven Digiammo, left, and Paul Marguet practice shooting in the dark Friday inside a portable trailer parked at the Northampton State Police barracks on North King Street.

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Amherst Regional School Committee Chair Trevor Baptiste speaks during a committee meeting Tuesday at the high school.

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Spice it up

Friday, February 27, 2015

Spice it up Don’t get tripped up by the title of chef Paul Merrett’s latest book, “Spice Odyssey: From Asafoetida to Wasabi, Recipes to Really Excite & Inspire.” That would mean missing out on clever writing, helpful tips …

Valley Bounty: Watermelon radish

Friday, February 27, 2015

Watermelon Radish The plain white skin of a watermelon radish covers a hidden gem: a layer of pale green surrounding a brilliant magenta core. Firm and crisp, with just a hint of spicy bite, they’ll add a splash of color to whatever you put them in—salads, stir fries, …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Evodia, an intensely fruity Spanish red

Friday, February 27, 2015

Evodia, Spain Old Vine Garnacha, 2013 $7.89 to $11.99 Over the last year or so, I had been noticing Evodia, a Spanish red wine with a distinctive bluish-purple label, on the shelves of the area’s wine stores, but …

The search for the best breakfast sandwich

Friday, February 27, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The last name of Chris and Andrea Zawacki, co-owners of Tandem Bagel Company in Easthampton, was misspelled in a story about egg sandwiches Feb. 28. On a recent frigid morning, I followed a series of footprints …

Turning lemons into lemon-pepper pork

Friday, February 27, 2015

This is the pork tenderloin that was supposed to be a chicken. But it ended up being one of those delicious mistakes I was so glad I made. I was aiming for a roasted whole chicken that was …

Lawsuit against Purina claims food sickens, kills dogs

Thursday, February 26, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — A dog owner has filed a lawsuit against a pet food company alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating a brand of dry dog food. Pet owner Frank Lucido filed the suit on Feb. 5 in U.S. District Court in …

A wine to try: 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel

Friday, February 20, 2015

A WINE TO TRY 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel Region: California Price: About $25 Style: Gorgeous fruit with a dark undertone Hard to believe it’s been only eight years since the young Morgan Twain-Peterson started making …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou’s beautiful bounty

Friday, February 20, 2015

Rummaging through my kitchen cabinets is often a journey into the unknown. Often, as in I often come across foodstuffs bought “deity” knows when, for who knows what reason. My latest journey into the heart of dark kitchen cabinets unearthed unopened bags of various dried fruits: sliced mango, …

Valley Bounty: Maple popcorn

Friday, February 20, 2015

Maple Popcorn Maple syrup and popcorn are year-round treats, but especially well-suited to the end of February vacation in a cold, snowy year. Popcorn, of course, can be flavored any number of ways depending on the topping, but …

Beerhunter: Lager elbows its way into the craft market

Friday, February 20, 2015

In the warm, bright tasting room of Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton, my friend took a sip from a sample glass and frowned. He took another and made the same face. “It’s a lager,” I said. “They’re all …