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Food / Dining

Ex-CEO wants Market Basket protesters rehired

Monday, July 21, 2014

TEWKSBURY — The fired longtime chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain is urging the family-owned company to reinstate workers who were fired for protests demanding his return. Arthur T. Demoulas’s statement Monday night was his first since he was fired last month by a board controlled by his rival cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas. Eight supervisory employees were fired over the weekend after leading a Friday rally demanding Demoulas … 0

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Everyone’s got a favorite

Thursday, July 17, 2014

On a recent quiet, midweek evening, I stopped by the Tunnel Bar on Strong Avenue in Northampton. Kathleen was behind the bar, and I asked her what her favorite cocktail is. A Coconut Basil Gimlet, she told me, which sounded interesting: I like coconut, basil and gimlets but I wouldn’t have thought to … 0

Health officials: Food label changes not enough

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don’t tell consumers outright if a food is good for them. Public health advocates say that information is necessary to help consumers make healthy choices at the supermarket. They’d like to see labels on the front of packages and a … 0

Great American Meals
  • JERREY ROBERTS
Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said.

    JERREY ROBERTS Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18. Purchase photo reprints »

  • UMass Lorden Field 6/7/14. Hopkins pitcher No.15 Andrew Omer, steps off the rubber to launch a 2 seam fastball to the plate in the top of the 2nd inning.
photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    UMass Lorden Field 6/7/14. Hopkins pitcher No.15 Andrew Omer, steps off the rubber to launch a 2 seam fastball to the plate in the top of the 2nd inning. photo by J. Anthony Roberts Purchase photo reprints »

Canning questions. Canning answers

Friday, June 13, 2014

Sugar and safety: Those are the two big concerns of home cooks when it comes to canning. When people even think about making their own jams or pickles, they experience what I call “recipe shock” about the amount … 0

A guide to canning cookbooks for beginners to experienced cooks

Friday, June 13, 2014

I picked up a cookbook last week to peruse some canning recipes and what I saw left me cold. Two recipes, one for preserving green beans, the other for asparagus, called for processing the vegetables in a boiling … 0

Wine to try: 2012 Ridge Vineyards ‘Benito Dusi Ranch’ Zinfandel

Friday, June 13, 2014

Wine to try 2012 Ridge Vineyards ‘Benito Dusi Ranch’ Zinfandel Region: Central Coast of California Price: $25 to $29 Style: Lush and full-bodied What it goes with: Barbecue, steak, duck breast, burgers Made from a 90-year-old vineyard in … 0

Valley Bounty: Garlic scapes

Friday, June 13, 2014

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Making lamb a little leaner for a healthier burger

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Beef may claim to be what’s for dinner in America, but in the Middle East that honor often goes to lamb. It’s prepared in innumerable ways, but my favorite is when the lamb is ground, spiced and grilled, … 0

Go-to marinades: Two variations help set up a summer of easy grilling

Friday, June 6, 2014

Family vacation food memories typically include hamburger stands and chain restaurants. Ours, not so much. Instead, we frequented mom and pop grocery stores in search of just the right items to cook on the campfire. Dad tended to … 0

Lou & Lucy’s leftovers

Friday, June 6, 2014

I do a lot of trolling on the Internet looking for food ideas and recipes. I mainly use my iPad for this and have all sorts of food apps that I never use. My food folder currently has … 0

The unappreciated glories of rice salad

Friday, June 6, 2014

The world is cruel and unfair. Mediocrities are loved beyond all reason while their betters languish unappreciated. Consider the tragic case of rice salad. It’s enough to make you weep. Walk by any deli case today and you’ll … 1

Wine to try: 2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

Friday, June 6, 2014

Wine to try 2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Region: Piedmont, Italy Price: $27 to $35 Style: Rich and nuanced What it goes with: Barbecue, roast lamb, brasato, pasta with meat sauce. Prices for top Barbaresco and Barolo are … 0

Valley Bounty: Bok choy

Friday, June 6, 2014

Bok choy Bok choy is a crunchy and mild Asian green, readily available this time of year at farmers markets and farm stands. Baby bok choy can be added to salad mix, while larger plants can be chopped … 0