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The 2012 Julien Sunier Regnie is a wonderful fall wine, floral and delicately spicy. (Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

A wine to try: 2012 Julien Sunier Regnie

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A wine to try 2012 Julien Sunier Regnie Region: Beaujolais Price: About $24 Style: Graceful and balanced What it goes with: Indian food, braised or roast lamb, lentil stew, a burger Beaujolais Nouveau is coming, and soon, but for wines of more character, look to Beaujolais cru for some wonderful Gamay. This Regnie from Dijon native (and avid surfer) Julien Sunier is a revelation. A gentler expression of Gamay, it is floral and delicately spicy. And yet it’s complex enough that you find something new in every sip. — S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times …

Mushrooms can be a healthy piece of the Super Bowl spread

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Anybody who has kids will appreciate this milestone. My daughter ate an entire mushroom for the first time the other day! I had roasted it on a baking sheet alongside other veggies, knowing she would likely skip the mushroom and dig around for the carrots and beets instead. Up until the other night, …

Valley Bounty: Lamb

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lamb Lamb stews are wonderfully rich and warming. Use traditional New England stew fixings like carrots, onions and potatoes, or a mix of Middle Eastern spices, which bring out lamb’s complexity. Tagine, a lamb stew named for the clay pot it is cooked in, makes a fantastic meal to share with friends. Using cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and almonds, dried apricot, and raisins, the …

Smithsonian Cafe and Chowder House closes in Greenfield, employees relocated to Hatfield, Northampton

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Smithsonian Cafe and Chowder House in the Arts Block on Court Square in Greenfield has closed after 15 months. Owner Peter Langlois said the decision was made because of the uncertainty over what is going …

Amid grief after beloved grocer’s death, Serio’s owner hires daughter as new general manager

Friday, January 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When Christina Cavallari died at age 57 in May, her husband, Gary Golec, knew the family business would carry on because his wife would have wanted that. He just wasn’t sure how. Over more than two …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Breakfast of Champions

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

On a rainy Sunday afternoon, I was helping my friend Chris haul some doors that needed painting. Now, I’d like to say we built up a huge thirst unloading those doors — but we didn’t. But, it was …

Art Maker: Barbara Feldman Morse: Cookbook author, master weaver, basket maker

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Barbara Feldman Morse of Amherst is an award-winning baker and recipe developer, and has baked for films, Ted Williams, and former Vermont governor Madeleine Kunin. She had her first-ever TV interview last month, on a live broadcast of …

Planning Board approves Atkins Farms satellite store expected to open next summer in North Amherst

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — A satellite Atkins Farms Country Market remains on track to open in North Amherst next summer. The Planning Board has approved site plans for the project at 113 Cowls Road, within what is being called the Mill District development, as well as granting a special permit …

Obamas’ chef to hang up his apron after 6 years

Thursday, December 25, 2014

WASHINGTON — Political advisers, chiefs of staff, press secretaries and national security advisers have come and gone in the nearly six years Barack Obama has been president. Now, the White House chef is also waving goodbye. Sam Kass …

Chef’s Best: Seek the savory side of chocolate in the new year

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

While I still pay attention to what I eat during the holidays, I nonetheless allow plenty of small splurges. And those splurges mostly can be summed up in one word: chocolate! Trouble is, the holidays eventually pass, but …

Valley Bounty: Local beef

Friday, December 19, 2014

Roast Beef In my family, the Christmas table celebrates local food just like the Thanksgiving table does. Every Christmas Eve, the main entrée is a select roast from one of my family’s small herd of cows. For those …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Kung Fu Girl Riesling: Seriously good despite the whimsy

Friday, December 19, 2014

Kung Fu Girl Riesling Washington State 2013, $11.99 I find it rewarding when the big national wine magazines write about something that you can actually find on the shelves of a neighborhood store. In this case, the 2013 …

A Hanukkah tradition: Brisket, latkes and tzimmes

Friday, December 19, 2014

It’s all a matter of cause and effect. The cause is that in 164 BC, a group of Jews led by Judah Maccabee captured the former Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, which had been turned into a pagan shrine …