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Valley Bounty: Sugar Snap Peas

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sugar Snap Peas Sugar snap peas are a recent and widely successful addition to the pea family. Introduced in the late 1970s, these plump, sweet edible pod peas are a top seller for some regional seed companies and an early summer treat. Mostly, I eat them raw, but I’m eager to try grilling them, then tossing with a thai-inspired dressing, chopped cilantro and peanuts. Sugar snaps are also a great addition to salads featuring other early summer produce, like roasted baby beets or tender summer squash. Find links to recipes and some interesting history on the Valley Bounty page at buylocalfood.org. — Margaret Christie of …

Beach Eats in our own backyard: No need to head to the ocean for fresh seafood

Friday, June 26, 2015

Under a hot sun, a subtle breeze carries the scent of fried seafood out to the lot outside Captain Jack’s Roadside Shack on Route 10 in Easthampton where customers are dining on the fresh fish at picnic tables dotting the area. The clams, scallops and pollack served by restaurant owner Kevin Sahagian are …

Lou & Lucy’s leftovers: Lou has an herb to pick

Friday, June 26, 2015

I’ve discovered a whole lot of new friends in my retirement. Why, just in the past few weeks they’ve really been growing on me. My new friends hang out on our deck and practically beg me to snip them every day. And you know how I love to snip. Of course, I’m talking about my five parsley plants, four basil plants, two mint …

Great American Meals
  • GREG SAULMON
Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative.

    GREG SAULMON Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
James Ainsworth, the driver of an SUV that crashed into a motorcycle, killing  Edward and Brittany McGrath on Route 5 in Easthampton  last year, pleads guilty to charges in connection with that fatal crash in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday.

    CAROL LOLLIS James Ainsworth, the driver of an SUV that crashed into a motorcycle, killing Edward and Brittany McGrath on Route 5 in Easthampton last year, pleads guilty to charges in connection with that fatal crash in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Swearing in of Jody Kasper  speaks to the audience after being sworn in as police chief Tuesday evening. In the background, mayor David Narkewicz.

    CAROL LOLLIS Swearing in of Jody Kasper speaks to the audience after being sworn in as police chief Tuesday evening. In the background, mayor David Narkewicz. Purchase photo reprints »

This citrusy summer wine has a romantic backstory

Friday, June 5, 2015

Principessa Gavia (Novi Ligure, Italy) Cortese di Gavi, $13 Last year, during a visit to Beaufort, South Carolina, a friend introduced me to his new favorite warm weather wine, Gavi, an Italian white wine from the Piedmont region. …

Valley Bounty: Hakurei Turnips

Friday, June 5, 2015

Hakurei turnips Bunches of sweet, crisp hakurei turnips are showing up at markets and farm stands. For me, they demonstrate another advantage to eating seasonally: exposure to a wide variety of foods, some of them brand new to …

Eat Up: Flat iron steaks

Friday, June 5, 2015

Flat Iron Steak Julie Chalfant, who raises Highland beef cattle at Roaming Farm on South Mill River Road in South Deerfield (www.roamingfarm.com) offers this recipe for grilling flat iron steaks. 4 flat iron steaks (thin, about ½-pound each) …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Summer sipping

Thursday, June 4, 2015

I don’t think I have to remind anyone that this past winter gave many of us a good dose of cabin fever. All through the long, cold months, we looked forward to the opening of The Deck Bar …

Hangar Pub and Grill owner seeks approval for new signs, changed entrance at Amherst Brewing Company

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

AMHERST — A few months after the owner of the Hangar Pub and Grill took over operations of Amherst Brewing Co. at the Newmarket Center shopping complex, new signs indicating the Hangar’s presence at the 10 University Drive site could be installed. Hangar owner Harold Tramazzo said Wednesday …

Paradise of India reopens after brief family vacation for owners

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

AMHERST — A week-long family trip to New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania prompted owners of a two-decade old restaurant on Main Street to temporarily close the business for a few days at the end of May. Paradise of India restaurant, which has been at 87 Main St. …

Paradise of India in Amherst closes until further notice

Monday, June 1, 2015

AMHERST — The Main Street restaurant Paradise of India is closed until further notice, and local business leaders are unsure why. Efforts to reach restaurant owner Tarlochan Singh were unsuccessful Monday. Phone calls to the restaurant went unanswered. A sign taped to one of the restaurant’s windows announced …

Sneaking some healthy, green fats into morning muffin treats

Saturday, May 30, 2015

For me, this has been the year of the avocado. In addition to using them in all the usual suspects — guacamole, cobb salads and club sandwiches — my family also has been smashing them up on toast …

Putting your brunch all in one eggy basket

Saturday, May 30, 2015

By DANIEL NEMAN St. Louis Post-Dispatch (TNS) Eggs are the building blocks of life, the first step to creating you and me and most other animals on Earth. Isn’t it a little weird, then, that they are also …

Valley Bounty: Green garlic

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Green Garlic Many of us did not grow up eating garlic in its several forms. In my house, for example, we knew it best as powder. Right now, many farmers are selling the immature bulb and greens, called …