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This Nov. 3, 2014 photo shows potato knishes in Concord, N.H. Though there are many variations of the knish, they essentially are the hand pie of classic Jewish cuisine: a baked, though sometimes fried, light pastry dough filled with mashed vegetables, often potatoes, or meat. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Chef’s Best: Hankering for comfort food? Consider the knish

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

If you’re looking for some cold weather comfort food, you might want to consider the knish. Though there are many variations of the knish, they essentially are the hand pie of classic Jewish cuisine — a baked (though sometimes fried) light pastry dough filled with mashed vegetables (often potatoes) or meat. They started as peasant food, later became a 19th …

Order up: Jerry’s Place reopens after a month of repairs

Monday, November 24, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Bacon is sizzling and spatulas are flying for the first time in almost a month at Jerry’s Place. Deerfield Selectman David Wolfram and his wife, Mary, were among some of the first hungry patrons to step through the familiar Elm Street doors into the newly renovated restaurant Monday morning. Since their kitchen is undergoing its own renovation, the couple find …

Lou and Lucy’s Leftovers: To brine or not to brine the bird

Friday, November 21, 2014

Let the eating begin. Next week we will be thrown into the eating season, starting of course with Thanksgiving. I think Thanksgiving dinner is one of my favorite holiday meals. Steeped in tradition, not stuck in it. Lots of family or not. Good food and not a ton of the added pressure and expense that seems to come along with Christmas. I hosted …

Great American Meals
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Ute  Brandes in her living room holding a picture of her son who designed their home in Belchertown where she and her husband,  Werner Brandes live.

    CAROL LOLLIS Ute Brandes in her living room holding a picture of her son who designed their home in Belchertown where she and her husband, Werner Brandes live. Purchase photo reprints »

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Brian Laramee, of Granby, cleans the gutters out of a house on Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton Tuesday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Brian Laramee, of Granby, cleans the gutters out of a house on Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton Tuesday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

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The Peter Pan Cafe at 46 Pleasant St. in Easthampton was seized by the state Department of Revenue for nonpayment of taxes. The bar is now closed.

    REBECCA EVERETT The Peter Pan Cafe at 46 Pleasant St. in Easthampton was seized by the state Department of Revenue for nonpayment of taxes. The bar is now closed. Purchase photo reprints »

Inventor of CorningWare ceramic glass dies in New York

Thursday, November 6, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa — S. Donald Stookey is no household name, but his best-known invention truly is: CorningWare, the durable, heat-resistant ceramic glass used since the 1950s to make millions upon millions of baked lasagnas, tuna casseroles and …

Austrian pancakes: Perfect for novices

Saturday, November 1, 2014

On a recent vacation to Austria, I was bombarded with memories of my paternal grandparents. Everywhere we traveled, we encountered the bacons and sausages my grandfather cured in his smokehouse and the sweets my gram made so lovingly …

Tidbits: New flavors from Ghirardelli and Oreos

Saturday, November 1, 2014

MINI SQUARES The folks at Ghirardelli, not content to sell you large chocolate bars in 22 different flavors and little individually wrapped Squares in 19 flavors (not to mention a boatload of chips, baking bars, cocoa, brownie mixes …

Pairings: Wines with zest for ‘must goes’

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Which wine do you pair with that great American dish “must-goes” (when everything in the refrigerator must go)? Why, a great American wine, of course. Many possibilities come to mind that would nicely foil the acidity of the …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Saturday, November 1, 2014

TASTINGS Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton, Nov. 7, 5 p.m. Baystate wines 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., …

Pumpin’ up the pumpkin — and making more than pie

Friday, October 31, 2014

Behold the pumpkin, plump harbinger of autumn, a bright-orange beacon for us all to blah blah blah, yada yada yada. Look, I was going to write a nice story about pumpkin, everybody’s favorite winter squash, a gourd that …

A wine to try

Friday, October 31, 2014

2012 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Region: Sonoma County, Russian River Valley Price: From $50 to $55 Style: Rich and full-bodied Goes with: Roast duck, seared duck breasts, braised meats, cheese This is a glorious full-bodied, velvety Pinot Noir …

Lou & Lucy's Leftovers

Friday, October 31, 2014

I’ve been immersed in Yotam Ottolenghi’s new “Plenty More” cookbook. It is a revelation, though not a surprise. It follows on the heels of his other recent masterpieces, “Plenty” and “Jerusalem.” I have both those brilliant collections and have cooked from them plenty (as it were). In case …

Hot Table Panini will open at new mini-mall on Route 9 in Hadley

Friday, October 31, 2014

HADLEY — Amid the many tenants which are national chains preparing to open in a new mini-mall on Route 9 will be one that is family-owned and headquartered in Springfield. Hot Table Panini will open later this month between a Starbucks and Aspen Dental, said John DeVoie, the …

Chef’s Best: A little protein makes pumpkin pie a lot healthier

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The holiday season just isn’t the same if I don’t stuff my face with pumpkin pie. There, I’ve said it. Judge if you must, but then read on to hear my secret for pumpkin dessert goodness with fewer …