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This Nov. 16, 2015 photo shows beer steamed cheese and mushroom beef sliders in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Super Bowl sliders: A little beer is a lot of flavor in these mini burgers

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Big provisions are required to watch the big game, and nothing’s more substantial than a burger, even in its mini form — the slider. Indeed, if you plan to serve a variety of dishes for the Super Bowl, sliders are more sensible than the full-sized guys. But they happen to be a little trickier to cook than a standard-issue burger. The slider’s size makes it tough to put a nice crust on the outside while ensuring that it doesn’t overcook on the inside. These sliders are adapted from a burger I used to make a million years ago at a bar in Ann Arbor called …

Bacon-wrapped dates? Yes! Easy to make, and even easier to eat

Saturday, February 6, 2016

It’s hard for me to believe that this year marks the 50th Super Bowl. And food has become such an essential part of this event, I can’t help but wonder what was on the menu back when it all got started! So as I was thinking about what to serve at this year’s …

Eat up

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Mini heart cookies Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes this box of chocolate-flavored, heart-shaped cookies, and they are great. They are from Trader Joe’s, and what makes them special is the fact that they begin with chocolate shortbread, which is then covered with a thin layer of dark chocolate, topped with colorful …

Trader Joe’s in Hadley removes cashews from shelves over salmonella concern

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Trader Joe’s has issued a recall on cashews that may be contaminated with salmonella in stores throughout Massachusetts. The store in Hadley has pulled all cashews from its shelves. “If you have been eating the cashews, and you are perfectly fine, then they are OK,” said a spokesman …

In search of more living wage: Amherst shop adds $2 an hour to formerly minimum wage jobs

Sunday, January 17, 2016

AMHERST — The long commute from her home in Orange to her workplace at the Glazed Doughnut Shop in downtown Amherst is always a factor Siiri Paton weighs when deciding whether to remain employed in the college town. …

Valley Bounty: Pickles

Friday, January 15, 2016

Pickles Pickles provide a refreshing counterpoint to warm winter foods, and they’re easy to make — this time of year, possible ingredients include radishes, turnips, onions, carrots or cabbage. Quick vinegar pickles can be ready to eat in …

Eat Up: Perfect cake?

Friday, January 15, 2016

Perfect cake? New from Duncan Hines is Perfect Size cake mix, which makes a small one-layer cake, and comes complete with frosting mix and a small (one-use) pan. The pan is 6 inches in diameter, so according to …

Stir pasta into a spicy Thai meal in a flash

Friday, January 15, 2016

The early morning noodle vendor in Thailand is a familiar sight. He draws people out to buy the first meal of the day and to chat with their neighbors. Noodles of all types play and important roll in …

Lou and Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy savors a freebie

Friday, January 15, 2016

Who doesn’t like a freebie? I certainly do. I’m not really talking about the junk that somebody leaves at the curb with a big free sign on it. Not that there is anything wrong with that. I am sure we have all done it to get rid of …

Familiar Route 9 eatery in Hadley reopens as Johnny’s Roadside Diner

Sunday, January 10, 2016

HADLEY — Enjoying hot coffee and cream-cheese-covered bagels at their booth, two longtime customers of the only diner on Route 9 were pleased to be back at the establishment Thursday morning. “This used to be very popular,” said …

Hope & Olive in Greenfield relies on fresh, local foods and work culture that retains employees

Sunday, January 10, 2016

GREENFIELD — It’s the business mantra that just about everyone has heard — restaurants have a notoriously high rate of failure compared to other ventures. But in Greenfield, the Hope & Olive at the corner of Hope and …

Valley Bounty: Winter Squash

Friday, January 8, 2016

Winter Squash I am a fan of winter squash soup. I like how it’s possible to vary the flavors — add a celeriac, for example, or frozen peppers and coconut milk. Alas, my family does not like squash …

Veggie in disguise: Transforming lean cauliflower into a world of rich, easy dishes

Friday, January 8, 2016

Truth be told, I was prepared to hate most efforts to transform cauliflower into something it wasn’t. What’s wrong with straight up seasoned and roasted cauliflower? Why do we need to turn it into steaks and cutlets, mash …