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Gluten-free cookies? A Toll House fan has his doubts

Saturday, July 25, 2015

People with celiac disease know that a gluten-free diet isn’t a fad or avant-garde trend. A Gluten and Allergy Free Expo takes place Saturday at the DCU Center in Worcester. The event is dedicated to “meeting the needs of the celiac community and those with food sensitivities.” Celiac has increased four-fold since 1960. It’s a stomach illness that’s triggered by …

You can make this stuff up! Creating your own nut butter, mustard, ketchup, cured egg yolks

Saturday, July 25, 2015

I’m looking inside my refrigerator as I type this and what do I see? Individual glass jars filled with homemade foodstuffs: preserved lemons, refrigerator garlic/dill pickles, Thai chili oil, gravlox (cured salmon), hazelnut butter, schmaltz (rendered chicken fat) and pineapple-infused vodka. Inside my freezer are homemade herb/olive oil ice cubes, chicken stock, spaghetti …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou’s nice nachos

Saturday, July 25, 2015

I’ve always had trouble making nachos. They always seem to turn out as one big glop of gooey cheese covering up melded pieces of tortilla chips and salsa. And you better eat them fast before they cool off and turn into that thing you can fill a pothole with. Colorful and effective to boot! I have always used a recipe a rocket scientist …

Great American Meals
  • KEVIN GUTTING
Anastasia Ordonez and Stefan Antonowicz and their boys Gideon, left, 6, and Audric, 4, are accompanied by their calm 11-year-old rat terrier Basho as they enjoy a burrito lunch in the shade of one of the Amherst Common maples on Tuesday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Anastasia Ordonez and Stefan Antonowicz and their boys Gideon, left, 6, and Audric, 4, are accompanied by their calm 11-year-old rat terrier Basho as they enjoy a burrito lunch in the shade of one of the Amherst Common maples on Tuesday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Ryland August,6, watches a Circus Smirkus act during the afternoon show at the fairgrounds Tuesday.

    CAROL LOLLIS Ryland August,6, watches a Circus Smirkus act during the afternoon show at the fairgrounds Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Sophia Collins of South Deerfield and  Eddie Bajgier of South Deerfield Polka to  Dennis Polisky and The Maestro's Men at the polish American Citizens Club annual chicken BBQ in South Deerfield Sunday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Sophia Collins of South Deerfield and Eddie Bajgier of South Deerfield Polka to Dennis Polisky and The Maestro's Men at the polish American Citizens Club annual chicken BBQ in South Deerfield Sunday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

Taste of Amherst begins Thursday for 24th year

Sunday, June 14, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst Town Common will be filled with food vendors, music and children’s activities when the Taste of Amherst begins Thursday. Now in its 24th year, the food festival will feature 21 area restaurants bringing their signature …

Veggies and cheese: A perfect pairing

Friday, June 12, 2015

It’s June and local vegetables are busting out all over. Asparagus has been with us for a few weeks and will stay for a little while longer. Arugula, spinach and early lettuces are also gladdening gardeners’ and farmers’ …

Beerhunter: Brews in Peru include a nice surprise

Friday, June 12, 2015

The American craft beer landscape is an ever-expanding picture, but if you want to call yourself a seasoned beerhunter, you need to wander off the map from time to time. So in late May I set off on vacation to Peru, primed to enjoy a break from routine …

Valley Bounty: Strawberries

Friday, June 12, 2015

Strawberries Local strawberries lead the parade of sweet and juicy summer fruit. And they’re here! Don’t skimp on the strawberry desserts — or the local whipped cream on top — but remember that strawberries can star in salads, …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou can’t let go

Friday, June 12, 2015

I’ve been told by certain friends that my wife is funnier than I am. That always makes me laugh. Yuk. Yuk. But now I’m starting to believe them. We’ve been in the process of decluttering our house and my wife actually has asked me the following hilarious questions: …

Eat Up: S’Mores Oreos

Friday, June 12, 2015

S’Mores Oreos The folks at the National Biscuit Co. (it’s officially been called Nabisco since 1971, but we prefer the old-fashioned name) have been playing around with their signature Oreo cookie, and they have come up with a …

Chef’s Best: Strawberry chicken ... why not?

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Now is the best time of the year. It’s strawberry time. So juicy. So sweet. So delicious. So soft-tender on your tongue. No sensation in the world can compare to eating a plump, sun-warmed strawberry straight off the …

Salmon two ways: Electric smoker: Smoked; Gas grill: Cedar-planked salmon

Friday, June 5, 2015

Grills are made-to-order for cooking fish. What follows are two easy methods for a side or large filet of salmon. Or steelhead trout. Or bluefish (Outstanding in the smoker!!!!!). Electric smoker: Smoked salmon Marinate the fish for a couple of hours or overnight. Mix together ½-cup of soy …

Whole chicken two ways: Gas grill: Spatched-cocked with bricks; Charcoal grill: Beer-can chicken

Friday, June 5, 2015

Charcoal grill: Beer-can Chicken There are few things better than a whole beer-can chicken on a charcoal grill. Simple to prepare, simple to wow your company with. 1 (4-pound) whole chicken 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 tablespoons salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 3 tablespoons of your favorite dry …

St Louis-style pork ribs two ways: Gas grill: Barbecued; Charcoal grill: Smoked

Friday, June 5, 2015

I prefer St. Louis-stye pork ribs over baby-back ribs. They’re meatier, less expensive and have way more flavor. They’re the ones usually sold in those vacuum packs. If you can get fresh, locally grown ribs, you’re a better …