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Food / Dining

Spicy mustard greens and milder fresh spinach combine in small spinach pies, made rich with feta and bright with lemon. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Chef’s Best: Hope sprouts in a corner of Baltimore

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Spring came late to Baltimore, not green this year, but red. There were flashes of anger, flashes of fire, flash floods of shouting in the streets. I stayed in and served something warm, wishing I could garnish it with something wise. In the morning, we went out. We took work gloves, trash bags, push brooms. We drove to the grocery …

Wal-Mart pushing for better animal welfare

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart’s push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though the steps are voluntary, Wal-Mart, which sells more food than any other store, has a history of using its …

Dijon mustard amps up the flavor of chicken

Friday, May 22, 2015

One of my pantry staples for adding flavor, but not fat and calories, is Dijon mustard. I’m never without it. Dijon mustard is a kitchen workhorse. Having a bottle or jar on hand is a quick route to an easy meal. You can use Dijon to make a sauce, dip or spread. Dijon …

Great American Meals
  • JERREY ROBERTS
Amherst Police work Wednesday night at the scene of a downed tree that took  down utility wires and blocked one lane of West Street (Route 116) between Glendale Road and Longmeadow Drive.

    JERREY ROBERTS Amherst Police work Wednesday night at the scene of a downed tree that took down utility wires and blocked one lane of West Street (Route 116) between Glendale Road and Longmeadow Drive. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
William Murillo, 4, left, and his brother Richard Murillo, 5, play a fishing game during rainy weather Wednesday night at the annual Amherst Rotary Club Community Fair on the Town Common. They were with their mother, Maria Murillo, of Belchertown. The fair runs through Sunday.

    JERREY ROBERTS William Murillo, 4, left, and his brother Richard Murillo, 5, play a fishing game during rainy weather Wednesday night at the annual Amherst Rotary Club Community Fair on the Town Common. They were with their mother, Maria Murillo, of Belchertown. The fair runs through Sunday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Workers disassemble the Grecourt Gates at Smith College in Northampton on Tuesday. The gates, installed at the corner of West and Elm streets in 1924, will undergo a refurbishing and be reinstalled in the fall semester.

    KEVIN GUTTING Workers disassemble the Grecourt Gates at Smith College in Northampton on Tuesday. The gates, installed at the corner of West and Elm streets in 1924, will undergo a refurbishing and be reinstalled in the fall semester. Purchase photo reprints »

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy laments loose use of language

Friday, April 24, 2015

Artisan is a word being bandied about a lot these days. What does it actually mean? My interpretation of the word is a skilled craftsmen or artist who makes something in a traditional and nonmechanical way. I also believe it means love and care was put into producing …

Eat Up: Everything Seasoning

Friday, April 24, 2015

You know you have a keeper when you make a recipe and can’t keep your hands away from the finished dish. So it is with this Everything Seasoning mix. I want to put “Everything” on everything: toast, scrambled …

Use an unusual sugar to bring a fresh sweetness to spring

Friday, April 24, 2015

Given the size of my sweet tooth (think saber tooth tiger), I have myriad sweeteners in my cupboards. White, brown and coconut sugars, crunchy turbinado, honey, date syrup and molasses, they all line the shelves alongside a curious …

Amherst’s Chez Albert turns 10: Balancing refined and bistro dining in a ‘healthy French’ approach

Friday, April 24, 2015

Chef Paul Hathaway lives for the moment when an idea for a new dish appears in his mind. “You have this dark image in your head of what it should look like and you have to try to …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Burying the bias against Gallo wine

Friday, April 24, 2015

Carnivor, cabernet sauvignon Modesto, California $9.99-$12.99 When I was in elementary school, we were considered cool if we could say a few lines from television commercials. We memorized a lot of them. One ad I still remember is …

Chef’s Best: For classic Alabama barbecue, only white sauce will do

Thursday, April 23, 2015

When people think barbecue sauce, they usually think something tomato- or vinegar-based. But today, I want to convince you to consider another breed of barbecue — white. White barbecue sauce is popular in northern Alabama. I was introduced …

Moe’s Southwest Grill to open in Northampton with benefit Wednesday

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — If you see people lined up Thursday morning on King Street awaiting the grand opening of the city’s newest fast-food restaurant, don’t assume it’s for the $5 burritos. More likely, the crowds are aiming to be among the 50 lucky people who will win free burritos …

Ice cream recalled over listeria

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

HOUSTON — A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly string of listeria cases. …

New England’s snowy winter pushes back gardening season

Monday, April 20, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The historic barrage of snow and cold that struck New England this winter has pushed back the gardening season and left behind damaged bushes, trees and greenhouses — and gardeners clamoring to get their hands …

Mmmm Mmmm Maple: Savoring the first crop of the season

Friday, April 17, 2015

Is it possible to think of maple syrup as a vegetable? It’s a bit of a stretch, yet it’s a plant food, and plant foods are classified as vegetables, fruits, legumes and cereals. It’s definitely not a legume …