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A Spiced-Apple Vodka Martini at the Glendale Grill in Easthampton

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Strike one, strike two ... home run!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I was in the doghouse, and I deserved to be there: My friend Jean and I had gone to the Cellar Bar in Easthampton to do “research” for one of these articles and I didn’t mention her name. Strike one. Then I went to Roberto’s in Northampton with my friend Mike, forgetting that I had promised to go with Jean. Strike two. So when Jean suggested (yes, she’s still speaking to me) we go together to the Glendale Grill at 65 Glendale St. in Easthampton, I readily agreed. As we sat at the bar for lunch on a recent afternoon, we eyed four large glass …

Roasted beets can brighten up any holiday table

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Beets are the perfect addition to bountiful fall feasts. They are satisfying without being heavy, and their rich ruby and golden tones add visual interest to any seasonal color scheme. Plus, beets are incredibly flexible on temperature — serve them warm, room temperature or chilled — which is a huge bonus when planning …

A classic revisited: How to make a Cuban sandwich

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Cuban sandwich is the stuff of which food memories are made. I still remember my first — enjoyed nearly 30 years ago at a small restaurant on Key Biscayne off the Miami coast. It was savory, it was crusty, it was delicious and it hit the spot. What is a Cuban sandwich? …

Tarragon: It goes with everything

Friday, September 12, 2014

Most herbs defy easy description. Trying to discuss the flavor of thyme or oregano leads only to vague adjectives. Calling rosemary “woody” doesn’t quite cut it. But tarragon is easy. Tarragon tastes sort of like licorice. It does …

Dip into dukkah

Friday, September 12, 2014

Dukkah (pronounced DOO-kah) is a Middle Eastern blend of toasted nuts, sesame seeds and spices. The crunchy condiment served on olive oil-dipped flatbread is especially popular in Egypt, where nearly every family has developed its own version to …

Valley Bounty: Hot peppers

Friday, September 12, 2014

HOT PEPPERS Local hot peppers are ripe for the picking. Varieties from around the world — with heat levels ranging from mild to scorching — are grown right here, often by farmers with a passion for peppers. Be …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, September 12, 2014

TASTINGS Amherst Wine & Spirits, 308 College Street, Amherst Today, 2-5 p.m., Grand opening party, champagnes, red wine Liquors 44, 458-9 Campus Plaza (Route 9), Hadley Friday, Bluechair Rum, 5-8 p.m., WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main …

Cheesesteak that’s delicious even minus the steak

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Like Philadelphia itself, there’s a lot to love about the city’s signature sandwich — the cheesesteak. But that delicious combination of beef, onions and cheese isn’t the sort of thing you want to pack away every day, unless …

Apollo Grill to close Dec. 31 after 12 years at Eastworks in Easthampton

Monday, September 8, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — After a dozen years anchoring the Eastworks building, the Apollo Grill will close on Dec. 31. Owner and head chef John Casey Douglass said Monday that he and Eastworks owner William Bundy were unable to agree …

Market Basket recovering after turmoil

Sunday, September 7, 2014

RAYNHAM — Alice Farrington has her pick of four supermarkets, all a quick drive from her home. But this week, instead of going to one of those stores, she drove about 10 miles to shop at a place she’s heard a lot about lately: Market Basket, the family-owned …

How civilized! Have a brunch with sweet rolls, bread pudding, granola parfaits

Friday, September 5, 2014

‘Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting,” wrote Guy Beringer in Britain’s 1895 Hunter’s Weekly, in an article titled “Brunch: A Plea.” “It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and …

Recipe: Savory Bread Pudding With Sausage Gravy

Friday, September 5, 2014

1 hour, 10 minutes, plus soaking time. Serves 10 to 12 BREAD PUDDING 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon oil 1 onion, chopped 1 pound button or crimini mushrooms, thinly sliced ⅓ cup sherry or dry white wine 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme Salt and freshly ground pepper 3 …

Recipe: Summer Fruit and Yogurt Parfait With Homemade Granola

Friday, September 5, 2014

1 hour, plus cooling time for the granola. Serves 6 to 8 HOMEMADE GRANOLA 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons wheat bran 1 cup pecan halves 1 cup sliced almonds 1½ cups unsweetened flaked coconut 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon …