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Food / Dining

Grand opening set for new Atkins location in North Amherst

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMHERST — The new Atkins Farms Country Market location will open in North Amherst’s Mill District development in August, with a grand-opening event scheduled for September. W.D. Cowls President Cinda Jones said this week that work is being completed on refurbishing the old “Cow Palace” barn at 113 Cowls Road that will house the 4,200-square-foot store. The latest work includes paving the parking lot and completing interior details, such as …

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. …

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 …

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  • GREG SAULMON
Carol I. Chandler of Chester sketches a scene at Childs Park in Northampton Friday morning. Chandler was preparing to meet at the park with other members of the Hilltown Plein Air Painters group.

    GREG SAULMON Carol I. Chandler of Chester sketches a scene at Childs Park in Northampton Friday morning. Chandler was preparing to meet at the park with other members of the Hilltown Plein Air Painters group. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
 
Addie, center, a two-year-old yellow lab, shakes off after a dip in the Fort River during a trip to Amherst's Wentworth Farm Conservation Area with dog walker Katherine Welch of Amherst on Wednesday. Also enjoying the watering hole are, from left, Matilda, a seven-year-old golden doodle, Mazie, a three-year-old miniature schnauzer, Harriet, a cockapoo, and Welch's own Tiger, an eight-year-old puggle, digging deep into the cool mud.

    KEVIN GUTTING Addie, center, a two-year-old yellow lab, shakes off after a dip in the Fort River during a trip to Amherst's Wentworth Farm Conservation Area with dog walker Katherine Welch of Amherst on Wednesday. Also enjoying the watering hole are, from left, Matilda, a seven-year-old golden doodle, Mazie, a three-year-old miniature schnauzer, Harriet, a cockapoo, and Welch's own Tiger, an eight-year-old puggle, digging deep into the cool mud. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Olivia,10 and her sister, Makayla,7, Labrie of Southampton make their way through a rock tunnel on the  North branch of the Manhan River in Easthampton during Wednesdays hot weather.

    CAROL LOLLIS Olivia,10 and her sister, Makayla,7, Labrie of Southampton make their way through a rock tunnel on the North branch of the Manhan River in Easthampton during Wednesdays hot weather. Purchase photo reprints »

FDA orders end to artificial trans fats

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Popular foods like pie crusts, frostings and microwave popcorn will be largely rid of artery-clogging trans fats after a decision by the Obama administration to phase them out over the next three years. The Food and …

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 …