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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 …

Great American Meals
  • CAROL LOLLIS
Alyssa Varney,13, of Easthampton, works on a presentation with other students and Judith Breier as part of a Free the Children Program at White Brook Middle Middle school in Easthampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Alyssa Varney,13, of Easthampton, works on a presentation with other students and Judith Breier as part of a Free the Children Program at White Brook Middle Middle school in Easthampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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 Joann Holmes reads a letter that her son Zachary wrote to her from jail at their home in   Belchertown Monday night.

    CAROL LOLLIS Joann Holmes reads a letter that her son Zachary wrote to her from jail at their home in Belchertown Monday night. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Margaux Galvin, 7, front right, Saskia Baskin, 8, front left, both of Northampton, and others, practice on the balance beam Tuesday during a class at the Hampshire Regional YMCA.

    JERREY ROBERTS Margaux Galvin, 7, front right, Saskia Baskin, 8, front left, both of Northampton, and others, practice on the balance beam Tuesday during a class at the Hampshire Regional YMCA. Purchase photo reprints »

Eat Up: Granola

Friday, January 8, 2016

Granola If you believe there can’t be too much granola, try this disparate pair. One is far more refined than the other, but both make tasty-crunchy additions to yogurt, ice cream, salads and smoothies, and add a lot …

With a few tricks, baked egg rolls can be as good as fried

Friday, January 8, 2016

Alice was our au pair from China, and when she joined our family she brought with her a slew of tasty dishes. Our family fell in love with her complex fried rice, dumplings with juicy meat fillings, and …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou loves the day after a holiday

Friday, January 8, 2016

I just can’t get this past Christmas out of my head. I keep thinking about how I was perusing the poultry at my favorite supermarket the day before Christmas and I came upon a fresh 10-pound goose from D’Artagnan, a high-quality purveyor of such items. It also makes …

Rep. McGovern tells Congress of wage campaign inside Northampton’s Haymarket Cafe (WITH VIDEO)

Thursday, January 7, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Raising the minimum wage and eliminating tips at the Haymarket Cafe not only increased business for owner Peter Simpson, it made the coffee shop the topic of a U.S. House floor speech by Rep. James McGovern. …

Chef’s Best: Make way for gnocchi

Thursday, January 7, 2016

As our thoughts turn once again to starchy sides — as they are wont to do — can’t we for once have some dadblasted gnocchi? As good as it is, gnocchi’s like that crazy Uncle Shadrach you’re always …

Co-ops end working-member programs amid changing market, labor-law fears

Sunday, January 3, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. — Food cooperative programs that allow members to scoop rice, sort organic vegetables and ring up sales in return for grocery discounts are fading fast amid a changing marketplace and fears of violating labor laws. The …

US repeals controversial meat labeling law

Sunday, January 3, 2016

WASHINGTON — It’s now harder to find out where your beef or pork was born, raised and slaughtered. After more than a decade of wrangling, Congress repealed a labeling law last month that required retailers to include the …

Some days fruit is enough. Other days chocolate is needed

Saturday, January 2, 2016

If you were to join my family for dinner on a regular weeknight (go for it, but call first!), you’d see our typical dessert routine in action. It works like this: My husband grabs my favorite tiny bamboo …

Frittatas: All the yum of omelets, but with way less effort

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Eggs for dinner! Talk about serious comfort food. And one of my favorite weeknight ways to prepare them is as frittatas. A frittata is an Italian omelet, but one in which all of the add-ins (cheese, veggies, meat, …

Chicago celebrity chef Mindy Segal to make marijuana sweets

Saturday, January 2, 2016

CHICAGO — When Mindy Segal decided she wanted to work with marijuana, the James Beard award-winning pastry chef knew she could do so much better than that tired cliche — the brownie. Instead, she’ll tap her understanding of …