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This Dec. 15, 2014 photo shows shrimp scampi guacamole in Concord, N.H. There are multiple ways to serve up guacamole for the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Ten fresh takes on Super Bowl guacamole

Friday, January 30, 2015

Whether or not you like avocados, you really have to admire the way their marketers have totally owned the Super Bowl. For no particular reason other than force of will, avocados — and the guacamole they produce — are indelibly linked with this major American sporting event. A Super Bowl party without guacamole — and its trusty sidekick chicken wings …

Drink up: Garlicky Crab Pasta and wine

Friday, January 30, 2015

Pairings Garlicky Crab Pasta and wine A simple, clean wine goes best with this entrée The chardonnay is high-end, but lean and barely oaked. The sparkler from Italy is celebratory, and the unique white from Chile is the perfect humble background to let the dish shine. The dish Add 2 pounds king crab …

Healthy food that tastes good while being good for you — and that’s no cliché

Friday, January 30, 2015

How are those New Year’s resolutions working out for you? Many resolutions to eat better and lose weight are born from holiday binge-eating guilt and regret. Some of us actually eat more sweets and goodies and egg nog during the holidays than we ordinarily would, knowing that come the new year we will …

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  • MATT BURKHARTT
Kiera Seaver, 12 of Hopedale receives help working on her electric light-up bracelet from Tiffany Hua, a mechanical engineering student at UMass while Maya Nolling, 12 of Hopedale puts on her finished necklace Saturday January 31 at Marcus Hall

    MATT BURKHARTT Kiera Seaver, 12 of Hopedale receives help working on her electric light-up bracelet from Tiffany Hua, a mechanical engineering student at UMass while Maya Nolling, 12 of Hopedale puts on her finished necklace Saturday January 31 at Marcus Hall Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Maureen Dempsey weighs an egg Thursday before placing it in a carton to be sold at Intervale farm in Westhampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Maureen Dempsey weighs an egg Thursday before placing it in a carton to be sold at Intervale farm in Westhampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS

Steve Holt cuts  cuts a marked tree down in  the woods on George Munsons property on Reservoir Rd.  in Westhampton. Holt uses the tops for fire wood and the logs get sold to be milled.

    CAROL LOLLIS Steve Holt cuts cuts a marked tree down in the woods on George Munsons property on Reservoir Rd. in Westhampton. Holt uses the tops for fire wood and the logs get sold to be milled. Purchase photo reprints »

Planning Board approves Atkins Farms satellite store expected to open next summer in North Amherst

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — A satellite Atkins Farms Country Market remains on track to open in North Amherst next summer. The Planning Board has approved site plans for the project at 113 Cowls Road, within what is being called the Mill District development, as well as granting a special permit …

Obamas’ chef to hang up his apron after 6 years

Thursday, December 25, 2014

WASHINGTON — Political advisers, chiefs of staff, press secretaries and national security advisers have come and gone in the nearly six years Barack Obama has been president. Now, the White House chef is also waving goodbye. Sam Kass …

Chef’s Best: Seek the savory side of chocolate in the new year

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

While I still pay attention to what I eat during the holidays, I nonetheless allow plenty of small splurges. And those splurges mostly can be summed up in one word: chocolate! Trouble is, the holidays eventually pass, but …

Valley Bounty: Local beef

Friday, December 19, 2014

Roast Beef In my family, the Christmas table celebrates local food just like the Thanksgiving table does. Every Christmas Eve, the main entrée is a select roast from one of my family’s small herd of cows. For those …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Kung Fu Girl Riesling: Seriously good despite the whimsy

Friday, December 19, 2014

Kung Fu Girl Riesling Washington State 2013, $11.99 I find it rewarding when the big national wine magazines write about something that you can actually find on the shelves of a neighborhood store. In this case, the 2013 …

A Hanukkah tradition: Brisket, latkes and tzimmes

Friday, December 19, 2014

It’s all a matter of cause and effect. The cause is that in 164 BC, a group of Jews led by Judah Maccabee captured the former Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, which had been turned into a pagan shrine …

Holiday feast: Birds of many stripes have long had starring roles on the dining table

Friday, December 19, 2014

The “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a high-spirited carol that clicks along at the rollicking pace set by Frederic Austin’s tune, composed in 1909 and based on traditional folk music. The words, first published in 1780, tell …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, December 19, 2014

TASTINGS Liquors 44, 238 King St., Northampton Saturday, 12 to 3 p.m., Brut Dargent JP Chenet Sparkling Wines; 4 to 6 p.m., Bailey’s Chocolate Cherry; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 90+ Cellars Wine, 2 to 4 p.m., Crown Royal Apple Whiskey; Monday, 4 to 6 p.m., Bailey’s …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: A side trip for a Sidecar

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I was feeling rather dapper in my black suit as I cruised recently down Route 91, so I thought to myself, “I’m going to take a little side trip to the Whately Inn.” The atmosphere at the Whately …

Planning Board approves Atkins Farms satellite store expected to open next summer in North Amherst

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — A satellite Atkins Farms Country Market remains on track to open in North Amherst next summer. The Planning Board Wednesday approved site plans for the project at 113 Cowls Road, within what is being called the Mill District development, as well as granting a special permit …