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Eat up

Friday, August 28, 2015

Ice cream social The second annual Ice Cream Social will be held at Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge St., Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. rain or shine. Once again Herrill’s Ice Cream is donating the ice cream. Steve and Judy Herrell will kick off the event with a short talk on the history of the sweet treat, following by them …

Let’s Eat: Smoky Corn Polenta with Tomato Salad

Friday, August 28, 2015

Corn often is served the same way in summer — hot on the cob, stirred into chowder or folded in seasonal casseroles. In this easy recipe adapted from Sameh Wadi’s “The New Mediterranean Table,” its sweet kernels are paired with creamy, cheesy polenta and a tomato salad. (The original recipe called for using …

The real thing: Sangria returns to its refreshing Spanish roots

Friday, August 28, 2015

The pitcher of red wine dosed with a confetti of fruit and orange slices seemed so festive - until the next morning’s headache. That was the old bastardized sangria, the one featured at patio parties in suburban America in the ‘50s and ‘60s. And, as it turns out, very far from the Spanish …

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Jeffrey  Mish, facilities director of the Hadley Public Schools puts lines down on the Hopkins Academy soccer field.

    CAROL LOLLIS Jeffrey Mish, facilities director of the Hadley Public Schools puts lines down on the Hopkins Academy soccer field. Purchase photo reprints »

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Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right.

    KEVIN GUTTING Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right. Purchase photo reprints »

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Outer Stylie band members Tom Schack, left, and Nate Martel perform music inspired by the movie Easy Rider during Transperformance 25- Look at the Movies,  Wednesday afternoon at Pines Theater in Florence.

    DAN LITTLE Outer Stylie band members Tom Schack, left, and Nate Martel perform music inspired by the movie Easy Rider during Transperformance 25- Look at the Movies, Wednesday afternoon at Pines Theater in Florence. Purchase photo reprints »

Amherst Community Co-op leaders seek more members, schedule meeting Thursday

Friday, July 17, 2015

AMHERST — As plans to bring a cooperative supermarket to Amherst continue, organizers are trying to double the membership base before conducting a feasibility study that would identify its size, potential location and business plan. The steering committee for the Amherst Community Co-op will meet at 7 p.m. …

Ten fresh ideas for turning toast into something exciting

Friday, July 17, 2015

We’re not entirely sure what the difference is between a classic open-faced sandwich and the suddenly hip world of toast with toppings. Then again, maybe it doesn’t much matter. A thick slab of lightly toasted good quality bread …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy shares her method for home brew

Friday, July 17, 2015

How much does the average ice-coffee-drinking person spend on iced coffee in the summer? Let’s say $3 a day or so. If you buy coffee once or sometimes twice a day you could spend $300 to $500 on iced coffee over the course of the season. Often, I …

Feasting on fruit: Pair peaches, pears and berries with herbs, spices and dairy for delicous dishes

Friday, July 17, 2015

Though fruits and berries can star in any meal, many of them perform divinely with a partner. Think of duos such as apples with cinnamon, for example, or strawberries with the sweet buttery shortcake that highlights them so …

The rich taste of cherries and strawberries marks this rose

Friday, July 17, 2015

Cote Mas Sud de France Rose Aurore Languedoc, France, $8.99 One of my favorite wines for a warm summer evening is a crisp, dry rose. Rose is a happy bridge wine between the reds of winter and the …

Eat Up

Friday, July 17, 2015

Cake and ice cream Clarkdale Fruit Farms, 303 Upper Road, Deerfield, is celebrating 100 years in business Sunday with an afternoon of festivities that includes cake and ice cream at 1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m. there will be …

Drink up

Friday, July 17, 2015

Beer and wine The 11th annual Lake Wyola Association Beer & Wine Tasting, including food, live music and dancing, is on for Saturday night at Association Hall, 1 Shore Drive, Shutesbury. The event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Products from Amherst Brewing Co., Berkshire Brewing Co., Harpoon …

Valley Bounty: Raspberries

Friday, July 17, 2015

Raspberries Soft and luscious raspberries are perfect item to purchase fresh-picked, not after being transported hundreds of miles. Find them at farmers markets, farmstands, in your CSA share, or from retailers that sell local produce. Try tossing a bowl of berries with a little balsamic vinegar and maple …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Producing a Passionate Presbyterian at 30 Boltwood in Amherst

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The first thing I noticed when I walked into 30 Boltwood, the bar and restaurant at the Lord Jeffery Inn in Amherst, were the leather, high backed, circular booths. They looked very cozy, in a room that oozes …

Lake Wyola Association Beer & Wine Tasting set for Saturday

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SHUTESBURY — A beer- and wine-tasting fundraiser featuring several local brewers will be held Saturday night at Lake Wyola. The 11th annual Lake Wyola Association Beer & Wine Tasting features beer, wine, food and live music by Knightwatch under three large tents near the Association Hall at 1 …