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Food / Dining

The culinary high life Ancient Roman Apicius epitomized a life of excess

Friday, August 29, 2014

Apicius was such an over-the-top foodie, even by the grand standards of the Roman Empire, that his name not only became synonymous with the culinary high life but, so scholars believe, also the popular title for a cookbook formally known as “De re coquinaria” (On cooking). This work, the only known cookbook to have survived from the ancient Greco-Roman world, has for centuries intrigued scholars and cooks with its glimpse of Roman life. “I think if people look into Roman cooking at all, they go to ‘Apicius’ first,” said Rosemary L. Moore, lecturer in history and classics at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. … 0

Wine to try: 2013 Alta Maria Vineyards ‘Carbonic’ Pinot Noir

Friday, August 29, 2014

WINE TO TRY 2013 Alta Maria Vineyards ‘Carbonic’ Pinot Noir Region: Central Coast Price: About $22 Style: Lighthearted easy drinking What it goes with: Fish or fowl, salade Nicoise, pizza Alta Maria Vineyards makes mostly very serious and seriously delicious Pinot Noirs. This one, though, is lighthearted and fun. Made by fermenting whole … 0

A new look for your lunchbox: Hummus

Friday, August 29, 2014

What’s the first lunch lesson of the school year? Embrace hummus. Yes, it has a weird name (say it like we’re humming together - “hum us.”) And yes, it is usually made from ground-up chickpeas, which sounds like it should have all the joy of eating library paste. But stick with me on … 0

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Northampton Police Sgt. Victor Caputo talks about a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle Tuesday at the station.

    JERREY ROBERTS Northampton Police Sgt. Victor Caputo talks about a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle Tuesday at the station. Purchase photo reprints »

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Gabrielle Akanhay, 6, left, and Sarah McGrath, 7, both of Florence, enjoy frog toys they won by throwing darts Friday at the Three-County Fair in Northampton.

    JERREY ROBERTS Gabrielle Akanhay, 6, left, and Sarah McGrath, 7, both of Florence, enjoy frog toys they won by throwing darts Friday at the Three-County Fair in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Summer is winding down, but some of the flowers in  Andrew Magee's garden, on Conz Street in Northampton, are still going strong.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Summer is winding down, but some of the flowers in Andrew Magee's garden, on Conz Street in Northampton, are still going strong. Purchase photo reprints »

Wine to try: Alexander Jules Manzanilla ‘17/71’ Sherry

Friday, August 1, 2014

A WINE TO TRY Alexander Jules Manzanilla ‘17/71’ Sherry Region: Sherry (Spain) Price: About $40 Style: Dry, complex What it goes with: Olives, nuts, shellfish, sushi, cured hams and meats This could be the sherry to turn even … 0

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, August 1, 2014

TASTINGS Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton Friday, 5 p.m., Arts Night Out; To Die For WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4-6 p.m., wine; Leeds Package Store, Route 9, Leeds: Wed.—Fri., 3 to 6p.m.,wine.; Four Seasons, 333 Russell St., Hadley: everyday, wine; Spirit Haus, … 0

Recipe: Peach chutney

Friday, August 1, 2014

Makes about 2 cups 1 tablespoon neutral oil, like rice bran oil 1 teaspoon onion seeds (or nigella) 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced ½ teaspoon turmeric 4 to 6 peaches, peeled and diced (about 1 quart) 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 1 teaspoon … 0

Recipe: California Kraut Salad

Friday, August 1, 2014

Serves 6 1 pound Farmhouse Culture Classic Kraut with Caraway 1 cup shredded carrots 1 cup chopped green onions ¾ cup good quality California olive oil Toss all ingredients together and serve as a salad. — Kathryn Lukas, Farmhouse Culture … 0

Recipe: Onion and cilantro chutney

Friday, August 1, 2014

Makes about 2 cups 6 ounces red onion 1 cup cilantro leaves 1 teaspoon kosher salt 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon vegetable oil 1½ teaspoons ground cumin 1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil while you slice the onion into \-inch thick strips. … 0

Recipe: Radish Kimchee

Friday, August 1, 2014

Makes about 2 cups 2 large bunches of salad radishes, greens and roots attached 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon fine sea salt 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup gochujang (a fermented red chile paste), homemade or store-bought 1. Wash the radishes well, particularly the greens. Slice each radish … 0

Recipe: Thai Pickled Cabbage

Friday, August 1, 2014

Makes about 4 cups 1½ pounds Napa cabbage 2 tablespoons kosher salt 1 cup lime juice 3 tablespoons fish sauce 1 tablespoon sugar 1 clove garlic, finely minced or put through a press ¾-inch piece peeled fresh ginger, finely minced 1 small jalapeno chile 1. Discard the tough … 0

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou hears those dreaded words

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mere seconds after opening the refrigerator door, I could be heard swearing as I tried to reach the condiment bottle I needed that was lurking in the back of the top shelf behind about a dozen other bottles and containers. Soon I had about half the top shelf … 0

Warm up to cold soup

Friday, July 25, 2014

The sun is blazing. The sweat is dripping. The air feels as if it is sticking to your skin. Hey, how about a nice big bowl of soup? No, seriously. Soup is good food. Especially in the summer, … 0

Wine to try: 2012 Enkidu ‘E’ Old Vine Field Blend

Friday, July 25, 2014

A WINE TO TRY 2012 Enkidu ‘E’ Old Vine Field Blend Region: Sonoma County Price: $18 to $22 Style: Juicy and lush What it goes with: Burgers, barbecue, grilled lamb chops or vegetables, salads This old vine field … 0