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The appetizer Holyoke restaurant Slaint created last year during the 12-Mile Meal chef challenge

‘12-Mile Meal’ battle of the chefs heats up at Northampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chefs from three local restaurants, including defending champion The Sierra Grill, will take part in a cooking throw-down as they battle to create three-course meals using ingredients from within a 12-mile radius of Northampton. “The 12-Mile Meal” will take place as part of the “Northampton Jazz Festival” on Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chef Tent behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton. “It fits in pretty well because jazz is an art form and so is cooking,” said the program’s director and host, Rick Gifford, in a phone interview. “The 12-Mile Meal” is an annual event that is open to the public; … 0

Judie’s Restaurant in Amherst to add room for ‘paint-and-sip’ events

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — A downtown restaurant best known for its popovers will soon be adding a room where customers can drink a glass of wine while painting their own masterpieces. Judie’s Restaurant at 51 North Pleasant St. is taking over the 650-square-foot space in the attached Boltwood Place building most recently occupied by Scandihoovians, a jewelry and clothing store, which closed at the end … 0

Businesses: Quake cleanup should not deter tourists

Monday, August 25, 2014

NAPA, Calif. — The earthquake that jarred California’s wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away broken glass in the rush to get the tourist hotspot back in shape for the summer’s final … 0

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Alicia Lopez, front, and other members of Grupo Folklorico Tradiciones dance Wednesday during the annual back-to-school party on the Amherst Common. The event is sponsored by the School Committee. She is an ELL teacher at Amherst Regional Middle School.

    JERREY ROBERTS Alicia Lopez, front, and other members of Grupo Folklorico Tradiciones dance Wednesday during the annual back-to-school party on the Amherst Common. The event is sponsored by the School Committee. She is an ELL teacher at Amherst Regional Middle School. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jodie Castanza, of Northampton, watches as her son, Logan, 18 months, points at the stage during Transperformance XXIV Tuesday at Pines Theater.

    JERREY ROBERTS Jodie Castanza, of Northampton, watches as her son, Logan, 18 months, points at the stage during Transperformance XXIV Tuesday at Pines Theater. Purchase photo reprints »

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

Valley Bounty: Corn

Friday, July 25, 2014

CORN Corn, the sweet king of summer, is here! Strip back its husks and sink your teeth into its juicy kernels. Corn season will reign from now until a hard frost. In my house, corn is boiled for … 0

A tuna sandwich by way of Mediterranean bruschetta

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sometimes the last thing you want to do at the end of a long hot summer day is turn on the oven and make a meal. So here’s a delicious solution that requires no more heat than is … 0

Ex-CEO wants Market Basket protesters rehired

Monday, July 21, 2014

TEWKSBURY — The fired longtime chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain is urging the family-owned company to reinstate workers who were fired for protests demanding his return. Arthur T. Demoulas’s statement Monday night was his first since he was fired last month by a board controlled … 0

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Everyone’s got a favorite

Thursday, July 17, 2014

On a recent quiet, midweek evening, I stopped by the Tunnel Bar on Strong Avenue in Northampton. Kathleen was behind the bar, and I asked her what her favorite cocktail is. A Coconut Basil Gimlet, she told me, … 0

Health officials: Food label changes not enough

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don’t tell consumers outright if a food is good for them. Public health advocates say that information is necessary to help consumers make healthy choices … 0

French law stirs pot against bad restaurant food

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

PARIS — Restaurant-goers in France will start seeing a funny little symbol on their menus this week: a skillet with a house on top, indicating your menu choice is made in-house. It’s part of a new law meant … 0