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Food / Dining

Chicken braised with pancetta and tomatoes. (Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Chef’s Best: Chicken in a sauce: Easy dishes that won’t put you in a stew

Thursday, January 29, 2015

My slogan for 2015? “A chicken in every pot.” Somebody’s already used that? Well, mine comes with a recipe to get you started. Take that, Herbert Hoover, and you too, Henry IV! It’s about as basic as cooking can get: chicken cooked slowly in a sauce. Really, this is one of those dishes that is more technique than actual recipe. …

A wine to try: 2012 Julien Sunier Regnie

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A wine to try 2012 Julien Sunier Regnie Region: Beaujolais Price: About $24 Style: Graceful and balanced What it goes with: Indian food, braised or roast lamb, lentil stew, a burger Beaujolais Nouveau is coming, and soon, but for wines of more character, look to Beaujolais cru for some wonderful Gamay. This Regnie …

Mushrooms can be a healthy piece of the Super Bowl spread

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Anybody who has kids will appreciate this milestone. My daughter ate an entire mushroom for the first time the other day! I had roasted it on a baking sheet alongside other veggies, knowing she would likely skip the mushroom and dig around for the carrots and beets instead. Up until the other night, …

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 …

Chef’s Best: Take comfort in an almost effortless onion soup

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Talk about a vegetable that’s everywhere. The humble onion is one the most common aromatic vegetables, popping up in so many ways across so many cuisines. And it’s not just for taste. The onion also happens to be …

Owner of Hangar Pub and Grill and Wings Over Amherst plans restaurant in Greenfield

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — The owner of a chicken wings delivery service founded in Amherst in 1999, which has nearly three dozen stores in 13 states, is planning a new restaurant in Greenfield. Harold Tramazzo, who owns both the Wings Over Amherst and Hangar Pub and Grill restaurants on University …

Burger King to close in Hadley on Dec. 28, future of site uncertain

Saturday, December 13, 2014

HADLEY — Burger King restaurant, a mainstay of the Route 9 dining scene since opening in the 1970s, will close later this month, possibly to make way for a new development project at the Mountain Farms Mall. “Our last day is Dec. 28,” said Krystin Bauer, a manager …

Shifts leave Williamsburg with larger, indoor Snack Bar and seasonal Local Burger food trailer

Saturday, December 13, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — A shifting landscape of places to eat in Williamsburg will leave the town with a new, larger indoor Snack Bar and a seasonal food trailer operated by the owners of Local Burger in Northampton. After dishing …

Ten fresh ways to improve a mug of cocoa

Friday, December 12, 2014

We can’t help it. Once the cold weather arrives, we crave hot cocoa with the same intensity that we crave a cold beer during barbecue season. There is, after all, something intensely comforting about drinking a warm mug …