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Food / Dining

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 emptied out just to get the bottle I needed. This was when the wife chimed in from the living room with that … 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, when the soup is cold. Summer soup is different from winter soup. Winter soup is … 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 blend from Enkidu’s owner and winemaker Phillip Staehle is 60 percent zinfandel, 24 percent carignane … 0

Great American Meals
  • KEVIN GUTTING
Trevor Chalmers of Easthampton works from a bundle of cedar shingles he pre-nailed for residing the back wall of the School House at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton on Tuesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Trevor Chalmers of Easthampton works from a bundle of cedar shingles he pre-nailed for residing the back wall of the School House at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton on Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said.

    JERREY ROBERTS Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18. Purchase photo reprints »

Go-to marinades: Two variations help set up a summer of easy grilling

Friday, June 6, 2014

Family vacation food memories typically include hamburger stands and chain restaurants. Ours, not so much. Instead, we frequented mom and pop grocery stores in search of just the right items to cook on the campfire. Dad tended to … 0

Lou & Lucy’s leftovers

Friday, June 6, 2014

I do a lot of trolling on the Internet looking for food ideas and recipes. I mainly use my iPad for this and have all sorts of food apps that I never use. My food folder currently has … 0

The unappreciated glories of rice salad

Friday, June 6, 2014

The world is cruel and unfair. Mediocrities are loved beyond all reason while their betters languish unappreciated. Consider the tragic case of rice salad. It’s enough to make you weep. Walk by any deli case today and you’ll … 1

Wine to try: 2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

Friday, June 6, 2014

Wine to try 2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Region: Piedmont, Italy Price: $27 to $35 Style: Rich and nuanced What it goes with: Barbecue, roast lamb, brasato, pasta with meat sauce. Prices for top Barbaresco and Barolo are … 0

Valley Bounty: Bok choy

Friday, June 6, 2014

Bok choy Bok choy is a crunchy and mild Asian green, readily available this time of year at farmers markets and farm stands. Baby bok choy can be added to salad mix, while larger plants can be chopped … 0

Sorghum seeing success as Southern foods get hot

Friday, June 6, 2014

When chef Josh Feathers was growing up in Tennessee, his grandmother always had a jar of sorghum syrup in the cupboard. But he never gave much thought to it, or its significance to Southern culture. That didn’t happen … 0

Grow Food Northampton increases food access to low-income community members

Friday, June 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Grow Food Northampton works with Crimson & Clover Farm in Florence to provide fresh, local produce to low-income community members, and this year, Grow Food Northampton has increased the number of farmshares it offers. Grow Food Northampton is offering what it calls a Double SNAPshare to … 1

Barhopping: Enjoying a margarita at Mission Cantina

Thursday, June 5, 2014

I hadn’t been to Mission Cantina at 485 West St. in Amherst since its expansion about a year ago, and was really looking forward to it. As I drove up on a recent Friday, I could see that … 0

Time to expand your vegetable repertoire

Friday, May 30, 2014

Martha Rose Shulman wants to empower us to cook. The prolific cookbook writer has taken a novel approach with her latest, “The Simple Art of Vegetarian Cooking,” in order to do that. In this she serves as culinary … 0

Ironclad cookery: The simple cast-iron pan serves as one of today’s under-the-radar trends

Friday, May 30, 2014

It may be the most versatile pan around, yet it’s hundreds of years old and comes in one color: the cast-iron pièce de résistance. For generations of cooks, the pan has been passed along from kitchen to kitchen … 0