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Roast beef , vegetables and fruit

Valley Bounty: Local beef

Friday, December 19, 2014

Roast Beef In my family, the Christmas table celebrates local food just like the Thanksgiving table does. Every Christmas Eve, the main entrée is a select roast from one of my family’s small herd of cows. For those of you with similar “roast beast” traditions like the Whos in Whoville, order your cut of meat for the holiday table from your local farmer or butcher before it’s too late. For sources of holiday roasts, marinade recipes and cooking tips, visit the Valley Bounty page at www.buylocalfood.org. — Abby Getman of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Kung Fu Girl Riesling: Seriously good despite the whimsy

Friday, December 19, 2014

Kung Fu Girl Riesling Washington State 2013, $11.99 I find it rewarding when the big national wine magazines write about something that you can actually find on the shelves of a neighborhood store. In this case, the 2013 Kung Fu Girl Riesling, a serious, dry Washington white wine with an artsy label and …

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 by brutal King Antiochus IV. The effect is that Jews today eat latkes for Hanukkah. …

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(L-R) Gerard Peters, of Easthampton, Tricia Dandrea and Matthew Watkins, of Leeds, laugh as they have a conversation during a holiday luncheon hosted by National Honor Society at the Oliver Smith Restaurant at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA (L-R) Gerard Peters, of Easthampton, Tricia Dandrea and Matthew Watkins, of Leeds, laugh as they have a conversation during a holiday luncheon hosted by National Honor Society at the Oliver Smith Restaurant at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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Construction workers build a train platform for an Amtrak service that starts Dec. 29 at the Union Station Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Construction workers build a train platform for an Amtrak service that starts Dec. 29 at the Union Station Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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John Pastorello, of South Hadley, changes a fuse amid his Christmas Light display Monday in the backyard of his home that faces McKinley Avenue.

    JERREY ROBERTS John Pastorello, of South Hadley, changes a fuse amid his Christmas Light display Monday in the backyard of his home that faces McKinley Avenue. Purchase photo reprints »

Order up: Jerry’s Place reopens after a month of repairs

Monday, November 24, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Bacon is sizzling and spatulas are flying for the first time in almost a month at Jerry’s Place. Deerfield Selectman David Wolfram and his wife, Mary, were among some of the first hungry patrons to step through the familiar Elm Street doors into the newly …

Lou and Lucy’s Leftovers: To brine or not to brine the bird

Friday, November 21, 2014

Let the eating begin. Next week we will be thrown into the eating season, starting of course with Thanksgiving. I think Thanksgiving dinner is one of my favorite holiday meals. Steeped in tradition, not stuck in it. Lots of family or not. Good food and not a ton …

Drink up: Smart cocktail shaker could be the key to the perfect drink

Friday, November 21, 2014

Making the perfect cocktail is serious business. Like baking, it requires precision, the right tools and a tested recipe. But the makers of the B4RM4N, a new smart cocktail shaker, are hoping their invention is all you’ll need to become a skilled bartender. The B4RM4N works by syncing …

Good reading, good eating: New cookbooks offer intriguing dishes for holiday feasting

Friday, November 21, 2014

Some people need only one cookbook — if that. Occasionally they want one to answer questions such as how long to cook the Thanksgiving turkey. But other people yearn for the cookbooks with intriguing recipes and vivid pictures …

Valley Bounty: Pies

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pies Last week, I won a raffle at the Montague square dance — a maple pecan and sweet potato pie! Following gleeful eating, I began thinking about my Thanksgiving dessert menu. The list of possible local ingredients is …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Two versatile wines meet the Thanksgiving challenge

Friday, November 21, 2014

Editor’s note: Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley is a new monthly column written by Warren Johnston, who seeks out quality wines in the $10 range available locally. Gerard Bertrand Reserve Speciale Viognier, $12.99 7 Deadly Zins, Zinfandel, $15.99 …

Local wine and beer tastings

Friday, November 21, 2014

TASTINGS Liquors 44, 238 King St., Northampton, Saturday, 4 to 6 p.m., Southern Comfort Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton, Saturday, 2 p.m., Element Brewing; Sunday, 2 p.m., Eden Ice Ciders; Tuesday, 4 p.m. Moonlight Meadery WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4-6 p.m., wine; …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: First impressions

Thursday, November 20, 2014

You can only make a first impression once. At The Mick, the bar at the entrance of the Delaney House on Route 5 in Holyoke, they make a good one. My friend Chris and I arrived at The …

Chef’s Best: For Hanukkah, these are some pretty sweet latkes

Thursday, November 20, 2014

During college, I took a class on global populations and food (affectionately known as “pops and crops”). I’m sure it was a fine class, but really only one lesson has stuck with me in the 25 years since. …

Minnesotans gripe over grape salad being named classic Thanksgiving dish

Thursday, November 20, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — It seemed an innocent enough premise: The New York Times Food section Wednesday featured a state-by-state guide to traditional Thanksgiving dishes of the 50 states. But snuggled between Michigan’s Baked German Potato Salad and Mississippi’s Ale-Braised Collard Greens With Smoked Ham Hock was a culinary land …