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Valley Bounty: Local Beef

Friday, April 24, 2015

Local Beef Pioneer Valley residents have many choices for buying delicious local meat. Many farms sell direct through farm stores, farmers markets, or CSA shares (some with delivery). Retailers that prioritize local food also offer a good selection. Last night, we stretched a local top round steak to feed three, with leftovers. We marinated the steak in oil and lemon juice, tamari, ginger and garlic for only an hour, grilled it briefly, then served thin, cross-grain slices on top of heaping plates of local greens, with oven fries on the side. Find sources of local meat on the Valley Bounty page at www.buylocalfood.org. — Margaret …

Frittatas — the ultimate have-it-your-way weeknight dinner

Friday, April 24, 2015

Frittatas are like quiches without crusts, and that makes them an ideal fast and simple weeknight dinner. They also are the ultimate have-it-your-way meal, and that makes it easy to feed a family of — inevitably — picky eaters. You all get to enjoy the same meal at the same time, but you …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy laments loose use of language

Friday, April 24, 2015

Artisan is a word being bandied about a lot these days. What does it actually mean? My interpretation of the word is a skilled craftsmen or artist who makes something in a traditional and nonmechanical way. I also believe it means love and care was put into producing a certain product. Perhaps a special cheese crafted by generations of a family of cheesemakers …

Great American Meals
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University of Massachusetts Amherst senior Andrew Sousa explains his team project, "Otto", to Tracy Whelen during the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Senior Design Project Day held in Marcus Hall on Friday. Otto is designed as a "personal cameraman" by using an autonomous quadcopter (drone) that will follow and videotape via the GPS signal from the user's smart phone.

    KEVIN GUTTING University of Massachusetts Amherst senior Andrew Sousa explains his team project, "Otto", to Tracy Whelen during the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Senior Design Project Day held in Marcus Hall on Friday. Otto is designed as a "personal cameraman" by using an autonomous quadcopter (drone) that will follow and videotape via the GPS signal from the user's smart phone. Purchase photo reprints »

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Annalyse Arnold, left, 16, leads four-year-old Kaleigh Fallon, dressed as Belle, down the runway during the "When I Grow Up" fashion show by Little Bear Learn and Care daycare center at Blue Guitar Space, Thursday in Easthampton.The fashion show encouraged anti-bullying efforts and developing social emotional skills at a young age, as well as celebrating diversity and individuality.

    DAN LITTLE Annalyse Arnold, left, 16, leads four-year-old Kaleigh Fallon, dressed as Belle, down the runway during the "When I Grow Up" fashion show by Little Bear Learn and Care daycare center at Blue Guitar Space, Thursday in Easthampton.The fashion show encouraged anti-bullying efforts and developing social emotional skills at a young age, as well as celebrating diversity and individuality. Purchase photo reprints »

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Richard Hayden of Marois Construction guides a stone section from the front steps of the Hampshire County Courthouse as it's removed for renovation Thursday in Northampton.

    DAN LITTLE Richard Hayden of Marois Construction guides a stone section from the front steps of the Hampshire County Courthouse as it's removed for renovation Thursday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley

Friday, March 27, 2015

Natura Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Chile, $9.99-11.99 Natura Chardonnay 2013, Chile, $9.99-11.99 About a decade ago, I tried an organic wine. It was expensive and bad. I didn’t spit it out or even pour it down the drain, probably …

Potent, healthy condiments deliver big flavor, few calories in this Passover dish

Friday, March 27, 2015

Wouldn’t it be terrific if our local asparagus were with us for Easter? It tastes wonderful with both ham and lamb, which are Easter dinner favorites, but, of course, we can’t expect it to pop through the ground …

Valley Bounty: Parsnip Latkes

Friday, March 27, 2015

Parsnip Latkes Parsnips are a tapered root vegetable that withstand long winters in a cold cellar, in your vegetable drawer, or over-wintered in the garden. Spring-dug parsnips are my favorite — and they’re coming soon! — but I’ve …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy encounters too much of a good thing

Friday, March 27, 2015

I tend to eat foods that are good for me. I like them, they make me feel better. If I go out to dinner and have fried fish and a huge pile of fries, I am probably not going to feel so great the next day. Or the …

Eat Up

Friday, March 27, 2015

Charming critters Expect a few smiles at Easter breakfast when these tiny stoneware egg cups show up holding soft-boiled or brightly colored hard-cooked eggs. A set of four Animal Egg Cups from West Elm features abstract images of …

Toast the end of ‘Mad Men’ with the era’s classic cocktails

Thursday, March 26, 2015

From Don Draper’s old fashioneds to Roger Sterling’s smuggled-in Stoli, cocktails have played a deliciously major role on AMC’s “Mad Men.” But was it really that great an era to drink? Because though the show celebrates — and …

Starbucks CEO defends new ‘Race Together’ campaign after criticism

Sunday, March 22, 2015

NEW YORK — Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz last week defended the company’s new “Race Together” campaign that has been criticized for being naive and even using racial tensions to boost its bottom line. The chain, best known for …

Ten ideas for dressing up a basic bowl of oatmeal

Friday, March 20, 2015

Oatmeal is the vanilla ice cream of the breakfast world. Some of us like it plain and straight up, appreciating its clean, oaty flavor, its firm yet giving texture, the way it cloyingly stays in your mouth just …

Dinner by the bowlful: From salads to stir-fry

Friday, March 20, 2015

I’ve collected bowls for years. Big ones, little ones, and bowls shallow and deep. I use bowls not just for eating out of but for collecting keys and glasses, keeping bedside-table necessities wrangled, for storing rolls of twine …

Valley Bounty: Cabbage

Friday, March 20, 2015

Cabbage Cabbage is an underrated vegetable. Even the attention it gets in March is often unflattering. But don’t be fooled! Cabbage stores beautifully and is a great local winter vegetable choice. More importantly, it’s delicious, supplemented with just …