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Vickie Hidalgo plays Marble Matrix on the tablet while waiting for food with William Hidalgo, right, on August 26, 2014 at a Chili's restaurant in Fair Oaks, Calif. The Zysko-made kiosks allow customers to see images of menu entrees, order drinks and desserts, and pay their bill. (Brian Nguyen/Sacramento Bee/MCT)

A taste of tech: Devices changing the game for restaurants and patrons

Friday, September 19, 2014

From taco stands to sit-down restaurants, technology is changing the way we order, pay and even dine while eating out. Want to peruse the news or occupy your fidgety kids at the table? There’s a tablet for that. Want to call ahead your order and pay by your phone? There’s an app for that. Want to grab takeout deals at …

Want to be a better cook? Choose the right pan for the task at hand

Friday, September 19, 2014

Picking the perfect pan for cooking may seem simple enough. A frying pan for scrambled eggs and burgers. A huge pot for boiling pasta or sweet corn. If you want to cook well, though, choosing the right pan for a particular technique or recipe can mean the difference between culinary success and lousy …

Lou & Lucy’s leftovers: Littlenecks

Friday, September 19, 2014

Just got back from vacation in Wellfleet — and boy, did I get a raw deal there. But this raw deal was a good thing and educational to boot. Last year a friend and I taught ourselves to shuck our own oysters. We sat a picnic table and mastered the technique by practicing on dozens upon dozens of the pearls of the sea. …

Great American Meals
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Lora Woodward starts the 25- mile ride at the Bikefest organized by the Northampton Cycling Club in Northampton Saturday morning in Look Park

    CAROL LOLLIS Lora Woodward starts the 25- mile ride at the Bikefest organized by the Northampton Cycling Club in Northampton Saturday morning in Look Park Purchase photo reprints »

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Brian Herr, Republican US Senate candidate,  talks with Patrick Davis, the director of sales and operations of CRD Metalworks, while Chris Duval, owner,  runs the Woodbine fire wood processor  at CRD Metal Works in Williamsburg Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Brian Herr, Republican US Senate candidate, talks with Patrick Davis, the director of sales and operations of CRD Metalworks, while Chris Duval, owner, runs the Woodbine fire wood processor at CRD Metal Works in Williamsburg Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

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Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Don Courtemanche visits the information booth on the town common at South Pleasant Street.

    KEVIN GUTTING Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Don Courtemanche visits the information booth on the town common at South Pleasant Street. Purchase photo reprints »

Seven fun new takes on the seven-layer salad

Friday, August 22, 2014

It’s the quintessential potluck food: seven-layer salad. With its layers of iceberg lettuce, peas, tomatoes, onions, cheddar cheese, bacon and mayonnaise, it’s colorful, crunchy and creamy all in one bite. Food legend has it that it was born …

MAP Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton releases first beer as a third brewery takes shape on Pleasant Street

Friday, August 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Standing at the wooden bar in the tasting room of Fort Hill Brewery this week, owner Eric Berzins held a glass of Oktoberfest, the first beer his brewery has released, and indulged in a proud moment. … 2

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou talks avocados

Friday, August 22, 2014

Guacamole. What a great word. What a great dip. But don’t you ever wish there was something different you could do with those beautiful, ripe avocados sitting on your counter right now, getting more ripe by the minute? Of course you could just eat one with a spoon …

Friendly’s restaurant closes on King Street in Northampton

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What was for many people a nostalgic downtown fixture has closed its doors. The Friendly’s restaurant at 63 King St. closed Monday, according to a statement by the chain’s corporate headquarters in Wilbraham. GLG Corporation owned … 1

Florence Subway franchise owner Matthew Baca to open new restaurant in downtown Northampton

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A new Subway restaurant is planned for the 193 Main St. storefront downtown formerly occupied by Main Street Cleaners. Matthew Baca, who already owns the Subway at 91 Main St. in Florence, tentatively plans to open … 3

Juicing lets you drink the rainbow of fruits and vegetables

Friday, August 15, 2014

Last year, Kim Wilcox and his wife, Tamara, were flipping TV channels when they stumbled on a movie with an attention-grabbing title: “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.” The 2010 documentary follows Australian entrepreneur Joe Cross as he reboots …

Let’s be frank about fair food: All calories? Check. All fat? Check. All delicious? Check.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Is there anything more American than the state fair? Small-town pride. Prize-winning bulls. Proud children showing off their favorite ponies and sheep. State fairs are so American, they even have a contest for the best apple pie. Some …

Wine to try: 2012 Tenuta Sarno ‘1860’ Fiano di Avellino

Friday, August 15, 2014

A WINE TO TRY 2012 Tenuta Sarno ‘1860’ Fiano di Avellino Region: Campania, Italy Price: About $25 Style: Power and finesse What it goes with: Lobster, swordfish, grilled shrimp, shellfish Southern Italian wines are just beginning to get …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, August 15, 2014

TASTINGS Liquors 44, 238 King St., Northampton Today, noon to 2 p.m., Boulevard craft beer sampling; Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., Berkshire Brewing craft beer sampling Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton Thursday, 5-7:30, Berkshire Brewing craft beer sampling WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, …

Valley Bounty: Tomatoes

Friday, August 15, 2014

TOMATOES If you haven’t broken out your canning equipment yet, you have no more excuses. Tomatoes are the rock stars of summer and Valley farmers grow them all, from basic red to exotic, heirloom and paste varieties. Many …