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This March 23, 2015 photo shows mixed cocktails, from left, an old fashioned, a vodka gimlet, a Bull Shot, a dry martini and a bloody mary. "The culture of the cocktail really exploded in the '60s," says Maureen Petrosky, author of "The Cocktail Club." Suddenly there were cocktail dresses, new glassware, bar couture, Tiki drinks. The cocktail hour had its own wardrobe. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

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 has boosted modern-day interest in — classic cocktails, it is set in a decade, the ’60s, when mixed drinks were sliding into …

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 its Frappaccinos, will have U.S. workers write “Race Together” on cups. Starbucks also plans to …

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 a second longer than you think it should. And then there is the rest of …

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This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, February 6, 2015

TASTINGS Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m., Beer Swamp Orchard, Fire Cider, People’s Pint beer; 2 to 6 p.m. Eden Ice Cider; 4 to 6 p.m. Ruby wines Thursday, 4:30 p.m., Charles River wine Friday, 4 p.m, Cafe Europa wine WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner …

Valley Bounty: Carrots

Friday, February 6, 2015

Carrots Carrots are easily one of my favorite vegetables. Locally available nearly year round, they are a staple flavor in soups, stews, winter roasts or root slaws — and their sweet crunchiness is a go-to snack in my …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou’s Been Reading All Wrong

Friday, February 6, 2015

I just love trolling the Internet for food articles that teach me something new. Something I’ve noticed recently is the overwhelming number of articles that are titled something like the following ... “The 10 Horrible Ways You’ve Been Using Your Chef’s Knife Wrong.” Those horrible ways usually include …

A wine to try: 2011 Brancaia Ilatraia Rosso

Friday, February 6, 2015

2011 Brancaia Ilatraia Rosso Region: Tuscany Price: $36 to $46 Style: Rich and smooth Let’s celebrate this cold weather. It’s time to light the fire, roast a big hunk of meat and break out a big red. This …

Chef’s Best: Golden dip worthy of dunking into while watching the Oscars

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ask any Indian person why we love turmeric so much, and you just might want to cancel your appointments for the rest of the day. In its raw form, it’s not much to look at. Much like its …

Sylvester’s Restaurant in Northampton closes temporarily for renovations

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For the next week the sounds and smells of  eggs and bacon sizzling on flatiron stove tops, coffee brewing and silverware clinking that usually fill Sylvester’s Restaurant at 111 Pleasant St. will be replaced by the clamor of sand blasters and whining drills. The popular breakfast …

Ten fresh takes on Super Bowl guacamole

Friday, January 30, 2015

Whether or not you like avocados, you really have to admire the way their marketers have totally owned the Super Bowl. For no particular reason other than force of will, avocados — and the guacamole they produce — …

Drink up: Garlicky Crab Pasta and wine

Friday, January 30, 2015

Pairings Garlicky Crab Pasta and wine A simple, clean wine goes best with this entrée The chardonnay is high-end, but lean and barely oaked. The sparkler from Italy is celebratory, and the unique white from Chile is the …

Healthy food that tastes good while being good for you — and that’s no cliché

Friday, January 30, 2015

How are those New Year’s resolutions working out for you? Many resolutions to eat better and lose weight are born from holiday binge-eating guilt and regret. Some of us actually eat more sweets and goodies and egg nog …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Sicilian winemakers finally share the good stuff

Friday, January 30, 2015

Villa Pozzi Nero D’Avola, Sicily 2013 $8.99 - $11.99 A few years ago, when Sicilian wines were relatively new to New England, I tried a bottle. It was an inexpensive dark red wine made from a grape that …