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Food / Dining

Ex-CEO wants Market Basket protesters rehired

Monday, July 21, 2014

TEWKSBURY — The fired longtime chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain is urging the family-owned company to reinstate workers who were fired for protests demanding his return. Arthur T. Demoulas’s statement Monday night was his first since he was fired last month by a board controlled by his rival cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas. Eight supervisory employees were fired over the weekend after leading a Friday rally demanding Demoulas … 0

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Everyone’s got a favorite

Thursday, July 17, 2014

On a recent quiet, midweek evening, I stopped by the Tunnel Bar on Strong Avenue in Northampton. Kathleen was behind the bar, and I asked her what her favorite cocktail is. A Coconut Basil Gimlet, she told me, which sounded interesting: I like coconut, basil and gimlets but I wouldn’t have thought to … 0

Health officials: Food label changes not enough

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don’t tell consumers outright if a food is good for them. Public health advocates say that information is necessary to help consumers make healthy choices at the supermarket. They’d like to see labels on the front of packages and a … 0

Prunes get their mojo back

Friday, May 23, 2014

Wrinkles can be cool — if you’re a prune. Many of us have had a long love affair with our crinkly, locally grown prunes, even if they weren’t considered the coolest fruit in the bunch. But that’s changing. … 0

How prunes cut fat — and make a great fudgy chocolate cake

Friday, May 23, 2014

Prunes do a lot more in the kitchen than promote digestive health. Cut fat while adding fiber and more nutrients to baked goods with pureed prunes. It’s the fiber that makes the difference. Prunes contain 3.3 grams of fiber per 100 grams of fruit. How does fiber sub … 0

Wine options abound to pair with grilled food

Friday, May 23, 2014

Men, for good or ill, are twice as likely as women to do the family’s outdoor grilling — a stat that hasn’t changed in decades, according to a national poll by NPD, a market research group. I asked … 0

Wine to try: 2010 Chteau Teyssier Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Friday, May 23, 2014

2010 Chteau Teyssier Saint Emilion Grand Cru Region: Bordeaux Price: About $30 Style: Classic yet approachable What it goes with: Roast beef, steak, beef stew, mac ‘n’ cheese For the price, you can’t do better than this Grand … 0

Valley Bounty: Spring greens

Friday, May 23, 2014

SALAD MIX Fresh local salad mixes deserve top billing at farmers markets, restaurants and retail outlets. Tender spring greens are delicate and delicious, whether you like mild lettuces and spinach or spicy mustard and arugula. Salad mixes are … 0

Chef’s Best: Oven baking ensures perfect frittatas

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Our spring entertaining often centers on brunch after an early-morning bike ride or hike in the woods with friends. Hungry, we’re looking for strong coffee and an easy-to-assemble main course. Enter the oven-baked frittata. Fresh eggs, beaten with … 0

Police: Man stole bread truck, made deliveries

Thursday, May 22, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a man stole a New York City bakery truck and began delivering loaves of bread to random businesses. Police say David Bastar hopped into Grimaldi’s Home of Bread truck on Manhattan’s Upper East Side early Monday while the real driver was making … 0

Fast-food protests spread overseas

Thursday, May 15, 2014

NEW YORK — Labor organizers turned up the pressure on McDonald’s and other fast-food chains to raise worker pay on Thursday, with plans to stage actions in more than 30 countries. The demonstrations build on a campaign by … 0

Bluebonnet Diner owner James Greco assures customers the restaurant’s signature train will return

Thursday, May 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One night last week a young boy visiting the Bluebonnet Diner with his family could not believe his eyes — the train that he loved to watch circle overhead while he ate had vanished. Despite assurances … 0

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Retracing my steps leads to a margarita at the Hideaway in Easthampton

Thursday, May 15, 2014

My mission on a recent day was to retrace my steps to previous stops where I failed to gather key information — like the recipes — about cocktails I’ve enjoyed. I started in Amherst at Johnny’s Tavern only … 0