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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 …

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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 »

A wine to try: 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel

Friday, March 20, 2015

A Wine to Try 2013 Bedrock “Old Vine” Zinfandel Region: California Price: About $25 Style: Gorgeous fruit with a dark undertone Full of craggy character, the 2013 Bedrock “Old Vine” Zinfandel carries the taste of dark, wizened berries, …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou has too much time on his hands

Friday, March 20, 2015

Having read way too many articles about coping with retirement, I realized when I packed it in at the end of February that I shouldn’t rush right in and try to tackle major tasks that had been delayed for years. All these articles screamed: TAKE YOUR TIME. YOU …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Platinum Pony’s cutting-edge Cuban Manhattan

Thursday, March 19, 2015

It was actually research I was doing about Boston micro-distilleries that led me to the Platinum Pony in Easthampton. The bar/restaurant/night club at 30 Cottage St. is one of just two locations in the Pioneer Valley that carries …

10 fresh ideas for turning toast into something exciting

Thursday, March 19, 2015

We’re not entirely sure what the difference is between a classic open-faced sandwich and the suddenly hip world of toast with toppings. Then again, maybe it doesn’t much matter. A thick slab of lightly toasted good quality bread …

Feds aim to halt fishing fraud by tracking seafood imports

Sunday, March 15, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — In an effort to eradicate illegal fishing and seafood fraud, the Obama Administration is launching a fish tracking system that would eventually tell consumers where their fish was caught, processed and stored. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews announced the initiative at the Seafood …

Surprise gift delivers welcome sunshine

Friday, March 13, 2015

March, aptly named, is a slow, obligatory trudge. The scenery is best indoors: cup, counter, cookbook. A moment startled, one morning, by the buzzer; the man in the brown uniform handed off a brown box. Small, heavy and …

Emerald tradition: On St. Patrick’s Day corned beef is king — but not in Ireland

Friday, March 13, 2015

You don’t have to be Irish-American to eat corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s the iconic must-have meal on March 17. Other holiday foods range from green bagels for breakfast to green-frosted cookies for snack …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: A white Spanish wine for all seasons

Friday, March 13, 2015

Marques de Caceres’ Verdejo In the last couple of years, I may have had wines made from the white wine grape Verdejo, but I didn’t give them much thought until recently when I had a glass at an …

Valley Bounty: Maple Syrup

Friday, March 13, 2015

Maple Syrup One of the delights of local eating is the return of seasonal foods, like much-missed friends greeted joyfully after a long journey away. Despite the year-round availability of local syrup, the short stretch of cold nights …

Whole-wheat pasta redeemed with chard and cheese

Thursday, March 12, 2015

No matter how unimpeachable whole-wheat pasta is in terms of nutritional cred, I’ve always found it off-putting. Sure, it has more fiber and whole-grain nutrition. But it always struck me as rather spineless and dull. And as someone …