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Food / Dining

Zoe’s Fish House in Hadley to reopen this summer after renovations

Sunday, May 17, 2015

HADLEY — Closed for renovations since October, Zoe’s Fish House may reopen in six to eight weeks, according to owner Jim Sands. Sands, of Goshen, said renovations have taken several months longer than anticipated. The restaurant used to be in its own freestanding building, and when renovations are completed it will be connected to the neighboring building complex, which presented a host of issues, he said. Sands said Zoe’s will …

Sweet ride: Florence couple peddles pastries from a bicycle cart

Friday, May 15, 2015

At the Tuesday outdoor market in downtown Northampton where vendors set up under tents, at tables and out of pick-up truck beds, Caleb and Emily Langer stand out. They sell their sweets from a pastry case sitting atop a three-wheel bicycle. “We’ll have people come up and see our logo, and say, ‘What’s …

Valley Bounty: Asparagus

Friday, May 15, 2015

Asparagus Count yourself lucky to live in a place where the season’s premier crop is available at dozens of roadside stands. Although as recently as 1989, we grew more asparagus than we consumed in the United States, we now import 90 percent of our asparagus. To help you buck that trend, we offer …

Great American Meals
  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Adam Cranson, Alex Kelly and far right Derek Rood, all employees of Clearspan out of Michigan, building the new boat house for Northampton Community Rowing.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Adam Cranson, Alex Kelly and far right Derek Rood, all employees of Clearspan out of Michigan, building the new boat house for Northampton Community Rowing. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Eeli Sointu-Block, right, 3, of Northampton, along with Asher Wood, 2 1/2, of Northampton and Ruby Wilhelm-Klarich, left, 3, of Williamsburg take part in the annual Rob Belknap Cycle Rally at the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill on Wednesday in Northampton.

    KEVIN GUTTING Eeli Sointu-Block, right, 3, of Northampton, along with Asher Wood, 2 1/2, of Northampton and Ruby Wilhelm-Klarich, left, 3, of Williamsburg take part in the annual Rob Belknap Cycle Rally at the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill on Wednesday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Kelly Palm, left, her son, Hunter, 12, and her mother, Jody O'Brien, talk about their visit to China Monday at the Palm's home in Northampton.

    JERREY ROBERTS Kelly Palm, left, her son, Hunter, 12, and her mother, Jody O'Brien, talk about their visit to China Monday at the Palm's home in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

Your Time: Culinary arts program, Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, Northampton

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Students in the culinary arts program at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton get real-life experience. Under the direction of instructors/chefs, the program’s 50 students — from freshmen to seniors — study cooking theory in the …

New Pizza Studio in Hadley combines food and art

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

HADLEY — A new pizza place aims to tap the creativity of its customers to design their pizza as an artist might compose a painting. Pizza Studio opens today at 34 Russell St., according to company spokeswoman Stephanie …

Owner Mike Cronin closing Look Restaurant; head cook considers buying popular Leeds institution

Friday, April 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As Bess Detmold of Leeds took her usual lunchtime seat at one of the dozen stools at Look Restaurant’s counter Friday, the waitress knew what question to ask her. Would she be having soup today? Detmold …

Road trip to the BBA Deli and Pekarksi’s Sausage in South Deerfield

Friday, April 3, 2015

Come out, come out, wherever you are. Spring is finally here. Really. The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising and it’s high time to think about taking a field trip. And I’m here to offer not just …

Valley Bounty

Friday, April 3, 2015

Spring Greens The sap is running, the ground is visible between the snow banks, and it’s finally possible to think about spring — even summer! Spring greens are available from local greenhouses, and give an early taste of …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou and Pyrex do not mix

Friday, April 3, 2015

We had some friends over for paella two Friday nights ago, which was the first day of spring. Being said first day of spring, I was determined to cook the chicken and seafood paella on my charcoal grill. This is really the only acceptable way to cook an …

Drink up

Friday, April 3, 2015

RoséS To Try On the cusp of spring, it’s time to pick rosés. They just remind you of what’s ahead, not behind. And they have colors to make you smile, even if you’re just gingerly putting away the …

Chef’s Best: And you thought maple syrup was just for pancakes and waffles

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Pancakes, waffles and French toast? They’re fine, but they’re also just the start. Because if you’re limiting maple syrup to the breakfast table, you’re missing out on all sorts of excuses to add its gentle, yet distinct flavor …

McDonald’s: Workers to get pay raises

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NEW YORK — McDonald’s says it’s raising pay for workers at company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy. The fast-food chain owns about 10 percent of its more than …