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This Sept. 15, 2014 photo shows Brussels sprouts and chicken salad with mustard pepper dressing in Concord, N.H. Brussels sprouts belong to the same family as cabbage, broccoli and kale, so it’s no surprise that they are incredibly healthy. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Bulking up all those salads with Brussels sprouts

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Eating a salad a day is one of my strategies for making sure I get at least one serious daily dose of raw veggies. And if you love salads as much as I do, listen up, because I’m about to change your salad-building world. Ditch the usual greens and get your hands on Brussels sprouts! Fact is, for a long …

Man who raised $55K is throwing potato salad party

Thursday, September 25, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who jokingly sought $10 from a crowdfunding website to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad and ended up raising $55,000 is making good on his promise to throw a huge party. Zack Brown is planning PotatoStock 2014, an all-ages, charity-minded party Saturday in downtown Columbus featuring bands, food trucks, beer vendors, potato-sack races …

Critics spend heavily in bottle bill fight

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Opponents of a proposed expansion of the state’s bottle deposit law have poured another $2.4 million into a campaign to defeat the November ballot question. The opponents, which includes supermarkets and the Washington-based American Beverage Association — had already spent $5.4 million to help pay for ads aimed at persuading voters to reject the proposal. The question would expand the …

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  • KEVIN GUTTING
Scott Lively, second from right, takes his turn answering a question from moderator Jim Madigan, back to audience, during a debate among the five candidates for governor held at City Stage in Springfield on Monday. From left are Republican Charles Baker, Democrat Martha Coakley and independents Evan Falchuk, Lively and Jeff McCormick.

    KEVIN GUTTING Scott Lively, second from right, takes his turn answering a question from moderator Jim Madigan, back to audience, during a debate among the five candidates for governor held at City Stage in Springfield on Monday. From left are Republican Charles Baker, Democrat Martha Coakley and independents Evan Falchuk, Lively and Jeff McCormick. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Tim Luce, principal at Maple school in Easthampton who recently retired,  says hello to students in Susan Syer's second grade class during a visit.

    CAROL LOLLIS Tim Luce, principal at Maple school in Easthampton who recently retired, says hello to students in Susan Syer's second grade class during a visit. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
University of Massachusetts football team cheerleaders head down MinuteFan Way to lead the UMass Minuteman Marching Band into McGuirk Stadium for the homecoming match against Bowling Green on Saturday.

    KEVIN GUTTING University of Massachusetts football team cheerleaders head down MinuteFan Way to lead the UMass Minuteman Marching Band into McGuirk Stadium for the homecoming match against Bowling Green on Saturday.

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 …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Call the doctor, stat

Thursday, August 14, 2014

One day in the late 1970s, my buddy Jeff and I were having a Bombay Martini at a bar in Northampton, when we sent out a call to friends: “Dr. Bombay come right away.” It didn’t take long …

Patrick urges protesting Market Basket employees to return to work

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick is urging Market Basket employees to go back to work while a deal to sell the chain is hammered out. Patrick told reporters Wednesday that he spoke with ousted former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. He also spoke with Market Basket Board Chairman Keith …

The easy and the hard: How much effort is worth it when deciding what to cook?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Every now and then, you might want to make a meal that, as Tina Turner said, is nice . and easy. If you come home from work worn out and bedraggled, the last thing you want to do …

How to cook lobster at home: Keeping track of the time

Friday, August 8, 2014

Going out for lobster is, for many, the ultimate culinary celebration. But lobster is also extremely easy to cook at home. And with live lobsters usually selling for $10 to $15 a pound, they are an affordable luxury. …

Wine to Try: 2012 August West ‘Santa Lucia Highlands’ Pinot Noir

Friday, August 8, 2014

A WINE TO TRY 2012 August West ‘Santa Lucia Highlands’ Pinot Noir Region: California’s Central Coast Price: $26 to $30 Style: Lush and silky What it goes with: Grilled poultry, vegetable soups, composed salads, Salad Nicoise From a …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Tomatoes

Friday, August 8, 2014

Hello August! In Lou’s kitchen (that would be mine) right now as I write this, there are nine beautifully ripe tomatoes sitting on my rolling cart with a butcher block top. That number is down from the 15 that were there this past Saturday. In the intervening four …

Valley Bounty: Melons

Friday, August 8, 2014

MELONS Watermelons, cantaloupes, and honeydews are here! Find fragrant, sweet melons in different shapes, sizes, and colors at farmers markets and farm stands. Smaller, gourmet melons are bursting with flavor and take up less room in the refrigerator …