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This Feb. 2, 2015, photo shows chopped kale and lentil winter salad in Concord, N.H. This winter salads manages to feel both energizing and comforting at the same time. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Fresh take on Irish stew

Friday, February 27, 2015

Chicken and dumplings is a wonderfully simple, deliciously comforting dish — a thick, meaty stew bubbling away beneath a patchwork of moist, pillowy dumplings. So we decided to channel that comfort for a dish suited for St. Patrick’s Day. Taking inspiration from classic Irish ingredients and dishes, we came up with this over-the-top savory lamb stew with a rich broth made from beef stock, Guinness beer and fresh rosemary. And dolloped over the top? Soda bread-style dumplings that are at once hearty and tender. Like most stews, this one only improves with age. For a do-ahead option, prepare the stew as directed, but chill it …

Spice it up

Friday, February 27, 2015

Spice it up Don’t get tripped up by the title of chef Paul Merrett’s latest book, “Spice Odyssey: From Asafoetida to Wasabi, Recipes to Really Excite & Inspire.” That would mean missing out on clever writing, helpful tips for working with spices plus quite a few I’d-make-that recipes, maybe Asian spiced short ribs …

Valley Bounty: Watermelon radish

Friday, February 27, 2015

Watermelon Radish The plain white skin of a watermelon radish covers a hidden gem: a layer of pale green surrounding a brilliant magenta core. Firm and crisp, with just a hint of spicy bite, they’ll add a splash of color to whatever you put them in—salads, stir fries, roasted roots or spring rolls. To maximize the color on your winter plate, mix them …

Great American Meals
  • KEVIN GUTTING
Full sun, temperatures in the mid-20s and calm winds made for a pleasant afternoon for Steve Leiblum and Lennie Ware of Pelham as they walked their dogs Rosa, left, and Red in an area near the Norwottuck Rail Trail south of Amherst College on Friday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Full sun, temperatures in the mid-20s and calm winds made for a pleasant afternoon for Steve Leiblum and Lennie Ware of Pelham as they walked their dogs Rosa, left, and Red in an area near the Norwottuck Rail Trail south of Amherst College on Friday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Bryan Torres, who is an undocumented immigrant who is an Amherst College student, Monday at the college.

    JERREY ROBERTS Bryan Torres, who is an undocumented immigrant who is an Amherst College student, Monday at the college. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Northampton residents Andres Wilson and his 3-year-old daughter, Eden Wilson color together at Forbes library in the children's  section Wednesday evening.

    CAROL LOLLIS Northampton residents Andres Wilson and his 3-year-old daughter, Eden Wilson color together at Forbes library in the children's section Wednesday evening. Purchase photo reprints »

Dinner in minutes: Gorgonzola over veal offers big flavor

Friday, January 16, 2015

Juicy veal cutlets with a tangy Gorgonzola sauce is a perfect marriage of ingredients typical of the Lombardy region of northern Italy. There lush green pastures, fresh mountain air and cool streams produce excellent dairy products and wonderful …

ValleyBounty: Savory Tarts

Friday, January 16, 2015

Savory Tarts At a New Year’s Day brunch, I enjoyed a spread of tarts featuring winter staple vegetables. We had an egg, nut and butternut squash tart, one filled with squash and caramelized onion, and one featuring roasted …

Shelf life: Speed supper prep with one-pan roasted meals, seasoned sauces

Friday, January 16, 2015

Don’t pan it until you try it We love how pan roasting gives vegetables a toasted flavor. So Molly Gilbert’s new book, “Sheet Pan Suppers: 120 Recipes for Simple, Surprising, Hands-Off Meals Straight from the Oven” (Workman, $15.95), …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy reveals she ia well-bred.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Are proper manners a thing of the past? Yes and no would be my very wishy-washy answer. If you watch “Downton Abbey” on PBS you see the attention given to every detail when it comes to protocol and table manners. You might say we are a bunch of …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Mondavi is winning back its reputation

Friday, January 16, 2015

Spellbound Cabernet Sauvignon California, 2013 $11.99 - $15.99 When the weather turns not quite so delightful and temperatures start to drop, a hearty red wine seems an appropriate answer to the sleet-smattered cold and the right choice to …

Herb toasts, dumplings, diablotins: Soup’s sidekicks take centerstage

Friday, January 16, 2015

Soup is super-popular at this time of year. Most of us love it for its warmth during winter’s bitter days, while dieters are comforted by bowls full of delectable flavor that don’t necessarily have lots of calories. But …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Plan B

Thursday, January 15, 2015

It was a raw, rainy day, the kind that chills to the bone — the sort of nasty night that keeps most people home. But not me. I had places to go and cocktails to drink. And on …

Ashfield Lake House nears change in ownership

Thursday, January 15, 2015

ASHFIELD — It appears the Ashfield Lake House will change owners in the coming weeks. The Select Board this month unanimously approved a liquor license transfer for the local landmark restaurant. Now all that remains is state approval …

The power of one: Cooking for solo diners

Friday, January 9, 2015

The words, repeated day after day, week after week, can be frustrating: “Yield: 4 servings.” “Yield: 6 to 8 servings.” What about the many people who only need “Yield: 1 serving”? Cookbooks, online sources, food television and even …

Winter Fare days planned at Amherst, Northampton farmers markets

Friday, January 9, 2015

WINTER FARE CISA is celebrating the abundance of seasonal local produce this month with Winter Fare, a day of free workshops, bartering, music and children’s activities at regular winter farmers markets, including those in Amherst and Northampton. The event takes place at the Northampton market at Smith Vocational …