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This Nov. 30, 2015 photo shows baked bay scallops with lemon garlic cream in Concord, N.H. The beauty is that this recipe, which bathes scallops in a cream sauce and tops them with crispy panko breadcrumbs, is easily prepped up to 24 hours ahead, then refrigerated until you are ready to serve. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Staying home on Valentine’s Day is easy with these scallops

Friday, February 12, 2016

This Valentine’s Day, take a pass on the expected. As in, ditch the restaurant reservations. You’re just going to get overcharged for so-so food, anyway. Instead, stay home and show your lover how much you care by assembling this simple — but impressive — baked scallop dinner. The beauty is that this recipe — which bathes scallops in a cream …

Going for grains that aren’t run of the mill

Friday, February 12, 2016

Apart from rice, most of the grain we eat is consumed as the flour used in prepared foods. We eat wheat as breads, crackers, cakes, cookies and breakfast foods, but rarely as whole grains; corn comes in chips, tortillas, cereals, polenta, corn bread and corn syrup far more often than it appears as …

Valley Bounty: Maple Panna Cotta

Friday, February 12, 2016

Maple panna cotta Want a fancy, easy-to-make Valentine’s Day dessert that features local ingredients? Panna Cotta is a simple pudding, made with milk or cream and a little bit of gelatin. (How simple? Heat milk or cream. Add gelatin. Chill until set). It’s smooth and delicious and a good base for seasonal embellishment. …

Great American Meals
  • KEVIN GUTTING
Parallel Universe: Two strangers pass on Main Street in Northampton as snow intensifies Monday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Parallel Universe: Two strangers pass on Main Street in Northampton as snow intensifies Monday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Michelle Perez, of Florence, colors with a pencil during a meeting of an adult coloring group called "Coloring and Kumquats" Thursday at Lilly Library in Florence. The group was organized by her sister, Kim Perez, who is the children's librarian, and Theo Hull, the young adults librarian. Adult coloring has become increasingly popular in the past few years and some coloring books have become best sellers. Michelle took up the hobby about two years ago after breaking her foot. "It's so relaxing. I can do my own thing with it," she said. Kim claims it's like meditation. The group meets Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m.

    JERREY ROBERTS Michelle Perez, of Florence, colors with a pencil during a meeting of an adult coloring group called "Coloring and Kumquats" Thursday at Lilly Library in Florence. The group was organized by her sister, Kim Perez, who is the children's librarian, and Theo Hull, the young adults librarian. Adult coloring has become increasingly popular in the past few years and some coloring books have become best sellers. Michelle took up the hobby about two years ago after breaking her foot. "It's so relaxing. I can do my own thing with it," she said. Kim claims it's like meditation. The group meets Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Mussels Stuffed with Quinoa and Walnuts

    CAROL LOLLIS Mussels Stuffed with Quinoa and Walnuts Purchase photo reprints »

Co-ops end working-member programs amid changing market, labor-law fears

Sunday, January 3, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. — Food cooperative programs that allow members to scoop rice, sort organic vegetables and ring up sales in return for grocery discounts are fading fast amid a changing marketplace and fears of violating labor laws. The …

US repeals controversial meat labeling law

Sunday, January 3, 2016

WASHINGTON — It’s now harder to find out where your beef or pork was born, raised and slaughtered. After more than a decade of wrangling, Congress repealed a labeling law last month that required retailers to include the …

Some days fruit is enough. Other days chocolate is needed

Saturday, January 2, 2016

If you were to join my family for dinner on a regular weeknight (go for it, but call first!), you’d see our typical dessert routine in action. It works like this: My husband grabs my favorite tiny bamboo …

Frittatas: All the yum of omelets, but with way less effort

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Eggs for dinner! Talk about serious comfort food. And one of my favorite weeknight ways to prepare them is as frittatas. A frittata is an Italian omelet, but one in which all of the add-ins (cheese, veggies, meat, …

Chicago celebrity chef Mindy Segal to make marijuana sweets

Saturday, January 2, 2016

CHICAGO — When Mindy Segal decided she wanted to work with marijuana, the James Beard award-winning pastry chef knew she could do so much better than that tired cliche — the brownie. Instead, she’ll tap her understanding of …

This wine riffs on colorful history

Saturday, January 2, 2016

19 Crimes Glenrowan, Australia 2014 Red Wine, $12.99 A wine with a good back story is one thing, but when you find a good wine with a great back story, it makes the drinking all the better. The …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Say goodbye to 2015. Goodbye. There are some food related items I would like to say goodbye to as well. Kale. I know kale is great for us, but I am just sick of hearing about massaging kale. What did the kale do to deserve all that massaging? …

Valley Bounty: Warming and delicious dairy drinks

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Warming and Delicious Dairy Drinks Now that we’re finally having some wintry weather, it’s time to remember the many delicious ways to enjoy warm milk. First, of course, there’s hot cocoa, best made with real cocoa, sugar, and …

Wings Over Greenfield opening likely during January

Friday, January 1, 2016

GREENFIELD — It appears that it won’t be long before a chicken wings delivery service founded in Amherst in 1999, which has nearly three dozens stores in 13 states, will open a new restaurant in a downtown Greenfield landmark. Besides town inspections — health, building and fire — …

Valley farms get state money to improve food safety measures

Monday, December 28, 2015

HADLEY — The Massachusetts Department of Agriculture has awarded grants to four local farms to help them comply with a new federal food safety law. The farms — Jekanowski Farms and Astarte Farms in Hadley and Old Friends Farm and Simple Gifts Farm in Amherst — received grants …