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Food / Dining

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou talks avocados

Friday, August 22, 2014

Guacamole. What a great word. What a great dip. But don’t you ever wish there was something different you could do with those beautiful, ripe avocados sitting on your counter right this moment, getting more ripe by the minute? Of course you could just eat one with a spoon and maybe a little cottage cheese for a completely satisfying lunch or dinner. Plenty of protein there and it will satisfy … 0

Friendly’s restaurant closes on King Street in Northampton

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What was for many people a nostalgic downtown fixture has closed its doors. The Friendly’s restaurant at 63 King St. closed Monday, according to a statement by the chain’s corporate headquarters in Wilbraham. GLG Corporation owned by Gary L. Glenn of Granby operated the restaurant which has been on King Street … 1

Florence Subway franchise owner Matthew Baca to open new restaurant in downtown Northampton

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A new Subway restaurant is planned for the 193 Main St. storefront downtown formerly occupied by Main Street Cleaners. Matthew Baca, who already owns the Subway at 91 Main St. in Florence, tentatively plans to open the downtown restaurant on Oct. 1. “It’s fun being able to build it from the … 2

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  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Front side of the new South Hadley Library is seen Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.  The library is moving from the old library on Bardwell Street, and expected to open sometimes in the week of Aug. 25.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Front side of the new South Hadley Library is seen Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. The library is moving from the old library on Bardwell Street, and expected to open sometimes in the week of Aug. 25. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Catia Correia, the class of 2014 graduate from Amherst Regional High School, speaks during the WHMP's community forum "Ready, Writing & Racism" at Town Commons in Amherst Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Catia Correia, the class of 2014 graduate from Amherst Regional High School, speaks during the WHMP's community forum "Ready, Writing & Racism" at Town Commons in Amherst Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Dr. Marty Nathan, second from right, cheers after Mayor David Narkewicz agreed to implement immigration reform during a meeting Thursday at The First Churches. Nathan also spoke during the meeting. Bliss Requa-Tratz, left, who is an organizer for Just Communities, asked the mayor for his support at the meeting. Also shown are Jaime Pizha, second from left, a church leader at Iglesia Quechua Bautista Nueva Vida, and Sharon Moulton, who also spoke.

    JERREY ROBERTS Dr. Marty Nathan, second from right, cheers after Mayor David Narkewicz agreed to implement immigration reform during a meeting Thursday at The First Churches. Nathan also spoke during the meeting. Bliss Requa-Tratz, left, who is an organizer for Just Communities, asked the mayor for his support at the meeting. Also shown are Jaime Pizha, second from left, a church leader at Iglesia Quechua Bautista Nueva Vida, and Sharon Moulton, who also spoke. Purchase photo reprints »

Does It Work? Burger maker; potato steamer; bacon cooking aids put to test

Friday, July 4, 2014

The kitchen has to be the most gadget-heavy room of the house. Some of those implements are true time savers. Some just end up as cupboard clutter. In today’s installment of Does It Work?, the two of us … 0

Wine to try: 2013 Storm Sauvignon Blanc

Friday, July 4, 2014

Wine to try 2013 Storm Sauvignon Blanc Region: Santa Ynez Valley, Central California Coast Price: $20 to $23 Style: Crisp, classic What it goes with: Shrimp cocktail, crab Louis, grilled salmon, salads At the Santa Barbara County Futures … 0

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, July 4, 2014

TASTINGS Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton Thursday, 4:30 p.m., Abacus beer tasting WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4-6 p.m., wine; Leeds Package Store, Route 9, Leeds: Wed.—Fri., 3 to 6p.m.,wine.; Four Seasons, 333 Russell St., Hadley: everyday, wine; Spirit Haus, 338 College St., … 0

Valley Bounty: Cherries

Friday, July 4, 2014

Cherries Cherries, the elusive stone fruit of New England! Due to the cold, harsh winter, most producers only have sweet cherries (not their sour siblings) available for sale at farmers markets and pick-your-own farms. Stock up for your … 0

Herbs top off the summer’s produce

Thursday, July 3, 2014

This is the best time of year for people who love food because fresh corn, tomatoes, green beans, squash, blueberries, watermelon and cantaloupe are plentiful. They’re delicious by themselves, but they can taste even better with a sprinkle … 0

Toasting July Fourth in true Colonial fashion

Friday, June 27, 2014

You know George Washington and John Hancock as founding fathers. But what about George Washington, successful whiskey distiller? Or John Hancock, fortified wine importer? Turns out some of that patriot spirit came in bottles. “I was surprised at … 0

Keep the grill going for a colorful July 4 dessert

Friday, June 27, 2014

As somebody who spends a whole lot of time thinking about grilling, I love that so many Americans celebrate July Fourth by busting out the grill. So many of us are eating the same thing cooked in the … 0

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Takeout leftovers

Friday, June 27, 2014

So there we were with a kitchen table full of leftovers from our great India House takeout the other night. My sister was in town and I splurged on the takeout. Ordered way more than necessary. (My sister’s family still doesn’t let me forget the night I ordered … 0

Valley Bounty: Strawberries

Friday, June 27, 2014

Strawberries Finally! After a long spring and a wet start, recent good weather has brought a bounty of strawberries, now full of sweet sunshine. Pick-your-own fields are open across the Valley. Most places plant different successions for early, … 0

Resurgence of interest in member-owned co-ops said key to River Valley Market’s success in Northampton

Friday, June 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Six years after opening in an old granite quarry on North King Street, River Valley Market’s is doing far better than expected. The market is on target to exceed $20 million in annual sales by the … 0