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State will end prohibition on wine shipments to consumers Jan. 1

Saturday, July 12, 2014

BOSTON — Whether it’s pinot noir, merlot, chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon, wine lovers in Massachusetts will soon be able to have some of their favorite bottles shipped straight from the vineyards to their homes. A provision in the new state budget lifts a long-standing prohibition on direct deliveries from wineries to consumers. It follows a spirited campaign by out-of-state producers and customers that recently received a major endorsement from former … 0

Preserved lemons, easy to make, make any dish special

Friday, July 11, 2014

If you close your eyes, you can imagine you are wending your way through the crowded streets of the casbah, with the camels and the open-air markets and the heady aroma of tagines cooking over charcoal fires. A bite of preserved lemon can do that to you, transport you to a land you … 0

Dude Food: Steven Raichlen talks man-made meals

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cooking may not be a gender-specific activity, but there are some characteristics that follow stereotypes more often than not (read on before you start to object). At least that’s what Steven Raichlen says — and we tend to agree. He’s the guy who has brought us more grilling books than one would think … 0

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Dan Ehrenfeld, of Florence, shops while holding his daughter, Una, during Tuesday Market, behind Thornes Marketplace. He let Una pick out the sunflower at the Old Friends Farm tent.

    JERREY ROBERTS Una's pick Dan Ehrenfeld, of Florence, shops while holding his daughter, Una, during Tuesday Market, behind Thornes Marketplace. He let Una pick out the sunflower at the Old Friends Farm tent. Purchase photo reprints »

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Brian Bak, left, of South Hadley, prepares to tag out Liam Brodigan, of Amherst, at third on a steal during a Mickey Mantle League game Thursday in South Hadley.

    JERREY ROBERTS Brian Bak, left, of South Hadley, prepares to tag out Liam Brodigan, of Amherst, at third on a steal during a Mickey Mantle League game Thursday in South Hadley. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jacob Matakanski, of Northampton, pitches to Westfield during a Little League District 2  11-12-year-old semi-final Wednesday in Westfield.

    JERREY ROBERTS Jacob Matakanski, of Northampton, pitches to Westfield during a Little League District 2 11-12-year-old semi-final Wednesday in Westfield. Purchase photo reprints »

Valley Bounty: Spring greens

Friday, May 23, 2014

SALAD MIX Fresh local salad mixes deserve top billing at farmers markets, restaurants and retail outlets. Tender spring greens are delicate and delicious, whether you like mild lettuces and spinach or spicy mustard and arugula. Salad mixes are … 0

Chef’s Best: Oven baking ensures perfect frittatas

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Our spring entertaining often centers on brunch after an early-morning bike ride or hike in the woods with friends. Hungry, we’re looking for strong coffee and an easy-to-assemble main course. Enter the oven-baked frittata. Fresh eggs, beaten with … 0

Police: Man stole bread truck, made deliveries

Thursday, May 22, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a man stole a New York City bakery truck and began delivering loaves of bread to random businesses. Police say David Bastar hopped into Grimaldi’s Home of Bread truck on Manhattan’s Upper East Side early Monday while the real driver was making … 0

Fast-food protests spread overseas

Thursday, May 15, 2014

NEW YORK — Labor organizers turned up the pressure on McDonald’s and other fast-food chains to raise worker pay on Thursday, with plans to stage actions in more than 30 countries. The demonstrations build on a campaign by … 0

Bluebonnet Diner owner James Greco assures customers the restaurant’s signature train will return

Thursday, May 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One night last week a young boy visiting the Bluebonnet Diner with his family could not believe his eyes — the train that he loved to watch circle overhead while he ate had vanished. Despite assurances … 0

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Retracing my steps leads to a margarita at the Hideaway in Easthampton

Thursday, May 15, 2014

My mission on a recent day was to retrace my steps to previous stops where I failed to gather key information — like the recipes — about cocktails I’ve enjoyed. I started in Amherst at Johnny’s Tavern only … 0

Bringing baked Alaska into a healthier, modern era

Thursday, May 15, 2014

When it comes to ice cream, I generally feel it’s hard to improve on a simple scoop right out of the carton. But this time my mind has turned to baked Alaska. I know ... How retro! Baked … 0

Rabbit, yum: A WWII patriotic food taking pride of place again

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Considered a patriotic food during World War II, rabbit later went out of fashion. But as game meat regains popularity, so has rabbit. Rabbits “are helping win the war,” proclaimed a Los Angeles Times article from 1943. Touted … 0

Wine to try: Domaine Saint-Damien ‘Les Souteyrades’ Gigondas

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A WINE TO TRY 2011 Domaine Saint-Damien ‘Les Souteyrades’ Gigondas Region: Rhone Valley, France Price: About $30. Style: Rich and full-bodied. What it goes with: Beef daube, grilled lamb, barbecued ribs, steaks. If you love Grenache and have … 0

Oysters on the grill are a fine start to summer

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Of the many — Many! — delicious things I’ve tossed on the grill over the years, I’ll confess that oysters never made it onto my menu. It simply never occurred to me that my experience of this simple … 0