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Food / Dining

Grand opening set for new Atkins location in North Amherst

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMHERST — The new Atkins Farms Country Market location will open in North Amherst’s Mill District development in August, with a grand-opening event scheduled for September. W.D. Cowls President Cinda Jones said this week that work is being completed on refurbishing the old “Cow Palace” barn at 113 Cowls Road that will house the 4,200-square-foot store. The latest work includes paving the parking lot and completing interior details, such as …

Gluten-free cookies? A Toll House fan has his doubts

Saturday, July 25, 2015

People with celiac disease know that a gluten-free diet isn’t a fad or avant-garde trend. A Gluten and Allergy Free Expo takes place Saturday at the DCU Center in Worcester. The event is dedicated to “meeting the needs of the celiac community and those with food sensitivities.” Celiac has increased four-fold since 1960. …

You can make this stuff up! Creating your own nut butter, mustard, ketchup, cured egg yolks

Saturday, July 25, 2015

I’m looking inside my refrigerator as I type this and what do I see? Individual glass jars filled with homemade foodstuffs: preserved lemons, refrigerator garlic/dill pickles, Thai chili oil, gravlox (cured salmon), hazelnut butter, schmaltz (rendered chicken fat) and pineapple-infused vodka. Inside my freezer are homemade herb/olive oil ice cubes, chicken stock, spaghetti …

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Kyle McGillvran, left, and Brian O'Sullivan, both graduate students in accounting at the University of Massachusetts, shoot hoops on a shady court near the UMass Research Administration building on Butterfield Terrace in Amherst on Sunday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Kyle McGillvran, left, and Brian O'Sullivan, both graduate students in accounting at the University of Massachusetts, shoot hoops on a shady court near the UMass Research Administration building on Butterfield Terrace in Amherst on Sunday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton firefighter Andy Pelis, center, greets Northampton Police Sgt. Patrick Moody, in ball cap, following Northampton Fire Rescue's 16-8 loss to the Northampton Police Dept. in the first "Battle of the Badges" charity flag football game on Saturday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Northampton firefighter Andy Pelis, center, greets Northampton Police Sgt. Patrick Moody, in ball cap, following Northampton Fire Rescue's 16-8 loss to the Northampton Police Dept. in the first "Battle of the Badges" charity flag football game on Saturday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Carol I. Chandler of Chester sketches a scene at Childs Park in Northampton Friday morning. Chandler was preparing to meet at the park with other members of the Hilltown Plein Air Painters group.

    GREG SAULMON Carol I. Chandler of Chester sketches a scene at Childs Park in Northampton Friday morning. Chandler was preparing to meet at the park with other members of the Hilltown Plein Air Painters group. Purchase photo reprints »

St Louis-style pork ribs two ways: Gas grill: Barbecued; Charcoal grill: Smoked

Friday, June 5, 2015

I prefer St. Louis-stye pork ribs over baby-back ribs. They’re meatier, less expensive and have way more flavor. They’re the ones usually sold in those vacuum packs. If you can get fresh, locally grown ribs, you’re a better …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy’s fascination with fair food

Friday, June 5, 2015

It’s closing in on summer and the season of fairs. It is time for my annual roundup of new and may I say somewhat weird fair food. I have a certain fascination with these foods. There is always something new and amazing in the fair food world. Who …

This citrusy summer wine has a romantic backstory

Friday, June 5, 2015

Principessa Gavia (Novi Ligure, Italy) Cortese di Gavi, $13 Last year, during a visit to Beaufort, South Carolina, a friend introduced me to his new favorite warm weather wine, Gavi, an Italian white wine from the Piedmont region. …

Valley Bounty: Hakurei Turnips

Friday, June 5, 2015

Hakurei turnips Bunches of sweet, crisp hakurei turnips are showing up at markets and farm stands. For me, they demonstrate another advantage to eating seasonally: exposure to a wide variety of foods, some of them brand new to …

Eat Up: Flat iron steaks

Friday, June 5, 2015

Flat Iron Steak Julie Chalfant, who raises Highland beef cattle at Roaming Farm on South Mill River Road in South Deerfield (www.roamingfarm.com) offers this recipe for grilling flat iron steaks. 4 flat iron steaks (thin, about ½-pound each) …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Summer sipping

Thursday, June 4, 2015

I don’t think I have to remind anyone that this past winter gave many of us a good dose of cabin fever. All through the long, cold months, we looked forward to the opening of The Deck Bar …

Hangar Pub and Grill owner seeks approval for new signs, changed entrance at Amherst Brewing Company

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

AMHERST — A few months after the owner of the Hangar Pub and Grill took over operations of Amherst Brewing Co. at the Newmarket Center shopping complex, new signs indicating the Hangar’s presence at the 10 University Drive site could be installed. Hangar owner Harold Tramazzo said Wednesday …

Paradise of India reopens after brief family vacation for owners

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

AMHERST — A week-long family trip to New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania prompted owners of a two-decade old restaurant on Main Street to temporarily close the business for a few days at the end of May. Paradise of India restaurant, which has been at 87 Main St. …

Paradise of India in Amherst closes until further notice

Monday, June 1, 2015

AMHERST — The Main Street restaurant Paradise of India is closed until further notice, and local business leaders are unsure why. Efforts to reach restaurant owner Tarlochan Singh were unsuccessful Monday. Phone calls to the restaurant went unanswered. A sign taped to one of the restaurant’s windows announced …

Sneaking some healthy, green fats into morning muffin treats

Saturday, May 30, 2015

For me, this has been the year of the avocado. In addition to using them in all the usual suspects — guacamole, cobb salads and club sandwiches — my family also has been smashing them up on toast …