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Food / Dining

Valley Bounty: Tomatoes

Friday, September 4, 2015

Tomatoes It’s time to focus on tomatoes. First, eating them, in all their juicy, multi-colored glory. Second, preserving them. Here’s an easy method: Line a rimmed cookie sheet with one layer of halved tomatoes, skin side down. Add herbs, peeled garlic, salt and pepper and a drizzle of oil. Roast at 275 degrees …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Grillmaster Lou fesses up about hamburgers

Friday, September 4, 2015

I have a confession to make. Despite a brand-new Weber gas grill and a well-used large charcoal grill beckoning to me on my mancave-deck, the last three times I’ve cooked hamburgers I’ve done them in a screamingly hot, cast-iron frying pan on my gas stove. (Excuse the long sentence, I lost the period key for a few seconds there). And they were delicious. …

Great American Meals
  • CAROL LOLLIS
Kim Dion of Easthampton, plays his Monocord at Nashawannuck Pond Wednesday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Kim Dion of Easthampton, plays his Monocord at Nashawannuck Pond Wednesday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Katie Joyce of Northampton enjoys a book on the quiet north beach of Puffer's Pond in N. Amherst on Wednesday. The south beach can be seen at far right.

    KEVIN GUTTING Katie Joyce of Northampton enjoys a book on the quiet north beach of Puffer's Pond in N. Amherst on Wednesday. The south beach can be seen at far right. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Moises Dias waters his plots at the Northampton Community Gardens Monday. He is in his second season at the garden and is growing a wide variety of vegetables including tomatoes, green beans, carrots, lettuce, kale and beets as well as flowers.

    JERREY ROBERTS Moises Dias waters his plots at the Northampton Community Gardens Monday. He is in his second season at the garden and is growing a wide variety of vegetables including tomatoes, green beans, carrots, lettuce, kale and beets as well as flowers. Purchase photo reprints »

Feasting on fruit: Pair peaches, pears and berries with herbs, spices and dairy for delicous dishes

Friday, July 17, 2015

Though fruits and berries can star in any meal, many of them perform divinely with a partner. Think of duos such as apples with cinnamon, for example, or strawberries with the sweet buttery shortcake that highlights them so …

The rich taste of cherries and strawberries marks this rose

Friday, July 17, 2015

Cote Mas Sud de France Rose Aurore Languedoc, France, $8.99 One of my favorite wines for a warm summer evening is a crisp, dry rose. Rose is a happy bridge wine between the reds of winter and the …

Eat Up

Friday, July 17, 2015

Cake and ice cream Clarkdale Fruit Farms, 303 Upper Road, Deerfield, is celebrating 100 years in business Sunday with an afternoon of festivities that includes cake and ice cream at 1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m. there will be …

Drink up

Friday, July 17, 2015

Beer and wine The 11th annual Lake Wyola Association Beer & Wine Tasting, including food, live music and dancing, is on for Saturday night at Association Hall, 1 Shore Drive, Shutesbury. The event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Products from Amherst Brewing Co., Berkshire Brewing Co., Harpoon …

Valley Bounty: Raspberries

Friday, July 17, 2015

Raspberries Soft and luscious raspberries are perfect item to purchase fresh-picked, not after being transported hundreds of miles. Find them at farmers markets, farmstands, in your CSA share, or from retailers that sell local produce. Try tossing a bowl of berries with a little balsamic vinegar and maple …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Producing a Passionate Presbyterian at 30 Boltwood in Amherst

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The first thing I noticed when I walked into 30 Boltwood, the bar and restaurant at the Lord Jeffery Inn in Amherst, were the leather, high backed, circular booths. They looked very cozy, in a room that oozes …

Lake Wyola Association Beer & Wine Tasting set for Saturday

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SHUTESBURY — A beer- and wine-tasting fundraiser featuring several local brewers will be held Saturday night at Lake Wyola. The 11th annual Lake Wyola Association Beer & Wine Tasting features beer, wine, food and live music by Knightwatch under three large tents near the Association Hall at 1 …

A healthy twist on fries

Friday, July 10, 2015

I’ve been watching the “zoodle” craze from the sidelines. Admittedly, I’ve been tempted to jump in. Noodles made from healthy zucchini using a super-cool spiral cutter? Yes, please! But truthfully, I’ve harbored fears that the fad (and my …

Super summer salads: Veggie, green, pasta, grain and fruit

Friday, July 10, 2015

Summer salads have everything going for them. They are fresh, packed with flavor and have contrasting textures. Bursting with colors, they are quick to toss together, easily portable and a great team player at any summer cookout, party …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou does dogs (hot)

Friday, July 10, 2015

Hey Luce, remember when you asked me the other day what’s the proper way to cook hot dogs? Here’s how (But I’m only going to tell you this once. Please take notes if need be). Buy a charcoal grill. Or a gas grill. Or an electric grill. What …