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The 2012 Julien Sunier Regnie is a wonderful fall wine, floral and delicately spicy. (Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

A wine to try: 2012 Julien Sunier Regnie

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A wine to try 2012 Julien Sunier Regnie Region: Beaujolais Price: About $24 Style: Graceful and balanced What it goes with: Indian food, braised or roast lamb, lentil stew, a burger Beaujolais Nouveau is coming, and soon, but for wines of more character, look to Beaujolais cru for some wonderful Gamay. This Regnie from Dijon native (and avid surfer) Julien Sunier is a revelation. A gentler expression of Gamay, it is floral and delicately spicy. And yet it’s complex enough that you find something new in every sip. — S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times …

Mushrooms can be a healthy piece of the Super Bowl spread

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Anybody who has kids will appreciate this milestone. My daughter ate an entire mushroom for the first time the other day! I had roasted it on a baking sheet alongside other veggies, knowing she would likely skip the mushroom and dig around for the carrots and beets instead. Up until the other night, …

Valley Bounty: Lamb

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lamb Lamb stews are wonderfully rich and warming. Use traditional New England stew fixings like carrots, onions and potatoes, or a mix of Middle Eastern spices, which bring out lamb’s complexity. Tagine, a lamb stew named for the clay pot it is cooked in, makes a fantastic meal to share with friends. Using cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and almonds, dried apricot, and raisins, the …

Great American Meals
  • JERREY ROBERTS
Haymarket Cafe, one of few downtown Northampton businesses open Tuesday due to the snowstorm, was a popular haven.

    JERREY ROBERTS Haymarket Cafe, one of few downtown Northampton businesses open Tuesday due to the snowstorm, was a popular haven. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MATT BURKHARTT
Lisa Leong of Williamsburg shovels the sidewalk in front of her home on North Main Street Tuesday January 27. Daytime accumulation of snow is estimated at 3 to 7 inches.

    MATT BURKHARTT Lisa Leong of Williamsburg shovels the sidewalk in front of her home on North Main Street Tuesday January 27. Daytime accumulation of snow is estimated at 3 to 7 inches. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Christopher Montanez, left, 6, Joe Beaulieu and Miriam Rosas, all of Chicopee, talk Tuesday morning about their overnight stay at the Red Cross emergency shelter at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School.

    KEVIN GUTTING Christopher Montanez, left, 6, Joe Beaulieu and Miriam Rosas, all of Chicopee, talk Tuesday morning about their overnight stay at the Red Cross emergency shelter at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. Purchase photo reprints »

Ask a Cook: Freezing unbaked biscuits shouldn’t diminish their goodness

Friday, December 12, 2014

Q: I would like to make biscuits ahead of my holiday meal. Should I partially bake them and then freeze them, or freeze them unbaked? Or is this impossible? A: It’s not impossible at all. It’s easy to freeze unbaked biscuits. It works best with baking-powder biscuit recipes. …

Madame Barfly: A spike of spice gives go-to cocktails holiday flair

Friday, December 12, 2014

As a nine-year veteran of the restaurant business, I’ve learned a worthy trick or two. In this monthly column I will share trade secrets and scope out what’s shaking at local bars. Craft cocktails are all the rage …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, December 12, 2014

TASTINGS Amherst Wine & Spirits, 308 College Street, Amherst Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m., Port with walnuts and Stilton cheese Liquors 44, 238 King St., Northampton Saturday, 12 to 3 p.m., Brut Dargent & JP Chenet Sparkling Wine; 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Bluepoint Brewery Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., …

Valley Bounty: Festive Drinks

Friday, December 12, 2014

Festive Drinks Local ciders, beers, wines and liqueur infusions make great gifts and good treats to serve to out-of-towners. Mulled ciders are easy to make in a crock pot with local apple cider, cinnamon, clove and allspice. Serving …

Lou and Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou makes his Christmas list - and it's a doozy

Friday, December 12, 2014

There are just a few things I want for Christmas this year. Please feel free to get just one of them, unless of course the spirit moves you to get more than one. A larger kitchen. I’ve run out of space for all my culinary things. They’re spilling …

Chef’s Best: Dress up your chocolate chip cookies for the holidays

Thursday, December 11, 2014

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or so they say. But why is this so? Is it the kids Jingle Belling? Is it everyone telling you “Be of good cheer”? Does that even happen anymore? No, …

Beloved Hadley Korean Restaurant Gohyang to close its doors this week; owner Hyunjeong Kim to head back to Korea for family issues

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HADLEY — Its name means “hometown,” but the restaurant that has been a home away from home for its owner could not keep her from a family crisis in her native land. Hyunjeong Kim, owner of the Gohyang …

Locavores takes to deer hunting

Friday, December 5, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A decades-long national decline in the number of hunters has prompted states to tap into a new group of hunters — people who demand locally produced food, but don’t know the first thing about bagging …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: An uncommonly smooth but still hearty Malbec to ease winter’s chill

Friday, December 5, 2014

Domaine Bousquet Malbec Reserve, $10.99 As the temperatures have receded, the red wine season is upon us, and one of my favorites is Malbec. It’s a flinty wine, high in tannins, produced from gritty deep purple grapes grown …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, December 5, 2014

TASTINGS Amherst Wine & Spirits, 308 College Street, Amherst Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m., Cabernet Sauvignon, U.S. style Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton Thursday, 4:30 p.m., Special combo tasting of Bantam Ciders and Spencer Trappist Ale Liquors 44, 238 King St., Northampton Friday, 3 to 5 p.m., Guinness …