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This Nov. 16, 2015 photo shows beer steamed cheese and mushroom beef sliders in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Super Bowl sliders: A little beer is a lot of flavor in these mini burgers

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Big provisions are required to watch the big game, and nothing’s more substantial than a burger, even in its mini form — the slider. Indeed, if you plan to serve a variety of dishes for the Super Bowl, sliders are more sensible than the full-sized guys. But they happen to be a little trickier to cook than a standard-issue burger. The slider’s size makes it tough to put a nice crust on the outside while ensuring that it doesn’t overcook on the inside. These sliders are adapted from a burger I used to make a million years ago at a bar in Ann Arbor called …

Bacon-wrapped dates? Yes! Easy to make, and even easier to eat

Saturday, February 6, 2016

It’s hard for me to believe that this year marks the 50th Super Bowl. And food has become such an essential part of this event, I can’t help but wonder what was on the menu back when it all got started! So as I was thinking about what to serve at this year’s …

Eat up

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Mini heart cookies Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes this box of chocolate-flavored, heart-shaped cookies, and they are great. They are from Trader Joe’s, and what makes them special is the fact that they begin with chocolate shortbread, which is then covered with a thin layer of dark chocolate, topped with colorful …

Great American Meals
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Margaux Galvin, 7, front right, Saskia Baskin, 8, front left, both of Northampton, and others, practice on the balance beam Tuesday during a class at the Hampshire Regional YMCA.

    JERREY ROBERTS Margaux Galvin, 7, front right, Saskia Baskin, 8, front left, both of Northampton, and others, practice on the balance beam Tuesday during a class at the Hampshire Regional YMCA. Purchase photo reprints »

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University of Massachusetts student Preston Rowan, 20, competes in the Rail Jam event put on by the UMass Ski and Board Club Friday night in front of the Southwest Residential Area at UMass.

    DAN LITTLE University of Massachusetts student Preston Rowan, 20, competes in the Rail Jam event put on by the UMass Ski and Board Club Friday night in front of the Southwest Residential Area at UMass. Purchase photo reprints »

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Lowell Whitney, of Hadley, sleds with his children, Carter, 10, and Maya, 7, at Hospital Hill in Northampton, Monday.

    JERREY ROBERTS Lowell Whitney, of Hadley, sleds with his children, Carter, 10, and Maya, 7, at Hospital Hill in Northampton, Monday. Purchase photo reprints »

This wine riffs on colorful history

Saturday, January 2, 2016

19 Crimes Glenrowan, Australia 2014 Red Wine, $12.99 A wine with a good back story is one thing, but when you find a good wine with a great back story, it makes the drinking all the better. The …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Say goodbye to 2015. Goodbye. There are some food related items I would like to say goodbye to as well. Kale. I know kale is great for us, but I am just sick of hearing about massaging kale. What did the kale do to deserve all that massaging? …

Valley Bounty: Warming and delicious dairy drinks

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Warming and Delicious Dairy Drinks Now that we’re finally having some wintry weather, it’s time to remember the many delicious ways to enjoy warm milk. First, of course, there’s hot cocoa, best made with real cocoa, sugar, and …

Wings Over Greenfield opening likely during January

Friday, January 1, 2016

GREENFIELD — It appears that it won’t be long before a chicken wings delivery service founded in Amherst in 1999, which has nearly three dozens stores in 13 states, will open a new restaurant in a downtown Greenfield landmark. Besides town inspections — health, building and fire — …

Valley farms get state money to improve food safety measures

Monday, December 28, 2015

HADLEY — The Massachusetts Department of Agriculture has awarded grants to four local farms to help them comply with a new federal food safety law. The farms — Jekanowski Farms and Astarte Farms in Hadley and Old Friends Farm and Simple Gifts Farm in Amherst — received grants …

Valley Bounty: Popcorn

Friday, December 25, 2015

Popcorn Local popcorn fits the bill when you’re looking for food that’s fun and healthy. It’s got entertainment and educational value for kids, who often have no idea that kernels start on cobs and don’t look white and …

Of chipotles, chicken and slow cookers

Friday, December 25, 2015

One of the greatest secret weapon ingredients I know is chipotles in adobo sauce. These are smoked jalapeno peppers that have been stewed in a sauce of tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, salt and various spices, such as cumin, oregano …

Some like it hot —cheesecake, that is. Try it!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Cheesecake is usually served cold. So brace yourself for something a little different. The first time I made this recipe, I pulled it out of the oven and set it on the counter to cool. The plan was …

Festive food on a stick: A New Year’s Eve kebab inspired by classic steakhouse fare

Friday, December 25, 2015

The best New Year’s Eve party I ever attended was a progressive graze of one appetizer after another all evening. When a dish came off the grill or out of the oven, we nibbled on it until we …

Drink up: A New Year’s cocktail

Friday, December 25, 2015

A New Year’s cocktail All the best holiday cocktails start with drinks you make for your 11-year-old, right? Or is that just me? The boy was craving what is known in our house as a “special drink.” Which …