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Food / Dining

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou hears those dreaded words

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mere seconds after opening the refrigerator door, I could be heard swearing as I tried to reach the condiment bottle I needed that was lurking in the back of the top shelf behind about a dozen other bottles and containers. Soon I had about half the top shelf emptied out just to get the bottle I needed. This was when the wife chimed in from the living room with that … 0

Warm up to cold soup

Friday, July 25, 2014

The sun is blazing. The sweat is dripping. The air feels as if it is sticking to your skin. Hey, how about a nice big bowl of soup? No, seriously. Soup is good food. Especially in the summer, when the soup is cold. Summer soup is different from winter soup. Winter soup is … 0

Wine to try: 2012 Enkidu ‘E’ Old Vine Field Blend

Friday, July 25, 2014

A WINE TO TRY 2012 Enkidu ‘E’ Old Vine Field Blend Region: Sonoma County Price: $18 to $22 Style: Juicy and lush What it goes with: Burgers, barbecue, grilled lamb chops or vegetables, salads This old vine field blend from Enkidu’s owner and winemaker Phillip Staehle is 60 percent zinfandel, 24 percent carignane … 0

Great American Meals
  • KEVIN GUTTING
Trevor Chalmers of Easthampton works from a bundle of cedar shingles he pre-nailed for residing the back wall of the School House at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton on Tuesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Trevor Chalmers of Easthampton works from a bundle of cedar shingles he pre-nailed for residing the back wall of the School House at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton on Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said.

    JERREY ROBERTS Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18. Purchase photo reprints »

Wine to try: 2011 Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir ‘San Andreas Fault’ Sonoma Coast

Friday, May 30, 2014

A WINE TO TRY 2011 Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir ‘San Andreas Fault’ Sonoma Coast Region: Sonoma Coast Price: About $54 to $56 Style: Ample and nuanced What it goes with: Lamb, lamb and more lamb Hirsch Vineyards makes … 0

Just for Dad, a healthy take on jalapeno poppers

Thursday, May 29, 2014

What to do on Father’s Day when it’s time to eat and you want to serve something manly and filling? Other than steak, that is. Here’s a nominee that re-engineers a classic sports bar appetizer — jalapeno poppers. … 0

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Thursday, May 29, 2014

TASTINGS Amherst Wine & Spirits, 233 N. Pleasant St., Amherst Today, 2-5 p.m., spring reds Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton Thursday, 4:30 p.m., Sebago Brewing; Friday, 5:30 p.m., Vineyard Road wines. WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4-6 p.m., wine; Leeds Package Store, Route … 0

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou’s mis-adventures in cooking, No. 142

Friday, May 23, 2014

Lou’s Misadventures in Cooking, No. 142: Sometimes I have a great notion. Like last weekend’s urge to make chili from scratch. No canned beans for me. I soaked a pound of reberoso beans I got from Rancho Gordo’s … 0

Thrill of the grill: New books to make your cookouts sizzle

Friday, May 23, 2014

It’s time to get your grill on. Memorial Day — the unofficial start of the summer grilling season — is here. This year, there are tons of new grilling cookbooks out there to get you fired up. With … 0

Prunes get their mojo back

Friday, May 23, 2014

Wrinkles can be cool — if you’re a prune. Many of us have had a long love affair with our crinkly, locally grown prunes, even if they weren’t considered the coolest fruit in the bunch. But that’s changing. … 0

How prunes cut fat — and make a great fudgy chocolate cake

Friday, May 23, 2014

Prunes do a lot more in the kitchen than promote digestive health. Cut fat while adding fiber and more nutrients to baked goods with pureed prunes. It’s the fiber that makes the difference. Prunes contain 3.3 grams of fiber per 100 grams of fruit. How does fiber sub … 0

Wine options abound to pair with grilled food

Friday, May 23, 2014

Men, for good or ill, are twice as likely as women to do the family’s outdoor grilling — a stat that hasn’t changed in decades, according to a national poll by NPD, a market research group. I asked … 0

Wine to try: 2010 Chteau Teyssier Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Friday, May 23, 2014

2010 Chteau Teyssier Saint Emilion Grand Cru Region: Bordeaux Price: About $30 Style: Classic yet approachable What it goes with: Roast beef, steak, beef stew, mac ‘n’ cheese For the price, you can’t do better than this Grand … 0

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