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This Dec. 15, 2014 photo shows shrimp scampi guacamole in Concord, N.H. There are multiple ways to serve up guacamole for the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Ten fresh takes on Super Bowl guacamole

Friday, January 30, 2015

Whether or not you like avocados, you really have to admire the way their marketers have totally owned the Super Bowl. For no particular reason other than force of will, avocados — and the guacamole they produce — are indelibly linked with this major American sporting event. A Super Bowl party without guacamole — and its trusty sidekick chicken wings …

Drink up: Garlicky Crab Pasta and wine

Friday, January 30, 2015

Pairings Garlicky Crab Pasta and wine A simple, clean wine goes best with this entrée The chardonnay is high-end, but lean and barely oaked. The sparkler from Italy is celebratory, and the unique white from Chile is the perfect humble background to let the dish shine. The dish Add 2 pounds king crab …

Healthy food that tastes good while being good for you — and that’s no cliché

Friday, January 30, 2015

How are those New Year’s resolutions working out for you? Many resolutions to eat better and lose weight are born from holiday binge-eating guilt and regret. Some of us actually eat more sweets and goodies and egg nog during the holidays than we ordinarily would, knowing that come the new year we will …

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  • MATT BURKHARTT
Kiera Seaver, 12 of Hopedale receives help working on her electric light-up bracelet from Tiffany Hua, a mechanical engineering student at UMass while Maya Nolling, 12 of Hopedale puts on her finished necklace Saturday January 31 at Marcus Hall

    MATT BURKHARTT Kiera Seaver, 12 of Hopedale receives help working on her electric light-up bracelet from Tiffany Hua, a mechanical engineering student at UMass while Maya Nolling, 12 of Hopedale puts on her finished necklace Saturday January 31 at Marcus Hall Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Maureen Dempsey weighs an egg Thursday before placing it in a carton to be sold at Intervale farm in Westhampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Maureen Dempsey weighs an egg Thursday before placing it in a carton to be sold at Intervale farm in Westhampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS

Steve Holt cuts  cuts a marked tree down in  the woods on George Munsons property on Reservoir Rd.  in Westhampton. Holt uses the tops for fire wood and the logs get sold to be milled.

    CAROL LOLLIS Steve Holt cuts cuts a marked tree down in the woods on George Munsons property on Reservoir Rd. in Westhampton. Holt uses the tops for fire wood and the logs get sold to be milled. Purchase photo reprints »

Chef’s Best: Take comfort in an almost effortless onion soup

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Talk about a vegetable that’s everywhere. The humble onion is one the most common aromatic vegetables, popping up in so many ways across so many cuisines. And it’s not just for taste. The onion also happens to be …

Owner of Hangar Pub and Grill and Wings Over Amherst plans restaurant in Greenfield

Thursday, December 18, 2014

AMHERST — The owner of a chicken wings delivery service founded in Amherst in 1999, which has nearly three dozen stores in 13 states, is planning a new restaurant in Greenfield. Harold Tramazzo, who owns both the Wings Over Amherst and Hangar Pub and Grill restaurants on University …

Burger King to close in Hadley on Dec. 28, future of site uncertain

Saturday, December 13, 2014

HADLEY — Burger King restaurant, a mainstay of the Route 9 dining scene since opening in the 1970s, will close later this month, possibly to make way for a new development project at the Mountain Farms Mall. “Our last day is Dec. 28,” said Krystin Bauer, a manager …

Shifts leave Williamsburg with larger, indoor Snack Bar and seasonal Local Burger food trailer

Saturday, December 13, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — A shifting landscape of places to eat in Williamsburg will leave the town with a new, larger indoor Snack Bar and a seasonal food trailer operated by the owners of Local Burger in Northampton. After dishing …

Ten fresh ways to improve a mug of cocoa

Friday, December 12, 2014

We can’t help it. Once the cold weather arrives, we crave hot cocoa with the same intensity that we crave a cold beer during barbecue season. There is, after all, something intensely comforting about drinking a warm mug …

Keeping the joy in whole-grain holiday baking

Friday, December 12, 2014

When I was 5, my mom invited a bunch of my kindergarten girlfriends and their moms over for cookies, cocoa and caroling to celebrate the holidays. That tradition turned into an annual holiday ritual, and I grew up …

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 …