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Chicken tagine is cooked with preserved lemon and sprinkled with olives. (J.B. Forbes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT)

Preserved lemons, easy to make, make any dish special

Friday, July 11, 2014

If you close your eyes, you can imagine you are wending your way through the crowded streets of the casbah, with the camels and the open-air markets and the heady aroma of tagines cooking over charcoal fires. A bite of preserved lemon can do that to you, transport you to a land you have never seen or perhaps back to … 0

Dude Food: Steven Raichlen talks man-made meals

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cooking may not be a gender-specific activity, but there are some characteristics that follow stereotypes more often than not (read on before you start to object). At least that’s what Steven Raichlen says — and we tend to agree. He’s the guy who has brought us more grilling books than one would think … 0

Valley Bounty: Zucchini

Friday, July 11, 2014

Zucchini Zucchini in out in plenty right now, and is as versatile as your imagination. Great grilled in long strips, used on kebabs or stuffed, this summer staple is ready for your next culinary creation. Zucchini is a great substitute for noodles in lasagna or can be shredded for zucchini bread. It can … 0

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers

Friday, July 11, 2014

I’ve been in “Use-Up-Old-Stuff-In-The-Cupboards” mode for a couple of weeks now and a few days ago came across a box of falafel mix that may have been in there for at least a couple of years. Thus the reason for my above-mentioned mode. So, as instructed, I mixed … 0

Becker Bridge: The Guess That Went to School

Friday, July 11, 2014

Guessing situations arise quite often, but a player is expected to guess right most of the time. There is nothing extraordinary about being right more often than not; it is largely a matter of approaching each problem, as … 0

Tara Kuchyt & Joshua Wise

Friday, July 11, 2014

Family and friends are announcing the engagement of Tara Kuchyt and Joshua Wise, both of Easthampton. Tara is the daughter of Tammy and Stan Kuchyt of Easthampton, and Joshua is the son of Laurie and Ray Gougeon of … 0

State will end prohibition on wine shipments to consumers Jan. 1

BOSTON — Whether it’s pinot noir, merlot, chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon, wine lovers in Massachusetts will soon be able to have some of their favorite bottles shipped straight from the vineyards to their homes. A provision in the new state budget lifts a long-standing prohibition on direct deliveries … 0

A flâneur’s walk: Looking at Northampton through a writer’s eyes

In mid-19th-century Paris, a literary figure known as the “flâneur” became a fixture of the city, a person who strolled the streets and drank in the experience for artistic inspiration and contemplation. As the poet Charles Baudelaire wrote … 0

Tara Kuchyt & Joshua Wise

Family and friends are announcing the engagement of Tara Kuchyt and Joshua Wise, both of Easthampton. Tara is the daughter of Tammy and Stan Kuchyt of Easthampton, and Joshua is the son of Laurie and Ray Gougeon of … 0

Old smallpox vials unearthed

ATLANTA (AP) — A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week — decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box. The … 0