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Friday, May 22, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. Monday is Memorial Day and the senior centers will be closed. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk 259-3060 CAREGIVERS DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP — Will meet Thursdays May 28, June 11 and 25, July 9 and Aug. 13 from 1:30 …

Stanley E. and Darlene T. Plaza celebrate 40th

Friday, May 22, 2015

Stanley E. and Darlene T. (Bliznak) Plaza were married May 17, 1975, at the St. John Cantius Church in Northampton. Stanley and Darlene live in Easthampton. Stanley graduated from the Williston Northampton School. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Massachusetts. Prior to his retirement Stanley worked as cost …

Prep work

Friday, May 22, 2015

Planting petunias

Friday, May 22, 2015

Dijon mustard amps up the flavor of chicken

Friday, May 22, 2015

One of my pantry staples for adding flavor, but not fat and calories, is Dijon mustard. I’m never without it. Dijon mustard is a kitchen workhorse. Having a bottle or jar on hand is a quick route to …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Still true blue to first red love

Friday, May 22, 2015

Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Amador County, Calif. $9.99 to $15.99 In the early 1970s in Atlanta, you could be considered knowledgeable about wine if you knew that the rose from Lancers and Mateus came from Portugal. And there were …

Eat Up: Make your own French fries

Friday, May 22, 2015

French fries What makes for the best French fries — before ketchup, mayonnaise or any other condiment? Texture and flavor are defining factors, dictated by what potatoes are used, how they’re cut and prepped, the frying oil used …

From the fields to the food truck: Three former farm apprentices dish up local produce in breakfast, lunch and snack fare

Friday, May 22, 2015

There’s a new food truck parked at the Amherst Farmers Market on Saturdays this season dishing up egg and pesto breakfast sandwiches, parsnip fritters snacks and arepas — a kind of stuffed South American corn bread — for …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lucy gets gritty

Friday, May 22, 2015

Shrimp and grits. You know you want it. I know I always want it when I see it on a menu. I don’t know why, I just do. Good old southern comfort food. I grew up with grits for breakfast. My father would make them on Sundays along …

Valley Bounty: Radishes

Friday, May 22, 2015

Radishes Spring radishes are a lovely thing, beautiful to look at and crisp and spicy on the tongue. They even have cheerful, evocative names: French Breakfast, Easter Egg, Amethyst, Rudolf. Radishes and other spring flavors are highlighted in …

Get growing: Bear with ugly foliage while spring flowers fade

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tulips and daffodils are ending their bloom period and now their foliage becomes admittedly unsightly. Even knowledgeable gardeners are tempted to cut back the yellowing leaves. Yes, for several weeks the yellowing leaves mar the garden display — …

Trio completes 48-state Vermont-to-Washington driving challenge in record time

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — About a year ago, when John Frey told his wife, Jennifer Dieringer, that he was going to try to break the record for driving through all 48 states in the continental United States, she didn’t think …

Parade, ceremony will mark Memorial Day in Amherst

Thursday, May 21, 2015

AMHERST — There will be a Memorial Day parade along the American-flag lined streets of downtown Amherst, followed by a ceremony, Monday morning. Parade participants, including local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, will begin gathering at the North Common at 9 a.m. and depart on a route at …