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Vickie Hidalgo plays Marble Matrix on the tablet while waiting for food with William Hidalgo, right, on August 26, 2014 at a Chili's restaurant in Fair Oaks, Calif. The Zysko-made kiosks allow customers to see images of menu entrees, order drinks and desserts, and pay their bill. (Brian Nguyen/Sacramento Bee/MCT)

A taste of tech: Devices changing the game for restaurants and patrons

Friday, September 19, 2014

From taco stands to sit-down restaurants, technology is changing the way we order, pay and even dine while eating out. Want to peruse the news or occupy your fidgety kids at the table? There’s a tablet for that. Want to call ahead your order and pay by your phone? There’s an app for that. Want to grab takeout deals at …

Want to be a better cook? Choose the right pan for the task at hand

Friday, September 19, 2014

Picking the perfect pan for cooking may seem simple enough. A frying pan for scrambled eggs and burgers. A huge pot for boiling pasta or sweet corn. If you want to cook well, though, choosing the right pan for a particular technique or recipe can mean the difference between culinary success and lousy …

Lou & Lucy’s leftovers: Littlenecks

Friday, September 19, 2014

Just got back from vacation in Wellfleet — and boy, did I get a raw deal there. But this raw deal was a good thing and educational to boot. Last year a friend and I taught ourselves to shuck our own oysters. We sat a picnic table and mastered the technique by practicing on dozens upon dozens of the pearls of the sea. …

Saskia Sidenfaden & Zachary Schlappi

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dale and Diane Schlappi, of Sunderland, are announcing the engagement of their son, Zachary Schlappi, to Saskia Sidenfaden. The couple live in New York City. Zachary is the art director at Avalanche Studios in New York City, and …

School Lunch Menus

Friday, September 19, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Chicken nuggets, mixed fruit, carrot sticks, apple slices, oven-baked fries TUESDAY: Pancakes with turkey sausage, hash browns, carrot sticks, apple, peach cup WEDNESDAY: Cheesey stuffed breadsticks, marinara sauce, romaine salad with tomato, baby carrots and celery, diced pears, banana THURSDAY: Oven-roasted chicken, vegetarian baked beans, veggie …

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, September 19, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. The Northampton High School class of 1954 will hold its 60th reunion on the weekend of Oct. …

Cheryl Hewes & Gerald Cranston

Friday, September 19, 2014

Cheryl Hewes and Gerald “Fuzz” Cranston, both of Williamsburg, were married July 29 in Childs Park, Northampton, by the Rev. Mikki Viereck. Family members serving as honor attendants were Bob and Peggy Hewes, Gerry and Raeann Cranston, Kayla …

All in the game

Friday, September 19, 2014

Text — Here …

Massachusetts woman who stalked Spacey sentenced

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who threatened to blow up, torture and castrate Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey in what prosecutors called a “persistent and malevolent” cyberstalking campaign has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. …

Get Growing Goldenrod

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fields and roadsides are bright with the blossoms of goldenrod. Sometimes this wild flower even is found in home gardens — including mine. I welcome the beautiful flowers but admit this plant can take over a landscape design. …

Live Smart: How to deal confidently with contractor upselling

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Upselling is a fact of consumer life, from “will you have fries with that?” at the drive-thru to the credit card promotion at the department store cash register. But when it comes to home services, how can you tell the difference between a worthwhile recommendation and a pitch …

Gingerbread House is a model of 19th-century decoration

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Susan McKiernan can’t quite figure out where her obsession with older homes and 1840s English antiques comes from. When she was 8, she created a drawing that showed where her laundry would hang one day. At 11, she …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: The bitters truth

Thursday, September 18, 2014

There was a time when a cocktail just wasn’t a cocktail unless it contained bitters. The first published definition of a cocktail appeared in 1806 in the “The Balance, and Columbian Repository,” and read: “Cocktail is a stimulating …