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The appetizer Holyoke restaurant Slaint created last year during the 12-Mile Meal chef challenge

‘12-Mile Meal’ battle of the chefs heats up at Northampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chefs from three local restaurants, including defending champion The Sierra Grill, will take part in a cooking throw-down as they battle to create three-course meals using ingredients from within a 12-mile radius of Northampton. “The 12-Mile Meal” will take place as part of the “Northampton Jazz Festival” on Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chef Tent behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton. “It fits in pretty well because jazz is an art form and so is cooking,” said the program’s director and host, Rick Gifford, in a phone interview. “The 12-Mile Meal” is an annual event that is open to the public; … 0

A 7-step path to parenting Zen

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

If you have school-age children, you probably know that Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits” series has been modified and monetized for youngsters. Close to 1,500 elementary schools are using “The Leader in Me” series, The Associated Press reports, which spells out seven mini-mottos for students. I’m a fan of anything I can bark out … 0

When teens need help saying no

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Some years ago, before I had children of my own, I went to visit a friend and former colleague whose oldest daughter was then a middle-schooler. When I told my friend how terrific I thought that daughter was, my friend agreed but said she (the mom) was worried about one thing. Her daughter, H., apparently had started declining invitations to hang out with … 0

Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberia has 1,000 deaths

Friday, August 22, 2014

ABUJA, Nigeria — Two alarming new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa’s largest cities. The … 0

Cut and dried A foray into a time-honored method for preserving fruit

Friday, August 22, 2014

I borrowed a friend’s food dehydrator earlier this summer and spent a week drying all kinds of fruit. I dried peaches, mangoes, figs, apples, bananas, apricots and nectarines. I even made my own blueberry fruit leather (aka homemade … 0

Seven fun new takes on the seven-layer salad

Friday, August 22, 2014

It’s the quintessential potluck food: seven-layer salad. With its layers of iceberg lettuce, peas, tomatoes, onions, cheddar cheese, bacon and mayonnaise, it’s colorful, crunchy and creamy all in one bite. Food legend has it that it was born … 0

School Lunch Menus

Friday, August 22, 2014

Amherst-Pelham THURSDAY: Soft beef taco, corn, pineapple cup, green grapes, garden side salad, pinto beans FRIDAY: Cheese pizza, garden side salad, cantaloupe cup, broccoli, peach cup Belchertown WEDNESDAY: HS: Bean and cheese quesadillas, rice, black bean and corn salad, Caesar salad, cookie, fresh fruit or pasta bar with … 0

Three hurdles to success

Friday, August 22, 2014

Assume you reach three notrump on the bidding shown and West leads the seven of spades. East covers dummy’s ten with the queen, and the question is how to proceed from here. Clearly, your best move at this … 0

Naming the Baby

Friday, August 22, 2014

KOSTEK — Tyler Henry, son of Kara and Chris Kostek of South Hadley, was born July 11 at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The maternal grandparents are Ronald and Kris Waskiewicz of Hadley. The paternal grandparents are Kathy and Mike Piotrowski of Turners Falls, and Stanley Kostek … 0

Coming Up

Friday, August 22, 2014

BELCHERTOWN SENIOR CENTER “BUNCH OF LOSERS” — The group is free and meets every Monday at 12:30 p.m. Participants weigh in, share nutritional tips, recipes and support. ZENDOODLE — Thursday mornings, 10 to 11:30 a.m. New members welcome. MIXED MEDIA ART CLASS — Aug. 26, 5:30 p.m.; a … 0

Naomi Judd & Jonathan Szymonik

Friday, August 22, 2014

Robert Judd Jr., of Chesterfield, and Donna Whiteley, of Southampton, announce the engagement of their daughter, Naomi Judd, of South Hadley, to Jonathan Szymonik, also of South Hadley. Jonathan is the son of Albert and Rebecca Szymonik of … 0

Weather vane watchers

Friday, August 22, 2014

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FAMILY WANTED 9-year-old boy seeks home

Friday, August 22, 2014

Dayshawn is a caring, playful boy of African-American and Caucasian descent with a unique personality. A curious, imaginative 9-year-old, Dayshawn enjoys making up stories as part of an ongoing role play. He loves having one-on-one time with adults … 0