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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Amherst ABSENTEE BALLOTS: The town clerk’s office in Town Hall has absentee ballots for the March 31 town election. Applications for absentee ballots must be made in writing and include the voter’s name, address, precinct, contact information and signature. Those who have a religious belief, will be out of town during the election, or have a physical disability preventing them from getting to the polls or standing in line for …

Thursday, March 5, 2015

I have become a regular in a locals-only $1-$2 no-limit game held weekly in the back of a pizza place. It’s been fun playing cards with a handful of guys ranging from ski bums to business owners. My favorite thing about poker is that it’s a game of people, and adjusting to varying levels of play is a challenge for any poker player, …

‘Duang!’ Chinese poke fun at Jackie Chan with nonsense word

Thursday, March 5, 2015

By DIDI TANG Associated Press BEIJING — Jackie Chan might still be popular in China, but nowadays the pro-Beijing actor is as well-known as fodder for jokes as he is for his gritty martial arts and slapstick humor on screen. His latest contribution to the country’s mass culture and entertainment: “duang.” It’s not …

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Friday, February 27, 2015

When snow flies, salads get substantial

Friday, February 27, 2015

Eating a salad a day is a habit I adopted a while back to help me automate the eating of raw veggies. Either my lunch or my dinner usually is built around some sort of salad. And I …

Spice it up

Friday, February 27, 2015

Spice it up Don’t get tripped up by the title of chef Paul Merrett’s latest book, “Spice Odyssey: From Asafoetida to Wasabi, Recipes to Really Excite & Inspire.” That would mean missing out on clever writing, helpful tips …

Valley Bounty: Watermelon radish

Friday, February 27, 2015

Watermelon Radish The plain white skin of a watermelon radish covers a hidden gem: a layer of pale green surrounding a brilliant magenta core. Firm and crisp, with just a hint of spicy bite, they’ll add a splash of color to whatever you put them in—salads, stir fries, …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Evodia, an intensely fruity Spanish red

Friday, February 27, 2015

Evodia, Spain Old Vine Garnacha, 2013 $7.89 to $11.99 Over the last year or so, I had been noticing Evodia, a Spanish red wine with a distinctive bluish-purple label, on the shelves of the area’s wine stores, but …

The search for the best breakfast sandwich

Friday, February 27, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The last name of Chris and Andrea Zawacki, co-owners of Tandem Bagel Company in Easthampton, was misspelled in a story about egg sandwiches Feb. 28. On a recent frigid morning, I followed a series of footprints …

Turning lemons into lemon-pepper pork

Friday, February 27, 2015

This is the pork tenderloin that was supposed to be a chicken. But it ended up being one of those delicious mistakes I was so glad I made. I was aiming for a roasted whole chicken that was …

Slice of Life: Free to shop, you and me

Friday, February 27, 2015

Dear Evershop Customer, Welcome to Evershop, your new multi-shop service that lets you exercise your freedom by shopping for all the things you used to take for granted. Remember the old days? When you had one phone company? One electric company? One doctor who made house calls? Fewer …

Your Time Church services at the Newman Catholic Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and St. John’s Episcopal Church, Northampton

Friday, February 27, 2015

Whether it’s a date of religious significance or the weekly Sabbath, to enter a place of worship is to enter a community. Political beliefs, incomes and and ethnicities can all vary in a congregation, but one’s fellow parishioners, …

Style Stop: Dee Pizzo

Friday, February 27, 2015

It was the White House Black Market pants and jacket and scarf from Anthropologie that caught the attention of the Style Stop team one morning in downtown Northampton. When we caught up with Dee Pizzo of Glastonbury, Connecticut, …