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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. …

Belchertown volunteers build Jessica’s Boundless Playground

Saturday, September 13, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Vicky Martins-Auffrey felt like she was in a dream Saturday morning as a crew of volunteers lugged and installed posts, panels, hardware, platforms and other components of Jessica’s Boundless Playground on State Street. “It feels surreal, …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: To The Apollo Grill and all the Valley restaurants I’ve loved before

Friday, September 12, 2014

Most people have a go-to restaurant they frequent. Maybe they have a favorite appetizer or entree there. Or there’s a certain ambiance that beckons them to return again and again. Well, I have many restaurants I like, but few where I feel like a regular. For me, one …

Tarragon: It goes with everything

Friday, September 12, 2014

Most herbs defy easy description. Trying to discuss the flavor of thyme or oregano leads only to vague adjectives. Calling rosemary “woody” doesn’t quite cut it. But tarragon is easy. Tarragon tastes sort of like licorice. It does …

Dip into dukkah

Friday, September 12, 2014

Dukkah (pronounced DOO-kah) is a Middle Eastern blend of toasted nuts, sesame seeds and spices. The crunchy condiment served on olive oil-dipped flatbread is especially popular in Egypt, where nearly every family has developed its own version to …

Valley Bounty: Hot peppers

Friday, September 12, 2014

HOT PEPPERS Local hot peppers are ripe for the picking. Varieties from around the world — with heat levels ranging from mild to scorching — are grown right here, often by farmers with a passion for peppers. Be …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, September 12, 2014

TASTINGS Amherst Wine & Spirits, 308 College Street, Amherst Today, 2-5 p.m., Grand opening party, champagnes, red wine Liquors 44, 458-9 Campus Plaza (Route 9), Hadley Friday, Bluechair Rum, 5-8 p.m., WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main …

Opioid Task Force to meet Tuesday at Greenfield Community College

Friday, September 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — The renamed Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region will hold its first full meeting since spring next week, and its members have not been idle during that time. “We’re kind of turning the next corner on this thing,” said Franklin County …

Ebola survivor gives blood

Thursday, September 11, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An American aid worker infected with Ebola has been given blood from a fellow doctor who battled the disease, and Nebraska doctors say the man has responded well to aggressive treatment in the past …

Style Stop: Chris Lott

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Style Stop team spotted Chris Lott’s matching pink outfit as he was crossing the street in downtown Northampton on a recent morning. Lott, of Pelham, was taking his girlfriend out to lunch at The Green Bean for …

Cheesesteak that’s delicious even minus the steak

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Like Philadelphia itself, there’s a lot to love about the city’s signature sandwich — the cheesesteak. But that delicious combination of beef, onions and cheese isn’t the sort of thing you want to pack away every day, unless …