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CAROL LOLLIS
Easter candy at Ben and Bill's Chocolate Emporium.

Easter and chocolate: Hand in hand

Friday, March 27, 2015

Looking back at the traditional agriculture year shows us the origins of most Easter foods, but tells us nothing about one vital treat: chocolate. It’s a newcomer to the festivities because until the 19th century it was impossible to separate the cocoa butter from the cocoa solids, so chocolate was only palatable as a drink. In the early 19th century …

Easter feast: Holiday sweets and luscious leftovers

Friday, March 27, 2015

Wouldn’t it be terrific if our local asparagus were with us for Easter? It tastes wonderful with both ham and lamb, which are Easter dinner favorites, but, of course, we can’t expect it to pop through the ground until early May. And that will be too late for Easter dinner. But no vegetable …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley

Friday, March 27, 2015

Natura Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Chile, $9.99-11.99 Natura Chardonnay 2013, Chile, $9.99-11.99 About a decade ago, I tried an organic wine. It was expensive and bad. I didn’t spit it out or even pour it down the drain, probably because of my Scots heritage, but I didn’t like it. So, when friends recently suggested …

Hampshire Regional High School Honor Roll

Friday, March 20, 2015

Hampshire Regional High School Second Semester First Honors GRADE 10 Lindsay Abel, Brody Dean, Amanda Labrie, Marlena Schlerman, Paige Sullivan GRADE 11 Alexander Kubosiak, Nicholas O’Hare, Alexandra Roessling, Samantha Tripp, Christopher Yarmesky GRADE 12 Daniel Baldwin, Maeve Ronan, Lilly Rubeck Second Honors GRADE 9 Amanda Adams, Elizabeth Barcomb, …

Friends and Neighbors

Friday, March 20, 2015

Amherst Jonathan Park was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Emory College of Arts and Sciences, the undergraduate, liberal arts college of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Northampton Jenna Murray was named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of …

Ten ideas for dressing up a basic bowl of oatmeal

Friday, March 20, 2015

Oatmeal is the vanilla ice cream of the breakfast world. Some of us like it plain and straight up, appreciating its clean, oaty flavor, its firm yet giving texture, the way it cloyingly stays in your mouth just …

Dinner by the bowlful: From salads to stir-fry

Friday, March 20, 2015

I’ve collected bowls for years. Big ones, little ones, and bowls shallow and deep. I use bowls not just for eating out of but for collecting keys and glasses, keeping bedside-table necessities wrangled, for storing rolls of twine …

Beerhunter: Tips for touring the craft beer brewery

Friday, March 20, 2015

Up in Vermont there’s a glow-in-the-dark circus party at the end of the world. Neon streamers and Mardi Gras beads hang all over the place. Colorful string lights set the room aglow. Some visitors hunker down at the …

Valley Bounty: Cabbage

Friday, March 20, 2015

Cabbage Cabbage is an underrated vegetable. Even the attention it gets in March is often unflattering. But don’t be fooled! Cabbage stores beautifully and is a great local winter vegetable choice. More importantly, it’s delicious, supplemented with just …

A wine to try: 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel

Friday, March 20, 2015

A Wine to Try 2013 Bedrock “Old Vine” Zinfandel Region: California Price: About $25 Style: Gorgeous fruit with a dark undertone Full of craggy character, the 2013 Bedrock “Old Vine” Zinfandel carries the taste of dark, wizened berries, …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou has too much time on his hands

Friday, March 20, 2015

Having read way too many articles about coping with retirement, I realized when I packed it in at the end of February that I shouldn’t rush right in and try to tackle major tasks that had been delayed for years. All these articles screamed: TAKE YOUR TIME. YOU …

Governor’s task force hears that long-term treatment needed to battle opioids

Thursday, March 19, 2015

GREENFIELD — State Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders and other members of the governor’s Opioid Crisis Working Group heard three hours of testimony Thursday on the western Massachusetts stop of their listening tour. The group by …

Thursday, March 19, 2015

I was recently in Mexico for some vacation time and to play in the PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker. Early in the main event, I found myself in the big blind with A♠ Q♦ and 20,470 in chips from a starting stack of 20,000. Blinds were 60-120 …