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This Dec. 15, 2014 photo shows shrimp scampi guacamole in Concord, N.H. There are multiple ways to serve up guacamole for the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Ten fresh takes on Super Bowl guacamole

Friday, January 30, 2015

Whether or not you like avocados, you really have to admire the way their marketers have totally owned the Super Bowl. For no particular reason other than force of will, avocados — and the guacamole they produce — are indelibly linked with this major American sporting event. A Super Bowl party without guacamole — and its trusty sidekick chicken wings …

Drink up: Garlicky Crab Pasta and wine

Friday, January 30, 2015

Pairings Garlicky Crab Pasta and wine A simple, clean wine goes best with this entrée The chardonnay is high-end, but lean and barely oaked. The sparkler from Italy is celebratory, and the unique white from Chile is the perfect humble background to let the dish shine. The dish Add 2 pounds king crab …

Healthy food that tastes good while being good for you — and that’s no cliché

Friday, January 30, 2015

How are those New Year’s resolutions working out for you? Many resolutions to eat better and lose weight are born from holiday binge-eating guilt and regret. Some of us actually eat more sweets and goodies and egg nog during the holidays than we ordinarily would, knowing that come the new year we will …

California measles outbreak expands to 78 cases; more likely

Friday, January 23, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The measles outbreak centered in California continues to expand, with officials now confirming 78 cases of the illness in seven states and Mexico. The California Department of Public Health said there are now 68 cases in the state — 48 that have been directly …

Heart surgeon killed at Boston hospital is laid to rest

Friday, January 23, 2015

WELLESLEY — The widow of a cardiac surgeon gunned down at a Boston hospital told hundreds at his funeral Friday he was well liked by patients and it was difficult to believe his death came at the hands of a patient’s son. The service for Dr. Michael Davidson …

Eva Gerstel of Easthampton celebrates 100 years of feminism

Friday, January 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — At 100, self-proclaimed feminist Eva Gerstel is not shy about offering her opinion — not that she has ever been. On whether she was excited for her 100th birthday party, scheduled for Saturday: “To tell you …

Style Stop: Corinne Wingard

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Style Stop team caught up with Corinne Wingard, 72, of Agawam inside The Village on Main hair salon. WHAT SHE WAS WEARING: A reversible coat, glass earrings and a scarf from Venice. Her style: I like Soft …

ID: Sharon C. Mehrman

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sharon C. Mehrman is the owner of a one-woman workshop in Florence, where she designs and handcrafts fine furniture. She began her woodworking career handcrafting signs for businesses on Nantucket Island. Mehrman says the things in our lives …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life — The Conch Republic: A role model for western Mass?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Here’s an example of how my mind works: Last September, while reading about the Scottish secessionist movement from the United Kingdom, I started thinking about Key West, Florida, one of my favorite travel destinations. Besides those great sunsets and a laid-back atmosphere, this little dot of an island …

Your Time: Coffee shops, Hampshire County

Friday, January 23, 2015

Over the past few weeks, Gazette photographers visited just a tiny sampling of Hampshire County’s many, many coffee shops. At places like Amherst Coffee and Rao’s Coffee, both in Amherst and SIP Café, the Roost and Haymarket Café, …

Digital Life: Gadget Show Review: Lots of noise, a few gems in smart home

Friday, January 23, 2015

Technology forecasters are calling 2015 the year of the Internet of Things — that idea that everyday objects will use sensors and Internet connectivity to start thinking and acting for themselves. At the International CES gadget show this …

Chef’s Best: Want Valentine’s Day ease that still impresses? Try fondue

Friday, January 23, 2015

Worried your kitchen skills may not be up to pulling together something impressively decadent for Valentine’s Day? Fear not. A pricy restaurant meal isn’t your only option. We created this delicious, yet simple pair of fondue sauces to …

Overcoming the odds: Jim Egan of Easthampton has his life back after unlikely kidney transplant

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — James “Jim” Egan III of Loudville Road had been hoping for a kidney transplant since an extremely rare autoimmune disease killed his kidney function over four years ago. But his doctors told him that due to …