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November 22, 2017

Pipkins’ double-double leads UMass men’s basketball over Western Carolina -

November 21, 2017

Luwane Pipkins leads the UMass men’s basketball shooting show in 101-76 win over Niagara -

November 19, 2017

UMass to face tough test with Niagara backcourt -

November 19, 2017

Hockey Notebook: John Leonard on an early season tear for UMass hockey -

November 18, 2017

Clock runs out on UMass men’s soccer’s dream season in NCAA opener -

November 17, 2017

2017 Basketball Special Issue -

November 16, 2017

UMass men’s basketball prepares for transitional season in 2017-18 -

November 16, 2017

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses how history and humanity is remembered -

November 16, 2017

CMASS completes seven-week discussion series -

November 16, 2017

UMass women’s basketball resets and reloads, looking to improve on last year’s record with plenty of new talent -

November 16, 2017

Matt McCall’s winding path to bring unity to UMass -

November 16, 2017

Carl Pierre is a piece to Matt McCall’s basketball program -

November 16, 2017

Why they stayed: Malik Hines, Chris Baldwin and C.J. Anderson -

November 16, 2017

McConnell chooses politics over morals -

November 16, 2017

Swipe right for love? Probably not. -

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‘The Florida Project’ is a monument to the other side of paradise -

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November 16, 2017

NoHo Know How: Fixin' the kitchen on any budget

Don’t be surprised if you recognize some of the mugs offered up at Faces, including those by San Francisco-based company Taylor & Ng. Chances are your grandmother might have owned a few of the company’s ceramic white mugs back in the late 1970s when they first began to circulate throughout nationwide retail stores. For $5.95, you can start your own collection of these 11 oz. mugs, whimsically crafted by illustrator and co-founder Win Ng. Mugs from the company’s Vintage French series are on display at Faces, including their “Le Chien Tigre” and “Le Chat” designs, the latter of which displays a cat playing with a ball of yarn as a mouse peeks out perilously from behind a strand. A greater selection of the Vintage French series can be found at Taylor & Ng’s website, including “Le Canard,” which depicts two ducks floating along on a sea of tiny currents, and “Le Lapin,” wherein a large rabbit is positioned against a backdrop of friskier blue ones. Faces, 175 Main Street, Northampton, 413-584-4081.

Flatware can be expensive, but at Acme Surplus, it doesn’t have to be. Function and efficiency prevail at the heavily trafficked store, tucked away deep in the basement of Thornes Marketplace. Spoons, knives and forks go for a meager two for $1.00, while kitchenware manufacturer Regent Products offers up salt and pepper shakers priced at a mere $1.49. Cutting boards are equally cheap, priced at $3.99 and $4.99. If visions of vanquishing any age-old fears about the kitchen have you preoccupied going into spring break, a Pyrex pie plate – priced at $3.99 – should help you along the way. The pie you bake will go nicely with three-leaf clover and heart-shaped treats, which you’ll be able to make with the assistance of Sci Cuisine International’s cookie or canapé cutters, available at the store for a single dollar. Acme Surplus, 150 Main Street, Northampton, 413-586-1122.

For times when fancy dishware is required, look no further than Caskata tableware, priced at $16.50 at Essentials. Although the tableware, designed by Shawn Laughlin, comes in several lines, “Sea Life” seems the most startling. Butterfly and swordfish swim across an all-white ocean platter, accented by an elegant 23-carat gold and platinum finish. Although Caskata’s ceramic sets may immediately conjure up an image of opulence that seems inappropriate for, say, chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese, the line remains a functional contribution to any dining set. In addition, Essentials features the work of Robert le Heros. Characterized by nature motifs and a festive explosion of bright colors, le Heros’ machine-washable tablecloth and tea towel designs are priced at only $21.00 at Essentials, and are a sure way to class up your kitchen. Essentials, 88 Main Street, Northampton, 413-584-2327.

Looking to infiltrate a world of exotic cuisine and culture? Try the Kokudei Katto Teapot, assembled by long-standing Japanese-based manufacturers Tokoname. At only four inches tall, red clay-colored lines separate the diminutive teapot into a glazed honeycomb design, making it a modern standout. While its price tag is a little steep – a whopping $95.00 at Cooks Shop Here – its unglazed finish and graceful design promises to reward a buyer long into the future. Similarly, Cooks Shop Here features a selection of tagines – cone-shaped slow-cookers made from low-fired clay that are perfect for constructing your own Moroccan-inspired dishes. While some kitchen novices may find the atmosphere daunting, the store offers a myriad selection of food and culinary tools for chefs of all levels. Cooks Shop Here, 65 King Street, Northampton, 413-584-5116.

Shayna Murphy can be reached at skmurphy@dailycollegian.com.

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