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Whether mirepoix, soffritto or sofrito, cooking bases help build flavor in cuisines around the world. Three of the most popular are celery, carrots and onions.   (Chicago Tribune - Bill Hogan)

The Foundations of Flavor

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

You don’t need to know how to pronounce mirepoix or suppengruen. You just need to know that a mouthwatering dish, no matter what the cuisine, …

Cookbook Examines the Allure of All Things Bitter

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Take a bow, Jennifer McLagan. With your newest book, Bitter: A Taste of the World’s Most Dangerous Flavor, With Recipes (Ten Speed Press; $29.99), you’ve …

Traveling Gardeners Discover New Plants

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I’m not much of a country music fan, but do love Willie Nelson’s On the Road Again — probably because I love to travel. Recently …

Lies of Siblings In ‘Skeleton’

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Within the first few minutes of the sibling dramedy The Skeleton Twins, there’s a phone call from a hospital informing a woman (Kristen Wiig) that her brother (Bill Hader) has just tried to slit his wrists. The news is so upsetting to her that it derails her own …

‘The Equalizer’ Squanders Its Star

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Anyone ancient enough to remember when The Equalizer was a terrific prime-time procedural — and to have harbored special feelings for Denzel Washington since his days on St. Elsewhere — will understand when I describe Antoine Fuqua’s big-screen …

‘The Boxtrolls’ Tells an Animated Orphan’s Tale

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent …

Clooney and Fiancee Arrive in Venice to Prepare for Wedding

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Venice, Italy — George Clooney vowed he would never marry again, giving hope to millions of women that they one day might get their chance at romance with Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor. And for more than two decades, …

Preparing for a Monster Event

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Matt Hills, of Newington, Conn., helps unload a 1978 Ford truck belonging to his friend Todd Garrard, also of Newington, on the first day of the Vermonster 4x4 Fall Festival on the Connecticut Valley Fairgrounds in Bradford, Vt., …

Writing a World to Explore

Friday, September 26, 2014

When readers pick up S.S. Taylor’s latest book, The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton’s Lair, she has a few goals in mind for them: To be engaged, to have fun and to sympathize with the characters. …

Project Turns Film Scripts Into Books

Friday, September 26, 2014

Lyme author and publisher Ed Gray sees a future in dime novels. Well, not literally dime novels, but more like written movies, short e-books and paperbacks drawn from never-produced screenplays that will play in your head like a …

Lahr’s Biography Doesn’t Give Tennessee Williams His Literary Due

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John Lahr; W.W. Norton (765 pages, $37.95) One day a comprehensive literary biography of Tennessee Williams will be written that won’t resemble a psychiatric case study. Until then let’s savor …

‘Get Away With Murder’ Keeps the Spotlight on Viola Davis

Friday, September 26, 2014

Many things have changed about television lately, but murder still makes the world go ‘round. An astonishing variety of characters, environments and scenarios can be wrapped around the sturdy framework of a crime/legal procedural and coaxed into bloom. In ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, which premieres …

Fall Theater Preview: Northern Stage’s Season of Change

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Transformation is the theme at Northern Stage in White River Junction, said its Artistic Director Carol Dunne. Now beginning her second season as artistic director, Dunne is overseeing construction o f a new 250-seat theater on the site …