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Column: The Effects of a Soda Tax Are Hard to Predict

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Obesity costs. A lot. The tab comes in obvious ways, like increased health-care costs, and less obvious ways, like decreased fuel efficiency. And we’re all paying. Looking just at Medicare and Medicaid expenses for obesity-related problems, we’re already north of $60 billion annually. If more taxpayer money is going out, it’s gotta come from somewhere, and one possible somewhere is a soda tax. Want to figure out whether a soda …

Finding the Home Cure: Experiments in an Ancient Form of Preserving Meat

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cured meats are all the rage these days in the culinary world, and charcuterie is popping up on restaurant menus across the globe. And a number of new cookbooks, including one by an East Barnard resident, are making it easier to prepare and use dried, cured and smoked meats at home. If you …

For Some at Easter, It’s Not About Ham ... It’s the Butter Lamb

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chicago — Baked ham and brightly colored eggs are standard Easter fare for many families. But for some, it’s the butter that takes center stage. That is, butter shaped like a lamb. Popular in pockets throughout the country, butter lambs — usually about the size of a stick of butter — are an …

Ban on Fast-Food Restaurants Fails To Curb Obesity

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Los Angeles — A much-hailed law that restricted the opening of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in one of the poorest sections of Los Angeles did not curb obesity or improve diets, a new study found. City lawmakers passed …

Genetically Engineered Foods Get FDA Approval

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Boise, Idaho — Potatoes that won’t bruise and apples that won’t brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods, saying they are “as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts.” The approval covers six varieties …

Cuts Likely To Shutter Vt. Law Library

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Montpelier — A nearly $500,000 cut to the Vermont Department of Libraries will likely result in the closure of the state law library. Earlier this week, the House Appropriations Committee decided to go with the governor’s recommendation to …

Bill Encourages Raw Milk Sales

Friday, March 20, 2015

Montpelier — State Rep. Teo Zagar, D-Barnard, says he prefers raw, unpasteurized milk, but will stop at his general store for the conventional stuff when the dirt road to his favorite farm is deep in snow or spring mud. “There’s a little more terroir,” Zagar said of the …

Raise Your Glass: Exploring Zinfandel’s History and Dark Flavors

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Amador County, Calif., $9.99 to $15.99 In the early 1970s in Atlanta, one could be considered knowledgable about wine if you knew that the rose from Lancers and Mateus came from Portugal. And there were …

The Uncanny Canned Artichoke

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Way back in the last century, I spent a shift in the kitchen of a snooty French restaurant for a magazine story and learned that even the haughtiest chefs wield a can opener like a Wusthof. When an …

Overhauling the Food System

Sunday, March 15, 2015

In San Francisco’s South of Market area, where tech start-ups sprout like edible weeds, three former fine-dining chefs with a molecular gastronomy bent are peering intently into a frying pan. Alumni of Chicago’s avant-garde Moto restaurant, the trio …

Tough Job Finds Few Takers

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Des Moines, Iowa — Kent Weise loves his work, but after 38 years slaughtering cattle, lugging carcasses that can weigh more than 1,000 pounds and slowly, methodically slicing cuts of meat, he understands why few people want to …

Improvising Your Way to a Tasty French Shepherd’s Pie

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I’m the kind of cook who goes to the market with a list and returns with everything but what was on it. It takes only one beautiful squash, apple or bunch of herbs to make me change my …

Mozzarella In 40 Minutes

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pizza night in our house is full-on DIY. Homemade pizza dough and sauce from summer’s canned tomatoes, sure; that’s de rigeur. But homemade mozzarella? Oh, yes. Quite simply, it’s a revelation. Mozzarella is entry-level cheesemaking: Satisfying, quick, inexpensive …