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USDA Revises Maple Syrup Grading

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Montpelier — Grading standards for maple syrup have been revised to match international standards, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday, and now consumers can have a better understanding of what topping they’re buying. The revisions to the voluntary standards were released Wednesday. The move comes in response to a 2010 petition from the International Maple Syrup Institute, which represents maple producers in the U.S. and Canada, saying the different …

Brillat-Savarin’s Gastronomic Gem Resonates 200 Years Later

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin was a French judge and politician who managed to survive revolution, the Napoleonic wars and the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy, all the while exercising a considerable and nuanced appreciation for the pleasures of the table. He died at 70 in Paris in February 1826, shortly after publication of the …

Super Bowl Spuds: Pub Inspiration for ‘Smashed’ and ‘Loaded’ Potatoes

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Baked, fried or mashed, the potato remains America’s favorite vegetable. We inhale, on average, more than 50 pounds of spuds annually, no doubt much of it in darkened cars parked in back alleys, far away from dietitians, spouses or even government nags who clearly don’t cave to human weakness when confronted with a …

Windsor Farmers Market Surveys Shoppers, Vendors

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Windsor — Organizers of the Windsor Farmers Market are asking would be and actual shoppers and vendors to take an online survey designed to improve the market. For the past few years, the outdoor market has been held on Sundays at about the same time. The survey asks …

Tootsie Roll CEO Melvin Gordon Dead at 95

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Chicago — Melvin Gordon, who helped turn the enduring popularity of the humble Tootsie Roll into a candy empire, has died. He was 95. The longtime Tootsie Roll Industries Inc. chairman and CEO died Tuesday in Boston after …

A Meal That’s ‘All Mixed Up’

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

We all ask for different things from our food in the name of comfort. We look for that glint of a certain place or time, or of a particular person or group of people. Others of us might …

It’s ‘Kid Foods,’ Not Cooks, That Frustrate Our Efforts

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

We’re being told to cook. The benefits attributed to home cooking and its corollary, the family dinner, include lower weight, better diet quality and decreased risk for kids’ smoking, drinking and using drugs. When health authorities tick off …

The Mood of Food in 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Remember the Cronut? The doughnut hybrid was born in May 2013 at a New York bakery. The birth announcement went out on Grub Street, and Web traffic soared. By January 2014, the Los Angeles Times reported that not even a frigid winter storm could deter New Yorkers from …

From the Recipe Archives

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The only thing more indecipherable than the untidy scrawl in which the recipe for “Potingall Cakes” is written is the instructions themselves. There’s the unconventional direction to “strew in yr sugar and flower,” the inclusion of two spoonfuls …

Fake Bar Tests Anti-Drinking Drug

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Washington — The tequila sure looks real, so do the beer taps. Inside the hospital at the National Institutes of Health, researchers are testing a possible new treatment to help heavy drinkers cut back — using a replica …


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

In my affection for holiday cooking, I bow to no one. For our Christmas open house, I make gallons of posole and black beans. Our family spends a day decorating hundreds of cookies. There is no Christmas Eve …

Vietnamese Immigrant Built an Empire on Duck Eggs

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Los Angeles — The two spots in front of Hot Vit Lon Long An are taken, so Sonny Ha squeezes his SUV into a tight opening at the curb in the middle of LA’s bustling Little Saigon shopping …

Panettone Is a Building Block For Christmas Breakfast

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

‘Tis not the season without panettone. The mile-high domed Italian Christmas bread, studded with raisins and candied orange, light and airy in texture yet richly flavored with eggs and butter, tastes like the holiday. Our mom had it …