Food / Dining

Raise Your Glass:

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

McWilliam’s Hanw ood Estates Southeastern Australia Chardonnay 2012, $11.99 Back in the beginning of the summer, someone suggested that I check out a “very nice” petite sirah and because I favor whites and roses during the hotter months, I filed the recommendation to memory without writing it down. However, my mental filing system is a bit of a mess with stacks of items strewn about the brain, not neatly put …

A Bit of Seaside By the Roadside

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

In 2009, chef Brad Pirkey packed up his Volkswagen bus and his dog Boston and headed out on a great American road trip, traveling the country’s perimeter, from East Coast to Gulf Coast to West Coast, for a year. Along the way, he sampled classic American food, with regional twists, at food trucks …

Say Goodbye to Supersize

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New York — Forget the Big Mac attack. Now is the time of the snack attack. After years of slinging super-sized servings, some fast-food chains are starting to see the benefits of offering daintier bites. That includes mini-hot dogs, little chicken sandwiches and shakes that are smaller than a small. It’s all intended …

Tunbridge Brewery Plans to Stay Small

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Off Route 110 in North Tunbridge and up the long climb of a tree-shaded dirt road that makes you think you’ve lost your bearings, there’s a small welcoming sign that announces Brocklebank Craft Brewing, a nano operation in …

Salad Might Be The Most Useless Of Foods

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

As the world population grows, we have a pressing need to eat better and farm better, and those of us trying to figure out how to do those things have pointed at lots of different foods as problematic. …

Raise Your Glass: Spanish White Has Layers Of Flavor

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Martin Codax Rias Baixas, Spain Albarino, 2013, $11-$16 I think it’s safe to say that many wine drinkers tend to seek out comfort zones — wine brands, varietals, regions — that they return to time and time again. …

Roasted Corn, Four Ways

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Internet videos and cookbook recipes make grilling corn seem as easy as basic arithmetic. Cob on the fire + cob off the fire = classic summer bite. But the ear of corn I was holding might as well …

Knowing Your Corn

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Along with your next perfect ear of summer corn, we thought you might like to learn something about the vegetable we Americans can’t seem to get enough of. A Little History ∎ The word “corn” comes from the Old English via Old Norse korn, meaning “grain.” In most …

Summer Comfort Foods

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Here’s a wedge salad plan of attack. Stab the fork at the bull’s-eye and extract the dense, yellow-white, bigger-than-bite-size chunk of iceberg lettuce in the center. If that piece isn’t covered with a swath of dressing, a modicum …

Green Chiles Welcome the Heat Spell

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

It’s time for Southern California to once again be blanketed with the perfume of roasting green chiles — Hatch chiles, to be specific. Grown in a small, hot, dry valley in an out-of-the-way corner of southwestern New Mexico, …

The Other Clam Chowder: Clear Broth Is a Tribute to Rhode Island

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

In the last U.S. Census, the population of New England was just shy of 14.5 million. The New York borough of Manhattan has a population of a bit more than 1.6 million, but its influence in all things …

Raise Your Glass: A Crisp, White Wine for Summer

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Oyster Bay, 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand, $11 In general, I think it’s safe to say that to like New Zealand sauvignon blanc, it doesn’t hurt to have a taste for grapefruit juice. I don’t mean the …

Haute Cuisine Beans: New Coffee Achievers Roast Locally in Small Batches

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sam Sabky and Kate Fisher were seated one morning last week at a cafe table in My Brigadeiro, the brightly lighted chocolate shop tucked under the Starbucks in Hanover, waiting for the proper moment to give two French …