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A color plate of the Bethel apple from the 1905 book "The Apples of New York: Volume 1" by S.A. Beach.

In Bethel, Residents Treasure an Antique Apple Variety

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Not every small town can claim to have its own apple, but Bethel is one of them. And if the good people of Bethel have their way, the Bethel apple, which dates back to the late 1700s, will be one of the town’s tourist attractions sooner rather than later. While consumers today can count on perhaps 10 varieties of apple being reliably available in supermarkets, a century ago hundreds, even thousands, of varieties were routinely grown throughout the Northern Hemisphere, including the Bethel apple. Like wines, their flavor, color and longevity depended on the terrain and climate in which they grew. The Apples of New …

A Golden Age for Apples

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Apples are a hardy, long-lived, diverse fruit, and since the Industrial Revolution, when countless New England farms emptied out, an equally countless number of apple varieties have been waiting to be rediscovered. Over the past few decades, interest in apples has been rekindled in the region and old varieties — Hubbardston Nonesuch, Westfield-Seek-No-Further, …

To Chill or Not to Chill?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

For many years I’ve been lecturing anyone who would listen that we shouldn’t put tomatoes in the refrigerator. Was I wrong? A very good post on the Serious Eats website this week seems to suggest so. In it, Daniel Gritzer writes persuasively about an experiment he ran comparing the flavor of very ripe …

On a Quest For Vermont’s Heady Topper

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Let’s not call this a “beer run.” That has such a... Friday night frat boy connotation. Let’s instead call this a “beer journey.” The ultimate beer journey. For the ultimate cult beer. If you have even a passing …

Dorie Greenspan Encourages Bakers to Master the Basics

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The annoying thing about Dorie Greenspan is that no matter how much you don’t like to bake, aren’t good at baking, don’t even want to bake... If you listen to her long enough, you’ll find yourself hankering to …

What Size Farm Is Best for the Planet?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

There’s a kind of farm that has caught the imagination of the food-conscious among us. It’s relatively small, and you know the farmer who runs it. It’s diverse, growing different kinds of crops and often incorporating livestock. It …

‘Timmy’s’ Beloved in Canada

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Toronto — Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain’s coffee and Timbits — or doughnut holes to Americans. So news last week …

Preserving the Harvest

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It might seem surprising to pair peach and tomato, but jazzed up with coriander seed and lime, dashed with sweet and hot chili peppers and tangy with red onion, this two-fruit salsa is just looking for a dance …

A Visit to the Birthplace of Buffalo Wings

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Buffalo, n.y. — Credit for the classic Buffalo wing goes to Teressa Bellissimo, who developed the dish in the kitchen of the Anchor Bar in 1964. Fifty years later, the Main Street eatery remains a must-see for countless …

Made at Home, Cured Salmon Is Less Costly

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The trouble with cured salmon? We tend to treat it like, well... a treat. Cured salmon — with all its rich, salty, savory, lusciously fatty goodness — too often is relegated to the breakfast or brunch table, and …

California’s Record Three-Year Drought Takes Toll on Honey Production

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Los Banos, Calif. — California’s record drought hasn’t been sweet to honeybees, and it’s creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers. The state is traditionally one of the country’s largest honey producers, with abundant crops and …

Potluck Planned in Weathersfield

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Weathersfield — A free potluck to celebrate land use and stewardship is set for Sept. 18, at 6 p.m., at Weathersfield Center Church. The event, hosted by the Weathersfield Land Preservation Association, is designed to encourage people to share stories about their diverse land use experiences. Land use …

Repairing Lobster’s Identity Crisis

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lobster, you’re on a roll. Recent news reports have chronicled your rise — or fall? — citing sustainability, affordability and sheer bounty. In Maine alone, marine biologists are happy to report that your numbers have grown “unbelievably” over …