Food / Dining

Fruitcycle turns ugly apples into dried apple chips. Clockwise from left are Kelsey Albright, operations and sales manager; Joanne Fuller, production assistant; Aida Basnight, production assistant; and Elizabeth Bennett, founder. Illustrates FOOD-WASTE (category d), by Whitney Pipkin, special to The Washington Post. Moved Monday, June 1, 2015. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary)

Businesses Rescue Wasted Food

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Washington — Ugly produce is midway through a massive makeover. Misshapen potatoes, multi-pronged carrots and past-their-prime apples — rebranded as “cosmetically challenged” and “beautiful in their own way” — are coming into vogue. Campaigns aimed at reducing food waste are bringing these fruits and vegetables, previously reserved for hogs, compost piles and landfills, to the forefront of our minds, if …

Southern Lights: Dishes That Won’t Stop Your Heart

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

When I was in high school, I used to tag along with one of my older brothers who was annually invited by a college classmate for a weekend of quail hunting in no rth Georgia. I had pretty much lost my taste for hunting by then, however, I always looked forward to this …

Raise Your Glass: A Rose Without An Accent Tastes Fine

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cote Mas Sud de France Rose Aurore Languedoc, France, $8.99 One of my favorite wines for a warm summer evening is a crisp, dry rose, and yes, I know that it should have an accent aigu over the “e.” Rose is a happy bridge wine between the reds of winter and the brighter …

Audrey Hepburn Kept a Humble Table

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New York — Think of Audrey Hepburn, and your mind will likely conjure up an extraordinarily elegant woman in a boat-necked black dress, huge sunglasses, gloves to the elbow and a chic updo. It’s doubtful you’ll picture a …

Lobster Prices Rise as Summer Season Gets Off to Slow Start

Friday, June 19, 2015

Portland, Maine — American lobster prices are swelling as the summer fishing season gets off to a slow start in New England. The summer staple is selling in the $6 or $8 per pound range to consumers, an average increase of about $1 to $2 from last year, …

In the Kitchen: Elixir’s Chef Started Cooking at an Early Age

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Elixir Executive Chef Chad Lumbra believes a fine dining restaurant can distinguish itself through little things. A pinch of salt or a properly placed garnish could be what makes the difference between you and someone down the street, …

An Author Who Set the Bar High for Cocktail Makers Raises It Yet Again

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

When David Wondrich’s Imbibe! was first published, in 2007, it hit a market that was craving cocktail knowledge. The book, a meticulously researched paean to 19th-century bartender Jerry Thomas, won a James Beard award and became a widely …

Raise Your Glass: Pinot Gris That Cuts the Sweet

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Acrobat Pinot Gris Oregon, 2014, $11.99 When I see Pinot gris or Pinot grigio on the shelf of a wine store, I approach cautiously because I’m not fond of overly-sweet white wines, particularly the ones that are in the $10 price range. Those wines most likely are produced …

Inside-Out Burger

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Julia Child was a friend of mine, and we had many things in common. We both loved France, French food and beets. Whenever I’d come back from Paris, Julia would ask: Can you still get those big, beautiful …

Potato Salad: For the Perfect Consistency, Don’t Overcook

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

In summer’s unofficial produce pageant, Silver Queen corn reigns perennial, while peaches and late-August tomatoes vie for runner-up honors. Pound for pound, though, a non-seasonal starter gets the double win for talent and congeniality: the potato. Not just …

New Technology Means Paying for the Restaurant Meal Ahead of Time

Sunday, May 31, 2015

At noon on a recent Wednesday in May, San Francisco’s Lazy Bear restaurant began taking reservations for June. Just 45 minutes later, nearly every seat for the entire month was sold out. Not reserved. Sold. As in, every …

Raise Your Glass: Don’t Let the Cute Labels Fool You

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Chateau La Paws Red Blend, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, California, $12.99 I’m generally turned off by cute wine labels. If I come across a bottle with say, a smiling, cartoon version of Ebenezer Scrooge and a name that borders …

Homemade Condiments

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer means grilling. Grilling means hot dogs and hamburgers. Hot dogs and hamburgers mean mustard and ketchup and maybe mayonnaise. You can always go to the store and buy the stuff that comes in a plastic jar. That …