Food / Dining

"The League of Regrettable Superheroes" by Jon Morris (Quirk Books, $24.95) (Quirk Books)

Some Heroes Aren’t So Super

Friday, July 3, 2015

Batman, Superman, Spider-Man and Captain America have become giants in pop culture through comic books, TV shows and feature films. But, have you heard of Funnyman? What about Man O’ Metal, Mr. Muscles or Pat Parker, War Nurse? Probably not, unless you are as big a comic book fan as Jon Morris. The Seattle-based cartoonist and graphic designer behind the comic book blog Gone & Forgotten has put together The League of Regrettable Superheroes (Quirk Books, $24.95). The book looks at comic book heroes who have put on a cape or spandex suit to fight crime, but never gained the notoriety achieved by others. “The …

Food Notes: Thetford Native Wins Fellowship to Research Cheesemaking

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Thetford resident Linnea Burnham is spending the next 13 months traveling the world to learn about making artisanal cheese. Burnham, who graduated from Middlebury College earlier this year, is one of the 50 members of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation’s 47th class of fellows, which provides her with a $30,000 stipend to cover …

Foraging for Flour: Norwich Man Gathers Acorns for Baking

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In the fall, the ground under most oak trees in the Upper Valley is littered with acorns, plump nuts the size of the end of a thumb, filled with golden, fleshy meat. It seemed a shame to waste them entirely on the pigs, squirrels and deer when they also could be turned into …

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 …

Eat Your Weedies: A Yard’s Bounty Can Fill a Salad Bowl

Monday, May 25, 2015

In the early 1960s, Euell Gibbons wrote Stalking the Wild Asparagus and introduced millions of North Americans to the virtues of harvesting wild foods. Since that time, gathering wild edibles has become increasingly popular, and in our region, …

Trails Day Event in Woodstock Features Hikes, Tastings, Music

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Woodstock — A free event in Woodstock next month will mark National Trails Day with hikes and local food tastings. The 7th annual Trek to Taste on the Trails of Woodstock is set for June 6 from 10 …

From Sensors to LED Lights, Newest Alcohol Packaging Goes High-Tech

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The message-in-a-bottle routine is going Wi-Fi. And that means pretty soon you’ll have your very own mini Times Square at the bar, right on the bottle. “Everyone likes to see their name in lights,” said Brandon Laidlaw, president …

Food Notes: Billings Farm Gets Back Into the Cheese Business

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

B efore World War II, Billings Farm in Woodstock made ice cream, cheese and butter so rich that it gained a national reputation. On Saturday and Sunday, the farm will celebrate for the first time in 70 years …

Latest Kitchen Gadget: IBM’s Watson

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bored with finding cures for cancer and beating Jeopardy! champions at their own game, the IBM computer system known as Watson has taken up a hobby: cooking. For the past three years, the system’s keepers have fed it …

‘Terroir’: Character, Climate, Culture and Choices Combine to Create ‘A Taste of Place’

Sunday, May 17, 2015

“Terroir,” a controversial French term loosely translated in English as “a taste of place,” has gained relevance in the current culinary movement that connects the consumption of food with its source, and the concept has brought to this …