Food / Dining

Raise Your Glass: Wine Giant Makes a Nice Little Cab

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Trapiche Oak Cask Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Mendoza, Argentina, $10.99 I appreciate the effort that goes into making a high-quality wine, and there are a number of great small winemakers across the world who are producing excellent wines, carefully attending to the vines, hand-picking the grapes and fermenting the juice to perfection, often at affordable prices. Those small batch wines can be tricky to find, but they are out there on the U.S. market, many in the $10 range, prices held down by the strength of the dollar abroad or the weakness of originating country’s economy. Most wine sellers have at least one or two to …

Winter Vegetables: There’s Plenty of Produce That’s In Season

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Everybody assumes that local produce isn’t available come winter, and those people cannot be more wrong, says Michael Anthony, author of the cookbook V Is for Vegetables (Little, Brown and Co.; October 2015; $40) and executive chef of the restaurants Gramercy Tavern and Untitled in New York City. “It’s charming to eat in …

Strategies for the Soup Pot: Famed Eatery Sparks Love of Mulligatawny

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The first time I had mulligatawny soup was at Herren’s Restaurant, an Atlanta landmark for more than 53 years, where I occasionally had lunch with my father. Herren’s, which was the place to be seen in the city, particularly if you were a mover and shaker, was owned and operated by Ed Negri, …

Salads Amid the Snowstorms: Post-Holiday Meals Cry Out For Vegetables

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Well, that was fun while it lasted. The cakes, the cookies, the candy canes and champagne, they’re all increasingly fleeting memories. Now it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty. Now it’s time for salads. Don’t groan. …

Hawaii Will Stop Growing Sugar

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Honolulu — Hawaii’s last sugar plantation is getting out of the sugar-growing business, signaling the end of an industry that once powered the local economy and lured thousands of immigrants to the islands. Alexander & Baldwin Inc. said last week that it will phase out sugar by the …

‘In Defense of Food’ Examines How We Eat Today

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Los Angeles — January is upon us, and we all know what that means: A resolution to lose weight and get healthy. Just like the 2015 declaration. And the one before that. What diet to choose this time? Low-fat? Low-carb? Gluten-free or prehistoric? Or just throw out the …

Gluten-Free Gets Better

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Gluten-Free Girl: American Classics Reinvented By Shauna James Ahern and Daniel Ahern, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $29.99 Gloriously Gluten Free: Fresh & Simple Gluten-Free Recipes for Healthy Eating Every Day By Susanna Booth, Hamlyn, $29.99 Eighteen years ago, I …

Labor-Law Fears Hurt U.S. Co-ops

Monday, January 4, 2016

Albany, n.y. — Food cooperative programs that allow members to scoop rice, sort organic vegetables and ring up sales in return for grocery discounts are fading fast amid a changing marketplace and fears of violating labor laws. The “member labor” or volunteer programs are intertwined with the do-it-yourself …

Fake Meats Fare Poorly in Taste Tests

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Concord — How far have vegan alternatives come to tasting like the real thing? Not far enough, according to a panel that tasted some options for The Associated Press. “Noxious” and “kind of not natural” were among the …

Raise Your Glass: Sippable Sparklers For New Year’s Eve

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Mistinguett Cava, Brut Penedes, Spain, $9.99 Jaume Serra Cristalino Cava, Brut Penedes, Spain, $8.99 Finding a well-crafted, dry sparkling wine in the $10 range can be difficult. There are plenty of good Italian Prosecco and Lambrusco wines in …

Craft Beer Pushes Up U.S Hop Production

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Moxee, Wash. (ap) — Demand from craft beer brewers led to an 11 percent increase in U.S. hop production in 2015 compared to the previous year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service says production totaled 78.8 million pounds. Washington state produced 59.4 million pounds, followed …

An Old Yardstick Used to Measure Today’s Wines

Saturday, December 26, 2015

So many wines, so little time. With such variety available, we look to wine judges or writers to tell us which vinos stand out. Even in Roman times, Pliny the Elder wrote about regions or vineyards that produced superior wines. Today, gold medals and high point scores set …

Bubble Up to the Bar

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

For the cocktail lover, this season of festivities can be full of temptation. Specifically, the temptation to gift your friends and family with the fruits of your bibulous labors: to tinsel up the place, invite friends and start …