Food / Dining

Ben Linehan, of Tunbridge, Vt., drains a German wiess beer from the mash tun to the boiler as Carol Hall, of Chelsea, Vt., checks its progress at Brocklebank Craft Brewing in Tunbridge, Vt., on July 24, 2015. The nanobrewery makes three barrels of beer a week, selling them in growlers. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

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 the former Organic Cow Creamery that’s gaining the attention of beer enthusiasts around the Upper Valley and beyond. The sign sports a …

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. Almonds, for their water use. Corn, for the monoculture. Beef, for its greenhouse gases. In …

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. After all, there are so many wines on the market that it can be confusing, …

Farms Grab Slice of Agritourism Pie

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Minneapolis — As the farm-to-table movement connects more consumers with local farmers, some farms have shortened the distance between the plow and the plate. They’re inviting customers over for pizza. On Wednesday nights when the weather is nice, …

TLC Cancels ‘19 Kids and Counting’ Amid Scandal

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Duggars are done on TLC. The cable network owned by Discovery Communications announced Thursday that it will cancel 19 Kids and Counting, the long-running reality series that centers on Arkansas couple Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children. The series has been off the air …

Pickles Made Simple

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The vegetables are coming on strong, the markets are overflowing and farm stands glow with the colors of summer produce. It’s time to pickle. A fermented pickle is the Other Pickle: not vinegar-based. Although fermentation is trendy and …

Trending Now: Craft Sake

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Kittery, Maine — First came boutique wineries. Then microbreweries and craft distilleries. Now Japanese sake aficionados are hoping to transform the so-called “rice wine” into the next artisan alcohol-of-the-moment in the U.S. Dan Ford, whose Maine-made sake is …

Small Tunbridge Dairy Farm Stays True to Its Values

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

While growing up in urban New Jersey, Lindsay Harris dreamed of being a farmer. “When I was young, I was always the happiest when I was with animals or out in the woods,” Harris said recently while checking …

Raise Your Glass: A Find From Cotes du Rhone

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

La Griveliere Cotes du Rhone, France, 2014 $9.99 During a sunny early June gathering, I ran into Tunbridge resident John Millman, who suggested that I try a Cotes du Rhone that I hadn’t come across before. He said …

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? …

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. …

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 …

Truffle Industry Needs Trained Dogs

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Carneros, Calif. — The growing appetite for truffles is feeding demand for dogs trained to sniff out the fabled aromatic fungus prized by chefs and foodies. As more landowners plant orchards in hopes of harvesting truffles, more dogs …