Food / Dining

Farming Collective’s Book Tour to Visit Upper Valley

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Back during the 1970s, Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz told farmers to either “get big or get out,” and Montana farmer Dave Oien took his advice. He got out of industrial farming and turned to planting sustainable crops that improved the environment rather than degrading the ecosystem. Oien, who is the founder and president of Timeless Seeds, and his movement of renegade farmers is the subject of Liz Carlisle’s new book, Lentil Underground, which chronicles the efforts of the group who broke free of corporate agribusiness and made a go of it by planting lentils, legumes that self-reseed, create nitrogen in the soil and require …

Raise Your Glass: Big Name Behind a Nice Cab

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Carnivor, cabernet sauvignon 2013, Modesto, Calif., $9.99 to $12.99 When I was in elementary school, we were considered cool if we could say a few lines from television commercials. We memorized a lot of them. Quoting ads probably started during the radio era, I don’t know. One ad I still remember is “What’s the word? Thunderbird,” an ad for cheap, fruit-flavored, fortified wine …

Column: The Effects of a Soda Tax Are Hard to Predict

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Obesity costs. A lot. The tab comes in obvious ways, like increased health-care costs, and less obvious ways, like decreased fuel efficiency. And we’re all paying. Looking just at Medicare and Medicaid expenses for obesity-related problems, we’re already north of $60 billion annually. If more taxpayer money is going out, it’s gotta come from somewhere, and one possible somewhere is a soda tax. …

Improvising Your Way to a Tasty French Shepherd’s Pie

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I’m the kind of cook who goes to the market with a list and returns with everything but what was on it. It takes only one beautiful squash, apple or bunch of herbs to make me change my …

Mozzarella In 40 Minutes

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pizza night in our house is full-on DIY. Homemade pizza dough and sauce from summer’s canned tomatoes, sure; that’s de rigeur. But homemade mozzarella? Oh, yes. Quite simply, it’s a revelation. Mozzarella is entry-level cheesemaking: Satisfying, quick, inexpensive …

Low and Slow: Braising Transforms the Flavor of Winter Vegetables

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Even the most dedicated herbivore can get discouraged by the monotony of root vegetables, potatoes, onions, brassicas and such that crowd our midwinter produce sections. Fortunately, there’s a surefire remedy for the winter vegetable blues: braising. Yes, I …

Coke Bets on Super Milk

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

New York — Coke is coming out with premium milk that has more protein and less sugar than regular. And it’s betting people will pay twice as much for it. The national rollout of Fairlife over the next …

Budweiser Concedes the Obvious

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Richmond, Va. — Attention die-hard craft beer drinkers: This Bud’s not for you. After several years of losing ground to craft brewers, Anheuser-Busch, the country’s biggest brewery, seems to be conceding that its flagship brew doesn’t fly with …

For Valentine’s Day, a Simple Dessert With Heart: One Big Chocolate Cookie

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Unless you’re brokenhearted, you’d have to be a card-carrying curmudgeon to hate Valentine’s Day. There’s so much to love about it, starting with love itself: romantic, familial and friendly; then hearts; flowers; and chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. …

Obama Proposes Food Safety Reforms

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Washington — President Barack Obama wants to create a new government agency dedicated to keeping the nation’s food safe. The proposal in the president’s budget released Monday comes after outbreaks of illnesses linked to chicken, eggs, peanuts and …

U.S. Wins Silver at Bocuse d’Or

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Do you believe in miracles? The Bocuse d’Or world culinary competition, referred to by some as the culinary Olympics, ended last Wednesday with the American team, for the first time, on the awards podium. Chefs Phillip Tessier and Skylar Stover, both from the French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., …

Hop-Flavored Liquors Catch On With Distillers

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A new flavor is brewing in the world of craft liquors as distillers borrow from the beer world and add hops for an aromatic twist. Recent products include hopped whiskies such as R5 from Charbay Artisan Distillery & …

USDA Revises Maple Syrup Grading

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Montpelier — Grading standards for maple syrup have been revised to match international standards, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday, and now consumers can have a better understanding of what topping they’re buying. The revisions to the voluntary standards were released Wednesday. The move comes in response …