Food / Dining

Jersey cows wait to be milked at Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock, Vt., on Monday, May 18, 2015. For the first time in over 70 years, Billings Farm will market cheese made exclusively from the farm's Jersey milk. (Valley News - Sarah Shaw) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

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 two cheddar cheeses made from 100 percent raw milk that comes from the farm’s prize-winning Jersey cows. The Billings Farm Cheddar, which …

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 a steady diet of cookbooks and food theory. They’re trying to train a machine — …

‘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 country a centuries-old debate: Is a food’s final flavor the result of the hand of …

Raise Your Glass: A Great Bargain Wine From South Africa

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Wolftrap Red Blend, 2013 Western Cape of Good Hope, South Africa $7.98 to 9.99 Last week, I heard a wine expert say that the best way for a regular wine drinker to become knowledgeable is to try …

Cooking Under Pressure

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

My mother never spent much time in the kitchen, much less slaving over a stove. She had four sons, a husband and her own life to manage. However, she put food on the table every night on time. …

Dijon Mustard Amps Up The Flavor of Chicken

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

One of my pantry staples for adding flavor, but not fat and calories, is Dijon mustard. I’m never without it. Dijon mustard is a kitchen workhorse. Having a bottle or jar on hand is a quick route to an easy meal. You can use Dijon to make a …

Homemade Pies: Time to Take Pizza Into Your Own Hands

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Making pizza at home is not that big of a deal. People do it all the time. I have a friend who makes pizza so often that he uses his bread machine exclusively for pizza dough. He makes …

Brown Bread Grows Scarce, Even Here in New England

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

For as long as I can remember, my favorite bread, the bread that I still crave above all breads, has come in a can. It’s called brown bread, or outside of New England, where it is mostly unheard …

Justin Dain Leads a Busy, Experimental Kitchen at the Hanover Inn

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

When Hanover Inn and Pine restaurant Executive Chef Justin Dain cooks a lamb tenderloin, he keeps messing with it. “Meat, especially muscle meat, wants to tighten up, so for the first minute you have to keep moving it …

Food Notes: Woodstock Restaurateur and Writer to Speak at Dartmouth

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Restaurateur and winemaker Deirdre Heekin will read from her latest book An Unlikely Vineyard: The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir (Chelsea Green Press) on Tuesday, April 21, as part of The George Link Jr. Environmental Awareness Lecture at Dartmouth College. Heekin and her husband, …

Some Maple Sap Destined For a Brewery

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Chatham, n.y. — The maple sap bubbling away in Ron Davis’ upstate New York sugar house is destined for pancakes, waffles, sweets and — for years now — beer kegs. The local syrup adds a touch of woodsy …

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 …

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 …