Food / Dining

Raise Your Glass:

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

McWilliam’s Hanw ood Estates Southeastern Australia Chardonnay 2012, $11.99 Back in the beginning of the summer, someone suggested that I check out a “very nice” petite sirah and because I favor whites and roses during the hotter months, I filed the recommendation to memory without writing it down. However, my mental filing system is a bit of a mess with stacks of items strewn about the brain, not neatly put …

A Bit of Seaside By the Roadside

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

In 2009, chef Brad Pirkey packed up his Volkswagen bus and his dog Boston and headed out on a great American road trip, traveling the country’s perimeter, from East Coast to Gulf Coast to West Coast, for a year. Along the way, he sampled classic American food, with regional twists, at food trucks …

Say Goodbye to Supersize

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New York — Forget the Big Mac attack. Now is the time of the snack attack. After years of slinging super-sized servings, some fast-food chains are starting to see the benefits of offering daintier bites. That includes mini-hot dogs, little chicken sandwiches and shakes that are smaller than a small. It’s all intended …

Foodnotes:

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems has become a founding member of a Cuba and U.S. sustainable agriculture network. The goal of the Cuba-U.S. Agroecology Network is to connect U.S. and Cuban advocates of agroecology, which combines the principles of ecology with agriculture, so they …

Bill Would Block GMO Labeling

Friday, July 24, 2015

Washington — Food companies would not have to disclose whether their products include genetically modified ingredients under legislation passed by the House Thursday. The House bill is backed by the food industry, which has fought mandatory labeling efforts in several states around the country. The legislation, which passed …

Republic of Georgia Renews Its Ancient Wine Tradition

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tbilisi, Georgia — In the ancient wine country of eastern Georgia, Remi Kbilashvili spends three months painstakingly stacking coils of clay to create a massive red, egg-shaped vat, just as his ancestors did thousands of years ago. The …

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? …