Food / Dining

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. Want to figure out whether a soda …

Finding the Home Cure: Experiments in an Ancient Form of Preserving Meat

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cured meats are all the rage these days in the culinary world, and charcuterie is popping up on restaurant menus across the globe. And a number of new cookbooks, including one by an East Barnard resident, are making it easier to prepare and use dried, cured and smoked meats at home. If you …

For Some at Easter, It’s Not About Ham ... It’s the Butter Lamb

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chicago — Baked ham and brightly colored eggs are standard Easter fare for many families. But for some, it’s the butter that takes center stage. That is, butter shaped like a lamb. Popular in pockets throughout the country, butter lambs — usually about the size of a stick of butter — are an …

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 …

Brillat-Savarin’s Gastronomic Gem Resonates 200 Years Later

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin was a French judge and politician who managed to survive revolution, the Napoleonic wars and the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy, all the while exercising a considerable and nuanced appreciation for the pleasures of the …

Super Bowl Spuds: Pub Inspiration for ‘Smashed’ and ‘Loaded’ Potatoes

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Baked, fried or mashed, the potato remains America’s favorite vegetable. We inhale, on average, more than 50 pounds of spuds annually, no doubt much of it in darkened cars parked in back alleys, far away from dietitians, spouses …