Food / Dining

Raise Your Glass: Don’t Let the Cute Labels Fool You

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Chateau La Paws Red Blend, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, California, $12.99 I’m generally turned off by cute wine labels. If I come across a bottle with say, a smiling, cartoon version of Ebenezer Scrooge and a name that borders on the scatological, I immediately assume the taste must resemble the appellation, and a clever label is required to sell a bad wine. Some might call me snobbish for my label avoidance …

Homemade Condiments

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer means grilling. Grilling means hot dogs and hamburgers. Hot dogs and hamburgers mean mustard and ketchup and maybe mayonnaise. You can always go to the store and buy the stuff that comes in a plastic jar. That way, you get to top your lovingly crafted hamburgers and hot dogs with plastic-jar stuff. …

Eat Your Weedies: A Yard’s Bounty Can Fill a Salad Bowl

Monday, May 25, 2015

In the early 1960s, Euell Gibbons wrote Stalking the Wild Asparagus and introduced millions of North Americans to the virtues of harvesting wild foods. Since that time, gathering wild edibles has become increasingly popular, and in our region, woods-grown delicacies such as ramps and fiddlehead ferns appear in grocery stores each spring. Yet …

At Milan Expo 2015, It’s Still an Analog World

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Milan — At Milan Expo 2015, it’s still an analog world, after all. The Milan world’s fair, which opened May 1 for a six-month run, delights with an urban mishmash of global architecture and culinary specialties as organizers …

A Squeeze of Flavor: Hanover Native Pens ‘Lemon Cookbook’

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

When my wife and I lived in Tampa, we had grapefruit, lime and Meyer lemon trees growing in our yard, and my Scots heritage dictated that we used every piece of fruit they produced. We juiced and cooked …

If a Box of Spaghetti Is a Friend in the Pantry, Meet Your New Best Friend

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

For a busy weekday cook, having a good dried spaghetti in the pantry is about 90 percent of having dinner made. Dress it with butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano, or chopped fresh tomatoes and olive oil, and you have a …

Brew University

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pomona, Calif. — A bachelor’s in beer? A master’s in malt? Not quite. But these days some colleges are teaching students to make beer as part of their studies. When California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, fired up its …

Cookbook Introduces Mystery Writers, ‘Murderous’ Recipes

Friday, April 24, 2015

Mystery writers like to eat. So do their characters. Here’s an opportunity to meet and greet both without having any calories heading toward your waistline. The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, edited by Kate White, includes 109 writers …

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 …