Food / Dining

A Salmon ball recipe from "The Mystery Writers of America" cookbook (Quirk Books, $24.95). (Quirk Books)

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 and more than 100 delicious recipes. This is more than just another cookbook. It’s an introduction to a vast number of mystery writers, their personal backgrounds and their written creations. Some sleuths are cook exotic concoctions. Felix Francis’ ( Dead Heat ) chef, Max Moreton, makes Beef Stroganoff with deep-fried potato straws. Katherine Hall Page’s catering sleuth, Faith Fairchild, includes Chevre Endive Spears with Rubies, containing cheese, …

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 something different every time. According to his plan, if you are used to drinking Cabernet …

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. It may not have always been the tastiest of fare — there were a few …

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 …

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 …