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This Jan. 26, 2015 photo shows Charbay Hop Flavored Whiskey and Hophead Hop Vodka in Concord, N.H. Craft liquor makers are borrowing from the beer world and adding hops for an aromatic twist. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

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 & Winery in the Napa Valley and Hopmonster from the Corsair Distillery with operations in Tennessee and Kentucky. Other examples include Hatter Royale …

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 to a 2010 petition from the International Maple Syrup Institute, which represents maple producers in …

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 table. He died at 70 in Paris in February 1826, shortly after publication of the …

Skilled Hands: Simon Pearce Chef Says Success Is a Team Effort 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Quechee — When Simon Pearce Restaurant Executive Chef Brian Gazda arrived at work at 9 on a recent morning to head up the lunch crew, the mirepoix was ready to be cooked. Raw onions, carrots and celery had …

Raise Your Glass: Inexpensive Chardonnay That Passes Muster

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Bridlewood Chardonnay Monterey County, Calif. 2012, $13.99 OK, so this wine is over the $10 ceiling of this column, but there’s a reason. Bridlewood is a dry, somewhat complex California Chardonnay, and that hasn’t been easy to find …

Family Celebrates 25 Years of Spirited Cook-Offs

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Horntown, Va. — Andrea Sullivan strode into the kitchen with an air of confidence — and with a blue sticky note affixed to her clear poncho. The rain gear was a precaution for the showers forecast over an …

Fresh Beets: They’re Fine Pickled, but Eat Them Now for The Best Flavor

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Shortly after my father’s family moved south from Ohio to Atlanta, a woman who was helping out with the cooking was overheard telling a friend over the back fence about the oddities of the northerner’s culinary habits. “They …

America to Coffee Potato Chips: ‘No Thanks’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New York — America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay’s potato chips. Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out the coffee-flavored chips and the two …

A Cajun in New England

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Shayne Brunet found out pretty quickly that crawfish weren’t a big hit in New England. Shortly after arriving in Vermont with her family, Brunet, who is from New Orleans, where cooking and eating food is a love affair, …

Famous Chefs Lead a Charge Toward Vegetable-Centered Fast Food

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Never mind that his latest restaurant, the over-the-top Bazaar Meat in Las Vegas, is a temple to suckling pig and foie gras. José Andrés would like you to consider, for a moment, the vegetable. Settled into a corner …

Suit: Onion Rings Sparked Attack

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bloomfield, N.M. — A New Mexico man is suing Burger King after he says a manager attacked him for complaining about cold onion rings. KRQE-TV reports the lawsuit filed in state district court says Robert Deyapp was assaulted in June 2013 when he told a manager at the …

The Foundations of Flavor

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

You don’t need to know how to pronounce mirepoix or suppengruen. You just need to know that a mouthwatering dish, no matter what the cuisine, no matter what the regional influence, is built upon a great flavor base. …

Cookbook Examines the Allure of All Things Bitter

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Take a bow, Jennifer McLagan. With your newest book, Bitter: A Taste of the World’s Most Dangerous Flavor, With Recipes (Ten Speed Press; $29.99), you’ve given foodists the chance to chew on a topic made for adults. Bitter, …