Food / Dining

This undated photo provided by Arby's shows Arby’s new lineup of sliders. After years of pushing super-sized portions, fast-food chains are starting to see the perks of going small. (Arby's via AP)

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 to entice people who are searching for …

Tunbridge Brewery Plans to Stay Small

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Off Route 110 in North Tunbridge and up the long climb of a tree-shaded dirt road that makes you think you’ve lost your bearings, there’s a small welcoming sign that announces Brocklebank Craft Brewing, a nano operation in the former Organic Cow Creamery that’s gaining the attention of beer enthusiasts around the Upper …

Salad Might Be The Most Useless Of Foods

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

As the world population grows, we have a pressing need to eat better and farm better, and those of us trying to figure out how to do those things have pointed at lots of different foods as problematic. Almonds, for their water use. Corn, for the monoculture. Beef, for its greenhouse gases. In …

Truffle Industry Needs Trained Dogs

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Carneros, Calif. — The growing appetite for truffles is feeding demand for dogs trained to sniff out the fabled aromatic fungus prized by chefs and foodies. As more landowners plant orchards in hopes of harvesting truffles, more dogs …

Businesses Rescue Wasted Food

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Washington — Ugly produce is midway through a massive makeover. Misshapen potatoes, multi-pronged carrots and past-their-prime apples — rebranded as “cosmetically challenged” and “beautiful in their own way” — are coming into vogue. Campaigns aimed at reducing food …

Southern Lights: Dishes That Won’t Stop Your Heart

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

When I was in high school, I used to tag along with one of my older brothers who was annually invited by a college classmate for a weekend of quail hunting in no rth Georgia. I had pretty …

Raise Your Glass: A Rose Without An Accent Tastes Fine

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cote Mas Sud de France Rose Aurore Languedoc, France, $8.99 One of my favorite wines for a warm summer evening is a crisp, dry rose, and yes, I know that it should have an accent aigu over the …

Audrey Hepburn Kept a Humble Table

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New York — Think of Audrey Hepburn, and your mind will likely conjure up an extraordinarily elegant woman in a boat-necked black dress, huge sunglasses, gloves to the elbow and a chic updo. It’s doubtful you’ll picture a …

Lobster Prices Rise as Summer Season Gets Off to Slow Start

Friday, June 19, 2015

Portland, Maine — American lobster prices are swelling as the summer fishing season gets off to a slow start in New England. The summer staple is selling in the $6 or $8 per pound range to consumers, an average increase of about $1 to $2 from last year, …

In the Kitchen: Elixir’s Chef Started Cooking at an Early Age

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Elixir Executive Chef Chad Lumbra believes a fine dining restaurant can distinguish itself through little things. A pinch of salt or a properly placed garnish could be what makes the difference between you and someone down the street, …

An Author Who Set the Bar High for Cocktail Makers Raises It Yet Again

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

When David Wondrich’s Imbibe! was first published, in 2007, it hit a market that was craving cocktail knowledge. The book, a meticulously researched paean to 19th-century bartender Jerry Thomas, won a James Beard award and became a widely …

Raise Your Glass: Pinot Gris That Cuts the Sweet

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Acrobat Pinot Gris Oregon, 2014, $11.99 When I see Pinot gris or Pinot grigio on the shelf of a wine store, I approach cautiously because I’m not fond of overly-sweet white wines, particularly the ones that are in …

Inside-Out Burger

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Julia Child was a friend of mine, and we had many things in common. We both loved France, French food and beets. Whenever I’d come back from Paris, Julia would ask: Can you still get those big, beautiful …