Food / Dining

Hector Kent, left and Matthew Farrington rub a mixture of lard and rice flour on hams that will continue to cure at Kent's parents home in Pomfret, Vt. on March, 19, 2015. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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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 have a closet you can spare for …

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 …

Ban on Fast-Food Restaurants Fails To Curb Obesity

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Los Angeles — A much-hailed law that restricted the opening of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in one of the poorest sections of Los Angeles did not curb obesity or improve diets, a new study found. City lawmakers passed the zoning ordinance in 2008 that limited the opening or expansion of fast-food outlets in …

Tootsie Roll CEO Melvin Gordon Dead at 95

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Chicago — Melvin Gordon, who helped turn the enduring popularity of the humble Tootsie Roll into a candy empire, has died. He was 95. The longtime Tootsie Roll Industries Inc. chairman and CEO died Tuesday in Boston after …

A Meal That’s ‘All Mixed Up’

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

We all ask for different things from our food in the name of comfort. We look for that glint of a certain place or time, or of a particular person or group of people. Others of us might …

It’s ‘Kid Foods,’ Not Cooks, That Frustrate Our Efforts

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

We’re being told to cook. The benefits attributed to home cooking and its corollary, the family dinner, include lower weight, better diet quality and decreased risk for kids’ smoking, drinking and using drugs. When health authorities tick off …

The Mood of Food in 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Remember the Cronut? The doughnut hybrid was born in May 2013 at a New York bakery. The birth announcement went out on Grub Street, and Web traffic soared. By January 2014, the Los Angeles Times reported that not even a frigid winter storm could deter New Yorkers from …

From the Recipe Archives

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The only thing more indecipherable than the untidy scrawl in which the recipe for “Potingall Cakes” is written is the instructions themselves. There’s the unconventional direction to “strew in yr sugar and flower,” the inclusion of two spoonfuls …

Fake Bar Tests Anti-Drinking Drug

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Washington — The tequila sure looks real, so do the beer taps. Inside the hospital at the National Institutes of Health, researchers are testing a possible new treatment to help heavy drinkers cut back — using a replica …

SIMPLE SOUPS

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

In my affection for holiday cooking, I bow to no one. For our Christmas open house, I make gallons of posole and black beans. Our family spends a day decorating hundreds of cookies. There is no Christmas Eve …

Vietnamese Immigrant Built an Empire on Duck Eggs

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Los Angeles — The two spots in front of Hot Vit Lon Long An are taken, so Sonny Ha squeezes his SUV into a tight opening at the curb in the middle of LA’s bustling Little Saigon shopping …

Panettone Is a Building Block For Christmas Breakfast

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

‘Tis not the season without panettone. The mile-high domed Italian Christmas bread, studded with raisins and candied orange, light and airy in texture yet richly flavored with eggs and butter, tastes like the holiday. Our mom had it …

Dinner Becomes 2014 Battleground

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Have you picked a side yet? If not, you’d better think fast, because the battle lines are being drawn and they cut right down the dinner table. For if there was any theme to the food world in …