Food / Dining

Jersey cows wait to be milked at Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock, Vt., on Monday, May 18, 2015. For the first time in over 70 years, Billings Farm will market cheese made exclusively from the farm's Jersey milk. (Valley News - Sarah Shaw) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Food Notes: Billings Farm Gets Back Into the Cheese Business

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

B efore World War II, Billings Farm in Woodstock made ice cream, cheese and butter so rich that it gained a national reputation. On Saturday and Sunday, the farm will celebrate for the first time in 70 years two cheddar cheeses made from 100 percent raw milk that comes from the farm’s prize-winning Jersey cows. The Billings Farm Cheddar, which …

Latest Kitchen Gadget: IBM’s Watson

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bored with finding cures for cancer and beating Jeopardy! champions at their own game, the IBM computer system known as Watson has taken up a hobby: cooking. For the past three years, the system’s keepers have fed it a steady diet of cookbooks and food theory. They’re trying to train a machine — …

‘Terroir’: Character, Climate, Culture and Choices Combine to Create ‘A Taste of Place’

Sunday, May 17, 2015

“Terroir,” a controversial French term loosely translated in English as “a taste of place,” has gained relevance in the current culinary movement that connects the consumption of food with its source, and the concept has brought to this country a centuries-old debate: Is a food’s final flavor the result of the hand of …

Column: The Effects of a Soda Tax Are Hard to Predict

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Obesity costs. A lot. The tab comes in obvious ways, like increased health-care costs, and less obvious ways, like decreased fuel efficiency. And we’re all paying. Looking just at Medicare and Medicaid expenses for obesity-related problems, we’re already north of $60 billion annually. If more taxpayer money is …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Genetically Engineered Foods Get FDA Approval

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Boise, Idaho — Potatoes that won’t bruise and apples that won’t brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods, saying they are “as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts.” The approval covers six varieties …

Cuts Likely To Shutter Vt. Law Library

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Montpelier — A nearly $500,000 cut to the Vermont Department of Libraries will likely result in the closure of the state law library. Earlier this week, the House Appropriations Committee decided to go with the governor’s recommendation to …

Bill Encourages Raw Milk Sales

Friday, March 20, 2015

Montpelier — State Rep. Teo Zagar, D-Barnard, says he prefers raw, unpasteurized milk, but will stop at his general store for the conventional stuff when the dirt road to his favorite farm is deep in snow or spring mud. “There’s a little more terroir,” Zagar said of the …

Raise Your Glass: Exploring Zinfandel’s History and Dark Flavors

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Amador County, Calif., $9.99 to $15.99 In the early 1970s in Atlanta, one could be considered knowledgable about wine if you knew that the rose from Lancers and Mateus came from Portugal. And there were …

The Uncanny Canned Artichoke

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Way back in the last century, I spent a shift in the kitchen of a snooty French restaurant for a magazine story and learned that even the haughtiest chefs wield a can opener like a Wusthof. When an …

Overhauling the Food System

Sunday, March 15, 2015

In San Francisco’s South of Market area, where tech start-ups sprout like edible weeds, three former fine-dining chefs with a molecular gastronomy bent are peering intently into a frying pan. Alumni of Chicago’s avant-garde Moto restaurant, the trio …