Food / Dining

Raise Your Glass: Don’t Let the Cute Labels Fool You

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Chateau La Paws Red Blend, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, California, $12.99 I’m generally turned off by cute wine labels. If I come across a bottle with say, a smiling, cartoon version of Ebenezer Scrooge and a name that borders on the scatological, I immediately assume the taste must resemble the appellation, and a clever label is required to sell a bad wine. Some might call me snobbish for my label avoidance …

Homemade Condiments

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer means grilling. Grilling means hot dogs and hamburgers. Hot dogs and hamburgers mean mustard and ketchup and maybe mayonnaise. You can always go to the store and buy the stuff that comes in a plastic jar. That way, you get to top your lovingly crafted hamburgers and hot dogs with plastic-jar stuff. …

Eat Your Weedies: A Yard’s Bounty Can Fill a Salad Bowl

Monday, May 25, 2015

In the early 1960s, Euell Gibbons wrote Stalking the Wild Asparagus and introduced millions of North Americans to the virtues of harvesting wild foods. Since that time, gathering wild edibles has become increasingly popular, and in our region, woods-grown delicacies such as ramps and fiddlehead ferns appear in grocery stores each spring. Yet …

Justin Dain Leads a Busy, Experimental Kitchen at the Hanover Inn

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

When Hanover Inn and Pine restaurant Executive Chef Justin Dain cooks a lamb tenderloin, he keeps messing with it. “Meat, especially muscle meat, wants to tighten up, so for the first minute you have to keep moving it …

Food Notes: Woodstock Restaurateur and Writer to Speak at Dartmouth

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Restaurateur and winemaker Deirdre Heekin will read from her latest book An Unlikely Vineyard: The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir (Chelsea Green Press) on Tuesday, April 21, as part of The George Link Jr. Environmental Awareness Lecture at Dartmouth College. Heekin and her husband, …

Some Maple Sap Destined For a Brewery

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Chatham, n.y. — The maple sap bubbling away in Ron Davis’ upstate New York sugar house is destined for pancakes, waffles, sweets and — for years now — beer kegs. The local syrup adds a touch of woodsy …

Farming Collective’s Book Tour to Visit Upper Valley

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Back during the 1970s, Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz told farmers to either “get big or get out,” and Montana farmer Dave Oien took his advice. He got out of industrial farming and turned to planting sustainable crops …

Raise Your Glass: Big Name Behind a Nice Cab

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Carnivor, cabernet sauvignon 2013, Modesto, Calif., $9.99 to $12.99 When I was in elementary school, we were considered cool if we could say a few lines from television commercials. We memorized a lot of them. Quoting ads probably …

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 …