Food / Dining

Pizza Macellaio, a recipe from a recent cookbook, mixes pepperoni, sausage, thinly sliced red onion and mozzarella.

Homemade Pies: Time to Take Pizza Into Your Own Hands

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Making pizza at home is not that big of a deal. People do it all the time. I have a friend who makes pizza so often that he uses his bread machine exclusively for pizza dough. He makes a lot and freezes it. A couple of pizza cookbooks that recently landed on my desk got me thinking about making a pizza, something I’ve never done successfully. I’m not sure why I haven’t made pizza enough to perfect it. Perhaps it’s because it’s a generally unhealthy food. It also could be that I came to pizza after I had already developed my dietary habits. Pizza has …

Brown Bread Grows Scarce, Even Here in New England

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

For as long as I can remember, my favorite bread, the bread that I still crave above all breads, has come in a can. It’s called brown bread, or outside of New England, where it is mostly unheard of, Boston brown bread. My grandmother, whose family came from Portland, Maine, a brown-bread holy …

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 around and pulling the sides up, so that it will sear evenly,” Dain said, while …

For Valentine’s Day, a Simple Dessert With Heart: One Big Chocolate Cookie

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Unless you’re brokenhearted, you’d have to be a card-carrying curmudgeon to hate Valentine’s Day. There’s so much to love about it, starting with love itself: romantic, familial and friendly; then hearts; flowers; and chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. …

Obama Proposes Food Safety Reforms

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Washington — President Barack Obama wants to create a new government agency dedicated to keeping the nation’s food safe. The proposal in the president’s budget released Monday comes after outbreaks of illnesses linked to chicken, eggs, peanuts and …

U.S. Wins Silver at Bocuse d’Or

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Do you believe in miracles? The Bocuse d’Or world culinary competition, referred to by some as the culinary Olympics, ended last Wednesday with the American team, for the first time, on the awards podium. Chefs Phillip Tessier and Skylar Stover, both from the French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., …

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 & …

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 …

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 …

Super Bowl Spuds: Pub Inspiration for ‘Smashed’ and ‘Loaded’ Potatoes

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Baked, fried or mashed, the potato remains America’s favorite vegetable. We inhale, on average, more than 50 pounds of spuds annually, no doubt much of it in darkened cars parked in back alleys, far away from dietitians, spouses …

Windsor Farmers Market Surveys Shoppers, Vendors

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Windsor — Organizers of the Windsor Farmers Market are asking would be and actual shoppers and vendors to take an online survey designed to improve the market. For the past few years, the outdoor market has been held on Sundays at about the same time. The survey asks …

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 …