Food / Dining

Cookbooks Are Seeing Growth

Friday, November 21, 2014

A few years ago, Ken Hagemann was drawn to what he thought was the future of cookbooks. Lured by the ease and searchability promised by e-books and apps, he purged most of his old school volumes. But instead of a digital culinary epiphany, he found only disappointment. “You can’t get the spirit and the intent of the author,” says the 46-year-old systems analyst and avid cook from Arlington, Virginia. “You …

Skilled Hands: Simon Pearce Chef Says Success Is a Team Effort 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Quechee — When Simon Pearce Restaurant Executive Chef Brian Gazda arrived at work at 9 on a recent morning to head up the lunch crew, the mirepoix was ready to be cooked. Raw onions, carrots and celery had been deftly diced into small cubes, so uniform in size that a customer was overheard …

Warren Johnston: Raise Your Glass — Inexpensive Chardonnay That Passes Muster

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Bridlewood Chardonnay Monterey County, Calif. 2012, $13.99 OK, so this wine is over the $10 ceiling of this column, but there’s a reason. Bridlewood is a dry, somewhat complex California Chardonnay, and that hasn’t been easy to find even under $15. But now, that state’s winemakers seem to have seen the light and are producing better lower-priced versions of the wine. Sometime in …

Made at Home, Cured Salmon Is Less Costly

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The trouble with cured salmon? We tend to treat it like, well... a treat. Cured salmon — with all its rich, salty, savory, lusciously fatty goodness — too often is relegated to the breakfast or brunch table, and …

California’s Record Three-Year Drought Takes Toll on Honey Production

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Los Banos, Calif. — California’s record drought hasn’t been sweet to honeybees, and it’s creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers. The state is traditionally one of the country’s largest honey producers, with abundant crops and …

Potluck Planned in Weathersfield

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Weathersfield — A free potluck to celebrate land use and stewardship is set for Sept. 18, at 6 p.m., at Weathersfield Center Church. The event, hosted by the Weathersfield Land Preservation Association, is designed to encourage people to share stories about their diverse land use experiences. Land use …

Repairing Lobster’s Identity Crisis

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lobster, you’re on a roll. Recent news reports have chronicled your rise — or fall? — citing sustainability, affordability and sheer bounty. In Maine alone, marine biologists are happy to report that your numbers have grown “unbelievably” over …

Basil Blight Wipes Out Crop at N.H. Farm

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Folks at Dimond Hill Farm in Concord don’t mince words when talk turns to one of their most popular crops. “We sell lots and lots and lots of basil every year,” said Jane Presby, a seventh-generation farmer who …

Look to Old World For the New Wines

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fancy some furmint? How about a nice glass of grillo? If you’ve never heard of either, chances are you will. Wine lists are getting a makeover as producers all over the world make a play for U.S. palates. …

Mysteries of Homemade Yogurt

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Making yogurt isn’t cooking. Not really. It’s more like conjuring spirits: You create the conditions that summon mysterious creatures, invisible to the naked eye, to do all the real work. In the case of yogurt, the “creatures” are …

You’re Doing It Wrong: Plumcake

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New York — With all due respect to William Carlos Williams, no one should be eating plums cold from the icebox. Forgive me, but a chilled plum is an inferior plum — like all cold edibles, it will hurt your teeth and numb your tastebuds. Should you find …

More Food Sometimes Adds Up to Less Value

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The trouble with writing about cheap eats — which I do as the $20 Diner in The Washington Post’s Weekend section — is that few can agree on what constitutes cheap. One person’s weekly helping of lamb biryani, at $16 a plate, is another’s semiannual indulgence. In a …

When Cooking Pizza on the Grill, Medium Heat Yields Maximum Pie

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Grilling pizza is like learning a new computer program. Those who know how to do it always say it’s easy. But it’s easy only if you know how to do it. The good news is that the learning …