Food / Dining

"The League of Regrettable Superheroes" by Jon Morris (Quirk Books, $24.95) (Quirk Books)

Some Heroes Aren’t So Super

Friday, July 3, 2015

Batman, Superman, Spider-Man and Captain America have become giants in pop culture through comic books, TV shows and feature films. But, have you heard of Funnyman? What about Man O’ Metal, Mr. Muscles or Pat Parker, War Nurse? Probably not, unless you are as big a comic book fan as Jon Morris. The Seattle-based cartoonist and graphic designer behind the comic book blog Gone & Forgotten has put together The League of Regrettable Superheroes (Quirk Books, $24.95). The book looks at comic book heroes who have put on a cape or spandex suit to fight crime, but never gained the notoriety achieved by others. “The …

Food Notes: Thetford Native Wins Fellowship to Research Cheesemaking

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Thetford resident Linnea Burnham is spending the next 13 months traveling the world to learn about making artisanal cheese. Burnham, who graduated from Middlebury College earlier this year, is one of the 50 members of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation’s 47th class of fellows, which provides her with a $30,000 stipend to cover …

Foraging for Flour: Norwich Man Gathers Acorns for Baking

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In the fall, the ground under most oak trees in the Upper Valley is littered with acorns, plump nuts the size of the end of a thumb, filled with golden, fleshy meat. It seemed a shame to waste them entirely on the pigs, squirrels and deer when they also could be turned into …

USDA to Certify GMO-Free Foods

Friday, May 15, 2015

Washington — The Agriculture Department has developed a new government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients. USDA’s move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of the genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The certification is the first of its kind, …

Raise Your Glass: Warm Weather Is Here, and So Is Its Wine

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Principessa Gavia, 2013 Novi Ligure, Italy Cortese di Gavi, $13 Last year, during a visit to Beaufort, S.C., a friend introduced me to his new favorite warm weather wine, Gavi, an Italian white wine from the Piedmont region. …

Fava Beans Take Some Work, But Are Spring’s First Green

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fresh fava beans require commitment: Their prep involves a three-step dance of shelling, blanching and peeling. And that’s before you even cook them. It’s a good thing they make their annual debut in spring, when I’m so excited …

Chickpeas, Twice Transformed

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I came of culinary age on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where the world of food — meaning food that came from across oceans and mountains — was minutes away. There was (and still is) Zabar’s, a store that …

Festival Serves Spam, Spam, Spam and Spam

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Honolulu — In Hawaii, Spam rules. No, not the kind that you get in your email, but the kind you eat — or don’t eat, as it may be for many mainlanders. To honor Spam lovers in Hawaii, …

At Milan Expo 2015, It’s Still an Analog World

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Milan — At Milan Expo 2015, it’s still an analog world, after all. The Milan world’s fair, which opened May 1 for a six-month run, delights with an urban mishmash of global architecture and culinary specialties as organizers …

A Squeeze of Flavor: Hanover Native Pens ‘Lemon Cookbook’

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

When my wife and I lived in Tampa, we had grapefruit, lime and Meyer lemon trees growing in our yard, and my Scots heritage dictated that we used every piece of fruit they produced. We juiced and cooked …

If a Box of Spaghetti Is a Friend in the Pantry, Meet Your New Best Friend

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

For a busy weekday cook, having a good dried spaghetti in the pantry is about 90 percent of having dinner made. Dress it with butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano, or chopped fresh tomatoes and olive oil, and you have a …

Brew University

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pomona, Calif. — A bachelor’s in beer? A master’s in malt? Not quite. But these days some colleges are teaching students to make beer as part of their studies. When California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, fired up its …

Cookbook Introduces Mystery Writers, ‘Murderous’ Recipes

Friday, April 24, 2015

Mystery writers like to eat. So do their characters. Here’s an opportunity to meet and greet both without having any calories heading toward your waistline. The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, edited by Kate White, includes 109 writers …