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This March 31, 2014 photo shows pan seared asparagus with shrimp, shiitakes, and chilies in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Moving Asparagus to the Center of Your Plate

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Asparagus has been a delicious symbol of spring since at least as far back as the Greeks, who called it asparagos — literally, “to spring up.” But however it is spelled, it makes me happy. Most grocers sell asparagus in a range of sizes, from thin and willowy to thick and stocky. Whatever the size, look for stalks that are …

Rustic Omelet Cake Perfected Over Time

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

On the continuum of egg nirvana, somewhere between scrambled and baked, comes this perfectly friendly treatment. It is a recipe perfected over time and circumstance. Longtime Washington Post food section contributor and cookbook author Lisa Yockelson’s formula combines gently pan-cooked vegetables with eggs and cheese, plus paprika and chopped parsley. Once set after a brief oven bake, a savory kind of “cake” is …

Jam Session

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dartmouth senior Kara Hedges browses jams and jellies from Thompson Goat Farm in Springfield, Vt., at the 13th annual Flavors of the Valley event at Hartford High School on Sunday. Valley News — Will Parson …

New Vintners Shaking Up Chilean Wine scene

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Maule Valley, Chile — Sven Bruchfeld doesn’t mind if you don’t like his wine, as long as some people love it. He’s part of a bold new wave of independent vintners who are challenging Chile’s reputation for producing …

Disappointed With Homemade? Boost the Flavor

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

You know we’ll always tell you that cooking from scratch is better. And it is: Making something yourself is more satisfying than opening a can or tearing open a box. Except ... well, sometimes you may wonder if …

Student Finds Snail in Lunch

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Associated Press Honolulu — Officials at a high school on Hawaii’s Big Island say they’re increasing the level of food inspection at its cafeteria after a student found a snail in his lunch. The student found the snail recently on a salad served at the Kealakehe High School …

A Sugaring Advance? Researchers Would Tap Saplings; Traditional Sugarers Skeptical

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Over the past three decades, the art of making maple syrup has been dramatically altered by the use of technology. Webs of plastic tubing draw sap from trees under vacuum pressure, and before the sap is boiled it …

Make Your Own Mayonnaise While You’re Making Egg Salad

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Recently, after I had decided to make egg salad to serve with tomato soup for a simple dinner, I discovered that there was no mayo in the fridge. Rather than hopping in the car and driving to the …

Ice Cream Once Made by Brewer Returns

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pottsville, Pa. — Breyers, Ben & Jerry’s, Edy’s and Yuengling’s: Which thing is not like the others? Trick question. They all make ice cream. The supermarket freezer aisle got a little more crowded Monday as Yuengling — a …

On Tap: Honor for a Brewer Who Inspired Many

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

You might soon find yourself at the grocery store, scanning a cooler along the far wall and land upon a six-pack from Smuttynose Brewing that bears the image of Greg Noonan. His silver hair is swept back. A …

Flower Shows Give a Hint Of Spring

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I’m not much for going to the movies, but I remember a film from the 1960s that opened with people in large fur hats and cumbersome boots trudging across a snow-swept plain somewhere in Russia. Doctor Zhivago, perhaps? …

Jammin’ With Toast: A Small Canvas for Many Tastes

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Long before the dawn of the breakfast sandwich, there was toast. John Friend recalls his parents pushed him out the door of his home in Kansas City, Mo., when he was a child with a slice of buttered …

Put That Slow-Cooker to Good Use

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Slow cooker under the tree this Christmas? Maybe so, given that more slow cookers are sold during the two weeks around the so-called Black Friday start of holiday shopping than any other kitchen electrical appliance, according to figures from NPD Group, a consumer research company. Now it’s 2014. …