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FILE -In this Friday, Feb. 2, 2007 file photo, chef Paul Prudhomme gestures during an interview at his French Quarter restaurant, K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen, in New Orleans. Prudhomme, the Cajun who popularized spicy Louisiana cuisine and became one of the first American restaurant chefs to achieve worldwide fame, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2015. He was 75. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

Paul Prudhomme Championed Local Food Before It Was Cool

Saturday, October 10, 2015

New Orleans — At K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen during the early 1980s, chef and owner Paul Prudhomme would drive to his hometown near Opelousas in his pickup truck and come back loaded down with supplies reflecting his native Cajun cuisine. Way before farm-to-table was hip in the foodie crowd, his restaurant was making its own andouille sausage. “The way Paul approached …

Americans Are Falling Out of Love With One of Their Favorite Fruits

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Washington — I was looking through USDA data, as I do from time to time, mindlessly scrolling through numbers and names of foods, when a column in a spreadsheet gave me pause. I had opened the government agency’s most recent estimates of fruit consumption and realized that grapefruits, for some reason, have become terribly unpopular. It is not that we have completely abandoned …

New Book Offers Peek Into H ow He Cooks at Home

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Jacques Pepin may be turning 80 in December, but he’s not sounding like a man about to pack up his chef’s knives and walk away from the stove or, perhaps, the camera. “There’s always something new. Life continues,” says the celebrity chef, cookbook author and television cooking show star when asked how he’s …

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 …

Truffle Industry Needs Trained Dogs

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Carneros, Calif. — The growing appetite for truffles is feeding demand for dogs trained to sniff out the fabled aromatic fungus prized by chefs and foodies. As more landowners plant orchards in hopes of harvesting truffles, more dogs …

Businesses Rescue Wasted Food

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Washington — Ugly produce is midway through a massive makeover. Misshapen potatoes, multi-pronged carrots and past-their-prime apples — rebranded as “cosmetically challenged” and “beautiful in their own way” — are coming into vogue. Campaigns aimed at reducing food …

Southern Lights: Dishes That Won’t Stop Your Heart

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

When I was in high school, I used to tag along with one of my older brothers who was annually invited by a college classmate for a weekend of quail hunting in no rth Georgia. I had pretty …

Raise Your Glass: A Rose Without An Accent Tastes Fine

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cote Mas Sud de France Rose Aurore Languedoc, France, $8.99 One of my favorite wines for a warm summer evening is a crisp, dry rose, and yes, I know that it should have an accent aigu over the …

Audrey Hepburn Kept a Humble Table

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New York — Think of Audrey Hepburn, and your mind will likely conjure up an extraordinarily elegant woman in a boat-necked black dress, huge sunglasses, gloves to the elbow and a chic updo. It’s doubtful you’ll picture a …

Lobster Prices Rise as Summer Season Gets Off to Slow Start

Friday, June 19, 2015

Portland, Maine — American lobster prices are swelling as the summer fishing season gets off to a slow start in New England. The summer staple is selling in the $6 or $8 per pound range to consumers, an average increase of about $1 to $2 from last year, …

In the Kitchen: Elixir’s Chef Started Cooking at an Early Age

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Elixir Executive Chef Chad Lumbra believes a fine dining restaurant can distinguish itself through little things. A pinch of salt or a properly placed garnish could be what makes the difference between you and someone down the street, …

An Author Who Set the Bar High for Cocktail Makers Raises It Yet Again

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

When David Wondrich’s Imbibe! was first published, in 2007, it hit a market that was craving cocktail knowledge. The book, a meticulously researched paean to 19th-century bartender Jerry Thomas, won a James Beard award and became a widely …

Raise Your Glass: Pinot Gris That Cuts the Sweet

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Acrobat Pinot Gris Oregon, 2014, $11.99 When I see Pinot gris or Pinot grigio on the shelf of a wine store, I approach cautiously because I’m not fond of overly-sweet white wines, particularly the ones that are in …