Food / Dining

Latkes, a Hanukkah miracle (Roberto Rodriguez/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

Brisket, Latkes And Tzimmes For Hanukkah

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It’s all a matter of cause and effect. The cause is that in 164 BC, a group of Jews led by Judah Maccabee captured the former Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, which had been turned into a pagan shrine by brutal King Antiochus IV. The effect is that Jews today eat latkes for Hanukkah. Latkes — potato pancakes — are a …

Huge Truffle Sells High

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

New York — A record-setting 4.16-pound white truffle has sold for $61,250 at a New York City auction. Sotheby’s says the fungus was sold Saturday to a food and wine lover from Taiwan bidding by phone. The truffle was found last week in Umbria, Italy, by Sabatino Truffles. The firm had said it …

Cookie Cutter Creativity

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Her Soho loft is like many in New York: a third-floor walkup filled with light, scuffed wooden floors and works in progress. It doesn’t look anything like a bakery; the only hint is the white wall covered with 2,000 cookie cutters. But for more than three decades, Patti Paige has created playful, perfectly …

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 …

Could Common Ground on GMOs Save Our Depleted Oceans?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Scientists at DuPont have genetically modified a yeast to produce a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid, essential to human health and previously available in meaningful quantity only from marine sources. In other words, they can create in the lab something that, up until now, we’ve had to harvest wild …

Tomato Season: Serve Them Up In a Salad

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

At the peak of ripeness, an in-season tomato is one of the things that makes life worth living. Happily, that season is nigh upon us. And this recipe is my ode to that summer tomato. All kinds of …

Rhode Island Town Declares War on Shave Ice

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Westerly, r.i. — A $3 cup of shave ice is at the center of a dispute between street vendors trying to stay in business in this beach town and town officials who say the vendors cause traffic congestion …