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Food / Dining

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 fish to obtain. I’m going to tell you more about this yeast (you’re on the edge of your seat, I know), but …

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 tomatoes are coming in just now, big and small, beefsteak and cherry. At the base …

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 and increase the potential for accidents. George Manko sells Hawaiian shave ice in a private …

Building Better Bagels, Far From New York

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

What’s brown and sticky? When I was young and innocent, this was the setup to my favorite joke. (The punchline: “A stick.”) Now that I make my living as a cooking curmudgeon, the first answer that comes to mind is barley malt syrup, the ingredient that makes bagels …

Stories of Culinary Greats, And Then an Age of Celebrity

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It’s hard to believe that only 50 years have passed since Julia Child set foot on the new continent of American Foodlandia. And yet in that short period, it seems we’ve already seen the full cycle of colonial …

Vt. House Passes GMO Labeling

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont could likely be the first state in the country to require labels on genetically modified foods, under a bill approved by both legislative chambers and favored by the governor. The House voted 114-30 on Wednesday to support the bill, which would require the GMO labels …

‘Year of No Sugar’ Looks for A Magic Bullet

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Year of No Sugar is one of those book titles that, with its telegram-like urgency, succinctly tells you exactly what to expect beneath the cover. Eve O. Schaub, a Pawlet, Vt.-based writer, became convinced in 2010 that fructose — the simple carbohydrate that makes sugar sweet — was …

Hard Boiling Made Easy

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Call it the Great Egg Smackdown of 2014. Every time I write about hard-boiled eggs, I seem to get a flood of mail telling me, essentially, “You’re an idiot, and you’re doing it all wrong.” So this year …

Give Oregano And Peas A Chance

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Oregano and peas seem like a bad match. The musty, pungent herb and the fresh, bright legume would seem to fight. Maybe this hunch stems as well from their divergent seasons, the spring of the peas, the summer of oregano. But when concocting a chicken and peas dish …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Woman Who Invented The Chocolate Chip Cookie

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Julia Child and James Beard have nearly as much name recognition as the Founding Fathers. But when was the last time you ate one of their dishes? I’m betting it’s a lot longer ago than your last chocolate …