Food / Dining

Hector Kent, left and Matthew Farrington rub a mixture of lard and rice flour on hams that will continue to cure at Kent's parents home in Pomfret, Vt. on March, 19, 2015. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
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Finding the Home Cure: Experiments in an Ancient Form of Preserving Meat

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cured meats are all the rage these days in the culinary world, and charcuterie is popping up on restaurant menus across the globe. And a number of new cookbooks, including one by an East Barnard resident, are making it easier to prepare and use dried, cured and smoked meats at home. If you have a closet you can spare for …

For Some at Easter, It’s Not About Ham ... It’s the Butter Lamb

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chicago — Baked ham and brightly colored eggs are standard Easter fare for many families. But for some, it’s the butter that takes center stage. That is, butter shaped like a lamb. Popular in pockets throughout the country, butter lambs — usually about the size of a stick of butter — are an …

Ban on Fast-Food Restaurants Fails To Curb Obesity

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Los Angeles — A much-hailed law that restricted the opening of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in one of the poorest sections of Los Angeles did not curb obesity or improve diets, a new study found. City lawmakers passed the zoning ordinance in 2008 that limited the opening or expansion of fast-food outlets in …

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 …

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 …

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 …

After a Century, Russ & Daughters Expands

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New York — Russ & Daughters has been a New York City institution on the Lower East Side for 100 years, a deli selling what’s known as “appetizing” — traditional foods like bagels and lox that were brought …

Europe Suffers Olive Oil Disaster

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

If you’re a fan of great olive oil — particularly of oils from Tuscany and Umbria — you’d better get ready to dip into your wallet. That stuff’s going to get expensive. As a result of what the Italian newspaper La Repubblica is calling “The Black Year of …

Cost of Thanksgiving Rises, But Not by Too Much

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Giving thanks will be a little costlier this year, but — and here’s something you can be truly thankful for — it probably won’t empty your wallet. The price for putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table for 10 …

A Memorable Pizza From a Nashua Childhood

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Nashua, n.h. — It’s one of those haunting food memories I’ve tried, foolishly, to escape for nearly 25 years. And it’s ruined me for any facsimile since. I’m speaking of the pizza joint — for in the days …

Cookbooks Are Seeing Growth

Friday, November 21, 2014

A few years ago, Ken Hagemann was drawn to what he thought was the future of cookbooks. Lured by the ease and searchability promised by e-books and apps, he purged most of his old school volumes. But instead of a digital culinary epiphany, he found only disappointment. “You …

Skilled Hands: Simon Pearce Chef Says Success Is a Team Effort 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Quechee — When Simon Pearce Restaurant Executive Chef Brian Gazda arrived at work at 9 on a recent morning to head up the lunch crew, the mirepoix was ready to be cooked. Raw onions, carrots and celery had …

Raise Your Glass: Inexpensive Chardonnay That Passes Muster

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Bridlewood Chardonnay Monterey County, Calif. 2012, $13.99 OK, so this wine is over the $10 ceiling of this column, but there’s a reason. Bridlewood is a dry, somewhat complex California Chardonnay, and that hasn’t been easy to find …