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Food / Dining

Scrambled Eggs With Lobster and Brioche. (Washington Post photo -- Marvin Joseph)

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 the past 25 years. Will that diminish your white-tablecloth profile? If I’d known our friends were buying, I’d have ordered the lobster. …

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 manages the property. But the herb’s popularity didn’t keep Presby from deciding to scrap this …

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. “There are so many new wines coming from around the world, Americans’ choices have increased …

Culinary Teachers Find Students Often Don’t Know the Basics

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Processed and convenience foods and shortcut cooking methods have become so entrenched in our culinary culture, it’s easy to forget just how much we have forgotten about real cooking. But cooking instructor Darina Allen knows all too well. …

Frozen Food Makes Push As Sales Flag

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

New York — Frozen food makers planned to launch their first national TV ad in defense of their products on Tuesday as the category fights to boost slipping sales. The ad will include the tag line “Frozen: How Fresh Stays Fresh” and is intended to address negative misconceptions …

Vt. Is First With GMO Labeling

Friday, May 9, 2014

Montpelier — As hundreds cheered, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a law Thursday that puts Vermont on the path to be the first state to require labeling of genetically modified foods and promptly announced an online fundraiser to battle expected legal challenges from the food industry. The Vermont law …

Make Your Own Granola: It’s Better, and Costs Less

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

I love breakfast. Lately it seems every article I read on healthy lifestyles promotes eating a good breakfast. As we finally emerge from the hot cereal time of year, I always start hankering for good granola. There’s nothing …

Top Chefs Recognized, Cronuts, Too

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

And you thought the lines to get a Cronut were bad before. Last year, New York pastry chef Dominique Ansel needed crowd control and rationing to handle the frenzy over his trademarked doughnut-croissant hybrid that became a viral …

The Right (and Wrong) Chardonnay With Food

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Perhaps chardonnay is the world’s most popular fine white wine grape because its wine just tastes so delicious all by itself. For years, shorthand for “a glass of white wine, please” has been the word “chardonnay.” But, to …

Copenhagen Restaurant Rated World’s Best

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rene Redzepi’s daringly innovative Danish restaurant Noma has reclaimed the title of world’s top restaurant. Noma — which has a meticulous focus on simple, indigenous ingredients such as snails, moss and cod liver — held the No. 1 …

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 …