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Food / Dining

Whether mirepoix, soffritto or sofrito, cooking bases help build flavor in cuisines around the world. Three of the most popular are celery, carrots and onions.   (Chicago Tribune - Bill Hogan)

The Foundations of Flavor

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

You don’t need to know how to pronounce mirepoix or suppengruen. You just need to know that a mouthwatering dish, no matter what the cuisine, no matter what the regional influence, is built upon a great flavor base. Such mixtures of chopped vegetables play a crucial role in many stews, braises, soups and sauces. In France, it may be carrots, …

Cookbook Examines the Allure of All Things Bitter

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Take a bow, Jennifer McLagan. With your newest book, Bitter: A Taste of the World’s Most Dangerous Flavor, With Recipes (Ten Speed Press; $29.99), you’ve given foodists the chance to chew on a topic made for adults. Bitter, as the chef-author of the James Beard Award-winning Fat (2008) describes, is to her both …

The Co-op’s Vivid History

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I am a card-carrying Hanover Co-op member. As my long membership number reveals, I’m a rookie, but shortly after we moved to the Upper Valley from Ohio a few years ago I began to see the Co-op as a good place. The Co-op’s history got my attention when a Dartmouth writing class I …

Riesling Rises in the U.S.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Riesling, more widely planted than Chardonnay in California just 50 years ago, is on the rise again. And Riesling’s most ardent supporter is British wine writer Stuart Pigott, whose blog chronicles his adventures on what he likes to call Planet Riesling, along with sharp observations and pungent opinions. …

Deborah Madison Rewrites Her Classic ‘Vegetarian Cooking’

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

When Deborah Madison wrote Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, who knew that the title would end up being so close to prophetic? The book has more than 400,000 copies in print, which isn’t literally everyone, of course. But when …

Facing a Cheese Challenge, Major Grocery Chain Caves

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

I can’t believe this is goat cheese. The Wegmans 1916 Aged Goat Cheese is smooth, silky, a little grassy but not at all punctuated by the sharp tang that turns off so many people from other goat’s milk …

Adventures in Grilling

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Some of us grill throughout the year, happily tending to the flames and the food as flakes of snow fall from the night sky and sizzle on the grate. For people who are slightly more sane, though, the …

Seeking the Real Pennsylvania Dutch Cookery

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Pennsylvania Dutch cooking does not seem to capture the food lover’s imagination the way barbecue, Southern, Cajun/Creole, Pacific Northwest or other American cooking styles do. Ask most people what they know of it, and they are likely to …

Coffee Fungus Raises Prices for High-End Brews

Monday, May 19, 2014

Washington — The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease — and hold down the price of your morning cup. At issue is a fungus called coffee rust that …

Jam Company Causes a Stir

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In a small commercial kitchen in Waterbury Center, Vt., the deep, warm aroma of spices and a faint, vinegary tang of wine fill the air. It’s May outside but inside it’s late fall and early winter — or …

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 …