Food / Dining

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 can’t get the spirit and the intent of the author,” says the 46-year-old systems analyst and avid cook from Arlington, Virginia. “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 been deftly diced into small cubes, so uniform in size that a customer was overheard …

Warren Johnston: 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 even under $15. But now, that state’s winemakers seem to have seen the light and are producing better lower-priced versions of the wine. Sometime in …

Serving the Whole Fish: Cookbook Author Questions Why We Don’t Dine on America’s Catch 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Author Paul Greenberg was standing in his Manhattan kitchen, cleaver in hand. He had already fluidly removed two fillets from a gleaming red snapper, shipped overnight from the Gulf of Mexico. Now it was time to take off …

Martha Bakes, for a Crowd

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Norwich — As she mixed, stirred and kneaded, media magnate Martha Stewart talked animatedly about her methods and techniques. While scraping whisked eggs into a bowl, Stewart said to the class at King Arthur Flour in Norwich, “My …

Sides Are Essential for Cookouts, Especially for Barbecue

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Contributing a side dish to the Fourth of July cookout used to be easy. You might show off your family potato salad, bring corn to grill or shoulder-carry a big ol’ watermelon. Then America went and got all froufrou. Olive oil, lemon and fresh basil dressed Yukon Golds …

A Pair of Recipes for Classic Barbecue Sides

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Classic Central Texas Pinto Beans 12 to 14 servings (makes 8 cups) When accompanying barbecue, a side of pintos should be a little brothy and creamy-tasting, attributes of the beans made by columnist Jim Shahin’s central Texas-born-and-raised wife, Jessica. He says her rendition’s the best of any he’s …

Best Steaks for Grilling

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The weather’s cooperating, the coals are lit and you’ve got your mind on a juicy steak with perfect grill marks. But what type of steak should you buy? Well, rib-eye remains the favorite across the United States, the …

Tips on Buying And Cooking Steak

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

∎ Speak up. Tell the meat cutter or meat counter person what you’re looking for. How many people are you feeding? Do you want individual steaks or a big Flintstones-size slab to share? Does he or she have any tips on cooking it? ∎ Read the label carefully. …

FDA Readies New Salt Rules

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Washington — Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty — a long-awaited federal effort to try to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke. The Food …

Cooking by Ear: Kitchen Sounds Communicate the Nuances

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

You expect a kitchen to be noisy. The tap-tap-tap of a knife mincing mounds of fresh herbs. The rhythmic beat of a wooden spoon mixing a batter. Fries sputtering in oil. Beyond such obvious noises, there are many …

Understanding Portion Sizes

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

In 2011, with much fanfare, the USDA unveiled MyPlate, the redesigned successor to MyPyramid, the so-called food pyramid that assigned nutritional value to the different food groups. Like MyPyramid, MyPlate assigns different values to the different food groups, …

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. …