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Food / Dining

Column: The Effects of a Soda Tax Are Hard to Predict

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Obesity costs. A lot. The tab comes in obvious ways, like increased health-care costs, and less obvious ways, like decreased fuel efficiency. And we’re all paying. Looking just at Medicare and Medicaid expenses for obesity-related problems, we’re already north of $60 billion annually. If more taxpayer money is going out, it’s gotta come from somewhere, and one possible somewhere is a soda tax. Want to figure out whether a soda …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Family Celebrates 25 Years of Spirited Cook-Offs

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Horntown, Va. — Andrea Sullivan strode into the kitchen with an air of confidence — and with a blue sticky note affixed to her clear poncho. The rain gear was a precaution for the showers forecast over an …

Fresh Beets: They’re Fine Pickled, but Eat Them Now for The Best Flavor

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Shortly after my father’s family moved south from Ohio to Atlanta, a woman who was helping out with the cooking was overheard telling a friend over the back fence about the oddities of the northerner’s culinary habits. “They …

America to Coffee Potato Chips: ‘No Thanks’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New York — America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay’s potato chips. Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out the coffee-flavored chips and the two …

A Cajun in New England

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Shayne Brunet found out pretty quickly that crawfish weren’t a big hit in New England. Shortly after arriving in Vermont with her family, Brunet, who is from New Orleans, where cooking and eating food is a love affair, …

Famous Chefs Lead a Charge Toward Vegetable-Centered Fast Food

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Never mind that his latest restaurant, the over-the-top Bazaar Meat in Las Vegas, is a temple to suckling pig and foie gras. José Andrés would like you to consider, for a moment, the vegetable. Settled into a corner …

Suit: Onion Rings Sparked Attack

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bloomfield, N.M. — A New Mexico man is suing Burger King after he says a manager attacked him for complaining about cold onion rings. KRQE-TV reports the lawsuit filed in state district court says Robert Deyapp was assaulted in June 2013 when he told a manager at the …

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. …

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, …

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 …