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A color plate of the Bethel apple from the 1905 book "The Apples of New York: Volume 1" by S.A. Beach.

In Bethel, Residents Treasure an Antique Apple Variety

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Not every small town can claim to have its own apple, but Bethel is one of them. And if the good people of Bethel have their way, the Bethel apple, which dates back to the late 1700s, will be one of the town’s tourist attractions sooner rather than later. While consumers today can count on perhaps 10 varieties of apple being reliably available in supermarkets, a century ago hundreds, even thousands, of varieties were routinely grown throughout the Northern Hemisphere, including the Bethel apple. Like wines, their flavor, color and longevity depended on the terrain and climate in which they grew. The Apples of New …

A Golden Age for Apples

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Apples are a hardy, long-lived, diverse fruit, and since the Industrial Revolution, when countless New England farms emptied out, an equally countless number of apple varieties have been waiting to be rediscovered. Over the past few decades, interest in apples has been rekindled in the region and old varieties — Hubbardston Nonesuch, Westfield-Seek-No-Further, …

To Chill or Not to Chill?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

For many years I’ve been lecturing anyone who would listen that we shouldn’t put tomatoes in the refrigerator. Was I wrong? A very good post on the Serious Eats website this week seems to suggest so. In it, Daniel Gritzer writes persuasively about an experiment he ran comparing the flavor of very ripe …

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 …

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 …