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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 on produce and processed foods. The Senate previously approved the measure, and Gov. Peter Shumlin said he plans to sign it into …

‘Year of No Sugar’ Looks for A Magic Bullet

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Year of No Sugar is one of those book titles that, with its telegram-like urgency, succinctly tells you exactly what to expect beneath the cover. Eve O. Schaub, a Pawlet, Vt.-based writer, became convinced in 2010 that fructose — the simple carbohydrate that makes sugar sweet — was toxic after watching a lecture by childhood obesity researcher Robert Lustig that argues that point. …

Hard Boiling Made Easy

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Call it the Great Egg Smackdown of 2014. Every time I write about hard-boiled eggs, I seem to get a flood of mail telling me, essentially, “You’re an idiot, and you’re doing it all wrong.” So this year I threw down the gauntlet. On a blog and social media, I posted a challenge …

What’s Old Is Gnudi, a Rediscovered Dish

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

You know how a word you’ve just learned suddenly begins popping up everywhere? Well, gnudi have been doing virtually the same lately, showing up on menus in restaurants I’ve visited and in cookbooks I’ve been reading. But just …

On Tap: On the Prowl for Growlers in Vermont

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The ruby colored beer in my glass still carried an herbal hop bouquet and peppery bite, tasting as though it had been poured from a tap in the next room. But here I was, drinking a pint of Lost Nation’s Rustic Ale, in my living room. The sticky …

Learning to Love Lentils, One Dish at a Time

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

How old are lentils? Here’s one clue: People who say lentils are shaped like lenses have the reference backwards. Turns out that the world’s first lenses got that name because they were shaped, yes, like lentils. The lentils …

Doctors: Cutting Food Stamps Could Backfire

Friday, January 10, 2014

Washington — Doctors are warning that if Congress cuts food stamps, the federal government could be socked with bigger health bills. Maybe not immediately, they say, but over time if the poor wind up in doctors’ offices or …

Chicken Soup With a Chinese Touch

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

When it’s cold outside, I love making soup for supper. Everything goes into a single pot, starting with an aromatic broth and a substantial array of vegetables, then a little bit of protein and finally a crispy garnish. …

Corn Chowder Warms the Heart

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is filled with parties, holiday dinners and lovely meals with houseguests. It can also feel as if every spare moment must be spent in the kitchen or at the market gathering food to refill the fridge and pantry. The week …

Winter Gardening Is Limited, but There Are Useful (and Fun) Things to Do

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

For most of us, gardening in January is limited. Water the houseplants. Read the seed catalogs. Dream of flowering shrubs to add to the perennial border — that sort of thing. But there are activities we can do …

Bran Muffins Taste Good, And Can Be Good For You

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New York — I am resolutely opposed to health and diet-related New Year’s resolutions. They fray your willpower at the most depressing time of the year. They cause yoga studios and gyms to be annoyingly crowded in the month of January. And they are usually as doomed as …

The Savory Side of Oatmeal

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

It takes a little courage the first time you saute onions with Indian spices and mix them into your oatmeal, but the queasy feeling passes. I promise. I’ll admit that I wasn’t an instant convert. It felt like …

With Legal Pot Comes Pitfalls

Monday, December 30, 2013

Denver — Colorado and Washington state are launching the world’s first legal recreational marijuana markets in 2014. Though pot has been sold for three decades at coffee shops in the Netherlands, the two states are the first to regulate and allow a full industry. Being first to allow …