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Food

Better flavor, higher price tag when it comes to local turkeys in New Hampshire

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Inside the bed of a Chevy pickup truck, 25 broad-breasted white turkeys gobbled loudly, their all-too-familiar fate a few hours away. The flock was part of a larger group of 65 turkeys hatched, cared for, well-fed and generally loved by the Locke family of Northwood, who operates Sugarmomma’s Maple Farm. The turkeys had …

Cost of Thanksgiving is going up, but not by much

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Giving thanks will be a little costlier this year, but – and here’s something you can be truly thankful for – it probably won’t empty your wallet. The price for putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table for 10 people is expected to rise slightly this year, clocking in at $49.41. That’s 37 cents …

California adopts olive oil labeling standards

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The state Department of Food and Agriculture has approved standards for grading and labeling California-produced olive oil that will require makers to state specifically whether they have adulterated any of their product. State officials say the standards will take effect Friday. They also require testing to determine whether …

FDA revises food safety rules due next year

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration recently revised sweeping food safety rules proposed last year after farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business. The new proposals would relax water quality standards and allow farmers to harvest crops sooner after using raw manure as fertilizer. The final rules are …

A rethought batter for apple cake

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I love to redefine the formula of a butter cake batter every now and then, especially to create a dreamy one that’s a little lavish, perhaps less conventional and tailored to the texture and essence of the main …

Butter and black pepper, a steak’s best friends

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A steak and potato dinner is an American cliche, but a delicious one. And its classic status gives us leave to play with — and enjoy — it without feeling guilty. Here’s a weeknight-friendly steak and taters recipe …

Bean there, done that? Learn to love dried beans

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I didn’t appreciate the numerous lovable qualities of dried beans until my college years, when I was living on my own in a house with several other women, all of us strapped for cash. As soon as we …

Home Plate: Fall produce is perfect for homemade crostata

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It’s the time of year when gardens are bursting with so much produce, we can’t keep up with it. This year was a bad one for pears and peaches at my house, but a great one for grapes …

In quake, barrels became quarter-ton projectiles

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Napa Valley Calif.’s earthquake has revived worries about a risk particular to wine country – falling wine barrels. Vintners say thousands of wine barrels fell from their racks during the Aug. 24 earthquake that hit southern Napa County. Winery heads, like Richard Ward of Saintsbury vineyard, say many …

Chocolate-prosciutto-peanut grilled bananas? Yes!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

You’re going to have to trust me on this one. It may look a little strange. It will sound even stranger. You may even feel a little strange making it. But this over-the-top grilled banana is a delicious …

Stick ’em up

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

If early summer is asparagus season and midsummer is peak for tomatoes, then late summer is prime time for food-on-a-stick. State fairs are in full bloom, and that is where skewered cuisine is at its ripest. Cosmopolitan fairgoers …

Denny’s pops the cork on its first Manhattan diner

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Denny’s is popping the cork on its first Manhattan location this week. The Daily News reports that the diner chain’s Financial District debut is serving up a special combo putting a pricy bottle of Dom Perignon alongside its down home Grand Slam breakfast. The newspaper reports the $300 …