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Different colors of maple syrup sit on the windowsill at Maple Ridge Sugar House in Loudon on Saturday, March 22, 2014.  Visitors could see maple syrup being made, tour the farm, visit with a horse, a cow and pigs and taste maple treats.

(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

USDA revises maple syrup grading with descriptive terms

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Grading standards for maple syrup have been revised to match international standards, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said yesterday, and now consumers can have a better understanding of what topping they’re buying. The revisions to the voluntary standards were released yesterday. The move comes in response to a 2010 petition from the International Maple Syrup Institute, which represents maple producers …

Pack in protein — and save the budget — with beans and rice

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

When I was growing up, beans and rice were an end-of-month staple. As money got tight, my mom would whip up a beans and rice casserole, a healthy, budget-friendly choice that stretched our pantry a bit longer. Not that we necessarily appreciated it. “It’s a complete protein!” Mom would proudly announce as my …

Swiss Guard’s cookbook reveals Vatican culinary treats

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cookbook reveals Vatican culinary treats If an army travels on its stomach, what does the world’s smallest army eat? A chef who serves in the Swiss Guards, David Geisser, is shedding light on the culinary tastes of the pope’s army with a new cookbook. Buon Appetito features recipes on the soldiers’ current menu …

Sorry: vodka, caviar and mink won’t get cheaper on a weak ruble

Monday, December 22, 2014

If the ruble’s meltdown has you thinking “Perfect! Time to splurge on a fabulous fur mink and throw a caviar vodka party!” – think again. There isn’t going to be a run on Russian luxury goods, because all of the rich, exclusive things you’d typically think are made …

However you stuff it, a roulade makes a merry meal

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Think of a roulade as a big edible cigar-shaped container for just about any filling you choose. Almost like an edible Christmas present! Even the roll itself is versatile and can be made from any number of ingredients. …

APNewsBreak: artist wins ‘eat more kale’ trademark

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Vt. artist wins ‘eat more kale’ battle A Vermont folk artist who became a folk hero to some after taking on the fast-food giant Chik-fil-A in a legal fight can now legally protect the phrase “eat more kale.” …

Fish farming finds its way to land-locked Midwest

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Global consumption of seafood is outpacing wild fish populations, so farmers are turning from roving the world’s waters to aquaculture. Increasingly, that includes growing fish in large indoor tanks in the Midwest – hundreds of miles from any ocean, bringing the surf to America’s turf. Experts say fish …

A new way to serve breakfast for dinner

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The combination of orange and mint sets this recipe apart from other eggs-in-tomatoes dishes you might have tried. The flavors seem to serve up breakfast for dinner in one neat package. To make this vegetarian, replace the sausage …

Avian flu spreading in southwest British Columbia

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Avian flu spreads in British Columbia The avian influenza outbreak in southwest British Columbia has spread to seven farms, and 155,000 birds have died of the virus or will be euthanized, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said. The outbreak began several weeks ago when turkeys and chickens at …

Study: Excessive drinkers are not always alcoholics

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Drinking excessively can cause serious health risks and is responsible for an average of 88,000 U.S. deaths every year. But the vast majority of excessive drinkers are not alcoholics, according to new government data. Nine out of 10 excessive drinkers are not dependent on alcohol, revealed a study …

U.S. egg market to be disrupted as cages made roomier

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Eggs are about to get more expensive as California moves to make sure hen houses are roomy enough to allow the birds to lie down, stand up, extend their wings and move around. Farmers nationwide who want to continue selling to the most populous U.S. state are moving …

Go low and slow for a rib roast that stays rare

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Here’s my holiday conundrum, and I bet you can relate: I am in charge of this year’s holiday meal, which will feature a big standing rib roast. Everyone in my family wants their meat rare, but I want …

A chocolatey rich coconut cream pie for Christmas

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Coconut is my family’s must-have sweet during the holidays. Usually we have a fresh coconut cake, but my mom has been known to sneak a Mounds bar – her favorite candy – when the urge strikes. So this …