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Choosing the best wines to go with your Thanksgiving dinner

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

There are people who know exactly what wine to buy for Thanksgiving dinner, but these tend to be the kind of unpleasant control freaks nobody really wants to dine with. You know the type – the “stay out of my kitchen” kind of person, who hands out food assignments to guests that involve impossible recipes with expensive ingredients. Or worse, …

Homeplate: A quick primer on FODMAP foods

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Warning: This is not one of my usual food columns filled with delicious recipes and lovely photographs. In fact, this column is going to get downright unappetizing. But before you stop reading, consider these questions: Do you have gastric distress – symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea or constipation – that remain unexplained even …

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 and tomatoes. Mysterious, but fine. One can only handle so many surfeits at a time, …

Home Plate: Twinkies and Ring Dings straight from your oven

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The news that Hostess is going under fills me with the strangest mix of nostalgia and schadenfreude. What middle-aged American doesn’t have fond childhood memories of those cellophane-wrapped treats? At the same time, what food-lover doesn’t cringe at …

Home Plate: Wild mushrooms present endless opportunities for easy cuisine

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Last week while out inspecting their woodlot, my brother-in-law and sister-in-law spied a dead sugar maple bristling with ripe oyster mushrooms. In warmer weather, the bugs have usually discovered the mushrooms long before we do, which means they’re …

Home Plate: Chestnuts: An imagination's seasonal staple in the kitchen and beyond 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Once upon a time, New Hampshire’s forests were filled with American chestnuts, a fast-growing tree that could reach over 100 feet tall with a trunk 10 feet in diameter. Chestnuts were treasured both for their wood, which is …