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Food / Dining

The culinary high life Ancient Roman Apicius epitomized a life of excess

Friday, August 29, 2014

Apicius was such an over-the-top foodie, even by the grand standards of the Roman Empire, that his name not only became synonymous with the culinary high life but, so scholars believe, also the popular title for a cookbook formally known as “De re coquinaria” (On cooking). This work, the only known cookbook to have survived from the ancient Greco-Roman world, has for centuries intrigued scholars and cooks with its glimpse of Roman life. “I think if people look into Roman cooking at all, they go to ‘Apicius’ first,” said Rosemary L. Moore, lecturer in history and classics at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. … 0

Wine to try: 2013 Alta Maria Vineyards ‘Carbonic’ Pinot Noir

Friday, August 29, 2014

WINE TO TRY 2013 Alta Maria Vineyards ‘Carbonic’ Pinot Noir Region: Central Coast Price: About $22 Style: Lighthearted easy drinking What it goes with: Fish or fowl, salade Nicoise, pizza Alta Maria Vineyards makes mostly very serious and seriously delicious Pinot Noirs. This one, though, is lighthearted and fun. Made by fermenting whole … 0

A new look for your lunchbox: Hummus

Friday, August 29, 2014

What’s the first lunch lesson of the school year? Embrace hummus. Yes, it has a weird name (say it like we’re humming together - “hum us.”) And yes, it is usually made from ground-up chickpeas, which sounds like it should have all the joy of eating library paste. But stick with me on … 0

Great American Meals
  • KEVIN GUTTING
The main entrance of the new Anne T. Dunphy School building in Williamsburg leads directly into the cafeteria commons. Here parents of kindergartners gather for coffee and pastries after dropping their children off on the first day of classes Tuesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING The main entrance of the new Anne T. Dunphy School building in Williamsburg leads directly into the cafeteria commons. Here parents of kindergartners gather for coffee and pastries after dropping their children off on the first day of classes Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Daniel Martinez, 4, "milks" a statue of a cow, one of the activities for children in the baby barnyard during the Three County Fair Monday in Northampton. He was with his mother, Eileen Martinez, of Belchertown.

    JERREY ROBERTS Daniel Martinez, 4, "milks" a statue of a cow, one of the activities for children in the baby barnyard during the Three County Fair Monday in Northampton. He was with his mother, Eileen Martinez, of Belchertown. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Universities and Students Services workers help moving incoming freshmen's belongings into Kennedy Hall in University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Universities and Students Services workers help moving incoming freshmen's belongings into Kennedy Hall in University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

The easy and the hard: How much effort is worth it when deciding what to cook?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Every now and then, you might want to make a meal that, as Tina Turner said, is nice . and easy. If you come home from work worn out and bedraggled, the last thing you want to do … 0

How to cook lobster at home: Keeping track of the time

Friday, August 8, 2014

Going out for lobster is, for many, the ultimate culinary celebration. But lobster is also extremely easy to cook at home. And with live lobsters usually selling for $10 to $15 a pound, they are an affordable luxury. … 0

Wine to Try: 2012 August West ‘Santa Lucia Highlands’ Pinot Noir

Friday, August 8, 2014

A WINE TO TRY 2012 August West ‘Santa Lucia Highlands’ Pinot Noir Region: California’s Central Coast Price: $26 to $30 Style: Lush and silky What it goes with: Grilled poultry, vegetable soups, composed salads, Salad Nicoise From a … 0

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Tomatoes

Friday, August 8, 2014

Hello August! In Lou’s kitchen (that would be mine) right now as I write this, there are nine beautifully ripe tomatoes sitting on my rolling cart with a butcher block top. That number is down from the 15 that were there this past Saturday. In the intervening four … 0

Valley Bounty: Melons

Friday, August 8, 2014

MELONS Watermelons, cantaloupes, and honeydews are here! Find fragrant, sweet melons in different shapes, sizes, and colors at farmers markets and farm stands. Smaller, gourmet melons are bursting with flavor and take up less room in the refrigerator … 0

Celebrate the season with a triple-tomato salad

Thursday, August 7, 2014

At the peak of ripeness, an in-season tomato is one of the things that makes life worth living. Happily, that season is upon us. And this recipe is my ode to that summer tomato. All kinds of tomatoes … 0

Grocery workers rally for fired boss

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

TEWKSBURY — Thousands of workers and customers at the troubled Market Basket supermarket chain shouted “Bring him back!” Tuesday at a boisterous rally designed to pressure management to reinstate the company’s fired chief executive or accept his offer … 0

Market Basket CEOs say workers fear for safety

Monday, August 4, 2014

BOSTON — Executives at the troubled Market Basket supermarket chain in New England stepped up their efforts Monday to fight back against a workers’ revolt and customer boycott that have paralyzed the company and drawn attention for their … 0

Cooking in small spaces, strategically

Friday, August 1, 2014

It sounds weird, but the prospect of spending a week sailing on the vast expanse of Lake Superior is when I most channel my inner New Yorker. The city’s tiny apartments are infamous for their even tinier kitchens, … 0

Valley Bounty: Stone fruit

Friday, August 1, 2014

Stone Fruit: Peaches, apricots & plums Peaches and apricots are just starting to ripen, so now is the time to get them. The intensely cold winter, with multiple days below zero, caused damage to many stone fruit trees’ … 0