Food for Thought

What About Whiting? Five Sustainable Fish Species to Try

Nov 14th, 2011 | By
What About Whiting? Five Sustainable Fish Species to Try

I’ve seen whiting and Atlantic pollock at the fish market, and I’ve considered buying them numerous times. But I’ve never bitten. They look like good dining, but what do you do with them? I wonder. Then I gravitate to the familiar territory of salmon, cod and haddock. Thanks to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s
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Growing a New Generation of Healthy Children: How One Maine School Made a Change

Oct 5th, 2011 | By
Growing a New Generation of Healthy Children: How One Maine School Made a Change

Kathy Gunst stood in the sweltering sun in the White House Rose Garden, listening to Michelle Obama outline her Let’s Move! initiative. She wondered if she was in the right place. The initiative’s goal was to reduce childhood obesity by increasing exercise programs and steering children toward healthy eating. Mrs. Obama was calling on chefs
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The Milk Man Cometh

May 20th, 2011 | By

Check out the Summer issue of Northeast FLAVOR for our inside look at the lives of today’s dairy farmers. The Milk Man Cometh If you grew up in any decade prior to the 1970s, chances are a milkman brought you your regular order of milk and cream. The milk arrived in glass bottles, usually emblazoned
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Japan: Let’s Help, Answering the Call

Mar 22nd, 2011 | By

Ting Yen, owner of Oishii Boston will host the “Let’s Help, Answering the Call” disaster relief fundraiser at his restaurant on April 3rd. All proceeds will benefit the Japan Red Cross Society. Ting Yen will be joined by other local chefs who are also rallying around the cause, including Anthony Caturano (Prezza), Dante de Magistris
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A Chocolate Affair

Feb 14th, 2011 | By
A Chocolate Affair

When I got to the chocolate shop, I felt a wave of doubt vibrate through my stomach. This is a mistake, I certainly don’t need these calories. Knowing that it would probably end in regret, I resisted with all my might. But the lure of the tiny glistening cubes, pyramids and spheres of chocolate housed
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Reflections on the Disaster in the Gulf

Dec 21st, 2010 | By

From early spring all through the summer we were riveted by disturbing pictures coming in from the Gulf Coast. On April 20, 2010, British Petroleum’s offshore oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, blew apart, dumping massive amounts of oil into the ocean. Over the summer, numerous efforts to contain and disperse the spill failed, and the thick
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Book Review: Would you like Spirits with your Spirits?

Oct 31st, 2010 | By
Book Review: Would you like Spirits with your Spirits?

I was thrilled when I was asked to review Haunted Pubs of New England: Raising Spirits of the Past by Roxie J. Zwicker (published by Haunted America, a division of The History Press, 2007). Not only do I love Halloween the way some people love Christmas, but I love a good ghost story. The title
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Treasures from the Deep

Aug 15th, 2010 | By

Some years ago I toured the Portland, Maine, fish co-op—a sort of clearinghouse for the commercial boats that fish out of that area. (The co-op itself is an endangered species I’m told.) The catch from each boat was unloaded, sorted into big plastic tubs by vessel and species, and examined by a group of wholesale
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The Fifty–Thirty Rule

Jun 23rd, 2010 | By
The Fifty–Thirty Rule

Nick Diana wants to make a difference. And he doesn’t want to do it alone. Founder of the website www.ieatlocally.com, Nick supports local charities by selling gift certificates online that are donated by area restaurants for 50 percent off their face value. He then donates 30 percent of sales to a charity chosen each month
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