• Carrot soup comes from French town of Crécy

    Carrot soup comes from French town of Crécy

    Is there anything nicer on a frigid winter day than a pot of homemade soup simmering on the stove? And after weeks of holiday excesses, vegetable soups are a welcome return to healthier eating. When I first read the following recipe, I was disappointed, expecting a watercress soup. Cressy is actually the Anglicized name for

  • Crimes of passion

    Crimes of passion

    Martin Cruz Smith, in his breakout novel “Gorky Park,” profiles a beverage called chifir. His protagonist is chugging it to stay awake. “Chifir was tea concentrated not twice or 10 times but 20 times,” Smith wrote. A man without food, Smith continued, “could work three days straight on a few cups of chifir.” Chifir came

  • Tempranillo and “the river of human history”

    Tempranillo and “the river of human history”

    Like music, snowflakes or presidential tweets, wines are miracles of variety. Every country has its wines, every state in the union has its unique terroir out of which grow dinner wines, picnic wines, dessert wines, dry, sweet, austere, bold or tropical wines. Cheap burgundies and unaffordable Chassagne-Montrachets. No two alike! Clifton Fadiman, the literary critic

  • Kettle-boiled bagels spark a following

    Kettle-boiled bagels spark a following

    BROOKLIN — Have your parents ever smuggled in bagels from the city for you in their carry-on luggage? Those smuggling days are over. Blossom Kravitz, the proprietor of Brooklin Candy Co. at 103 Bay Road, has begun making New York-style bagels. They are chewy, light and flavorful with just a bit of crunch. Kravitz rises

  • Live. Learn. Drink. Repeat

    Live. Learn. Drink. Repeat

    The old saw about learning something new every day reliably describes the experience of recreational wine drinkers. Example: A thoughtful New Year’s Eve guest sourced us a bottle of 2015 Scaia Corvina (Global Beverage, $13.99). We’d never heard of it — didn’t know if corvina was a growing region, a grape or a car. It’s

  • Fogtown Brewing Co. opens its doors

    Fogtown Brewing Co. opens its doors

    ELLSWORTH — Ian Heyse and Jon Stein had a simple goal when they first started brewing: they “wanted to be able to drink nice beer.” College classmates at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, the friends learned how to home brew in small batches and kept at it in the years after college. That work and

  • Label shaming

    Label shaming

    The cool guys at our middle school wore Levis. But Mom swore by JC Penney and the dorky denims sold therein. They put the dung back in dungarees. Same deal with footwear. The swingers had Converse Athletics. We never advanced beyond Keds. At eighth-grade graduation, a solemn occasion at our school, the girls wore long