Fresh apricots melt into a rosemary-scented sauce, a delicious topping for pork chops or lamb. Steve Legato for "Fruitful: Four Seasons of Fresh Fruit Recipes" by Brian Nicholson and Sarah Huck; Running Press, 2014.
Farmers markets seem to be everywhere. Huge cities, small towns, suburban neighborhoods -- you are almost guaranteed to spot a sign that says "Farmers Market, Friday." Saturday, July 19, 2014
Most of us are familiar with pineapple upside-down cake, but where did the idea of serving something upside down come from?
The concept of culinary "upsidedownness," according to food historian Alan Davidson, seems to have a long history. A 13th-century Arabic cookbook has an entire chapter devoted to "fried, marinated and turned (as in 'inverted')" dishes, including the still-popular rice-meat-and-vegetable dish "maqluba," which translates as "upside down." In Central Europe, apples cooked in a skillet with a pancake batter on top and then inverted for serving are a centuries-old tradition. Saturday, July 26, 2014
The Boston Evening Transcript of Boston, Massachusetts reported July 15, 1864, on the death of a beloved Massachusetts officer fighting for the Union in Petersburg, Virginia, when it came under siege 150 years ago in the Civil War. Saturday, July 12, 2014
There are certain days of summer when the act of lighting a burner or turning on the oven is virtually unthinkable. The "dog days" -- named by the Romans for the "dog star," Sirius, brightest in the summer constellation Canis Major ("Big Dog") -- are made for sipping cooling beverages and sliding some ice cream down your gullet. Saturday, July 12, 2014
People have been screaming for ice cream for a very, very long time.
Food historians believe that ice cream may date back to first-century China, where it spread to the Middle East. But in the Western world, the term "ice cream" is first found in print on an English menu from 1672, where it was listed as a dessert served to royalty at the Feast of St. George. Saturday, July 5, 2014
The Associated Press reported in a dispatch June 23, 1864, that the Confederates had been firing upon horse-drawn hospital wagons evacuating the wounded to steamers off the Virginia coast. Saturday, June 21, 2014