Munch Madness

// Oleana wins Munch Madness 2017

By only six votes, Oleana edged out Myers + Chang.

Dining Out

Dining Out reviews

// Where should you eat this week?

Check out the Globe’s reviews of dozens of Boston-area restaurants.

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// Budget-friendly fare around Boston

There are dishes you can order for under $20 at eateries.

Latest Food & Dining headlines

11/03/2012 WATERTOWN, MA Reporter Sheryl Julian (cq) prepares gravy at her home in Watertown. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Ruin your turkey? A great gravy will save the day

Ladle a spoonful of golden, flavorful gravy on overcooked meat, let it seep into the flesh, and suddenly you and the bird both look brilliant.

Mini madeleines baked in a Silpat molded sheet pan, one of the pans in the new collection of bakeware.

Silpat is thinking small (and it’s a big success)

Its new collection of lightweight bakeware for small pastries — mini muffins and fluted cakes, small loaves and madeleines — can come in handy if you’re hosting a brunch.

Handy poke bowls for those on the go

The single-serve kits come with salt-cured and cold-smoked cubes of salmon or sashimi-grade ahi tuna and a pouch of cooked rice.

Dorie Greenspan will be in Boston in early December.

Celebrated author Dorie Greenspan will be in Boston Dec. 2-4 to talk about ‘Everyday Dorie’

In her new book, “Everyday Dorie,” the author celebrates what she calls “elbows-on-the-table” meals that put people at ease and make them want to linger and share stories.

Pumpkin bread

Recipe: The texture of this classic pumpkin bread is light and the color is striking

Add slices of pumpkin bread to the holiday table or cut the slices into squares and spread with butter or cream cheese for an afternoon treat.

Turkey tartines with cranberry chutney

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: French tartines get an American twist with cranberry chutney, turkey, and melty cheese

Make a platter of tartines with leftover turkey and cranberry chutney and serve them for lunch or a light supper, or make yourself a singleton when the urge strikes.

Garlic and anchovy rubbed turkey, in New York. Why can’t turkey taste more like lamb — specifically, a Provençal-style leg of lamb, rubbed down with garlic, anchovies and rosemary? Food Stylist: Barrett Washburne. Prop Stylist: Courtney de Wet. (Christopher Testani/The New York Times)

Am I poised to ruin Thanksgiving?

A woman considering serving a take-out turkey worries about getting roasted.

11/03/2012 WATERTOWN, MA Reporter Sheryl Julian (cq) prepares gravy at her home in Watertown. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Recipe: How to make great Thanksgiving turkey gravy

The juices from the turkey roasting pan, simmered with stock and wine or sherry, form the base of great gravy.

Recipe: How to cook a perfect Thanksgiving turkey

You need an instant-read meat thermometer to cook a turkey. Pop-up thermometers that come with the bird (they’re implanted in the breast) usually pop up when the meat is overcooked.

Thanksgiving turkey

Thanksgiving turkey cooking times and temperature

It’s common for a turkey to be cooked sooner than you’re expecting. Don’t worry about this. The turkey can sit in a warm place without harm for at least 30 minutes.

Cauliflower and turkey gratin with cheesy panko crumbs

The confident cook

Recipe: Cauliflower puree is the secret to this light bechamel; florets and turkey fill the gratin pan

A golden, cheesy crust tops a creamy interior in this appealing dish.

Brian Hillmer

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Brian Hillmer, executive chef at Jamaica Plain’s Community Servings

For years, he ran culinary programs for giants like Legal Sea Foods, Tavern in the Square, and Not Your Average Joe’s. This fall, he switched gears.

By the Glass

Pour these lively American wines for the big feast

When selecting wine for the Thanksgiving table, think lively and bright. Three American producers certainly do. They’re dialed in to what your guests will be craving on the day of the big feast.


Recipes: What to do with leftover turkey? Make Reubens.

Save some leftover Thanksgiving turkey for a variation on a classic Reuben sandwich accompanied by an unusual — and unusually good — slaw.

Steel & Rye’s duck wings with Jamaican jerk sauce.


Spacious setting for a wonderful meal

Steel & Rye is tucked into a hillside in Milton Village, with high windows looking out at trees.

Jacques Pépin


Shojo is landing at Logan

Framingham-based Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers will open a bar at North Station/TD Garden’s commuter platform — and other restaurant news you can use.

The “Mortadella Head” sandwich with potato chips and giadiniera.

Quick Bite

At Mortadella Head, you can go wild

The new Davis Square restaurant is a quasi-Italian venture from Boston Burger Company’s Charles Sillari and Sebastian Fricia.

Vegetarian leek dumplings at Qingdao Garden in North Cambridge.

What She’s Having

Picking up right where you left off with an old favorite restaurant

I find myself back at Qingdao Garden in North Cambridge after several years away, and it’s just as good as I remember.

Cardamom Bitters from The Bitter Housewife

The Bitter Housewife you’ll want to hang out with

Genevieve Brazelton launched the company with her husband in 2012 after tinkering with making bitters from scratch and coming up with a batch to spice up her favorite cocktail.

Farmtrue Ghee is made in North Stonington, Conn.

Ghee: Rich, nourishing, and tasty

Golden and slightly nutty, ghee is made from clarified butter that’s cooked longer so the milk solids become toasty before they’re skimmed away.


Selling what they love was no small decision for Small Change Brewing Co.

“It was either come out and do another IPA — which isn’t necessary, I think — or we could just do the beers that we want to drink regardless of selling well or being popular or trendy,” says one of the brewery’s founders, Michael Patterson.

OXO’s new Ventura French Press

An unbreakable French Press for on-the-go coffee lovers

The carafe is made from shatter-resistant, BPA-free Tritan plastic, not the easily-breakable glass that’s used for most French presses.

Turkey with Mediterranean rub

Spice up your Thanksgiving menu

Go ahead and make the same creamy mashed potatoes you’ve made forever, but go to town on everything else you’re planning for the big feast.

Apple-cranberry tart

Recipe: An open-faced apple-cranberry tart with an easy dough has ragged edges and a buttery crust

The crisp, flaky crust comes from brushing it with ice water and sprinkling with sugar before baking.


Apps to help you stave off holiday weight gain

According to an article in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, mobile apps have been shown to help folks lose and manage their weight.

Acorn squash with pumpkin seeds and yogurt sauce

Recipe: Your favorite winter squash just got a little spicy, a little toasty, and a little minty

Acorn squash wedges, roasted with spices, are garnished with pumpkin seeds.

Corn pudding with roasted poblano chiles

Recipe: A custardy corn pudding gets a little heat from roasted poblano chiles

Mix corn kernels with cream, eggs, grated cheddar, and chiles, and bake in a shallow dish; the results form a custard something like quiche filling.

Roasted sweet potatoes

Recipe: Smoked paprika and brown sugar season these sweet potato spears

Simmering sweet potatoes before roasting in a hot oven keeps them moist and tender on the inside while the outside browns and caramelizes.

Turkey with Mediterranean rub

Recipe: Turn the traditional turkey on its head (not really) with this Mediterranean rub

The rub contains both fresh herbs and spices: parsley, cilantro, and oregano leaves, paprika, crushed red pepper, crushed coriander seeds, cumin, and cinnamon.

You can pull off Thanksgiving like a pro with a little help.

Holiday hacks: Top chefs’ tips for a successful Thanksgiving spread

Pare down your menu. Work ahead. Buy a ricer. Keep the wine flowing. And use butter — lots of butter. But first, breathe deeply and read on.

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2016, file photo, a friend's basket of clams sit in the water as Mike Suprin, of Rollinsford, N.H., calls it a day after filling his basket with softshell clams at Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport, Maine. A study by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists released in 2018 concluded that valuable species of shellfish, including softshell clams, have become harder to find on the East Coast because of degraded habitats caused by a warming environment. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Warming hurting shellfish, aiding predators, ruining habitat

Valuable species of shellfish have become harder to find on the East Coast because of degraded habitat caused by a warming environment, according to scientists.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Nov. 12-18

Five things to do around Boston, Nov. 12-18

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: A lighter take on Southern-style smothered chicken, ribs, and turnips

Inspired by ‘smothered’ dishes, these braises results in a pure, uncomplicated flavor

The bar at Alcove before the dinner rush.

Quick Bite

Near North Station, a water view and a civilized meal

Alcove is the first restaurant from Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli, whom you may know from his time working at Craigie on Main and Island Creek Oyster Bar.

A Japanese option for downtown lunch, and changes in the Seaport

Restaurant news you can use.

Blain and Patti Cornwell at the Turkeyville “Village Limit.” The business, which now includes a restaurant, dinner theater, gift shop, and RV resort, was started by his grandfather.

Turkeyville U.S.A. celebrates 50 years as an American icon

For the past half-century, the Cornwell family has served up home-cooked turkey dinners with all the trimmings and the “world’s best turkey sandwiches” to guests who visit their 400-acre farm and restaurant complex, just north of Marshall, Mich.

The Des Moines Farmers’ Market


These cities may be small, but they’re mighty appealing

Small cities have many of the amenities of their larger counterparts, but they’re friendlier, less crowded, and much, much less expensive, their boosters say.

Jennifer Lee’s Bakery hosts a hands-on gingerbread workshop.

The tiny house movement has never tasted so good

Here are some Hansel-and-Gretel-approved sweet spots where kids can create and decorate the gingerbread house of their dreams.

The Shed in Santa Fe.

Food & Travel

James Beard America’s Classics hit the spot in Santa Fe and Albuquerque

When we planned a trip to Santa Fe over the summer, we checked the James Beard Foundation’s list for America’s Classics and weren’t disappointed.

Joanne Chang at the Books for Breakfast benefit.


Joanne Chang shares her youthful obsessions at Books for Breakfast fund-raiser

This year’s breakfast added to the now $170,000 that 826 Boston has raised for its free youth writing programs, which help over 4,000 students from underserved communities every year. 

Give green salsa a little love

At Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland, tomatillos are harvested late summer, when they’re practically bursting out of their papery husks, and then blanched and pureed.

Let someone else (Branch Line) cook this Thanksgiving

The Watertown restaurant, known for its succulent rotisserie chicken, is offering an a la carte Thanksgiving takeout menu and roasting Prestage Farms turkey, as well as rotisserie Rohan duck.


Jamaica Plain mainstay celebrates 25 years with music and revelry

Owners and guests at Bella Luna & The Milky Way toasted 25 years in business over the weekend.

Chocolate-walnut cookies

Recipe: Thick, chewy, fudgy chocolate-walnut cookies

When you first mix the dough, it’s too soft to handle. After a couple of hours (or overnight) in the fridge, it stiffens enough to roll into balls and flatten with a fork.

The El Capitaza at Taberna de Haro


The El Capitaza, a tasty introduction to sherry

Claire Boyle, bar manager at Taberna de Haro, the Brookline Spanish restaurant with sherry-focused bar program, was one of 10 finalists last month in this year’s International Sherry Cocktail Competition, reinforcing her role as a sherry emissary.

Rhythm ’n Wraps’ Gangsta wrap

Vegan venture has rhythm, wraps, and now a brick-and-mortar store

Friends — a musician and a chef — took a course on how to start a food truck business. Two years later they were operating Rhythm ’n Wraps, focusing on global vegan and vegetarian cuisine.

Double shot

Matt Viser | Double Shot

// The buzz on coffee and the people who drink it

Presidential coffee history, the Costco coffee habits of Michael Dukakis, and a journey for the perfect cup.