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The Wahlbergs have finally brought Wahlburgers home to Dorchester
“We always wanted to be right here,” Mark Wahlberg said.
Carnival announces roller coaster on new cruise ship
The cruise line said that BOLT will circle the top of a new ship, Mardi Gras, when it sets sail in 2020.
Move over, champagne: Consumers in search of bubbly are increasingly reaching for prosecco
Prosecco has become the best-selling sparkling wine in the world by volume, and experts say it is eroding the market share of champagne.
What you want on a Christmas table is cheer, and a homespun menu that will delight guests
Add a few candles to your table, some flowers or greenery (or even snip some from way inside the tree, where they’ll never be missed), and you’re most of the way to entertaining holiday guests.
Bono, a name you can trust
The largest producer of extra virgin olive oil in Sicily has won more than one prestigious award for its cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil made from olives grown in Val Di Mazara in southwest Sicily.
Recipe: Chocolate-pudding pie with candy-cane whipped cream is fun to make and delicious to eat
Many companies sell crushed candy-cane pieces that will work perfectly for this recipe, but if you already have canes on hand, crush them in a food processor or in a plastic bag with a rolling pin.
Recipe: These buttermilk dinner rolls are the taste of another time
The yeast dough for these rolls, mixed with both buttermilk and butter, is easy to manage and quite forgiving. You can let it rise at room temperature or overnight in the fridge.
Recipe: Honeyed-roasted harissa carrots are sweet and spicy with coriander and ginger
Look for carrot bunches with the tops still on — they are not only fresher than loose carrots, they are usually smaller and thinner — the best size to bake whole so they look pretty and bake evenly.
Getting Salty with Linh Aven of b. good
She came to Boston from the West Coast as a student, graduating with a PhD in molecular medicine. Layoffs at her biotech startup led her to a part-time pastry chef position at Café Madeleine in the South End. She was hooked.
Recipe: Roast a bone-in pork loin with sage and onions for an impressive, affordable main course
The pork loin you buy the rest of the year is probably boneless and looks like a log of meat. The bone-in roast, about 6 to 7 pounds, should yield 8 thick, juicy chops.
A taste of home, from Hapi African Gourmet
Paulette Ngachoko, a native of the West African nation Cameroon, is on a mission to showcase the foods of her homeland.
By the Glass
Revel in the variety of Cru Beaujolais
When Laura Staley began organizing a French wine tasting for her guests at Island Creek Oyster Bar in Burlington, she had Beaujolais — and the gamay grape — in mind.
This Connecticut company wants to brew a better nonalcoholic beer
Athletic Brewing Co.’s founder deftly pitches his product, dropping catch phrases like “beer for the modern adult” and sounding a little like a focused Don Draper.
Sip and shop at Elmendorf Baking Supplies & Cafe
The place is a half cafe with pastries and sandwiches and a dozen seats and half retail shop devoted to baking supplies.
Cooking | Magazine
Recipes: Tempting cookie crumbles and barks that don’t require lots of work
Cookie crumbles and barks use one dough and one pan to yield major flavor and crunch.
Tealuxe, Rani Indian Bistro to close; Giacomo’s heads west
Little Dipper expands its scope, plus more restaurant news you can use.
The best cookbooks of 2018 — for giving or for keeping
This year’s offerings were personal, evocative, and focused on the joy of everyday cooking.
Want just one cup? Try the Brew It Stick
The Brew It Stick ($14.95) has a fine nylon mesh basket to make a lone mug of French press-like java with little effort.
2 new studies take a little more sizzle out of red meat
Researchers say a diet rich in red meat increases people’s circulating levels of a substance that can lead to the development of cardiovascular disease.
How to show you care with food, in the most helpful way
Author Janet Reich Elsbach takes a look at how helping people with meals in times of stress not only provides nourishment, but comfort and pleasure at times when all can be in short supply.
Recipe: Pack a box of roasted-almond cookies for the nut lovers on your list
The almonds to use in these soft, chewy cookies are roasted but have no other flavors; they’re not salted, nor skinned. They add an intense nutty flavor to the buttery dough.
Recipe: Wrap up sugary, chewy oatmeal-date cookies to give away as gifts
Here’s a neat tip for prepping dates: To prevent the dates from sticking to your knife, coat the blade with nonstick cooking spray.
Recipe: Homemade multi-grain pancake mix is a great gift for a family with children of all ages
Four flours in this pancake mix give it lots of texture and flavor. Scoop it into cellophane bags and add your own label with instructions for using the mix.
Getting Salty with Sheila Borges-Foley of Neighborhood Restaurant & Bakery
Lines snake down the block for weekend breakfast at the Union Square eatery. Borges-Foley runs the restaurant, which her late brother opened in 1983.
Recipe: Sweet and salty toasted pecans make a fine gift — if you can part with them
After you make these nuts to give away, keep them under lock and key because you can’t eat just one.
Recipe: Give jars of homemade red sauce to your harried friends to make nightly supper a breeze
Homemade red sauce, paired with dried pasta (store-bought or otherwise) makes a wonderful holiday gift. Add olive oil, a wedge or Parmesan, and a crusty loaf to make your gift grander.
HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS
This feels like a practical year, a wool-sweater moment, a time to make your own gifts of food
Cooks who aren’t particularly craftsy are giving friends gifts they’ve made, not just cookies — though who can resist a bag of cookies? — but pantry and fridge items to get you through the work week.
N.H. police investigate theft of $5,000 worth of wine from liquor outlet
Police said the thefts happened at the Interstate 93 northbound store in Hooksett.
Dark Matter Glasses will liven up your lowball glass collection
Cambridge glass-blowing artist Andrew Iannazzi has attracted attention for his cool, colorful tiki mugs he creates with iconic faces. He has now introduced a new line — vividly colored lowball or rocks glasses for sipping scotch, an old fashioned, or whatever else you might want.
Add a little culture to your life (and your bread)
Cultured butter may sound sophisticated, but it’s really just old-fashioned goodness.
Cooking | Magazine
Recipes: Beans are the star in these quick skillet suppers
Short on time? Try these globe-trotting dishes.
School lunch rules OK refined grains, low-fat chocolate milk
The national school lunch program is making room on menus again for noodles, biscuits, tortillas and other foods made mostly of refined grains.
Shore Leave: a subterranean tiki party in the South End
The Bar Mezzana crew goes underground with rum-filled drinks and Asian-inspired finger food.
Crema Café to close, but the news isn’t all bad: Revival expands and Bluestone Lane moves in
Restaurant news you can use.
A new life for the Groton Inn, former oldest inn in America
It was fire that destroyed the old Groton Inn, and it’s fire that’s bringing it back to life.
Breaking: Area nutrition professor advocates for actual nutrition
Only six fries? Internet, you’ve got better things to freak about.
Five festive New England towns to get you in the holiday spirit
These places are picturesque and charming year-round, but they’re especially magical during the holidays.
Here, there, and everywhere
Travel news you can use.
Wahlburgers to open in London in the spring
The local burger chain will join competitors like Shake Shack and Five Guys when it opens across the pond.
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Pagu: A restaurant named for the chef’s dog, where dishes deserve to have their picture taken
The menu at Pagu in Cambridge throws a net around Spain, Japan, Taiwan, and of-the-moment American food culture and pulls it comfortably snug.
New cookbook offers recipes for latkes, kugel — and flank steak sandwiches
“From Our Kitchens: Recipes and Stories from the Boston Jewish Community” features recipes old and new alike.
The Infatuation is here, and it’s infatuated with Boston food
Nine years after its start in New York City, and expansion to culinary hot spots like Los Angeles, Chicago, and Austin, the restaurant recommendation site recently added Boston to its club of 12 home cities.
Home, sweet new home: Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar is coming to Cambridge
The first Milk Bar in Manhattan drew a following with crack pie — a gooey, oat-crusted, butter-and-brown-sugar rush — and cereal milk soft-serve.
The confident cook
Recipe: Cauliflower is so popular it’s now in a Bolognese ladled over linguine
Roasting cauliflower, caramelizing onions, and burnishing tomato paste with a little sugar to intensify it all give this dish a glorious taste.
Getting Salty with Brian Young of Cultivar and ‘Top Chef’
He will become executive chef at The Emory, a neighborhood bar and kitchen slated to open in April in the Scollay Square space.
Food & Travel
These doughnuts are a little over the top — and people are eating them up
The fluffy, brioche-style rounds at PVDounts are on the larger side, and adorned with elaborate toppings. Some of the more extreme doughnuts resemble plated desserts.