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Infusing Vodka With Flavor For the Holidays

Spirits

The question of getting more for your dollar is one that plagues most industries, but when it comes to alcohol it takes on a mysterious tone. Even within the beverage industry, some categories are more elusive than others. Vodka, by definition, is an odorless, tasteless, neutral spirit. Blind taste tests with vodka tend to leave even experienced palates fairly humbled. Considering that fact, what accounts for all the differences in price and flavor?

Ingredients

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Lebanese Chef Shares Her Kitchen Secrets

Food

The Lebanese Taverna on Dec. 5 at the White Hart is so successful that it had sold out all 50 places long before I had the wits to book a reservation. In fact, it was sold out within days of announcing it. In conjunction with Annie Wayte, the chef at The White Hart, Zeina Mehio has planned a memorable dinner of her own interpretations of Lebanese cuisine. 
Bereft that I was unable to secure a place at this special dinner, I called up the chef to see if I could, at least, glean some secrets of her famous Lebanese cuisine. 

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Thanksgivings Around a Newspaperwoman’s World

Food

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Le Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrivé

Wine

The tiny French region of Beaujolais is located just north of France’s “gastronomic capital,” the city of Lyon. At just 34 miles long and 7 to 9 miles wide, this little corner of France can be thought of as the least expensive house on a very pricey block. This is a good thing for wine lovers, as some of France’s absolute best values can be found in Beaujolais. 

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Bitter Pleasures Are Back In Style

Refreshments

As with most things in the beverage world, bitters are a prime example of everything that is old becoming new again. Bitters are one of the oldest inventions that we are still enjoying in modern times. They exist as a simple combination of grain alcohol and aromatic herbs, roots, bark and fruit, yet most producers shroud their exact ingredient list in mystery. Often thought of as the “spice box” of the cocktail world, bitters have a fascinating history.  

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Shrubs Are For Drinking

Refreshments

Fall is the perfect time to make additions to your home bar. Shrubs are a simple and sneaky way to incorporate more diverse and delicious flavors into everything you drink, be it alcoholic or non. Shrub is a somewhat unusual name choice for what it actually is, which is a drinking vinegar infused with fruit and herbs. The flavor is sweet yet tart and tingly. 

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Plant Your Trees in Fall, The Ideal Time for Success

Planting

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Don’t Avoid This Autumnal Asian Treat

Food: The Secret to Tofu

Among the various foods many people avoid — boxed coffee cake, tripe, licorice (stale, odd, nasty, in that order) — is a staple of Asian cooking. Tofu, known sometimes as bean curd, is white and bland as chalk, only smoother. Once a month, the Chinese government sent wagons of tofu into Beijing compounds, and when I was living there, my neighbors lined up for free food.

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2019 Salisbury Fall Festival

Friday, October 11
19th Annual Scarecrow Contest
9 am – 6 pm See the many scarecrows lining Main Street in both Salisbury and Lakeville. Then vote for your favorite in each of FOUR categories: Individual/Family, Business/Non-Profit, School, and Kids (12 and under). Ballots available at the Salisbury General Store & Pharmacy and at On the Run in Lakeville.
Friends of Scoville Library
9 am – 10 am Giant Book Sale – Early bird buying $10 per person.

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Refreshing, Bubbly, But Is It a Tonic, Too?

Refreshments

Kombucha is having a moment. Options are springing up left and right: on draft, bottled, canned and flavored according to season. It’s a fun time to be a fan of this fermented fizzy beverage. This begs the question, what exactly is kombucha? Is it alive? Does it have health-giving properties? 

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