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Champlain Orchards Cider: From Branch To Bottle To You

This single-origin cidery founded on an ecologically-managed Vermont orchard is making a feel-good beverage you can feel really good about drinking.

Champlain Orchards Cider: From Branch to Bottle to You | Craving Boston | WGBH

If you’ve ever dismissed hard cider because "it’s too sweet" or "tastes like apple juice," now is the time to reconsider. There have never been more options in craft hard cider, and New England is the epicenter of the craft cider movement.

  • May 11, 2018

Get To Know Your Local Roaster: Muddy Water Coffee Roasters

Small batch, artisan coffee roasting is on the rise in Massachusetts, and Tim Van Sipe of Muddy Water is putting his personal touch on the scene. 

Local coffee roasters near me

It’s undeniable that coffee is a big part of life – for those of us who truly love coffee and even for those who just need it to get going in the morning – it’s a part of every day. Why not make it as good as it can possibly be by starting with great beans?

  • April 26, 2018

Your Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Need a hostess gift for that last minute holiday party? No clue what to get for your mother-in-law? We've got your back, dear reader. Here are fifteen gift ideas that range from fun to elegant, festive to year-round. 

I'm drooling just looking at this picture. Formaggio Kitchen, the South End. Credit: Formaggio Kitchen

I dunno about you, but I love making gift baskets of food. Chalk it up to the five years I spent on cooking shows, but there’s something wonderfully soothing about compiling flavors, textures and themes to create the perfect basket. And let’s be honest – getting out into the holiday grocery hustle and bustle to ‘taste’ (devour) cheese, wine or chocolate isn’t exactly a dull afternoon.
 

  • December 18, 2017

Here Are Three Holiday Cocktail Recipes You're Going To Want To Make

Have you ever heard of a "Clausmopolitan"? They're fancy and oh-so tasty. Bottom's up!

Holiday cocktail recipes

Well, here we are. The holidays. Remember way back in June when we thought the warm, sunny days would go on forever? Yeah, neither do I. 

This time of year is often defined by chaos, stress, and whenever we can sneak it in, holiday cheer. For many (including me), that cheer comes in the form of a delicious, seasonal cocktail. There’s just something about boughs of holly and Jack Frost nipping at your toes that make us crave something just a little sweet, a little over the top, and a whole lot festive. 

  • December 15, 2017

New Year's Eve Parties Around Boston You Don't Want To Miss

Will this be the year you ditch your couch and TV on NYE? With celebrations like these, we think so.  

New Year's Eve Parties Around Boston

Boston is a great city to be in for New Year's Eve. And here are some parties going on around town that really caught our eye. 

Don't forget: no matter where/what you choose, you'll either need to buy tickets in advance, or you're going to want to call ahead and make a reservation.

Have a great night and stay safe!
 

NYE Dinner at Alden & Harlow

  • December 12, 2017

Where To Eat In Boston On Christmas Day

There are plenty of fabulous options around town that are ready to do the heavy lifting of holiday cooking for you.

Boston restaurants open on Christmas

This is by no means a comprehensive list. In fact there are several Boston-based restaurants open on Christmas.

However these restaurants have Christmas Day options that are really making our mouths water. 

ARTBar

ARTBar will be serving a buffet and rolling out the holiday favorites from 5pm to 9pm. $50 adults/$19 kids; 3 and under eat free. You can check out the menu here

  • December 12, 2017

Check Out These Holiday Deals On WGBH's Craft Beer Fest Tickets

It's never too early to start thinking about our craft beer festival... or the perfect holiday gift.

Check Out These Holiday Deals On WGBH's Craft Beer Fest Tickets

Still on the lookout for a gift for the craft beer lover in your family? We've got a couple of early bird deals for our annual Craft Beer Fest you're going to want to check out:

Deal 1: Purchase two tickets for $75. Plus receive a free WGBH membership.
(Regular price each: $45 for members and $55 for non-members)

  • December 7, 2017

Make The Most Out Of Your Leftover Candy

It seemed like such a great idea when you were buying all that candy for the holidays. Having fun treats on hand, to offer family and friends bent on making merry, is a critical part of the festivities, is it not? Why not brighten things up with one more bag of holiday themed chocolates, so delightfully wrapped in colorful foil?

Leftover candy recipes

But suddenly the holiday season is over; you didn’t count on your aunt Marge bringing seven trays of holiday cookies, and you forgot that Grandpa John brings a suitcase-sized box of chocolates every year. You’ve promised yourself you’ll never eat a dessert again, and the bowls of leftover candy lying around aren’t helping.

  • December 7, 2017

A Thing Or Two About Apples

True story: In the early 1800s, Leominster, MA native John Chapman traveled America’s frontier barefoot, planting apple seeds. Most of us can say we've heard of Johnny Appleseed, as he was dubbed, but we are perhaps less familiar with what happened next.

A Thing or Two About Apples

Do You Know The Apple Man?

Chapman, intrepid entrepreneur that he was, sold his developing orchards to settlers coming in behind him. Faced with an often unforgiving landscape, where food was hard-earned, early settlers coveted these trees. The part of Johnny Appleseed's story that’s often left out is that the apples on his trees were, for the most part, inedible.

  • November 28, 2017

Culinary Storytelling At Juliet In Somerville

Chef Joshua Lewin is chronicling a wide range of experiences and interests through the revolving menus at the popular Union Square restaurant. 

Joshua Lewin: Juliet, Somerville

Juliet is young and edgy. And in a relatively short period of time, the Euro-style cafe has built up a solid reputation for serving up delicious and fresh food combinations using local, seasonal ingredients. They're also setting trends when it comes to business practices. Food prices are inclusive of service and staff are offered profit sharing incentive in lieu of tipping. 

This may be the first brick and mortar adventure for owners Joshua Lewin and partner Katrina Jazayeri. But we presume it won't be their last. 

  • November 28, 2017

Only In New England: 5 Unconventional Foods From Our Neck Of The Woods

The area is full of culinary opportunity for those willing to dig a little deeper and go off the beaten path.  

Foods from New England

Certain foods just scream New England. Lobster, clam chowder, baked beans...we know all the hits. Visitors from all over the world come to marvel at our clam bakes, drink down our Dunkin’ iced coffees, and pay a visit to the Sausage Guy outside Fenway Park. 

  • November 27, 2017

What To Do With Your Leftover Thanksgiving Stuffing

Thanksgiving leftovers

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

Earlier this week, we talked with food blogger Deb Perelman from the website Smitten Kitchen, and she gave us her tips for making the best Thanksgiving stuffing. One of her suggestions really stuck with us.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)

DEB PERELMAN: I love putting it - leftover stuffing in a waffle iron. It is so...

SHAPIRO: A waffle iron?

PERELMAN: ...It's so good. It's so good. You get those nice, deep crags, and you can put an egg on it. It's so fun for the day-after-Thanksgiving breakfast.

  • November 24, 2017

Week Four Of The Great Cider Adventure – Here There Be Ciders

The secret is out: ciders are the new craft beer. Everywhere you look, a new cider house is popping up with a delightful (and delicious) range of flavors. So, to celebrate fall in New England, we'll be releasing a new regional round-up of ciders each week for the fall!

Where to get cider in Massachusetts

As with the rest of the great state of Massachusetts, cider houses prove that the further West you go, the more farms you will find. The more people connected to the earth, and the more dedication to keeping things simple, pure and close to home. As I ventured into the ‘here thar be dragons’ part of the Commonwealth, I found myself walking through more fields, visiting more barns, and spending one particularly lovely afternoon on a hand-built front porch amongst the family orchards.

  • November 12, 2017

A Brief History Of Pumpkins

The popular fall fruit (yes fruit) has deep roots in the culinary history of the Americas that date back to before it became a staple on our Thanksgiving Day table.

pumpkin history

Today, pumpkins are a sign that fall is here and the holidays are soon to follow. Pumpkins bring to mind glowing porch ornaments, the famous ‘love-it-or-hate-it’ pumpkin spice latté, and of course–no Thanksgiving table is complete without it–pumpkin pie.

But pumpkin pie was not always synonymous with Thanksgiving. And pumpkins weren’t always so seasonal; In fact, they were an important staple, year-round, in the diet of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, long before European explorers set foot on these shores.

  • November 1, 2017

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