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Twig Farm cheeses.

Twig Farm cheeses are aging gracefully in Vermont

Michael Lee doesn’t own goats anymore but still makes artisan goat cheeses on his farm in West Cornwall, Vt.

BOTTLES
Father Isaac Keeley in 2014, when the brewery was just getting started.

The monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey are getting out of the beer business and closing Spencer Brewery

The brewery was founded in 2014 and made the country’s only officially recognized Trappist ales, but "brewing is not a viable industry for us and that it is time to close.”

GETTING SALTY
Chef David Welch recently opened an eponymous restaurant in Chestnut Hill.

David Welch started out at Formaggio Kitchen. Now he’s the big cheese at his own restaurant in Chestnut Hill

After a detour into high-end private catering (more on that later), he opened Chef Dave’s in Chestnut Hill earlier this year, not far from his home in Jamaica Plain.

FOOD
Whole wheat crepes.

Crepe escapes: You can travel the world just by eating pancakes

It's no wonder this simple, fast, easy-to-eat, transportable food is favored the world over. And if you knew how easy it is to make French crepes, you’d probably make them quite often.

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People embraced Sunday outside the parking lot of a Tops Friendly Markets grocery store where 10 people were killed on Saturday in Buffalo.

The importance of a grocery store

Supermarkets are centers of culture and community. In America, that also makes them targets.


One of the winners of this year's sofi awards.

New England has another strong showing in annual specialty food awards

Seventeen foods from 13 New England producers, many of them veteran winners, picked up awards.

IRVINS, a company in Singapore, makes salted duck egg snacks that are now in the United States.

Salted egg chips might become a new snack habit

These salted egg chips from the Singaporean company IRVINS arrived in the United States about a year ago. The snack made the list of favorite things for Andrew Zimmern, who for years hosted “Bizarre Foods.”

SIPS
Banks Fish House's Rise & Shine puts a fun spin on the standard coffee cocktail.

You can Rise & Shine later in the day, too

The classic espresso martini is a 1990s darling that’s been making a very forceful comeback in bars around the country. Here's a fresh spin on it from Jason Percival at the Banks Fish House in Back Bay.

FOOD
Tea meets art in the library of the Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington, Conn.

Pinkies up! 6 great spots for a spot of tea around Boston

What better way to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee than with a cuppa? Here are a few places in and around Boston where you can enjoy this time-honored tradition in proper style.

DEVRA FIRST
Oysters at Black Lamb.

Where to eat dollar oysters around Boston

Here are a dozen different places to take advantage of the best dining deal in town.

Breads from Bread Obsession, a new retail shop in Lexington.

Bread Obsession has quickly become just that

New shop in Lexington has already become a go-to bakery.

Runamok of Vermont, known for its artisan barrel-aged, smoked, and infused maple syrups in sleek glass bottles, has now introduced a line of honeys.

‘We’ve had an extraordinary foray into the world of honey’

Runamok of Vermont, known for their artisan barrel-aged, smoked, and infused maple syrups in sleek glass bottles, has now introduced a line of honeys.

Now you can have plenty of Bee's Wrap on hand to snip off any size you need.

Bee’s Wrap is on a roll

Now you can have plenty on hand to snip off any size you need: smaller pieces to wrap an onion, a wedge of cheese, and to freeze a baked good, or larger odd sizes for celery stalks and rhubarb.