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T Lawrence-Simon, a Somerville resident, was a contestant on the first season of the cooking show "Great Chocolate Showdown," which will premiere on The CW on Jan. 29.

In the big top and the kitchen, T Lawrence-Simon takes leaps of faith

Somerville resident T Lawrence-Simon splits his time between his two jobs — ringmaster and candyman.

A new pasta shape: Cascatelli from Sfoglini Pasta, a Hudson Vally pasta manufacturer. The shape was invented by Dan Pashman, creator and host of the food podcast The Sporkful, where he chronicles his journey to create the shape in a series called "Mission: ImPASTAble."

He set out to make a new pasta shape (and a podcast)

Dan Pashman of The Sporkful introduces his noodle, called cascatelli, to the world.

project takeout map

Ordering takeout is helping restaurants survive. Where’s your favorite local spot to order from?

As restaurants are struggling to make it through another difficult winter, ordering takeout is paramount to their survival. In an effort to compile a database of local businesses to support, we are asking you to fill out the form below with your favorite restaurant.

Chris Coombs applied for federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund money last year but did not receive any before the program ended. Since Omicron hit the industry, he and other restaurant owners, along with some lawmakers, have wanted Congress to replenish the fund.

Omicron lowers sales and threatens bankruptcy for US restaurants

US restaurants stayed afloat during the pandemic thanks to outdoor heaters, elaborate patio spaces, and to-go drinks. But the creative workarounds weren't enough to stem the losses from the recent Omicron-fueled surge of COVID cases.

RESTAURANT CLOSURES
Anthony Caldwell, owner and executive chef at 50Kitchen, plated a chicken and waffle dish on Feb. 21, 2020.

50Kitchen in Fields Corner joins the list of Boston-area restaurants to close amid COVID-19

We’ll modify this list routinely with more insights, updates, and maybe even some hopeful news along the way.


The family behind Pan's Pizza in South Hero Vermont: Sani Pasagic, Justine Zolotas, Anne Zolotas, and Alexander Zolotas

In South Hero, Vt., a pizza place goes pay-what-you-can. Customers’ good will followed.

The family-owned Pan’s Pizza came up with an easy way for customers to pay what they could afford during the pandemic.

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Sunday, Jan. 16, is National Quinoa Day.

In honor of National Quinoa Day, we’re demystifying whole grains

There are about 20 varieties of whole grains, but we’re focusing on the ones you’re most likely to cook and eat.

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Check out this leak-proof silicone baking liner that lays flat on a baking sheet and keeps it clean when baking cookies.

These silicone liners have a cool new feature: They won’t leak

The California company Grand Fusion Housewares offers a BPA-free silicone mat with a twist — the corners snap together to form a rimmed tray.

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Vodka from GlenPharmer Distillery in Franklin.

Local distillery spices up its vodka line with cranberries and ghost peppers

GlenPharmer Distillery in Franklin produces a line of artisan spirits using local ingredients and traditional grains and barley.

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Oryx Desert Salt from the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa.

A new salt arrives from a South African desert

If you are interested in artisan finishing salts, there’s no shortage of choices.

BY THE GLASS
For when you're craving something sweet.

Thanks to Pedro Ximénez, you can drink your dessert

Spanish grape Pedro Ximénez is essential to lusciously sweet sherry.

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Slow cooked farro with mushrooms and spinach.

Get to know these 8 great grains

Look for whole grains in natural foods stores and supermarkets.

Myrth ceramics created by potters Eric and Abby Smallwood. A display of their porcelain dinnerware and other artisan tabletop items for sale at the new retail shop attached to their Somerville studio.

Myrth ceramics store opens next to studio in Somerville

Potters Eric and Abby Smallwood are recognized for their sturdy porcelain dinnerware, tumblers, and vases in muted earthy colors.