Food & Dining articles

Maria Lawton, food blogger and author of "Azorean Cooking: From My Family Table to Yours"

Author goes back home to learn Azorean cooking

Author goes back home to learn Azorean cooking

How one woman’s love of family — and a culinary pilgrimage — recaptured  the flavors of her childhood. Maria Lawton’s public persona as the “Azorean Green Bean” is a symbol of cultural pride that means almost as much to her as the delicious Azorean recipes for which she has amassed more than 10,000 online followers


Rhody Fresh ‘Butterkase Cheese’ on local grocery shelves

Success of ‘buy local movement’ reflected in expansion of Rhody Fresh product line. Butterkase Cheese, the newest Rhody Fresh product, can now be found in supermarkets and neighborhood food stores across the region, including Clements’ Market in Portsmouth, all local Stop & Shop locations, and Lee’s Supermarket in Westport. Made with milk sources from the Rhody

Dot the top of the filling with bits of unsalted butter before covering it with the top crust.

Fall brings apples, and apples mean pie

I make one or two apple pies each fall to herald the arrival of the autumn leaves, nippy temperatures and crisp apples lining the shelves at the grocery store or farmers’ market. I’ve been tweaking this recipe for years, trying different types of apples and amounts of sugar. The Fuji has become my apple of


The Golden Triangle of Sherry

Sherry is a wildly misunderstood wine. A fortified beauty from the southwest of Spain, Sherry offers aromas and flavors that no other wine can offer. From the soil type, climate and grape varietal, to origins in “The Golden Triangle,” Sherry is a wine that is well worth a try. Nestled far southwest of Spain lies

Chicken with Olives and Grapes can be made in an hour.

Chicken with Grapes and Olives is perfect for fall

This is a favorite chicken recipe of ours with a Mediterranean flair. I found it on the Witty in the City website, but she got it from the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. I’m not sure if she changed it, but I use chicken thighs instead of legs and thighs and I doubled the amount of grapes


‘Natural’ Wine? Open to Interpretation

As organic wines become a common option on restaurant wine lists and bottle shops, natural wines are also becoming more prevalent. So what truly makes a wine “natural” and what distinguishes it from organic selections? While organic wine has definitions that differ from country to country, they are at the least, legally outlined. The term “natural” wine does