Bonny Wolf http://wcbe.org en Mallomars: The Cookie Everyone Likes To Hoard http://wcbe.org/post/mallomars-cookie-everyone-likes-hoard Mallomars turn 100 years old this month. Over the years, the chocolatey marshmallow treat has gathered a cultlike following. For those who have yet to discover Mallomars, take heed — you may soon have a new addiction.<p>It's Mallomar season right now, which may seem strange since Mallomars are commercially packaged cookies, not apples. But the round graham crackers topped with marshmallow and covered in dark chocolate are actually packaged seasonally.<p>Mallomars are only shipped during cool months, so the chocolate won't melt. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:10:08 +0000 Bonny Wolf 46300 at http://wcbe.org Mallomars: The Cookie Everyone Likes To Hoard Kitchens Of The Future Will Really Know How To Cook http://wcbe.org/post/kitchens-future-will-really-know-how-cook Kitchens are getting smarter.<p>Some refrigerators can let you know when the door is open, or if the milk is past its sell-by date. They make ice at night during less expensive, off-peak energy hours. There are dishwashers that can contact a repairman.<p>It probably won't be long before you can become Facebook friends with your microwave.<p>The first microwave oven — the Radarange — weighed 750 pounds and was bought by a Cleveland restaurant in 1947 for $3,000. Later home models had a pull-out box for recipe cards. Paper recipe cards. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:28:55 +0000 Bonny Wolf 41550 at http://wcbe.org Kitchens Of The Future Will Really Know How To Cook Oysters Rebound In Popularity With Man-Made Bounty http://wcbe.org/post/oysters-rebound-popularity-man-made-bounty <em>In Colonial Virginia, oysters were plentiful; Capt. John Smith said they lay "thick as stones." But as the wild oyster harvest has shrunk,</em> Weekend Edition<em> food commentator Bonny Wolf says the market for farm-raised oysters is booming.</em><p>The local food movement is expanding from fertile fields to brackish waters.<p>Along the rivers and bays of the East Coast, where wild oysters have been decimated by man and nature, harvests of farm-raised oysters are increasing by double digits every year. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:38:17 +0000 Bonny Wolf 29640 at http://wcbe.org Oysters Rebound In Popularity With Man-Made Bounty On Your Plate In 2013, Expect Kimchi And Good-For-You Greens http://wcbe.org/post/your-plate-2013-expect-kimchi-and-good-you-greens Weekend Edition <em>food commentator Bonny Wolf offers her predictions of what we'll eat in the new year.</em><p>Asia is the new Europe. It's been gradual: from pan-Asian, Asian fusion and Asian-inspired to just deciding among Vietnamese, Korean, Tibetan and Burmese for dinner.<p>Should we have the simple food of the Thai plateau or the hot, salty, sour foods of southern Thailand?<p>The new flavors of the year won't come from the kitchens of chefs trained at Le Cordon Bleu. More likely, they'll trickle up from Asian street foods. Tue, 01 Jan 2013 01:27:07 +0000 Bonny Wolf 28249 at http://wcbe.org On Your Plate In 2013, Expect Kimchi And Good-For-You Greens Wild Turkeys Gobble Their Way To A Comeback http://wcbe.org/post/wild-turkeys-gobble-their-way-comeback Wild turkeys and buffalo have more in common than you might guess. Both were important as food for Native Americans and European settlers. And both were nearly obliterated.<p>There were a couple of reasons for the turkey's decline. In the early years of the U.S., there was no regulation, so people could shoot as many turkeys as they liked. And their forest habitat was cut down for farmland and heating fuel. Without trees, turkeys have nowhere to roost. So they began to disappear.<p>By the early 1900s, there were only about 30,000 wild turkeys left in the whole country. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 10:45:00 +0000 Bonny Wolf 25739 at http://wcbe.org Wild Turkeys Gobble Their Way To A Comeback Popcorn Gets Its Moment On The Red Carpet http://wcbe.org/post/popcorn-gets-its-moment-red-carpet Popcorn and movies (or the Oscars) go together like Batman and Robin. And nowadays, options stretch far beyond plain or buttered.<p>Food critics call one brand the Rolls Royce and another the Prada. They are designer labels for the simplest, most American snack food.<p>Gourmet popcorn was named one of the top five trends to watch at the specialty food trade show this winter. There's popcorn covered in chocolate, <a href="http://www.metropolitanbakery.com/bakery/popcorn/bourbon-infused_popcorn/" target="_blank">infused with bourbon</a>, seasoned with curry. Sun, 26 Feb 2012 10:29:00 +0000 Bonny Wolf 5072 at http://wcbe.org Popcorn Gets Its Moment On The Red Carpet Moscato Madness: The Dessert Wine's Sweet Surge http://wcbe.org/post/moscato-madness-dessert-wines-sweet-surge In the U.S., wine drinking has held its own during these hard economic times, and even grown in some unlikely corners. Moscato, for example, the Italian dessert wine, has gone from relative obscurity to the toast of the town.<p>Hip-hop singer Drake, in his song "Do It Now," gives it a shout-out. It's also the wine Kanye West orders for special parties. Sun, 29 Jan 2012 10:57:00 +0000 Bonny Wolf 3871 at http://wcbe.org Moscato Madness: The Dessert Wine's Sweet Surge Artisanal And Authentic, The Flavors Of The New Year http://wcbe.org/post/artisanal-and-authentic-flavors-new-year Come 2012, there's a new food vocabulary: authentic, craft, small batch, artisanal, rustic and, of course, local. It's the opposite of processed, mass produced and factory farmed.<p>What might be called urban neo-ruralism has apartment dwellers canning tomatoes, keeping bees and churning butter.<p>The small farmer is the new gastronomic superhero, sourced on restaurant menus. Independent butcher shops are opening across the country with unfamiliar cuts like Denver steak, petite tender, flat iron. Sun, 01 Jan 2012 10:40:00 +0000 Bonny Wolf 2492 at http://wcbe.org Artisanal And Authentic, The Flavors Of The New Year