A few years ago I attended a food show with my friend and co-worker Jennifer Porter. The food shows we attended were huge, but there was always one ‘hot’ product—the item of the year. That year, it seemed that every…

What’s on Your Windowsill

We’ve all been there. You’re at a good friend’s house chatting about what a fun summer it was but “isn’t it great to have the children back in school?” and you spy something unusual on her kitchen windowsill. “What’s this…

As the weather turns cooler, our minds turn to comfort foods: hot, cheesy, feel-good foods. When we think of comfort foods, it usually includes a smell, doesn’t it? Meat roasting, cheese browning. Interestingly, your idea of what’s comfort food may…

In medieval times, meals were served out of a communal pot placed on a table to which diners brought their own knife, spoon and a wooden board called a trencher. Forks were nonexistent and fingers were used to take food…