Munch Madness

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By only six votes, Oleana edged out Myers + Chang.

Dining Out

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Check out the Globe’s reviews of dozens of Boston-area restaurants.

Cheap Eats

Cheap Eats reviews

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There are dishes you can order for under $20 at eateries.

Latest Food & Dining headlines

From top: roast pork loin with sage and onions; honey-roasted harissa carrots; buttermilk dinner rolls; and chocolate-pudding pie with candy-cane whipped cream

What you want on a Christmas table is cheer, and a homespun menu that will delight guests

Add a few candles to your table, some flowers or greenery (or even snip some from way inside the tree, where they’ll never be missed), and you’re most of the way to entertaining holiday guests.

Bono, a name you can trust

The largest producer of extra virgin olive oil in Sicily has won more than one prestigious award for its cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil made from olives grown in Val Di Mazara in southwest Sicily.

Chocolate-pudding pie with candy-cane whipped cream

Recipe: Chocolate-pudding pie with candy-cane whipped cream is fun to make and delicious to eat

Many companies sell crushed candy-cane pieces that will work perfectly for this recipe, but if you already have canes on hand, crush them in a food processor or in a plastic bag with a rolling pin.

Buttermilk dinner rolls

Recipe: These buttermilk dinner rolls are the taste of another time

The yeast dough for these rolls, mixed with both buttermilk and butter, is easy to manage and quite forgiving. You can let it rise at room temperature or overnight in the fridge.

Honey-roasted harissa carrots

Recipe: Honeyed-roasted harissa carrots are sweet and spicy with coriander and ginger

Look for carrot bunches with the tops still on — they are not only fresher than loose carrots, they are usually smaller and thinner — the best size to bake whole so they look pretty and bake evenly.

Linh Aven

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Linh Aven of b. good

She came to Boston from the West Coast as a student, graduating with a PhD in molecular medicine. Layoffs at her biotech startup led her to a part-time pastry chef position at Café Madeleine in the South End. She was hooked.

Roast pork loin with sage and onions

Recipe: Roast a bone-in pork loin with sage and onions for an impressive, affordable main course

The pork loin you buy the rest of the year is probably boneless and looks like a log of meat. The bone-in roast, about 6 to 7 pounds, should yield 8 thick, juicy chops.

A taste of home, from Hapi African Gourmet

Paulette Ngachoko, a native of the West African nation Cameroon, is on a mission to showcase the foods of her homeland.

By the Glass

Revel in the variety of Cru Beaujolais

When Laura Staley began organizing a French wine tasting for her guests at Island Creek Oyster Bar in Burlington, she had Beaujolais — and the gamay grape — in mind.

Bottles

This Connecticut company wants to brew a better nonalcoholic beer

Athletic Brewing Co.’s founder deftly pitches his product, dropping catch phrases like “beer for the modern adult” and sounding a little like a focused Don Draper.

Jars of sprinkles and sand sugars for baking from Elmendorf Baking Supplies & Cafe in East Cambridge.

Sip and shop at Elmendorf Baking Supplies & Cafe

The place is a half cafe with pastries and sandwiches and a dozen seats and half retail shop devoted to baking supplies.

Gingersnap Crumble (left) and Three-Nut Chocolate Chip Bark.

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Tempting cookie crumbles and barks that don’t require lots of work

Cookie crumbles and barks use one dough and one pan to yield major flavor and crunch.

Jamaica Plain’s Little Dipper will offer an all-day menu from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

Tables

Tealuxe, Rani Indian Bistro to close; Giacomo’s heads west

Little Dipper expands its scope, plus more restaurant news you can use.

DEVRA FIRST

The best cookbooks of 2018 — for giving or for keeping

This year’s offerings were personal, evocative, and focused on the joy of everyday cooking.

Want just one cup? Try the Brew It Stick

The Brew It Stick ($14.95) has a fine nylon mesh basket to make a lone mug of French press-like java with little effort.

100-day-aged ribeye. A new study finds that eating red meat can raise the levels of a compound called TMAO in your blood.

2 new studies take a little more sizzle out of red meat

Researchers say a diet rich in red meat increases people’s circulating levels of a substance that can lead to the development of cardiovascular disease.

Janet Reich Elsbach

HELP DESK

How to show you care with food, in the most helpful way

Author Janet Reich Elsbach takes a look at how helping people with meals in times of stress not only provides nourishment, but comfort and pleasure at times when all can be in short supply.

Roasted-almond cookies

Recipe: Pack a box of roasted-almond cookies for the nut lovers on your list

The almonds to use in these soft, chewy cookies are roasted but have no other flavors; they’re not salted, nor skinned. They add an intense nutty flavor to the buttery dough.

Oatmeal-date cookies with walnuts

Recipe: Wrap up sugary, chewy oatmeal-date cookies to give away as gifts

Here’s a neat tip for prepping dates: To prevent the dates from sticking to your knife, coat the blade with nonstick cooking spray.

Multi-grain pancake mix

Recipe: Homemade multi-grain pancake mix is a great gift for a family with children of all ages

Four flours in this pancake mix give it lots of texture and flavor. Scoop it into cellophane bags and add your own label with instructions for using the mix.

Sheila Borges-Foley

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Sheila Borges-Foley of Neighborhood Restaurant & Bakery

Lines snake down the block for weekend breakfast at the Union Square eatery. Borges-Foley runs the restaurant, which her late brother opened in 1983.

Sweet and salty toasted pecans

Recipe: Sweet and salty toasted pecans make a fine gift — if you can part with them

After you make these nuts to give away, keep them under lock and key because you can’t eat just one.

Red sauce

Recipe: Give jars of homemade red sauce to your harried friends to make nightly supper a breeze

Homemade red sauce, paired with dried pasta (store-bought or otherwise) makes a wonderful holiday gift. Add olive oil, a wedge or Parmesan, and a crusty loaf to make your gift grander.

RED SAUCE: Pint jars make nightly suppers easier

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS

This feels like a practical year, a wool-sweater moment, a time to make your own gifts of food

Cooks who aren’t particularly craftsy are giving friends gifts they’ve made, not just cookies — though who can resist a bag of cookies? — but pantry and fridge items to get you through the work week.

The New Hampshire State Liquor Store in Hooksett.

N.H. police investigate theft of $5,000 worth of wine from liquor outlet

Police said the thefts happened at the Interstate 93 northbound store in Hooksett.

Dark Matter Glasses will liven up your lowball glass collection

Cambridge glass-blowing artist Andrew Iannazzi has attracted attention for his cool, colorful tiki mugs he creates with iconic faces. He has now introduced a new line — vividly colored lowball or rocks glasses for sipping scotch, an old fashioned, or whatever else you might want.

Add a little culture to your life (and your bread)

Cultured butter may sound sophisticated, but it’s really just old-fashioned goodness.

Skillet Black Beans With Quick Pickled Onions.

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Beans are the star in these quick skillet suppers

Short on time? Try these globe-trotting dishes.

School lunch rules OK refined grains, low-fat chocolate milk

The national school lunch program is making room on menus again for noodles, biscuits, tortillas and other foods made mostly of refined grains.

The dining area at Shore Leave in the South End offers a South Seas vibe.

Quick Bite

Shore Leave: a subterranean tiki party in the South End

The Bar Mezzana crew goes underground with rum-filled drinks and Asian-inspired finger food.

Crema Café to close, but the news isn’t all bad: Revival expands and Bluestone Lane moves in

Restaurant news you can use.

Forge & Vine restaurant — located on the site of the old inn’s blacksmith shop — has become a dining hotspot in the Groton area.

A new life for the Groton Inn, former oldest inn in America

It was fire that destroyed the old Groton Inn, and it’s fire that’s bringing it back to life.

Fries aren’t good for us, and we know it. So let’s stop freaking out over Eric Rimm’s six-fry prescription.

DEVRA FIRST

Breaking: Area nutrition professor advocates for actual nutrition

Only six fries? Internet, you’ve got better things to freak about.

Don’t miss the famed lobster trap tree in Cape Porpoise Square. in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Five festive New England towns to get you in the holiday spirit

These places are picturesque and charming year-round, but they’re especially magical during the holidays.

“Self-Portrait, Monument Valley, Utah” by Ansel Adams

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news you can use.

A BBQ bacon burger at Wahlburgers.

Wahlburgers to open in London in the spring

The local burger chain will join competitors like Shake Shack and Five Guys when it opens across the pond.

Chef-owner Tracy Chang at Pagu in Central Square.

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Pagu: A restaurant named for the chef’s dog, where dishes deserve to have their picture taken

The menu at Pagu in Cambridge throws a net around Spain, Japan, Taiwan, and of-the-moment American food culture and pulls it comfortably snug.

New cookbook offers recipes for latkes, kugel — and flank steak sandwiches

“From Our Kitchens: Recipes and Stories from the Boston Jewish Community” features recipes old and new alike.

Guests at Pagu in Cambridge for the Boston launch party for The Infatuation.

The Infatuation is here, and it’s infatuated with Boston food

Nine years after its start in New York City, and expansion to culinary hot spots like Los Angeles, Chicago, and Austin, the restaurant recommendation site recently added Boston to its club of 12 home cities.

Christina Tosi started as a pastry chef for David Chang of Momofuku Ssam Bar.

Home, sweet new home: Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar is coming to Cambridge

The first Milk Bar in Manhattan drew a following with crack pie — a gooey, oat-crusted, butter-and-brown-sugar rush — and cereal milk soft-serve.

The confident cook

Recipe: Cauliflower is so popular it’s now in a Bolognese ladled over linguine

Roasting cauliflower, caramelizing onions, and burnishing tomato paste with a little sugar to intensify it all give this dish a glorious taste.

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Brian Young of Cultivar and ‘Top Chef’

He will become executive chef at The Emory, a neighborhood bar and kitchen slated to open in April in the Scollay Square space.

PVDonuts offers fluffy, brioche-style rounds that are on the larger side.

Food & Travel

These doughnuts are a little over the top — and people are eating them up

The fluffy, brioche-style rounds at PVDounts are on the larger side, and adorned with elaborate toppings. Some of the more extreme doughnuts resemble plated desserts.

Here are 3 more Rhode Island doughnut shops to try

These sweet treats are worth a road trip.

‘Israeli Soul’ is part cookbook and part travel guide

This is the third volume for authors Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook, co-owners of several Philadelphia establishments, including Zahav, Rooster Soup Co., and the Goldie restaurants.

Recipe: The easiest hummus you’ll ever make, courtesy of ‘Israeli Soul’ cookbook

Canned chickpeas is the secret to this smooth, creamy, fast hummus.

Double shot

Matt Viser | Double Shot

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Presidential coffee history, the Costco coffee habits of Michael Dukakis, and a journey for the perfect cup.