Smart Cooks

Recipe for soba noodle salad with asparagus, peas, and sesame dressing

Best served at room temperature, this vegetarian noodle salad makes the perfect picnic lunch.

plated

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/18/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/Boghosian_21plated1_LIFE.jpg Nathan Kibarian is inspired by his Armenian-American upbringing

While some 23-year-olds are adjusting to life off-campus, Kibarian has achieved something remarkable.

BOTTLES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/14/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/DSC00848[1]A.jpg Low-alcohol brew once made for field workers

Notch Brewing Co. is making Notch Saison in a can, with lots of flavor and very low alcohol by volume.

from the bar

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/12/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/21bar_SteelheadPinotNoir_photocreditSteelheadVineyards_052515_pic2A.jpg Pinot Noir pairs with fish or fowl

The fish-friendly 2013 Steelhead Vineyards Pinot Noir pairs with fish or chicken.

dining out

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/18/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/wiggs_Serafina_334793.jpg So much so-so at Italian restaurant Serafina

The first Boston branch of a New York-based chain brings undistinguished Italian fare to the Financial District.

cooking with Gordon Hamersley

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/18/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/hamersley_asparagus_02.jpg Greening of spring brings asparagus, peas

Asparagus, English peas, radishes, and fava beans are spring crops all New Englanders fight for right now.

Cheap Eats

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/18/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/Boghosian_20cheap4_LIFE.jpg Mom and pop 2.0 in Malden

Ferry Street Food & Drink looks like a tavern but serves unexpectedly good food.

q&a

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/16/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/bostoncheesecellar_05.jpg Adam Shutes goes from a lab bench to a cheese counter

Shutes and a business partner bought the Boston Cheese Cellar in Roslindale Square and just reopened it.

Rhubarb-custard parfaits

Sally Pasley Vargas for The Boston Globe

seasonal recipe

Recipe for rhubarb-custard parfaits

Custard and rhubarb are old friends.

season recipe

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/14/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/IMGP1317(2)A.jpg Recipe for toasted chickpea salad with tahini dressing

The salad feeds six.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/07/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/mussels20sunday-3A.jpg A bowl of mussels one day, chowder the next

Sunday Supper begins with a big pot of cultured mussels then the mussel meat with potatoes and corn become chowder the second day.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/13/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/150512_kdb_butter0261.jpg Sample butters from Vermont and Europe

The Cheese Shop in Concord is offering butter samples from Vermont, France, Switzerland, England, and Italy.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/15/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Advance/Images/PBsilojpg.jpg Peanut butter to keep athletes fueled

Vermont Peanut Butter in Morrisville, Vt., developed a natural line using a proprietary blend of Southern peanuts.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/15/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/thermopop.jpg State-of-the-art thermometer

ThermoPop pocket thermometer takes roasting to a higher level.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/09/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/RiaCafe_01.jpg Ria Cafe offers a little taste of Europe

Pamela Bardhi, who grew up in her family’s West Roxbury shop, West Napoli Pizza, opened Ria Cafe next door.

Dining capsules

Dining Out reviews

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/27/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/diningout4-3603.jpg Where should you eat this week?

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

The best and worst from Boston dining

devra first

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/30/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/09dining1--90x90.jpg The 2014 Boston restaurant awards

Boston ate well in 2014. Let’s take a look back at the highs and lows — the tastes, restaurants, and people that made this a year to remember.

Best wines under $20

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/31/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Advance/Images/05plonkapix17.jpg 10th annual Plonkapalooza: Best wines under $20

Sommeliers sampled 25 whites, 25 reds, all under $20, and uncorked some surprises among the winning wines.

Double shot

Matt Viser | Double Shot

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/16/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/doubleshot-5060.png The buzz on coffee and the people who drink it

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

Dining out

Charred octopus at Serafina in the Financial District.

dining out

So much so-so at Italian restaurant Serafina

The first Boston branch of a New York-based chain brings undistinguished Italian fare to the Financial District.

Sunday supper & more

New England diners

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/13/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/p24_Jamie_Floyd.jpg 16 must-visit New England diners

These restaurants greet their guests with good food, down-to-earth atmosphere, and friendly prices.

Barbecue in Boston

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/04/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/p22_opening_photo.jpg Boston’s 10 best BBQ joints

We decree which spots serve the tastiest ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and other smoked specialties.

Globe Magazine

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/12/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/headmag0803_Cover-1956--90x90.jpg The food issue

How “Top Chef” Kristen Kish entertains, plus Clover Food Lab’s secret ingredient.