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Do, See, Taste

Think summer! Big-ticket concerts (Primus, Weird Al, Beach Boys) on the horizon

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The temperature is hovering barely above zero as I write this. My house is encased in ice, and the snowbanks in my yard are tall enough for my kids to use them as sledding hills. All hopes of summer are buried deep beneath the frozen landscape, and I would love nothing more than to burrow under a nice warm quilt …

Grammy winner Kathy Griffin comes to Palace Theatre

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Kathy Griffin to sass it up in Manch Vegas Grammy Award-winning comedian and entertainer Kathy Griffin will bring her signature brand of comedy to Palace …

The Insiders: We can’t invite you to our dance party, but Let’s Dance certainly can

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

We can’t tell you how many times our brainstorming sessions for this column have devolved into dance parties. What can we say, we’re slaves to …

PHOTOS: Cold days at White Park

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

With the sun shining and no school this week, people braved the low temperatures yesterday to enjoy White Park in Concord. Above: Bode Thompson, 4, of Loudon uses a chair for support as he skates with his family. …

Waning funds may end 40-year bamboo organ fest

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A nearly 200-year-old Philippine bamboo pipe organ, said to be the oldest and most complete in the world, has survived time, storms and wars. But an annual concert festival that has showcased its unique, lilting music in a …

Soprano taking her Bruennhilde on the road

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Like a Valkyrie swooping down from her mountaintop, soprano Christine Goerke is poised to descend on America’s opera houses – but instead of wearing a set of wings on her shoulders, she’s carrying the role of a lifetime. …

Try a taste of this Scandinavian Lenten treat

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My father’s side of the family emigrated to the United States from the Swedish-speaking part of Finland. And though I have never been to the land of my ancestors, I was raised to love cardamom, which is to …

Homemade mozzarella in 40 minutes? Not a stretch

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pizza night in our house is full-on DIY. Homemade pizza dough and sauce from summer’s canned tomatoes, sure; that’s de rigeur. But homemade mozzarella? Oh, yes. Quite simply, it’s a revelation. Mozzarella is entry-level cheesemaking: satisfying, quick, inexpensive …

Goat farmers, producers handle increased demand for dairy

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Demand for goat milk and other dairy products has steadily increased in the United States in recent years largely because of growing interest in artisan cheeses and populations accustomed to goat products. That’s left goat farmers and dairy producers scurrying to keep up and find new and better …

Dietary guidelines panel advises policy changes, soda tax

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A government panel of nutrition experts is suggesting taxes on sodas and snacks along with incentives for healthy eating to encourage Americans to eat better. Some members of Congress are already pushing back, saying the panel has overstepped its bounds. The recommendations, released last week by the advisory …

FDA issues warning as peanuts found in cumin spice

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in cumin spice – a life-threatening danger to people with peanut allergies. The recall has been ongoing since December, as more retailers identify products that contain the cumin. The Food and Drug Administration …

The Insiders: The grass is bluer with this concert at the Audi tonight

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

There isn’t any grass visible anywhere in these parts right now (it’s still uncertain whether any will become visible before the end of 2015), so if we told you the grass was actually blue under there, it’s possible …

PHOTOS: School vacation helps get kids outside

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The winter vacation for area schools provided all kinds of activities and heavy snowfall helped with sledding on the area hills including in front of the Loudon Congregational Church. …