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Do, See, Taste

SAG Awards win sends ‘Birdman’ Oscar hopes soaring

Monday, January 26, 2015

Oscar hopes for Birdman got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner Boyhood. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s elegantly crafted backstage romp won best ensemble Sunday night at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild, a day after it also won the top honor …

PHOTOS: Family ice time before the storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Three Henniker families – the Owenses, Reynoldses and Olkonens – went skating on Whittier Pond on Friday. The ice was clear and smooth, perfect for …

Balloon crew launches in bid to break 2 major records

Monday, January 26, 2015

An international team has launched its helium-filled balloon from Japan in a bid to reach North America and break two major records en route. Pilots …

Movie Commentary: The mediocrity of ‘American Sniper’

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

When the 2015 Oscar nominations were announced last week, I put “the parade of accolades for American Sniper” at the top of my list of poor decisions the Academy voters made this year. The Clint Eastwood movie, about one of the most effective snipers in American military history …

Gordon Ramsay loses court battle over $1M rent on London pub

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is facing a kitchen nightmare after a British judge ruled him personally liable for rent on a London gastropub. Ramsay accused his father-in-law, Christopher Hutcheson, of using an autopen machine to forge his signature on a document making Ramsay personal guarantor for the 640,000-pound …

A speedy chicken breast that packs flavorful, crunchy punch

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This is the chicken breast recipe you’ve been searching for. Because it will taste nothing like those flavorless, dry breasts you’ve grown to tolerate. The gist is simple – chicken breasts are sliced thin, then pounded even thinner. …

Ga. appeals court hears case over Vidalia onion regulation

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A bitter fight over Georgia’s famed sweet onions is winding its way through the state’s legal system. The state agriculture commissioner established a rule setting a packing date meant to keep immature Vidalia onions off store shelves to protect what is a $150 million brand. However, a major …

California unveils strict rules on pesticide

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Officials say farmers in California now have to abide by the nation’s strictest rules for a widely used pesticide. Brian Leahy, director of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, said the heightened rules will protect farm workers and people who live near the fields. The pesticide, chloropicrin, is …

Hawaiian Host buys Mauna Loa in macadamia nut consolidation

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hawaiian Host, maker of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, said it’s buying macadamia nut processor Mauna Loa from The Hershey Co. Hawaiian Host says it will keep Mauna Loa a subsidiary and separate brand, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. The deal brings Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corp. under the control of …

Looking for big flavor without all the fat? Try soy chorizo

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tucked away between the tofu “cheeses” and textured vegetable protein taco crumbles lies a tiny package you really should consider including in your lineup of go-to good-for-you ingredients – soy chorizo. Vegetarian and vegan readers may well be …

State to celebrate 10th annual Wine Week

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission will host its 10th annual Wine Week celebration Jan. 26 through Feb. 1. This year’s event will include access to nationally and internationally acclaimed wine makers, intimate wine dinners, bottle signings, wine tastings and for, the first time this year, a one-of-a-kind Pinot …

TV networks make unequal progress toward on-screen diversity

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Kenya Barris, creator of ABC’s Black-ish, was motivated to write the comedy about an African-American family’s efforts to honor its heritage in part by the unreality of what he grew up watching on television. “I saw Friends and …

1 of Mark Wahlberg’s victims says he shouldn’t be pardoned

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A victim of one of Mark Wahlberg’s racially motivated attacks as a teenage delinquent in Boston in the 1980s insists he shouldn’t be granted a pardon for his crimes. Kristyn Atwood was among a group of mostly black …