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Grill master: Perfectly cooked meat requires the right heat for the right time

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Every barbecue cookbook teaches the same technique for telling how hot the fire is. Hold the palm of your hand several inches above the coals and begin counting, “one Mississippi, two Mississippi . . .” Wherever you are in the count when you can’t take the heat any longer is a guide to fire temperature. One Mississippi means high heat; …

Summer’s frozen tradition

Thursday, July 2, 2015

When summer heats up, it’s time to head for a cold, sweet treat. We checked in with a few Concord-area ice cream shops to see which flavors are favorites and which are a bit weird. Arnie’s Place 164 Loudon Road, Concord 228-3225, Bestselling: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Unusual: Crosby’s Chocolate Chili. Manager …

‘Food Fight’ film documents Market Basket power struggle

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

One of the most remarkable work stoppages in U.S. labor history will soon be the subject of a documentary film. Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket is being edited and is scheduled to be released in the fall, said director Jay Childs, a New Hampshire-based filmmaker who’s been working on the …

The wonders of Watermelon

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Nothing hits the spot at an outdoor gathering quite like a beautiful slice of sweet, juicy watermelon – a perfect food to toss into a salad or eat on its own, with an edible rind that makes you …

Summer means time for a shandy

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Don’t let life’s lemons sour your summer. Use them to sour your beer, instead. It’s what’s called a shandy, a refreshing drink that classically is beer mixed with lemonade, though other flavors can be used. It has been …

Time to enjoy the classic fried fish sandwich of summer

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Need a break from the grill? Probably not, but it’s still good to remember that there are classic summer foods that don’t need an open flame to be delicious. As a gentle reminder, I created this versatile and …

A healthy steak that keeps you firmly in the produce aisle

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

We finally live in a world where going meatless on Mondays can appeal to even the enthusiastic carnivore. Which is why vegetable “steaks” are becoming increasingly popular. The concept is pretty simple: Cut up thick slices of veggies …

60 pizza-makers create nearly mile-long ‘pie’ in Milan

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The wait was on the long side for the pizza – 18 hours – but this was an extraordinary pie: nearly a mile long. More than 60 of Italy’s best pizza-makers worked through the night to create the pizza at Milan’s world fair, Expo 2015. Their toil was …

Let others worry about the burgers. You focus on the sangria

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Party pleaser Want to be the hero of your July Fourth gathering? Leave the burgers and dogs to somebody else. Ditto for the potato and pasta salads. What you want to bring is the sangria. Because it’s hard …

Lobster prices rise as summer season gets off to slow start

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

American lobster prices are swelling as the summer fishing season gets off to a slow start in New England. The summer staple is selling in the $6- or $8-per-pound range to consumers, an average increase of about $1 …

Grocers: Vermont GMO law could lead to fines of $10M a day

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Gov. Peter Shumlin says grocers nationwide should label all their products containing genetically modified organisms if they fear that Vermont’s first-in-the-nation labeling law could cost them millions in fines. Shumlin was responding to a letter from the head of the Grocery Manufacturers Association who says the law could …

Chinese eateries hold dog meat festival amid outcry

Monday, June 22, 2015

Restaurateurs in a southern Chinese town held an annual dog meat festival Monday despite international criticism of the event as cruel and unhygienic. The Yulin government distanced itself from the festival and announced new restrictions, but eateries reached …

Vermont institute helps schools grow farm-to-school programs

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Vermont has made a name for itself in the national farm-to-school movement getting more locally raised foods into school cafeterias and curriculum about nutrition and agriculture into classrooms. Now the state will serve as a classroom of its …