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This Sept. 29, 2014 photo shows pumpkin risotto with fried sage in Concord, N.H. Like omelets or tortillas, risotto is attractive as a weeknight dinner because of its flexibility. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Taking the tedium out of making pumpkin risotto

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

If you’ve never made risotto before, you’re missing out on a great candidate for a weeknight meal. With no more at hand than the right rice, an onion, some broth and a wedge of Parmesan, you have dinner. Like omelets or tortillas, risotto is attractive as a weeknight dinner because of its flexibility; you can augment it with anything, your …

N.H. Food Bank asks hunters to ‘Hunt for Hungry’

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The New Hampshire Food Bank is asking hunters to “Hunt for the Hungry” this season. For the seventh consecutive year, the food bank is collecting donations of whole or processed game animals for distribution at food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and group homes across the state. Last year, the partnership between the food bank and Fish and Game brought in 1,200 pounds …

Tomato rice soup: A speedy bowl of creamy comfort

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Quick comfort food The creaminess puts this weeknight soup over the edge. Instead of cream, it uses cashew butter. It’s just as rich and creamy, but less sweet. Nuts and tomatoes work wonderfully together, and this soup is a fine example. The cashew butter (sold alongside peanut butter), keeps the overall flavor of …

DNA linked to how much coffee you drink

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The coffee gene How much coffee do you drink every day? One cup in the morning? Or do you gulp it all day? Scientists have long known that your DNA influences how much java you consume. Now a …

Potato harvest schools Maine teens in hard work

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

In the gentle hills of northern Maine, far from the rocky coastline and lighthouses, teenagers trade warm classrooms for cold potato fields every fall, just as they have for generations. Schools shut down – sometimes for weeks at …

New Pepsi, Coke products

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Coke and Pepsi are squaring off again, this time with natural sweeteners. PepsiCo plans to roll out a reduced-calorie version of its namesake soda made with sugar and stevia, a natural sweetener. Pepsi True will be sold on …

Rock the stock!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Why bother making chicken stock at home when there are so many respectable versions at the supermarket? Because the stock you pour out of a can or a box just can’t touch the homemade variety. The difference is …

It’s tuna salad and so much more

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Because I am constantly in the kitchen creating new recipes, I hardly ever eat the same thing twice. So if a meal has made it into my regular rotation, you know it has got to be something special. …

This spicy stew has everything it takes to please palates, vegetarian or not

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sometimes I like to go back to basics. For a relatively new vegetarian like myself – and even for more experienced ones – I think it’s helpful every so often to remember why we made this transition in …

Michigan university set to launch beer-making program

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Colleges and beer have a long shared history. A university in Michigan is taking that partnership to a new level with the creation of a program to train and certify experts in “fermentation science.” Central Michigan University in …

Not just another pumpkin recipe

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I know. It’s barely October, and you can’t swing a reusable shopping tote without hitting some form of pumpkinized food or drink. But to paraphrase Monty Python, this hasn’t got much pumpkin in it. The puree adds body …

No charges in toxic tea incident at Utah eatery

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

No charges will be filed in the case involving a woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with lye at a Utah restaurant. Salt Lake County Attorney Sim Gill said Friday that prosecutors determined after reviewing an extensive investigation by the South Jordan, Utah, Police …

Lemon lovers get bitter shock on California drought

Monday, September 29, 2014

First it was the surge in beef prices, and then seafood went through the roof. Now you can add lemons to the growing list of ingredients cutting into profit on the menu at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab. The three Joe’s restaurants, in Washington, D.C., Chicago …