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New restaurant will replace Blaser’s Fireside Tavern in Hopkinton this fall

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A new restaurant is coming to Hopkinton. Resident Amy Lanman plans to open up Number 5 Tavern this fall in the Main Street building previously occupied by Blaser’s Fireside Tavern. She bought the property, which has an assessed value of $301,100, in earlier this month. And last week, she got inside to begin cleaning and painting. If all goes to plan, she will host a grand opening in September. “We’re … 0

Suspected mad cow disease found in Romanian beef

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Officials say they have found a case of suspected mad cow disease in Romanian beef. Romania’s animal health and safety authority said a preliminary test on May 1 indicated the cow was infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy. It said the carcass has been sent to a British laboratory for further tests and it could be an “atypical form of BSE which appears naturally … 0

Rhubarb and chutney, made for each other

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Ask a dozen people about rhubarb, and some will tell you stories of a childhood summer day spent dipping it into cups of sugar. The rest will give you a baffled look and ask, “Rhubarb?” The vegetable with poisonous leaves and edible stalks is either deeply familiar or utterly foreign. Either way, it … 2

Get ‘Grilled’

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

All eyes are on the giardiniera. After making the cut and practicing with likely ingredients, after surviving two quick rounds in which Cracker Jack, Vienna Beef franks, smoked cheese, deep-dish pizza dough and kielbasa had to be charred … 0

Farm vendor finds avenues beyond farmers market to sell products

Saturday, July 5, 2014

With 40 vendors and a variety of locally made products for sale, the Concord Summer Farmers Market attracts a crowd to Capitol Street every Saturday morning. Customers can seek out their favorite stands week after week, but the system can be a bit more complicated for the farmers … 1

Gluten-free Living: The true taste of summer: s’mores

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Warm weather means barbecues, icy drinks and fresh produce galore, but, to me, the real flavor of summer involves melted chocolate and gooey, mildly charred marshmallows. The challenge with gluten-free s’mores, though, is finding a decent graham cracker. … 0

Woman sues, saying chia powder caused salmonella

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Colorado woman has filed suit against Navitas Naturals of California, saying she contracted salmonella from the company’s chia powder. Carolyn Marie Shirley of Fort Collins filed the lawsuit last week in federal court in Denver. The suit says Shirley was diagnosed with salmonella after getting sick in … 0

Contaminated parmesan cheese seized in Italy

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Italian police have seized 2,400 wheels of contaminated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and detained four people in the latest safety problem afflicting some of Italy’s most prized foods. The cheese was contaminated with aflatoxin, a highly-carcinogenic toxin that can be found in corn used to feed animals, Italian news agency … 0

Hemp seeds seized at US-Canada border

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hundreds of pounds of industrial hemp seeds heading from Canada to Colorado have been seized by federal authorities in North Dakota. The seizure marked the latest bump along the road to legalization of marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin. The federal Farm Bill signed into law earlier this year allows cultivation … 0

Lemon-pepper really pops in this pulled chicken

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

For a fresh take on barbecued pulled pork, I decided to reinvent it from the bottom up. And I started by ditching the pork. As delicious as pork is, for this July Fourth offering I wanted something that … 0

Scientist gets World Food Prize for wheat advances

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A crop scientist credited with developing hundreds of varieties of disease-resistant wheat adaptable to many climates has been awarded the 2014 World Food Prize. Sanjaya Rajaram, who was born in India and is a citizen of Mexico, wins the $250,000 prize founded in 1986 by Norman Borlaug, who … 0

Red, white and grilled

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

As somebody who spends a whole lot of time thinking about grilling, I love that so many Americans celebrate July Fourth by busting out the grill. So many of us are eating the same thing cooked in the … 0

FDA prepping plan to reduce salt

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty – a long-awaited federal effort to try to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke. The Food and Drug … 1