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This Nov. 10, 2014 photo shows a ginger fashioned cocktail in Concord, N.H. If there’s a chill in the air, consider starting with the roasted cider, a seasonal hot toddy that combines a classic mulled cider with the toasty flavor of hazelnuts. Or for a fresh take on tradition, try the ginger fashion, a zippy rendition of the reliable old fashioned. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

A cup of holiday cheer

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

hether you’re having a quiet night in with family or a larger gathering with friends, holiday celebrations often call for a cocktail – sometimes simply to help you deal with those friends and family! So we’ve got you covered with a trio of easy but delicious cocktails that won’t tax your time or budget. If there’s a chill in the air, consider the roasted cider, a seasonal hot toddy that combines a classic mulled cider with the toasty flavor of hazelnuts. For a fresh take on tradition, try the ginger fashioned, a zippy rendition of the reliable old fashioned. And if you’re feeling particularly festive, …

First woman named in charge of White House dessert

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

For the first time, a female chef is in charge of dessert at the White House. Michelle Obama’s office says Susan Morrison is taking over as executive pastry chef after helping make presidential sweets for nearly two decades. Morrison will create desserts for all White House social events, including the Gingerbread White House that will be on display during the holidays. She is …

A speedy dinner out of a slow braise

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

We don’t often think of braising as a weeknight-friendly approach to dinner. After all, anything that cooks low and slow would seem to be a no go for a workday. But I’ve found just the opposite. Turns out a hands-off braise is perfect for those evenings when I can’t be in the kitchen …

Choosing the best wines to go with your Thanksgiving dinner

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

There are people who know exactly what wine to buy for Thanksgiving dinner, but these tend to be the kind of unpleasant control freaks nobody really wants to dine with. You know the type – the “stay out …

What’s covered in new menu labeling rules

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

FDA announces new menu labeling rules The Food and Drug Administration yesterday announced new rules requiring chain restaurants and other retailers that sell prepared foods to put calorie labels on menus and menu boards. The rules will only apply to establishments that have 20 or more locations. A …

Locavore movement takes to deer hunting across U.S.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A decades-long national decline in the number of hunters has prompted states to tap into a new group of hunters – people who demand locally produced food, but don’t know the first thing about bagging a deer. Books …

Better flavor, higher price tag when it comes to local turkeys in New Hampshire

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Inside the bed of a Chevy pickup truck, 25 broad-breasted white turkeys gobbled loudly, their all-too-familiar fate a few hours away. The flock was part of a larger group of 65 turkeys hatched, cared for, well-fed and generally …

Cost of Thanksgiving is going up, but not by much

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Giving thanks will be a little costlier this year, but – and here’s something you can be truly thankful for – it probably won’t empty your wallet. The price for putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table for 10 …

PHOTOS: Cooks in training

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Children from Head 2 Toe Learning Center in Concord visited Merrimack Valley High School’s all-grades elective “food choices” class yesterday to help make garlic Parmesan pasta. …

Even nut haters may like cookies with pine nuts

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Much as I love a good nut, I almost universally hate nuts in baked goods. Not in brownies. Not in chocolate chip cookies. Certainly not in banana bread or carrot cake. I’ve had this aversion since I was …

Sweet celebration

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

During college, I took a class on global populations and food (affectionately known as “pops and crops”). I’m sure it was a fine class, but really only one lesson has stuck with me in the 25 years since. …

McDonald’s won’t buy Simplot’s GMO potato

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.’s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company’s oldest business partners – McDonald’s – hasn’t. The Idaho Statesman reports that the fast-food giant says it doesn’t use genetically modified potatoes and has no plans to change …