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In this photo taken Wed. Nov. 12, 2014  successful deer hunters check in their deer at the check station in Hillsboro, N.H. Fish and Wildlife officials suspect that interest from local food connoisseurs is helping to level off a drop in the number of hunting license holders nationally, which has been on a steady decline over the last 30 years.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

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 and blogs on the topic are numerous, and state wildlife departments are offering introductory deer hunting classes in urban areas to recruit …

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 loved by the Locke family of Northwood, who operates Sugarmomma’s Maple Farm. The turkeys had …

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 …

Venezuela cooks world’s largest Christmas hallaca

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Venezuelans may be struggling with shortages of basic food items, but Christmas treats were in abundant supply Saturday. With some help from the Ministry of Nutrition, some cooks set a record for making the world’s biggest hallaca, Venezuela’s …

New beers from Newburyport, Mass., added to New Hampshire Craft Alliance distribution

Monday, November 17, 2014

The New Hampshire Craft Alliance has signed a deal to distribute a new line of beer in the Granite State. The alliance – New Hampshire Distributors, White Mountain Distributors and Clarke Distributors – will begin distributing the entire line of Newburyport Brewing’s draft and canned craft beers throughout …

Inventor of CorningWare glass dies in New York

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The scientist who forever changed cooking with the invention of CorningWare, a versatile glass found in millions of American kitchens, has died. S. Donald Stookey died last week at an assisted living center in Rochester, New York. He was 99. His son, Donald Stookey, says he died from …

Thanksgiving: What can and can’t be prepped ahead

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

When it comes to wrangling the Thanksgiving meal onto the table, one motto gets it right: Be prepared. Let’s face it, our national day of feasting features multiple dishes, all of which require different cooking times, temperatures and …

Shortcut produces fluffiest, best sweet potato pie

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Much as I love a classic pumpkin pie, I have to be honest: My heart belongs to sweet potato pie. Both are rich and warmly spiced. Both go wonderfully with whipped cream (particularly whipped cream that has been …