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Ground dried peppers. (Hillary Nelson / For LiveWell)

There are many ways to dehydrate food, including your car

Thursday, September 3, 2015

I used to be skeptical about drying as a technique for preserving food. It might be fine for all those folks who live in balmy Italy and California, but here in cool, moist New England, it seemed to be asking for moldy produce. But it turns out that it is possible to dry food here successfully; all it takes is …

When the apple itch strikes, make this easy baked treat

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

During my freshman year at the University of Vermont, I became a pro at apple picking and at cooking up all those apples I picked. I probably know at least 20 different ways to bake an apple! So ever since college, it just doesn’t feel like fall without a slew of apple recipes …

A dish that does double duty

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

I confess: I am somewhat of a lazy cook. It is not that I am willing to cut corners and sacrifice good technique; instead my strategy is to choose unfussy dishes that yield the most pleasure and satisfaction for the least amount of effort, especially in the summer, when I prefer to spend …

Fast-food’s new target: the snack attack

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Forget the Big Mac attack. Now is the time of the snack attack. After years of slinging super-sized servings, some fast-food chains are starting to see the benefits of offering daintier bites. That includes mini-hot dogs, little chicken …

McDonald’s, Tyson cut ties with farmer tied to abuse video

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

McDonald’s and its supplier Tyson Foods say they’ve cut ties with a chicken farmer after an advocacy group released a video taken with a hidden camera that the group said showed abusive practices at its farm. The video was released by Mercy for Animals, an animal rights group …

Kraft Heinz recalls more than 2M pounds of turkey bacon

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Kraft Heinz Foods Co. is recalling more than 2 million pounds of turkey bacon products that may be unsafe because they could possibly spoil before the “Best When Used By” date. The US. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said that it has received reports of …

Burger King to McDonald’s: Let’s make a McWhopper

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

This probably isn’t what the United Nations had in mind when it established the International Day of Peace: Burger King is asking McDonald’s to join forces to create a “McWhopper.” In full-page newspaper, Burger King recently said it’s …

Doctors recommend early exposure to prevent peanut allergies

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A pediatricians’ group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts before they turn 1. The guidance is in response to a major allergy study published earlier this year that found …

New Mexicans say they dished out world’s longest tamale

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A group of people in New Mexico say they cooked the world’s longest tamale Saturday morning. Luis Hernandez of the ABQ West Chamber of Commerce says that a team of more than 30 chefs at Viva II, a three-day celebration of the state’s heritage, assembled a 116-foot-7-inch long …

Stock your freezer with fruit while you can

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The autumn produce season catches me off-guard every year. As we glide from the hot days of August into the cooler months ahead, we never quite know when the magic moment arrives that we have seen our last …

Popular foods taking on new hues without artificial dyes

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Mozzarella cheese at Panera restaurants won’t be as glaringly white. Banana peppers in Subway sandwiches won’t be the same exact shade of yellow. Trix cereal will have two less colors. Food makers are purging their products of artificial …

A little care, a little brine can produce stellar pork chops

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Let’s face it, a cookout on Labor Day, that bittersweet farewell to summer, tends to attract the hedonistic hordes. Your challenge as host is to come up with something that’s simple to prepare, but not boring. These pork …

A “burger” of a different sort. A Middle Eastern shish kebab

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

With autumn winking at me from the horizon, Labor Day grilling takes on a whole new significance. I’ve either worked my rusty old charcoal grill to the bone over the summer and I’m looking for something a little …