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Concord’s winter market returns to Cole Gardens

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Winter is coming – but that means the Concord Winter Farmers’ Market is back. Cole Gardens, located at 430 Loudon Road, hosts the annual market on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. General manager Charlie Cole said the vendors are a mix – some familiar faces from the summer market in downtown Concord, others winter newbies. They sell everything from winter vegetables to ice cream, ravioli to guacamole, fish …

Caramel candy: an annual tradition

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My favorite candy in the whole world is a good caramel. Which is why, for 30 years, I have been making them every holiday season to give to people I care about. Over the decades, I have tried a lot of different recipes, but I always seem to return to a recipe I …

Pinnacle buying Boulder Brands for about $710 million

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pinnacle Foods to buy Boulder Brands Pinnacle Foods is buying Boulder Brands for about $710 million in a move that adds a line of health and wellness food brands to Pinnacle’s offerings, which include Birds Eye frozen foods, Duncan Hines frosting and cake mixes. The deal, announced Tuesday, comes as food producers try …

For real fall flavors, get your winter squash on the grill

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Just because the weather has turned crisp, doesn’t mean you have to put away your grill. Frankly, fall is my favorite time to grill. When the weather is cool, there is nothing more satisfying than grill-roasted or smoked …

Weeknight pork chops

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

This is one of those recipes you’ll be grateful to have up your sleeve on a busy weeknight, not only because of its practical virtues – it is made in one skillet in less than half an hour, …

A cheesy, fried Hanukkah treat

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Many of the signature dishes of Hanukkah involve either cheese or frying in oil . . . Or both! Since I like to have it all, I created these fried sweet cheese and almond dumplings – a luscious …

Why getting rid of free office snacks doesn’t come cheap

Sunday, November 15, 2015

To boost its bottom line, Sprint decided last week to end the era of free office snacks away from its employees. The move represents a tiny fraction of the struggling telecom’s effort to cut $2.5 billion from its total operating expenses. Axing the free food will shave $600,000 …

Chickpea cookies? You betcha!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

My four daughters all inherited the love for sugary treats that my husband and I share. So to try to keep things in balance, I gravitate to treat recipes that are lower in sugar and add a bit …

Pumpkin surprise

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

This Thanksgiving pie is deliciously deceptive. Until you cut into it, it looks like your classic lemon meringue pie, piled high with billows of whipped and toasted egg whites. But once the knife slices through that sweet topping, …

A slow cooker cookbook the whole family will love

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Being asked to write a review of a Crock-pot cookbook is like being asked to write my love language. Being the mom to five kids, two grandchildren and a few foster children who insist on being fed each …

Eating meat comes with responsibility

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

‘How do you feel sending animals to the butcher,” is a question I’m often asked. Of course, I don’t like it. The return question I want to ask is, “How do you, a consumer of meat, feel about …

The Latest: Chipotle reopening Northwest locations this week

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Chipotle says it’s reopening the 43 restaurants it closed in the Pacific Northwest amid an E. coli outbreak that has sickened about 40 people. Health officials say they haven’t determined a cause of the outbreak, which started last …

Forget turkey – try roast chicken and pork this fall

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Many years ago, when I was in cooking school, our French chef teachers taught us a technique for preparing poultry called “à la crapaudine.” This translates as “in the manner of a toad.” It involves cutting a bird …