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Dennis Chesley, co-founder of the New Hampshire Mushroom Company, prepares a customer purchase during the Tilton Winter Farmers’ Market on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Tilton Winter Farmers Market in need of a new home

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Joan O’Connor, the manager of the Tilton Winter Farmers Market, envisions a bright, expansive space for the market. A place with atmosphere, a facility full of sunlight that is reminiscent of Boston’s Faneuil Hall. “I’d love a beautiful building,” she said. “Some kind of a building that gives you mental health in the dead of winter.” But as summer speeds …

FDA bans some Mexican cilantro after feces found in fields

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration is banning imports of some fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico, after a government investigation found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields there. The FDA announced the partial ban on Monday after cilantro imported from the state of Puebla was linked to 2013 and 2014 outbreaks of stomach illnesses in the United States. U.S. and Mexican health …

Appeals court upholds California shark fin ban

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A federal appeals court Monday dismissed a legal challenge to a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins. The legislation does not conflict with a 19th century law that gives federal officials authority to manage shark fishing off the California coast or significantly interfere with interstate commerce, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. The 2-1 ruling upheld …

Bryan Voltaggio: Get comfortable with new take on home food

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Bryan Voltaggio’s new cookbook may be titled Home, but these are not the breezy, 30-minute meals you might expect from book named with an everyday ethos. Because when this star of Bravo’s Top Chef and owner of nine …

Matcha green tea gives flavorful boost to banana “ice cream”

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Like many Americans, I was first exposed to the taste of matcha green tea without really any thought on my part: green tea ice cream was the only dessert offered at our local Japanese restaurant, and since it …

Oreos get thin, going for ‘sophisticated’ air

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Oreos are getting a skinny new look, and their maker says the new cookie is a “sophisticated” snack for adults that isn’t meant to be twisted or dunked. Mondelez International Inc. says it will add “Oreo Thins” to …

Move pasta beyond the side salad

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Aside from the occasional pasta salad, America’s favorite carb often takes a vacation during summer. It’s probably because we tend to associate it with more winter-friendly heavy and hot sauces. But pasta doesn’t have to be relegated to …

These N.H. vinegars finish the dish right

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Sometimes a salad or meat sizzling off the grill – and frequently a cocktail – needs just that special something to tie it all together. When searching for that something, American home cooks frequently overlook one of the …

National food giant acquires Blake’s All Natural, but Concord-based brand won’t change its product

Sunday, July 5, 2015

In 1970, Charlie Blake made a dozen pot pies and sold them out of the back of his Chevy on South Main Street in Concord. Now, the Blake family business makes as many as 35,000 frozen natural and …

Grill master: Perfectly cooked meat requires the right heat for the right time

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Every barbecue cookbook teaches the same technique for telling how hot the fire is. Hold the palm of your hand several inches above the coals and begin counting, “one Mississippi, two Mississippi . . .” Wherever you are …

Summer’s frozen tradition

Thursday, July 2, 2015

When summer heats up, it’s time to head for a cold, sweet treat. We checked in with a few Concord-area ice cream shops to see which flavors are favorites and which are a bit weird. Arnie’s Place 164 …

‘Food Fight’ film documents Market Basket power struggle

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

One of the most remarkable work stoppages in U.S. labor history will soon be the subject of a documentary film. Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket is being edited and is scheduled to be released in …

The wonders of Watermelon

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Nothing hits the spot at an outdoor gathering quite like a beautiful slice of sweet, juicy watermelon – a perfect food to toss into a salad or eat on its own, with an edible rind that makes you …