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This July 28, 2014, photo shows buttered black pepper bison steaks in Concord, N.H. The widely available alternative to beef is naturally lean and deeply flavorful. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Butter and black pepper, a steak’s best friends

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A steak and potato dinner is an American cliche, but a delicious one. And its classic status gives us leave to play with — and enjoy — it without feeling guilty. Here’s a weeknight-friendly steak and taters recipe that’s a one-pan wonder. Nobody wants tons of cleaning up on a weeknight. It’s also fast and flavorful. If this meal has … 0

Bean there, done that? Learn to love dried beans

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I didn’t appreciate the numerous lovable qualities of dried beans until my college years, when I was living on my own in a house with several other women, all of us strapped for cash. As soon as we discovered that beans are a tasty, economical and nutrient-rich alternative to animal-based protein, they began … 0

Home Plate: Fall produce is perfect for homemade crostata

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It’s the time of year when gardens are bursting with so much produce, we can’t keep up with it. This year was a bad one for pears and peaches at my house, but a great one for grapes and tomatoes. Mysterious, but fine. One can only handle so many surfeits at a time, … 0

A shaved salsa that needs no tomatoes, no chopping

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

We generally assume two things about salsa that we shouldn’t. First, that it must involve tomatoes. Second, that the ingredients should be chopped. Because while chopped tomato salsas are delicious, you don’t want those to be your only … 0

Homeplate: Bean hole beans – if you enjoy a challenge

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I had to drive to the Seacoast along Route 4 recently, and all the way over I kept seeing signs advertising a bean hole bean fundraiser. Bean hole beans? It had to have something to do with baked … 1

Plant waters grow into hot beverage market trend

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Coconut water, maple water, even birch and cactus waters. A quick inventory of beverages in the produce section makes it clear – plant waters are rising. Soda and non-fresh juice sales are flat or slipping slightly, but plant-based … 0

Market Basket boycott ripples into neighboring stores, causing layoffs at Warner Aubuchon

Monday, August 11, 2014

After 40 years of working in retail, Steve Monette knows tough business conditions. He’s worked at Aubuchon Hardware locations during road construction that left excavators parked in front of his store’s front door. But he’s never seen anything … 22

Lanctot’s Plaza attracts new Subway, day care

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Subway restaurant is opening in Weare’s Lanctot’s Plaza this month. Local businesspeople see the move as a signal that the town’s economy is growing and becoming more business friendly. “We are all totally excited,” said Samantha Walton, … 0

Summer takes a licking to keep on ticking

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Summer is waning, but this is no time to switch your focus to fall. Savor these last few weeks of warm weather, beach days and flip-flops. Don’t go gently into those cool nights and rushed school mornings; forge … 0

‘Gluten-free’ labeling standards kick in

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Starting this week, “gluten-free” labels on packaged foods have real meaning. Until now, the term “gluten-free” had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means. This new requirement is especially important for people … 0

What I craved was a more mindful snack

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Two years ago, I cut refined sugars, processed foods and gluten from my diet. My goal was to feel better. I’ve always been interested in the relationship between food and the body. Mostly, that led to eating more vegetables, buying meat from local farmers and putting grass-fed butter … 0

Summer berries nestle in bright, airy cake squares

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Embedding summer berries in a creamy cake batter creates little fruity pockets and, along the way, a nifty cake for serving as dessert, with mid-afternoon iced tea or coffee or as a casual treat. The operative word, for … 0

California company recalls food on botulism fears

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

An Orange County, Calif., packaged food company is voluntarily recalling several products over fears of possible botulism contamination. The California Department of Public Health warned consumers to avoid some products from San Clemente-based VR Green Farms. Officials determined two botulism infection cases might be tied to the company’s … 0