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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 …

Delightfully sour pickles

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Humans have been scheming about how to put aside the plentiful food of summer for the lean times of winter for millennia. As early as 7000 b.c., the Chinese had figured out how to ferment fruit and honey …

Meal planning help is just a click away

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Helping you decide what’s for dinner The smartphone has become an indispensable cooking tool, whether you’re using it as a timer or to quickly look up just how many cups 18 fluid ounces actually is. It’s also become a great way to find and collect recipes. Kitchen Stories …

ON THE FOOD TRAIL: Something new is brewing in Warner

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Darryl and Kristin Parker aren’t Warner natives, but they’ve spent enough time in the town to learn the local language. When the couple and their daughter decided to open a coffee shop in the small town, which they’ve …

Thai cooking adapted for summer ease

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

I believe that summer is the season for easy cooking. Stop at the farm stand and pick up a dozen ears of corn or some ripe tomatoes that sit like royal orbs in your hands and you’re done. …

Finally! A U.S.-made hard cider that’s actually worth drinking

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

There was a day not so long ago when this country had squat to offer as far as hard ciders. And for those of us who came of age on this delicious, dryly-sweet boozy beverage, it kind of …

New machines aim to revive troubled New Mexico green chili

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Efforts are underway to save the green chili that’s important to traditional New Mexican fare as labor shortages, a previous severe drought and competition from China, India and Mexico endanger its growth in the state. The Las Cruces …

Subway sandwich artists set world record in Las Vegas

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Subway’s “sandwich artists” cranked out a record number of their lunchmeat masterpieces in Las Vegas on Saturday. Franchisees and employees from around the world set a Guinness World Record for the “most people making sandwiches simultaneously” when 1,481 people built subs at the same time during the brand’s …

A perfect ratatouille celebrates the season

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

I make at least two batches of ratatouille – that Provencal melange of eggplant, zucchini, onions, peppers and tomatoes – every summer. I prepare the first as the season’s sweet red peppers begin to file in and the …

Post-White House, Sam Kass to be food analyst for NBC News

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

After six years of helping the Obama administration determine the nation’s food policy, former White House chef and food policy adviser Sam Kass will now report on it. NBC News recently announced that Kass, who worked at the White House from 2009 until 2014, would serve as a …

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 …