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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 organic meals every day. And earlier this year, national food giant ConAgra purchased Blake’s All Natural for an undisclosed sum. While the …

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 in the count when you can’t take the heat any longer is a guide to …

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 Loudon Road, Concord 228-3225, Bestselling: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Unusual: Crosby’s Chocolate Chili. Manager …

The rise and fall of Subway, the world’s biggest food chain

Sunday, May 31, 2015

With 43,945 sandwich shops in 110 countries, Subway has become the world’s most ubiquitous restaurant chain, posting armies of “sandwich artists” in more American outposts than McDonald’s and Starbucks combined. Yet at the dawn of its 50th birthday, all is not well in the land of Jared and …

Latest in food-track tech: Swipe a code, meet your fisherman

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A group of scientists and fishermen in Maine is working on a new tool they say will allow seafood consumers to learn the backstory of a piece of fish by scanning a code at the supermarket. Gulf of …

Egg prices surge to record on shortage caused by bird flu

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Egg prices reached record levels on Friday after a bird flu outbreak decimated the flock, leading to the death of more than 20 million egg-laying hens over the last month in the top producing state of Iowa. The …

School’s almost out, so it’s time to get schooled on burgers

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

As food goes, it’s hard to imagine anything more American – and that more perfectly captures summer – than a great grilled hamburger. Trouble is, as much as we love a great burger, we’re not always all that …

Infuse your summer

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I’m going to come at this one a little backward, and you’re going to love me for it. Straight up fresh lemonade is, of course, delicious. It’s the classic summer refreshment. And I’m going to walk you through …

The FDA has a plan to prevent the next ice cream disaster

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Months after an outbreak of deadly bacteria in ice cream that killed three and sickened seven more, U.S. regulators are near making food producers like Blue Bell Creameries have safety plans to minimize future outbreaks. There hasn’t been a federal requirement that all food producers have a written-down …

A new ketchup that just might inspire condiment excitement

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New ketchup in town We all have that food, the food we eat when nobody else is looking. Mine involves ketchup. Unless you are a ketchup freak like me (and most people above the age of 8 are …

Picnics aren’t just sandwiches and chips! Think dessert, too

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

When it comes to packing a picnic, the savory items are easy. Sandwiches and wraps. Potato and pasta salads. Chips and dips. It’s all very transportable and all very easy to eat while perched on a blanket in …

World Trade body rejects country of origin labels on meat

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WTO rejects country of origin meat labels Labels on packaged steaks and other cuts of meat in the United States that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered will have to be dropped or revised after a World Trade Organization ruling. The office of the U.S. …

USDA develops new label for GMO-free products

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Agriculture Department has developed a new government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients. The USDA’s move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of the genetically modified organisms. The …