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Try a taste of this Scandinavian Lenten treat

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My father’s side of the family emigrated to the United States from the Swedish-speaking part of Finland. And though I have never been to the land of my ancestors, I was raised to love cardamom, which is to Swedes and Finns what cinnamon is to Americans. The weeks leading up to Easter are, in most of Scandinavia, the season of …

Homemade mozzarella in 40 minutes? Not a stretch

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pizza night in our house is full-on DIY. Homemade pizza dough and sauce from summer’s canned tomatoes, sure; that’s de rigeur. But homemade mozzarella? Oh, yes. Quite simply, it’s a revelation. Mozzarella is entry-level cheesemaking: satisfying, quick, inexpensive and fun. Stretching the cheese is like pulling taffy, but the cheese is quicker to …

Goat farmers, producers handle increased demand for dairy

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Demand for goat milk and other dairy products has steadily increased in the United States in recent years largely because of growing interest in artisan cheeses and populations accustomed to goat products. That’s left goat farmers and dairy producers scurrying to keep up and find new and better ways to develop their goods. The nation’s dairy goat herd climbed 2 percent in the …

A speedy chicken breast that packs flavorful, crunchy punch

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This is the chicken breast recipe you’ve been searching for. Because it will taste nothing like those flavorless, dry breasts you’ve grown to tolerate. The gist is simple – chicken breasts are sliced thin, then pounded even thinner. …

Ga. appeals court hears case over Vidalia onion regulation

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A bitter fight over Georgia’s famed sweet onions is winding its way through the state’s legal system. The state agriculture commissioner established a rule setting a packing date meant to keep immature Vidalia onions off store shelves to protect what is a $150 million brand. However, a major …

California unveils strict rules on pesticide

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Officials say farmers in California now have to abide by the nation’s strictest rules for a widely used pesticide. Brian Leahy, director of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, said the heightened rules will protect farm workers and people who live near the fields. The pesticide, chloropicrin, is …

Hawaiian Host buys Mauna Loa in macadamia nut consolidation

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hawaiian Host, maker of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, said it’s buying macadamia nut processor Mauna Loa from The Hershey Co. Hawaiian Host says it will keep Mauna Loa a subsidiary and separate brand, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. The deal brings Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corp. under the control of …

Looking for big flavor without all the fat? Try soy chorizo

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tucked away between the tofu “cheeses” and textured vegetable protein taco crumbles lies a tiny package you really should consider including in your lineup of go-to good-for-you ingredients – soy chorizo. Vegetarian and vegan readers may well be …

State to celebrate 10th annual Wine Week

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission will host its 10th annual Wine Week celebration Jan. 26 through Feb. 1. This year’s event will include access to nationally and internationally acclaimed wine makers, intimate wine dinners, bottle signings, wine tastings and for, the first time this year, a one-of-a-kind Pinot …

Health officials link Calif. apple packer to listeria deaths

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Listeria linked to California caramel apples The Food and Drug Administration says strains of listeria found on surfaces inside a California apple packing facility match listeria bacteria found in 32 people sickened across the country, including at least three deaths. The illnesses and deaths have been linked to …

Using the bounty from your winter CSA

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I belong to a winter CSA, which means every week I pick up more root vegetables and winter squash than I know what to do with. In past years, I’m ashamed to say, I sometimes forgot I had …

Sweet Potato Curry

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Curry for a cold day Here, the combination of vegetables, coconut milk and curry powder tastes clean and bright. To save time, you can use pre-cut, peeled sweet potatoes from your grocery store’s produce department, and shredded carrots …

Scotch struts its milder side to appeal to bourbon crowd

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Peated Scotch whisky can be a bit of a polarizer. Plenty of people love the traditional, smoky flavor imbued with centuries of tradition. Plenty of others think it’s a bit like lapping up essence of tire fire. It …