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Concord’s winter market returns to Cole Gardens

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Winter is coming – but that means the Concord Winter Farmers’ Market is back. Cole Gardens, located at 430 Loudon Road, hosts the annual market on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. General manager Charlie Cole said the vendors are a mix – some familiar faces from the summer market in downtown Concord, others winter newbies. They sell everything from winter vegetables to ice cream, ravioli to guacamole, fish …

Caramel candy: an annual tradition

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My favorite candy in the whole world is a good caramel. Which is why, for 30 years, I have been making them every holiday season to give to people I care about. Over the decades, I have tried a lot of different recipes, but I always seem to return to a recipe I …

Pinnacle buying Boulder Brands for about $710 million

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pinnacle Foods to buy Boulder Brands Pinnacle Foods is buying Boulder Brands for about $710 million in a move that adds a line of health and wellness food brands to Pinnacle’s offerings, which include Birds Eye frozen foods, Duncan Hines frosting and cake mixes. The deal, announced Tuesday, comes as food producers try …

To stuff or not to stuff?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

To stuff or not to stuff? It’s hard to argue with the fact that a stuffed bird is more beautiful. Not to mention the stuffing from a stuffed bird packs way more flavor. Of course, if you don’t …

Warming up your butternut soup with earthy Indian seasonings

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Creamy, comforting, earthy, warming, silky and gorgeous. Butternut squash – and many other winter squashes – cozy right up to traditional Indian flavors. And this soup is one of those dishes that will make anyone entering your house …

Book shines light on drinking in America

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Drinking, and not drinking, is as old as America itself, from the beer-loving pilgrims on the Mayflower and Paul Revere’s boozy horse ride to Prohibition and the rise of Alcoholics Anonymous. Some nations drink more and some less, …

Concord: Tip or no?

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Discussions about the future of tipping in restaurants may have reached what can only be called a tipping point, now that some high-profile restaurants in New York City will do away with the practice, but don’t expect to …

Busy nights call for fast food

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

School, kids, work . . . it’s always something. Whatever the culprit, we are all busy. And on those crazy-busy days, dinner can sneak up on me, and suddenly I find my whole family ravenous. And the busier …

California craft beer brewers balance drafts and drought

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

California craft brewers are scrambling to deal with water restrictions imposed by the state to relieve drought conditions. Breweries are digging wells, installing wastewater treatment plants and seeking exemptions from local water boards that control water use and can impose fines. Some are shelving planned expansions. If Mother …

Scary good chocolate cupcakes

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

If you have kids, chances are pretty good you’ll find yourself needing to bake something for a Halloween event. Or maybe you got invited to an adult Halloween party and you volunteered to bring a dessert. Either way, …

Let them eat popcorn

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

It’s that time of year again, when gaggles of little ghosts, goblins and ghouls expect sweet treats. Whether you are hosting a graveyard’s worth of spooks or need to supply the treats for a classroom party, this year …

Denali name change trickles down to fast-food burger

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The name change of North America’s tallest mountain is rippling down to a fast-food chain. The extra-large sized McKinley Mac available at Alaska McDonald’s restaurants will now be marketed as the Denali Mac. The change comes after President Barack Obama recently renamed Mount McKinley to its traditional Athabascan …

For the best brittle, just add bacon

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Halloween is the time for old-fashioned treats. Apple bobbing, caramel apples, popcorn balls and peanut brittle! I first made peanut brittle as a child with my grandmother. It was simple, crunchy and delicious. She loved to make homemade …