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New Mexicans say they dished out world’s longest tamale

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A group of people in New Mexico say they cooked the world’s longest tamale Saturday morning. Luis Hernandez of the ABQ West Chamber of Commerce says that a team of more than 30 chefs at Viva II, a three-day celebration of the state’s heritage, assembled a 116-foot-7-inch long tamale at the Valencia County fairgrounds in Belen, N.M. Organizers say the ingredients, which were provided by Bueno Foods, included 120 pounds …

Stock your freezer with fruit while you can

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The autumn produce season catches me off-guard every year. As we glide from the hot days of August into the cooler months ahead, we never quite know when the magic moment arrives that we have seen our last bit of fresh summer fruit in the produce aisle. Sure, we can get peaches all …

Popular foods taking on new hues without artificial dyes

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Mozzarella cheese at Panera restaurants won’t be as glaringly white. Banana peppers in Subway sandwiches won’t be the same exact shade of yellow. Trix cereal will have two less colors. Food makers are purging their products of artificial dyes as people increasingly eschew anything in their food they don’t feel is natural. But …

Five kitchen gadgets to keep out of your kitchen

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The other day, a friend asked me to write about the uselessness of the salad spinner. Now, I kind of like our salad spinner. It does a pretty good job of drying greens, and it’s excellent for getting the sand out of bok choy (cut bok choy in …

Justice Dept.: Food companies risk prosecution for outbreaks

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Following a deadly listeria outbreak in ice cream, the Justice Department is warning food companies that they could face criminal and civil penalties if they inadvertently poison their customers. The administration has stepped up criminal enforcement on food …

Scientists in Oregon develop bacon-flavored seaweed

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bacon-flavored seaweed? What grows quickly, is packed with protein, has twice the nutritional value of kale and tastes like bacon? The answer, according to scientists at Oregon State University, is a new strain of seaweed they recently patented. Dulse is a form of edible seaweed that grows wild …

PHOTOS: Visitors play Name That Veggie at Canterbury Farmers Market

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Name That Veggie was the name of the game at the Canterbury Community Farmers Market on Wednesday. Visitors of all ages stopped by a table where board member Ruth Smith sat smiling with a dozen different vegetables and …

Fair Food: Making deep-fried treats at home

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It feels slightly blasphemous to say this as a girl who grew up in New Hampshire, where agricultural fairs are tightly woven into the fabric of summer life, but I’m not a fair person. I don’t like them. …

A salad for kids who refuse to eat any of those icky greens

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

You don’t understand it. Your child used to devour any vegetable. Any color. Any taste. You were so proud. Then reality struck and suddenly your darling little omnivore hated – hated, I say! – anything that even resembled …

Keeping the mayo and the comfort in an updated classic

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I have a serious comfort food association with chicken salad sandwiches. Particularly in summer. That’s when Mom made them for me for lunch. And I don’t mean salads with chicken (the “ugh” of the healthy menu at fast-casual …

‘Mastering the art’ of cookbook titles

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Let’s play a literary word association game. I say “Mastering the Art of . . .,” you say: Soviet Cooking? Long-Range Shooting? Longarm Quilting? Chinese Cooking? Carving Melon Centerpieces? French Eating? If you’re a classicist and a cook, there is just one proper response: French Cooking. And depending …

Huge herring haul worries rival fishermen, environmentalists

Sunday, July 12, 2015

A little fish that New Englanders have sought since the Colonial era is at the center of a battle over how to manage massive boats that trawl swaths of ocean off the East Coast. The catch for the …

Way of eating focuses on wellness, but also often includes weight loss

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The coaches at Get Fit NH Bootcamp were upfront about the fine print when they pitched their six-week nutritional challenge to clients, myself included, in mid-May. They told us we’d probably feel worse – headachy, short-fused, exhausted – …