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This July 28, 2014, photo shows buttered black pepper bison steaks in Concord, N.H. The widely available alternative to beef is naturally lean and deeply flavorful. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Butter and black pepper, a steak’s best friends

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A steak and potato dinner is an American cliche, but a delicious one. And its classic status gives us leave to play with — and enjoy — it without feeling guilty. Here’s a weeknight-friendly steak and taters recipe that’s a one-pan wonder. Nobody wants tons of cleaning up on a weeknight. It’s also fast and flavorful. If this meal has … 0

Bean there, done that? Learn to love dried beans

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I didn’t appreciate the numerous lovable qualities of dried beans until my college years, when I was living on my own in a house with several other women, all of us strapped for cash. As soon as we discovered that beans are a tasty, economical and nutrient-rich alternative to animal-based protein, they began … 0

Home Plate: Fall produce is perfect for homemade crostata

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It’s the time of year when gardens are bursting with so much produce, we can’t keep up with it. This year was a bad one for pears and peaches at my house, but a great one for grapes and tomatoes. Mysterious, but fine. One can only handle so many surfeits at a time, … 0

A classic summer pairing in a bowl

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

As much as I love cold soups, they can get tiresome, especially because chilling mutes flavors. Even in the heat of summer, I frequently crave something hot – as long as it’s easy and quick to put together. Fresh-from-the-cob corn often makes its way into those hot dishes, … 0

For some small farmers in New Hampshire, Certified Naturally Grown makes more sense

Monday, August 4, 2014

When Rick Barry arrives at the Concord farmers market on Saturday mornings, he unpacks squash, kale and garlic from his white van. He also unfurls a banner, printed with a “Certified Naturally Grown” emblem, that he hangs atop his stand. This is the standard under which he grows … 0

Market Basket to workers: Return Monday or you’re fired.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Market Basket’s leaders are calling for all employees to return to work Aug. 4 or risk being replaced. Many employees of the regional grocery chain have been on an unofficial strike since July 21, refusing to deliver fresh … 16

A tuna sandwich by way of Mediterranean bruschetta

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sometimes the last thing you want to do at the end of a long hot summer day is turn on the oven and make a meal. So here’s a delicious solution that requires no more heat than is … 0

Think beyond the slice with refreshing watermelon

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Watermelon is one of those foods you really don’t need to overthink. Slice it. Eat it. Spit out the occasional seed. Done. Trouble is, the sweet, refreshing taste of watermelon is so appealing in summer, I tend to … 0

Dinner in 30 minutes: Spicy Cherry Pork Stir-Fry

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cherry season stir-fry I couldn’t let the clock run out on cherry season without working the fruit into a main course. Chances are good that few woks have gathered in a combination such as this – but the result is bright, crunchy, savory and worth a try. SPICY … 0

Sharpen up your salad skills

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Salads aren’t just for summer, but summer is when they hit their stride. Seasonal vegetables overflow from your farmers market basket and herbs pop out of your container garden, demanding to be made into dressings. Summer’s pace – … 0

Farmers markets, local stores benefit from Market Basket shortages

Friday, July 25, 2014

Whether motivated by zeal for Arthur T. Demoulas or just plain desperation, Market Basket shoppers are increasingly turning to farmers markets, independent stores and competing chains as the prolonged dispute drags on. Stacey Cooper, an employee at the … 6

Market Baskets in Tilton, Warner running out of produce amid companywide protests

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mike Leclair is a grocery store manager. He’s not a politician, and not a public speaker, he told a crowd of about a hundred employees, friends and family – and local and state media. He didn’t have a … 10

Adapted from “Vibrant Food: Celebrating the Ingredients, Recipes, and Colors of Each Season,” by Kimberley Hasselbrink (Ten Speed Press, 2014).

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

This is a noodly tangle you can feel good about serving. Zucchini and yellow squash yield nicely after a salt session. Then they’re dressed with a yogurt-based riff on a 90-year-old French recipe. Serve with avocado slices and … 0