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Maine’s smelts rebounded in 2015, but future still murky

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Maine’s beloved smelts rebounded somewhat in 2015, but state biologists say the little fish is still appearing in lower numbers than in recent years. Ice fishing for smelts is a tradition in Maine, where fishermen pan fry or deep fry the wriggling fish and eat them whole. They are the main attraction of the annual Downeast Smelt Fry, which for years has drawn residents to tiny Columbia Falls to nosh …

For the love of lavender

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

My niece is getting married at my house in September, and so my garden is more about flowers this year than vegetables. Which is why I was moaning the other day to Danielle, the True Brew barista, as I was picking up coffee on the way to work. “What am I going to …

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 half and place in the bowl, fill with water, put it through its paces in …

Fruit turns tabbouleh into a star

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A tabbouleh traditionalist will tell you: It’s all about the parsley. In the Middle East, it’s a fluffy mound of parsley, with relatively minimal amounts of that ingredient, bulgur, that seems to dominate Western versions of the dish. …

The perfect cover

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

We supposedly moved to New Hampshire in 1994, but somehow my husband never sold his Brooklyn-based theatrical special effects company, so he’s in New York City a lot. Our daughter takes after her father. Instead of getting normal …

Garden to table: Roses make yummy jams and tarts

Thursday, June 4, 2015

It’s amazing how many good things to eat are already growing in our own yards. All it takes to enjoy them is a new way of looking at things. Got weeds in the lawn? Put away the chemicals …

Parent of Dunkin’ Donuts gives $250,000 to UNH center

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The University of New Hampshire is getting $250,000 from the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins. The money was donated to the university’s Rosenberg International Franchise Center, named after the founder of Dunkin’ Donuts. The center studies franchising and offers courses for business students. Center officials …

French farmer who killed alleged truffle thief gets 8 years

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A court in southeast France has sentenced a farmer to eight years in prison for the shooting death of a suspected truffle thief. Laurent Rambaud was convicted Friday in the Valence court over the Dec. 20, 2010 killing of Ernest Pardo. The 37-year-old Rambaud insisted he didn’t mean …

Jazz up your grilled chicken routine with Greek yogurt sauce

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

It’s pretty unlikely that we’ll ever get bored with burgers on the grill. But chicken? Yeah. . . . That actually happens pretty early in the season every summer. Because as much as we like all manner of …

Craft? Micro? Increasingly, ‘nanobrews’ slake local thirst

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

In a nondescript industrial park in Portland, Maine, beer geeks line up several times a week outside Bissell Brothers to get the latest batch of fresh beer – much like foodies seeking the freshest baguettes, pomegranates or kale. …

Dinner in 20 minutes: Pan-Seared Snapper With Tahini-Yogurt Sauce

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Served with a side of freshly cooked spring peas or fava beans, a 4-ounce portion of this beautifully fresh red snapper will satisfy. But if you keep things simple and spare, or start with a soup and have only the fish and its sauce, allow for two sauced …

On the Farm: Goodbyes aren’t easy, but they are part of life on the farm

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

‘Hand me another tissue, please, Susan. They’re back there somewhere,” I pointed with my right hand to the back seat of the truck. Susan and I had just dropped a cow named Cocoa off at The Local Butcher …

Federal cafeterias to serve meat with fewer antibiotics

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

President Barack Obama’s effort to curb the use of antibiotics in meat is starting with his own employees. The White House said Tuesday that many federal cafeterias will start buying meat and poultry produced with fewer antibiotics later this year. The directive would apply to all of those …