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Halloween treats

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Treats so simple it’s scary

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The eyes have it this year for easy Halloween treats. Being short on time, or skill, doesn’t mean you can’t turn out something worthy of even the finest Halloween party table, all you need is a little melted chocolate and a package of candy peepers. They’re available at cake and candy making stores or in the cake and candy section …

Pressure cooking 101 using chickpeas

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I have come to the pressure cooker late in life, probably because students were not taught how to use one at the French Culinary Institute back in 1986. Such a tool was suitable only for amateurs, according to our chef-teachers, for “grandmozers” and “ooswives.” In fact, my grandmother often used a pressure cooker …

Apple crisp is a sweet fall treat

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

For as long as I can remember, going apple picking with my family was a fall tradition. My parents, little brother and I would pack into the car and drive about half an hour away to a small orchard run by a grizzly, bearded man. As we neared the orchard, plywood signs announcing …

With a vegetable salad built on a bed of farro, you won’t wait long to eat

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

At this point, many of us have embraced whole grains, become friendly with brown rice, maybe even casual acquaintances with quinoa. But there still are a number of grains out there that remain a mystery. Farro may well …

Embrace more grains

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

When Samuel Kim was growing up, his mother often spiked the family’s white rice with amaranth, barley, quinoa and other whole grains to boost its nutritional value. “My mom is one of those people who looks for the …

Ice cream cake that will melt your heart

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

When I’m in the kitchen, I love to play around. I love riffing. I love tweaking. I love mid-recipe changes. And I love surprises. For me, it’s not over until it’s over, and then it’s usually not completely done: I’ll make something and, as I’m bringing the dish …

Downtown: Burgers and ice cream go gourmet

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A new gourmet burger restaurant and gelato shop will open on South Main Street. Jim and Jeannette Zaza will open Relish America Gourmet Burgers and Buza Dairy Bar in mid-September in the vacant side of 27 S. Main St., where Gibson’s Bookstore used to operate. The burger side …

Gouda news: Maine’s cheese making boom continues sharp rise

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Heather and Doug Donahue left careers in teaching and construction behind to follow a dream of opening a dairy farm and cheese-making business in the rolling fields of Maine. The Donahues, who have run Balfour Farm in Pittsfield, …

Summer entrepreneur: Concord grad starts ice cream truck business

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Ethan Stockman wanted to do something big the summer after he graduated from Concord High School. After spending the previous summer vacation weed-whacking and doing grounds work at St. Paul’s School, he was in need of a change. …

Delightfully sour pickles

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Humans have been scheming about how to put aside the plentiful food of summer for the lean times of winter for millennia. As early as 7000 b.c., the Chinese had figured out how to ferment fruit and honey …

Meal planning help is just a click away

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Helping you decide what’s for dinner The smartphone has become an indispensable cooking tool, whether you’re using it as a timer or to quickly look up just how many cups 18 fluid ounces actually is. It’s also become a great way to find and collect recipes. Kitchen Stories …

ON THE FOOD TRAIL: Something new is brewing in Warner

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Darryl and Kristin Parker aren’t Warner natives, but they’ve spent enough time in the town to learn the local language. When the couple and their daughter decided to open a coffee shop in the small town, which they’ve …

Thai cooking adapted for summer ease

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

I believe that summer is the season for easy cooking. Stop at the farm stand and pick up a dozen ears of corn or some ripe tomatoes that sit like royal orbs in your hands and you’re done. …