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Grill master: Perfectly cooked meat requires the right heat for the right time

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Every barbecue cookbook teaches the same technique for telling how hot the fire is. Hold the palm of your hand several inches above the coals and begin counting, “one Mississippi, two Mississippi . . .” Wherever you are in the count when you can’t take the heat any longer is a guide to fire temperature. One Mississippi means high heat; …

Summer’s frozen tradition

Thursday, July 2, 2015

When summer heats up, it’s time to head for a cold, sweet treat. We checked in with a few Concord-area ice cream shops to see which flavors are favorites and which are a bit weird. Arnie’s Place 164 Loudon Road, Concord 228-3225, arniesplace.com Bestselling: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Unusual: Crosby’s Chocolate Chili. Manager …

‘Food Fight’ film documents Market Basket power struggle

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

One of the most remarkable work stoppages in U.S. labor history will soon be the subject of a documentary film. Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket is being edited and is scheduled to be released in the fall, said director Jay Childs, a New Hampshire-based filmmaker who’s been working on the …

Olive Garden’s latest plan: Breadstick sandwiches

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Olive Garden’s plan to win back customers? Take the breadsticks it’s known for and make sandwiches out of them. The restaurant chain known for its unlimited breadsticks says it plans to use them for chicken parmigiana and meatball sandwiches starting June 1. The plans for the breadstick sandwiches …

Getting to the core of the matter! Eat your pineapple cores!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Eating fresh pineapple always reminds me of balmy vacation nights in Hawaii. And since pineapples run a few bucks a pop, buying them frequently translates into considerable savings when compared to an actual trip to Hawaii, particularly when …

McDonald’s embracing new ingredient: Kale

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

McDonald’s may be developing a taste for a new ingredient as it fights to reinvent itself: Kale. The world’s biggest burger chain says it’s testing two breakfast bowls in Southern California, one of which includes the leafy green as an ingredient. The test comes as McDonald’s Corp. works …

For better steaks, veggies, make better butter to go on top

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It’s summer and your grill is about to go into overdrive. At the start of the season you’ll probably be content to cook up perfectly seared, but otherwise unadorned steaks, chops and portobello mushrooms. A few weeks down …

Washington fruit distributors expand to meet demand

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Washington state’s fruit industry is expanding as worldwide demand increases and new technologies help yield more crops. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that the state’s apple industry is one example of this expanding market, as different orchard methods allow farmers to grow twice as much, and refrigeration techniques make …

New barbecue books to help get your grill sizzling

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

With grilling season solidly upon us, let’s all take a moment to reflect on the various ways we send our food to the fire. There is, of course, Monday through Friday grilling. This is when the intense heat …

Ecology Department withdraws permit for shellfish spraying

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Washington Department of Ecology says it is canceling a permit to spray pesticides over shellfish beds in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor. The decision to halt the practice is part of an agreement between the local oyster growers association and the state. The growers association submitted a …

’Top Chef’ judge Simmons joins NY school nutrition effort

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Top Chef judge Gail Simmons is joining anti-hunger advocates and the officials who serve 850,000 New York City school meals a day to raise awareness of childhood nutrition issues. The advocates met at a Manhattan public school recently as cafeteria workers served the children a breakfast that included …

Requiem for a restaurant chain

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The 28 ice cream flavors are just a cool memory. Those fried clam plates? All but eighty-sixed. Howard Johnson’s restaurants – the once-ubiquitous orange-roofed eateries that nourished baby boomers before the rise of burgers and burritos – have …

Batter up with buckwheat

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Despite its name, buckwheat is not a form of wheat at all. It is a seed in the rhubarb and sorrel family – not even technically a grain, botanically speaking. But because it is eaten like a grain and is rich in fiber, B vitamins and antioxidants like …