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Homeplate: A quick primer on FODMAP foods

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Warning: This is not one of my usual food columns filled with delicious recipes and lovely photographs. In fact, this column is going to get downright unappetizing. But before you stop reading, consider these questions: Do you have gastric distress – symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea or constipation – that remain unexplained even after thorough medical evaluations? Have you kicked bread and pasta out of your life because you feel crummy when you eat them and are convinced you are gluten intolerant, even though you have tested negative for celiac disease? Do you drink only sugar-free soda but still feel bloated? Have you given up …

America says no to cappuccino potato chips

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Americans say ‘no’ to cappuccino chips America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay’s potato chips. Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out the coffee-flavored chips and the two other finalists – Mango Salsa and Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese. Parent …

Roasted beets can brighten up any holiday table

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Beets are the perfect addition to bountiful fall feasts. They are satisfying without being heavy, and their rich ruby and golden tones add visual interest to any seasonal color scheme. Plus, beets are incredibly flexible on temperature – serve them warm, room temperature or chilled – which is a huge bonus when planning …

Gin shakes things up with aged, new products

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

For a French cognac expert, Alexandre Gabriel has some interesting things to say about gin. Cognac, explained Gabriel, proprietor of Cognac Ferrand in Ars, France, is like classical music, replete with pages of regulations. “It’s written and that’s …

Gluten-free Living: Why not ice cream sandwiches?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Few things end a summer meal as nicely as an ice cream sandwich, but gluten-free varieties are hard to find. Thankfully, it’s both fun and easy to make this classic warm-weather treat from scratch. The process is simple: …

A shaved salsa that needs no tomatoes, no chopping

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

We generally assume two things about salsa that we shouldn’t. First, that it must involve tomatoes. Second, that the ingredients should be chopped. Because while chopped tomato salsas are delicious, you don’t want those to be your only …

Homeplate: Bean hole beans – if you enjoy a challenge

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I had to drive to the Seacoast along Route 4 recently, and all the way over I kept seeing signs advertising a bean hole bean fundraiser. Bean hole beans? It had to have something to do with baked …

Plant waters grow into hot beverage market trend

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Coconut water, maple water, even birch and cactus waters. A quick inventory of beverages in the produce section makes it clear – plant waters are rising. Soda and non-fresh juice sales are flat or slipping slightly, but plant-based …

Market Basket boycott ripples into neighboring stores, causing layoffs at Warner Aubuchon

Monday, August 11, 2014

After 40 years of working in retail, Steve Monette knows tough business conditions. He’s worked at Aubuchon Hardware locations during road construction that left excavators parked in front of his store’s front door. But he’s never seen anything …

Lanctot’s Plaza attracts new Subway, day care

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Subway restaurant is opening in Weare’s Lanctot’s Plaza this month. Local businesspeople see the move as a signal that the town’s economy is growing and becoming more business friendly. “We are all totally excited,” said Samantha Walton, …

Summer takes a licking to keep on ticking

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Summer is waning, but this is no time to switch your focus to fall. Savor these last few weeks of warm weather, beach days and flip-flops. Don’t go gently into those cool nights and rushed school mornings; forge …

‘Gluten-free’ labeling standards kick in

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Starting this week, “gluten-free” labels on packaged foods have real meaning. Until now, the term “gluten-free” had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means. This new requirement is especially important for people …

What I craved was a more mindful snack

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Two years ago, I cut refined sugars, processed foods and gluten from my diet. My goal was to feel better. I’ve always been interested in the relationship between food and the body. Mostly, that led to eating more vegetables, buying meat from local farmers and putting grass-fed butter …