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The world famous Pat's Peak M&M cookie has been a tradition at the Henniker ski area for decades. 

(ELODIE REED/ Monitor staff)

The story behind the Pats Peak cookie

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Obviously, if an area ski mountain boasts a world-famous cookie, there’s only one thing to do: taste it. It’s best to go straight to the source for the M&M cookie – to Pats Peak in Henniker. There, in the Tradewinds Cafe kitchen, is food and beverage director Guy Pelletier, who can tell you all about his best bakery item in …

Sweet surrender: Why it’s so hard to cut back on sugar

Sunday, February 7, 2016

By now you’ve gotten the memo that cutting back on sugar is one of the best things you can do for your health. It’s something even the most ardently opposed diet gurus agree on, and it was one of the big take-home messages in the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans released in January. Beyond adding empty calories and spiking blood glucose, which can …

Spicy sauces add an optional flavor

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Getting a healthy meal together quickly can be a challenge. Getting a healthy tasty meal together even more so, especially if you have some finicky eaters in the family. My solution? Take some time on the weekend every now and then to put together delicious, heart-healthy condiments to perk things up. Set them …

Arizona-based Four Peaks brewery bought by Anheuser-Busch

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

On Friday, a growing Tempe, Ariz.-based craft brewer became the latest microbrewery bought by a beer giant as major industry players move into the niche market that has captured more than 10 percent of beer sales in recent …

Despite lack of eggs, Just Mayo says it’s keeping its name

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Just Mayo says it will get to keep its name, a decision that caps a rollercoaster year for the vegan spread that has rattled the egg industry. Just Mayo’s maker Hampton Creek says it has worked out an agreement with the Food and Drug Administration that lets the …

Thai government says it’s not ignoring shrimp sheds slavery

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Thailand’s government says it is not ignoring the prevalence of slavery and forced labor in its lucrative shrimp industry that was highlighted in an Associated Press investigation published last week. Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd, flanked by several police and navy officials, held a news conference Monday to address …

Keurig Kold makes great soda – for a steep price

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The dream of home soda-making is persistent, but elusive. If you drink a lot of soda, it would be convenient to be able to buy the syrup and make the stuff yourself – no more lugging home cans from the grocery store that are mostly water. Unfortunately for …

International students gripe about bad food at Ohio college

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A ruckus over the cultural sensitivity of cafeteria food at Ohio’s Oberlin College has led to heaping servings of both derision and sympathy. The complaints of some international students were first published in the Oberlin Review, the college newspaper, in early November and more recently have found traction …

Capital Region Food Program distributes holiday boxes to nearly 2,500 families

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

More than four decades ago, Maria Manus Painchaud’s father organized fewer than 100 holiday baskets for hungry families in Concord during the holidays. Last week, she watched volunteers fan out to rows of boxes with cans of peas …

Some days, fruit is enough; other days require chocolate

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

If you were to join my family for dinner on a regular weeknight (go for it, but call first!), you’d see our typical dessert routine in action. It works like this: My husband grabs my favorite tiny bamboo …

Make salad a delicious part of the holiday meal

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Salad: The least loved side of holiday dinners. But it doesn’t have to be. The problem with most of the salads served at holiday meals is they tend to lack inspiration and usually are made from lackluster ingredients. …

Christmas dinner solved

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

It’s the malleability of Christmas dinner that can make it so challenging to plan. Which is to say, choice can be intimidating. At Thanksgiving, it’s about the turkey. Valentine’s Day demands chocolate. Easter? Ham or lamb. And Fourth …

Lawmakers: Deal to create megabrewer could cause hangover

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A deal that would merge the world’s biggest beer companies into a megabrewer is raising concerns on Capitol Hill. Skeptical senators recently voiced fears that the deal could make it harder for craft brewers in their states to …