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This Nov. 10, 2014 photo shows a ginger fashioned cocktail in Concord, N.H. If there’s a chill in the air, consider starting with the roasted cider, a seasonal hot toddy that combines a classic mulled cider with the toasty flavor of hazelnuts. Or for a fresh take on tradition, try the ginger fashion, a zippy rendition of the reliable old fashioned. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

A cup of holiday cheer

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

hether you’re having a quiet night in with family or a larger gathering with friends, holiday celebrations often call for a cocktail – sometimes simply to help you deal with those friends and family! So we’ve got you covered with a trio of easy but delicious cocktails that won’t tax your time or budget. If there’s a chill in the air, consider the roasted cider, a seasonal hot toddy that combines a classic mulled cider with the toasty flavor of hazelnuts. For a fresh take on tradition, try the ginger fashioned, a zippy rendition of the reliable old fashioned. And if you’re feeling particularly festive, …

First woman named in charge of White House dessert

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

For the first time, a female chef is in charge of dessert at the White House. Michelle Obama’s office says Susan Morrison is taking over as executive pastry chef after helping make presidential sweets for nearly two decades. Morrison will create desserts for all White House social events, including the Gingerbread White House that will be on display during the holidays. She is …

A speedy dinner out of a slow braise

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

We don’t often think of braising as a weeknight-friendly approach to dinner. After all, anything that cooks low and slow would seem to be a no go for a workday. But I’ve found just the opposite. Turns out a hands-off braise is perfect for those evenings when I can’t be in the kitchen …

Bean there, done that? Learn to love dried beans

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I didn’t appreciate the numerous lovable qualities of dried beans until my college years, when I was living on my own in a house with several other women, all of us strapped for cash. As soon as we …

Home Plate: Fall produce is perfect for homemade crostata

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It’s the time of year when gardens are bursting with so much produce, we can’t keep up with it. This year was a bad one for pears and peaches at my house, but a great one for grapes …

In quake, barrels became quarter-ton projectiles

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Napa Valley Calif.’s earthquake has revived worries about a risk particular to wine country – falling wine barrels. Vintners say thousands of wine barrels fell from their racks during the Aug. 24 earthquake that hit southern Napa County. Winery heads, like Richard Ward of Saintsbury vineyard, say many …

Chocolate-prosciutto-peanut grilled bananas? Yes!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

You’re going to have to trust me on this one. It may look a little strange. It will sound even stranger. You may even feel a little strange making it. But this over-the-top grilled banana is a delicious …

Stick ’em up

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

If early summer is asparagus season and midsummer is peak for tomatoes, then late summer is prime time for food-on-a-stick. State fairs are in full bloom, and that is where skewered cuisine is at its ripest. Cosmopolitan fairgoers …

Denny’s pops the cork on its first Manhattan diner

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Denny’s is popping the cork on its first Manhattan location this week. The Daily News reports that the diner chain’s Financial District debut is serving up a special combo putting a pricy bottle of Dom Perignon alongside its down home Grand Slam breakfast. The newspaper reports the $300 …

Downtown: A new taste comes to South Main Street

Monday, September 1, 2014

When Charla Mayotte moved to New Hampshire from upstate New York earlier this year, she and her husband, Clark, didn’t expect to have so much trouble finding the extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar they used regularly in their kitchen. So when the Mayottes couldn’t track down …

They have their market back

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Customers and employees were ecstatic to return to Market Basket stores yesterday, following the news late Wednesday night that Arthur T. Demoulas would be returning to the company. Shoppers congratulated employees at local Market Baskets - some even …

Is it worth it to chop your own burgers? You bet!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I’m not going to tell you how to dress your burger. I’m not going to tell you what sort of bun to put your burger on. I’m not really even going to tell you very much about how …