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Dennis Chesley, co-founder of the New Hampshire Mushroom Company, prepares a customer purchase during the Tilton Winter Farmers’ Market on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Tilton Winter Farmers Market in need of a new home

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Joan O’Connor, the manager of the Tilton Winter Farmers Market, envisions a bright, expansive space for the market. A place with atmosphere, a facility full of sunlight that is reminiscent of Boston’s Faneuil Hall. “I’d love a beautiful building,” she said. “Some kind of a building that gives you mental health in the dead of winter.” But as summer speeds …

FDA bans some Mexican cilantro after feces found in fields

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration is banning imports of some fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico, after a government investigation found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields there. The FDA announced the partial ban on Monday after cilantro imported from the state of Puebla was linked to 2013 and 2014 outbreaks of stomach illnesses in the United States. U.S. and Mexican health …

Appeals court upholds California shark fin ban

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A federal appeals court Monday dismissed a legal challenge to a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins. The legislation does not conflict with a 19th century law that gives federal officials authority to manage shark fishing off the California coast or significantly interfere with interstate commerce, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. The 2-1 ruling upheld …

Dressing up a typical fruit salad with help from your grill

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Heat up your fruit salad Want an easy way to add a little punch to your otherwise humdrum fruit salad? Just add some heat. In this case,toss pineapple rings on the grill for just 4 to 5 minutes …

NYC Health Department proposes high-sodium warning on menus

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

New York City’s Health Department wants all chain restaurants to warn customers about products that are high in salt. The department voted recently to consider the proposal at a meeting of the Board of Health. All chain restaurants …

House votes to repeal country-of-origin labeling on meat

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

House votes to repeal meat labeling law Facing a costly backlash from Canada and Mexico, the House has voted to repeal a law requiring country-of-origin labels on packages of beef, pork and poultry. The 300-131 vote was an effort to avoid trade retaliation from America’s neighbors. The World …

Taco Bell: Artificial ingredients OK for Cap’n Crunch treat

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Taco Bell says it will roll out Cap’n Crunch-covered balls of dough nationally – and that they’re exempt from its recent pledge to remove artificial ingredients. The company said it would remove artificial colors, flavors and high-fructose corn syrup from its menu by the end of this year. …

A meaty meal for Dad that isn’t just another grilled steak

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Just because guys tend to like to grill doesn’t mean every Father’s Day meal has to be a culinary cliche. Not that most guys would argue if they were honored with a honking steak over hot coals, but …

Mystery of disappearing holes in Swiss cheese solved

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The mystery of Swiss cheese and its disappearing holes has been solved: The milk’s too clean. A Swiss agricultural institute discovered that tiny specks of hay are responsible for the famous holes in cheeses like Emmentaler or Appenzeller. …

UN body says fewer are suffering from hunger in Asia-Pacific

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The United Nation’s food body says the proportion of people suffering from hunger in the Asia-Pacific region has fallen by half in the last 25 years. The Food and Agriculture Organization said that using 1990 as a base year, when about 24 percent of the population in the …

Fruit turns tabbouleh into a star

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A tabbouleh traditionalist will tell you: It’s all about the parsley. In the Middle East, it’s a fluffy mound of parsley, with relatively minimal amounts of that ingredient, bulgur, that seems to dominate Western versions of the dish. …

The perfect cover

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

We supposedly moved to New Hampshire in 1994, but somehow my husband never sold his Brooklyn-based theatrical special effects company, so he’s in New York City a lot. Our daughter takes after her father. Instead of getting normal …

Garden to table: Roses make yummy jams and tarts

Thursday, June 4, 2015

It’s amazing how many good things to eat are already growing in our own yards. All it takes to enjoy them is a new way of looking at things. Got weeds in the lawn? Put away the chemicals …