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This Sept. 29, 2014 photo shows pumpkin risotto with fried sage in Concord, N.H. Like omelets or tortillas, risotto is attractive as a weeknight dinner because of its flexibility. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Taking the tedium out of making pumpkin risotto

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

If you’ve never made risotto before, you’re missing out on a great candidate for a weeknight meal. With no more at hand than the right rice, an onion, some broth and a wedge of Parmesan, you have dinner. Like omelets or tortillas, risotto is attractive as a weeknight dinner because of its flexibility; you can augment it with anything, your …

N.H. Food Bank asks hunters to ‘Hunt for Hungry’

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The New Hampshire Food Bank is asking hunters to “Hunt for the Hungry” this season. For the seventh consecutive year, the food bank is collecting donations of whole or processed game animals for distribution at food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and group homes across the state. Last year, the partnership between the food bank and Fish and Game brought in 1,200 pounds …

Tomato rice soup: A speedy bowl of creamy comfort

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Quick comfort food The creaminess puts this weeknight soup over the edge. Instead of cream, it uses cashew butter. It’s just as rich and creamy, but less sweet. Nuts and tomatoes work wonderfully together, and this soup is a fine example. The cashew butter (sold alongside peanut butter), keeps the overall flavor of …

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 …

Summer berries nestle in bright, airy cake squares

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Embedding summer berries in a creamy cake batter creates little fruity pockets and, along the way, a nifty cake for serving as dessert, with mid-afternoon iced tea or coffee or as a casual treat. The operative word, for …

California company recalls food on botulism fears

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

An Orange County, Calif., packaged food company is voluntarily recalling several products over fears of possible botulism contamination. The California Department of Public Health warned consumers to avoid some products from San Clemente-based VR Green Farms. Officials determined two botulism infection cases might be tied to the company’s …

A classic summer pairing in a bowl

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

As much as I love cold soups, they can get tiresome, especially because chilling mutes flavors. Even in the heat of summer, I frequently crave something hot – as long as it’s easy and quick to put together. Fresh-from-the-cob corn often makes its way into those hot dishes, …

For some small farmers in New Hampshire, Certified Naturally Grown makes more sense

Monday, August 4, 2014

When Rick Barry arrives at the Concord farmers market on Saturday mornings, he unpacks squash, kale and garlic from his white van. He also unfurls a banner, printed with a “Certified Naturally Grown” emblem, that he hangs atop his stand. This is the standard under which he grows …

Market Basket to workers: Return Monday or you’re fired.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Market Basket’s leaders are calling for all employees to return to work Aug. 4 or risk being replaced. Many employees of the regional grocery chain have been on an unofficial strike since July 21, refusing to deliver fresh …