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Samples of Cohiba cigars sit on display at a cigar club shop in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the United States in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Cuban cigars aren’t actually all that special

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

It may be the best-kept-secret about the vaunted Cuban cigar: It’s often not that good. Yes, Cuba produces some of the best cigars in the world. And for the first time in more than 60 years, there’s legitimate hope that they will once again be sold – legally – in the United States. On the heels of the announcement that …

Even brief exposure to animals may be good for you

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

With final exams bearing down on them at the end of last semester, nearly 1,000 students at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond turned out for “Paws for Stress” – a chance to pet and play with therapy dogs. Pets were once considered a leisure interest, one best kept at home. But there’s a …

Kitchens go outdoors with fire pits, rings, tables

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Gas-operated fire pits, fire rings and fire-pit tables are emerging as modern-day substitutes for campfires. Flipping a switch to ignite the flames is a whole lot easier than kindling a stack of firewood. Safer, too. “The outdoor living trend is continuing to gain momentum,” said Ross Johnson, sales and marketing manager for The …

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The problem with Christmas elves is that only people who celebrate Christmas can enjoy them. Enter Mensch on a Bench. Created by Neal Hoffman, a Jewish father who wanted a way to teach his sons about Hanukkhah while …

Soup’s on!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

It’s bonfire season in New Hampshire, which means it’s time for simple, warming soups and stews. Here are two recipes that won’t crowd your busy holiday schedule or break the bank with costly ingredients. Both can be mixed …

Talking turkey

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cooking a turkey is either a horrifying experience or a piece of cake. Or so people said when I told them my plans to cook my first turkey this Thanksgiving. Seeking guidance, I rolled up Interstate 93, to …

“If he can do it, so can I”

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The pop-up timer in the 12-pound turkey I bought had popped. I didn’t know what this meant. Thankfully, my friend did. The first turkey I’d ever cooked was done! Before we get to the turkey, a disclaimer: I …

A sweet way to use winter squash

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Winter squash is a great storage vegetable. As long as the squash’s skin isn’t damaged and its stem is intact, it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Stored in a cool room (50 degrees is just about right), the …

Pinterest pops

Thursday, July 10, 2014

That’s right, LiveWell New Hampshire is on Pinterest. The plan is to find cool things to try and then share them with you. It seemed fitting to give popsicles a go for this issue. They are the perfect …

Day trip Pittsburg

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The best way to visit Pittsburg is to go fully armed with information. Luckily for all of us, the Town of Pittsburg has a robust website loaded with I-gotta-see-that-myself images of moose, fish, woodland and lakeside scenery and …

Thursday, July 10, 2014

We asked Katharine Nevins of MainStreet BookEnds in Warner to tell us what to read this summer. Here’s what she recommends: “Call the Midwife” by Jennifer Worth – $16 each Volume 1: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and …

Safe fun in the sun

Thursday, July 10, 2014

When local dermatologist Stephen Del Giudice talks about sun damage, he finds it helpful to use a metaphor: “Just because you have a seat belt on doesn’t mean you can drive recklessly and speed.” Here, Del Giudice said, …

Got ink?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

t’s summer, which means sweaters and jeans are getting shelved and skin is about to start getting a daily dose of vitamin D. In honor of the season of tank tops and shorts, we asked local people to …