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Appalachian Trail thru-hikers Kevin "Biscuit" Henschel and James "Mechanic" Bush read the sign at the beginning of the Webster Cliff Trail on their way to the summit of Mount Washington. (NICK REID / Monitor staff)

4 hikes to get epic adventurers and families alike into the mountains

Thursday, April 30, 2015

If you’re not out hiking in the nearby mountains, you’re missing out on one of New Hampshire’s great advantages. Maybe you don’t know where to go? Try these. I’ll offer two easy trails with other attractions nearby for families, one semi-difficult loop with spectacular views less than an hour away, and a strenuous weekend section that I find to be …

Make your own ricotta

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Making your own ricotta is easy and the results are far more delicious than what comes from the grocery store. Better yet, the recipe can be tinkered with to suit your needs. Like your ricotta creamy? Swap in some half and half for some of the whole milk. Using it for lasagna? You …

Families make videos to reassure patients with dementia

Thursday, April 30, 2015

For 94-year-old Louise Irving, who suffers from dementia, waking up every day to a video with a familiar face and a familiar voice seems to spark a flicker of recognition. “Good morning, merry sunshine, how did you wake so soon?” Irving’s daughter, Tamara Rusoff-Hoen, sings in a video playing from a laptop wheeled …

A quiet start to syrup season

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Things were quiet at Sunnyside Maples in Loudon on Feb. 17. Temperatures hadn’t been above freezing in days, so sap was not running yet. Owner Mike Moore had the finishing pan of his evaporator disassembled for repairs and …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Rat rods: Vintage vehicles made into rusty rides

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Peter Duvaloois’s rat rods are way cooler than your car. The fast machines, pieced together from vintage parts and scrapyard finds, also are rumblier, rustier and turn more heads on the highway. That’s pretty much the point of …

Your info has been hacked. Now what do you do?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Although banks often absorb bogus charges, it’s up to victims to clean up their credit histories and recover stolen funds. …

Identity theft victims face months of hassle

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

As soon as Mark Kim found out his personal information was compromised in a data breach at Target in 2013, the 36-year-old tech worker signed up for the retailer’s free credit monitoring offer so he would be notified …

Taking stock: Making your own broth is a labor of love

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I was raised in a household where broth was either chicken or beef and came out of a can. So 30 years ago, when I began my training at the French Culinary Institute, I was surprised to learn …

5 ways to make a kitchen more germ-free

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Even the tidiest kitchens might be harboring harmful bacteria, and often where they’re least expected. Paying more attention to a few often-overlooked places can help keep your household safer, experts say. For starters, home cooks should have four …

New tools can take the backache out of snow removal

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

That familiar refrain of winter is back. Do you hear it? Metal shovels scraping snow-covered driveways and sidewalks. The industrious whir of snow blowers. The grating sound of scrapers chiseling cars out from beneath layers of ice. Snow …