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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 …

Health insurance’s vanishing deductibles may be . . . vanishing

Thursday, June 13, 2013

There is no free lunch. As more people buy high-deductible health plans, they’re discovering that while premiums for such plans are more affordable, the trade-off can be high out-of-pocket costs before coverage kicks in. However, some plans sold on the individual market offer a way for healthy people …

Fairweather sweets

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The weather in early June is fickle. One moment it’s an oppressive 90 degrees, the next cloudy, drizzling and 50. Which makes planning a dinner party tricky: Opt for a barbecue and it’s bound to rain; set the …

Day Trip: New London

Monday, May 6, 2013

May is one of my favorite months. The sun comes out. Flowers bloom. People smile. It happens all over New Hampshire, but I dare you to find a more lovely setting for the promise of spring than New …

Hillary Nelson: Get grilling with heart-healthy Mediterranean foods

Monday, May 6, 2013

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine proved pretty decisively that a “Mediterranean” diet, rich in olive oil, fruit, vegetables and fish, can lower the risk of heart attack and stroke by about 30 …

Put your best face forward while enjoying sun’s warm, damaging rays

Monday, May 6, 2013

Finally. It’s warm and sunny. You’re heading to the park, raking your yard, going for walks without the aid of a treadmill. And you’re wearing sunscreen every day, right? Just because you’re not spending the day under the …

Living online

Monday, May 6, 2013

We’ll forgive you a little melodrama, parents of tweens. After all, if you’re living with a kid (or kids!) between the ages of 9 and 12, you know that EVERYTHING IS A BIG DEAL!!!!! But if you’ve been …

More than just a pretty place

Monday, May 6, 2013

The silky petals of a fragrant pink shrub rose; the crunchy texture of a gravel path; a nook where grass rustles and a stream runs. What we smell, see, hear, touch and taste can make a garden walk …

The best restaurants in Manchester: Republic 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Republic, on Elm Street in Manchester, with its well-designed signage and cool, post-industrial look, has called to me for a while. I’d popped in once before between assignments in Manchester and picked up an amazing slice of German …

The best restaurants in Manchester: El Rincon 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

I walked into El Rincón Zacatecano Taqueria on a recent Tuesday night. It is a small, casual place, and it wouldn’t be hard to miss it on Lake Avenue, across from Verizon Wireless Arena, in Manchester. There are …

The best restaurants in Manchester: Mint Bistro

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

For anyone who has ever contemplated the compatibility of sushi and burgers, look no further than this posh, pulsating fusion establishment in downtown Manchester, where the staff is bubbly, the fare is decent and the menu seems to …