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Homeplate: A quick primer on FODMAP foods

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Warning: This is not one of my usual food columns filled with delicious recipes and lovely photographs. In fact, this column is going to get downright unappetizing. But before you stop reading, consider these questions: Do you have gastric distress – symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea or constipation – that remain unexplained even after thorough medical evaluations? Have you kicked bread and pasta out of your life because you feel crummy when you eat them and are convinced you are gluten intolerant, even though you have tested negative for celiac disease? Do you drink only sugar-free soda but still feel bloated? Have you given up …

Home Plate: Fall produce is perfect for homemade crostata

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It’s the time of year when gardens are bursting with so much produce, we can’t keep up with it. This year was a bad one for pears and peaches at my house, but a great one for grapes and tomatoes. Mysterious, but fine. One can only handle so many surfeits at a time, …

Homeplate: Bean hole beans – if you enjoy a challenge

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I had to drive to the Seacoast along Route 4 recently, and all the way over I kept seeing signs advertising a bean hole bean fundraiser. Bean hole beans? It had to have something to do with baked beans, of which I am not a huge fan, having eaten one too many of …

Home Plate: Wild mushrooms present endless opportunities for easy cuisine

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Last week while out inspecting their woodlot, my brother-in-law and sister-in-law spied a dead sugar maple bristling with ripe oyster mushrooms. In warmer weather, the bugs have usually discovered the mushrooms long before we do, which means they’re …

Home Plate: Chestnuts: An imagination's seasonal staple in the kitchen and beyond 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Once upon a time, New Hampshire’s forests were filled with American chestnuts, a fast-growing tree that could reach over 100 feet tall with a trunk 10 feet in diameter. Chestnuts were treasured both for their wood, which is …