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Passengers board a train at South Station in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, the day before Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Tips to avoid the challenges of traveling with someone who has dementia

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The holidays spell family and festivity to most of us. Travel to far-off places to visit friends and family is a time-honored tradition. But travel when one of the members of the party has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia presents a special set of challenges. When considering if, as well as when and where to travel, there are many …

A grateful tradition: Celebrating food predates Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Thanksgiving is all about the food. Having food. Making food. Eating food. Sharing food. And giving thanks for food. In the fall of 1621 (likely September), English colonists at Plymouth Plantation and Wampanoag Native Americans celebrated the harvest with what would come to be known as the first Thanksgiving. Squanto, an American Indian …

‘New England loves classic’ pies

Thursday, November 5, 2015

A dozen pie options are available to customers at The Crust & Crumb Baking Co. at Thanksgiving, ranging from a chocolate-infused midnight pumpkin pie to coconut cream pie to pork pie. The downtown Concord bakery has glass cases full of desserts, including a forest berry crumb pie that owner Alison Ladman pulled from …

Don’t just set goals, achieve them

Thursday, November 5, 2015

This may be a little early for the traditional New Year’s resolution game, but if you find something to be important there is absolutely no reason to wait until January to improve your life. Odds are that you, …

Mastering a better apple pie

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Any number of tasks may strike you as easy as pie, but anyone who’s ever actually made a pie can tell you that it actually requires some care if you want it to turn out well. Consider apple …

Jazz up green beans

Thursday, November 5, 2015

We apologize if you are a huge fan of green beans. We apologize if you are the sort of person who longs for the green beans at Thanksgiving. We think it’s a little strange, but we still apologize. …

Vegetarians shouldn’t settle for a meal made of sides

Thursday, November 5, 2015

This year we decided to reverse engineer the vegetarian Thanksgiving. Traditionally, diners who ditch the turkey are forced to cobble together a “main dish” by picking and choosing from the foods everyone else considers sides. But this year, …

Forget turkey – try roast chicken and pork this fall

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Many years ago, when I was in cooking school, our French chef teachers taught us a technique for preparing poultry called “à la crapaudine.” This translates as “in the manner of a toad.” It involves cutting a bird …

Treats so simple it’s scary

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The eyes have it this year for easy Halloween treats. Being short on time, or skill, doesn’t mean you can’t turn out something worthy of even the finest Halloween party table, all you need is a little melted …

Cozy up with a log cabin quilt on crisp day

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Quilting is buying perfectly beautiful pieces of material or taking that special memorable child’s baby blanket or T-shirts that have been collected, and cutting them up to create a wonderful keepsake. Yes, that is what quilters love to …

Best pet costume contest winners

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The results are in! You sent us your best pet costume pictures and voted for the winners. Here are the top dogs, who are in fact all dogs. (Guess no one wanted a grumpy cat.) …

Pumpkin fever: Decorating with pumpkins can be more than jack o’ lantern grins

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fall in New England is filled with pumpkins aplenty. We eat them. We flavor drinks with them. We carve them. But if chopping a lopsided smirk into your round orange squash doesn’t feel very original to you, check …

Pressure cooking 101 using chickpeas

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I have come to the pressure cooker late in life, probably because students were not taught how to use one at the French Culinary Institute back in 1986. Such a tool was suitable only for amateurs, according to …

Vote in LiveWell’s pet costume contest

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

We asked our readers to submit their best pet costume photos. Now its your turn to vote for the winners. The winning pet will appear in the October LiveWell. …

Call for submissions: Send your best pet pic

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Is your cat a princess? Is your dog a clown? Does your hamster wear a tutu? The Monitor’s LiveWell magazine is having a pet costume contest. Email a photo of your dressed-up pet to or fill out …