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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 …

Jazz up your holidays with the latest in lights

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Clark Griswold would be proud. Thanks to advances in lighting technology, suburban dads (and moms) across the country have a lot to choose from when it comes to creative ways to deck their halls for the holidays this …

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 …

Attention adult video-gamers: Livewell wants you

Thursday, November 21, 2013

We know there’s a population of adults out there burning the midnight oil in front of their PlayStations and Xboxes and Wiis, making game-winning plays or battling an army of zombies while the kids sleep peacefully upstairs. Now’s your chance to stand up and be counted. We want …

Attention adult video-gamers: ‘LiveWell’ wants you

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

We know there’s a population of adults out there burning the midnight oil in front of their PlayStations and Xboxes and Wiis, making game-winning plays or battling an army of zombies while the kids sleep peacefully upstairs. Now’s your chance to stand up and be counted. We want …

If you want to eat healthfully, try adding food, not subtracting it

Friday, August 2, 2013

Our country has a funny way of promoting health. When a typical American says he is getting healthy, his approach is often to cut “bad” foods or to eat less. But when we try not to think about something, we usually think about it more. And when we …

Keeping tabs on your money

Thursday, June 13, 2013

There are several apps available to those in need of a little help with personal finance. Here’s a look at two of them: A hands-on approach   to saving, spending If you need a hands-on way to look at where your money’s going each month, consider CoinKeeper. Starting …

You can have fabulous floors

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Several months ago I made the unfortunate mistake of coating my well-past-their-prime kitchen and bathroom floors with floor shine product. Oh, what a mistake! They looked great, for maybe two days, and then all the dirt and grime …

On the lookout

Thursday, June 13, 2013

They’re the squiggles in the corners of our children’s earliest paintings, the harbingers of spring in New England, the thieves of our sandwiches at the ocean. They’re the stuff of proverbs, horror movies and family feasts. They wake …