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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 the landmark Hart’s Turkey Farm and Restaurant in Meredith to meet with head chef Mike Cornelissen, a man whose livelihood is tightly tied to his turkey-cooking talent. “It’s easier than you think it might be. It really isn’t that tough,” said Cornelissen, a 25-year veteran at Hart’s. “Really, what people tend to rely on is the turkey itself, as opposed to doing something to it.” He settled …

“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 am not a talented chef. I don’t get upset when friends use words like “limited” …

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 texture and flavor of most kinds of winter squash (with the exception of acorn) will …

Happy cleaning: Green products make you feel good about cleaning

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

As friendly as we all want to be to the Earth these days, we’re still not too keen on having it for a house guest. Dirt is delightful in our gardens and all, but keep it off the …

The best restaurants in Manchester: The Top 8 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A Yelp search for the most popular restaurants in Manchester turned up these eight contenders. Our reporters chose their destinations based on this list: Hanover Street Chophouse 149 Hanover St Manchester, NH 03101 644-2467 – hanoverstreetchophouse.com Classic steakhouse Hooked Seafood 110 Hanover St Manchester, NH 03101 606-1189 – …

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 …

Ask a Designer: Outdoor lighting options abound

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Many Americans have embraced outdoor decorating, filling their yards with fluffy sofas, gleaming end tables and even outdoor rugs. But what happens when the sun goes down? Chris Lambton, landscape designer and host of HGTV’s Going Yard, advises his …

Time to detox?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

With the turn of the new year still fresh in your mind, the new you might be looking to de-clutter not just your desk and closet but also your mind and body. If so, you might be a good candidate for a detox – a cleansing of the …

Three ways to use up root vegetables

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

March is the month when gardeners begin starting seeds inside and eating the last of the vegetables stored in their root cellars. They’re called “root” cellars for a reason, because roots, like carrots, rutabagas, storage radishes (such as …

It’s not easy being emerald

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

When Pantone LLC announced that emerald green was its Color of the Year for 2013, reaction among designers and interior consultants was mixed. The company, which creates and matches colors for the home and fashion industries, picks a …

Start now to have your house ready for the spring selling season

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Architect Chris French and his wife, Anya Landau French, turned up the volume on their vacant Washington, D.C., condominium apartment with designer-inspired contemporary furnishings – leather living room furniture, glass and metal side tables, a black dining room …

Symbols aside, only a tiny bit of plastic is recycled

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

From an environmental perspective, the only thing that feels good about plastic is the recycling icon found on so many items. Those three arrows, feeding each other in an endless triangle, assure us that as long as we …

Day trip: Dover

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Sometimes I just luck out. When Dover emerged as this month’s feature, I called on two long-time pals to be my guides. Though Edmund and Pat spent decades abroad in exotic spots like Hong Kong, India and Taiwan, …

Marching into Spring

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

March can be so confusing in New Hampshire – one day you can head out to the grocery in a light wind-breaker and the next you can be shoveling two feet of snow. There’s just no telling what …

There are plenty of programs designed for active seniors

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Back in the ’80s, a few gray hairs were excuse enough to stay on the sidelines of anything resembling a sport. That’s not to say active seniors didn’t exist; it just wasn’t as common to spot an octogenarian …