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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 …

Rat rods: Vintage vehicles made into rusty rides

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Peter Duvaloois’s rat rods are way cooler than your car. The fast machines, pieced together from vintage parts and scrapyard finds, also are rumblier, rustier and turn more heads on the highway. That’s pretty much the point of …

Your info has been hacked. Now what do you do?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Although banks often absorb bogus charges, it’s up to victims to clean up their credit histories and recover stolen funds. …

Identity theft victims face months of hassle

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

As soon as Mark Kim found out his personal information was compromised in a data breach at Target in 2013, the 36-year-old tech worker signed up for the retailer’s free credit monitoring offer so he would be notified …

Taking stock: Making your own broth is a labor of love

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I was raised in a household where broth was either chicken or beef and came out of a can. So 30 years ago, when I began my training at the French Culinary Institute, I was surprised to learn …

5 ways to make a kitchen more germ-free

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Even the tidiest kitchens might be harboring harmful bacteria, and often where they’re least expected. Paying more attention to a few often-overlooked places can help keep your household safer, experts say. For starters, home cooks should have four …

New tools can take the backache out of snow removal

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

That familiar refrain of winter is back. Do you hear it? Metal shovels scraping snow-covered driveways and sidewalks. The industrious whir of snow blowers. The grating sound of scrapers chiseling cars out from beneath layers of ice. Snow …

Sleigh ride, anyone?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The sleigh had just rounded a corner. It was now headed up a sloping stretch of terrain. The temperature was hovering around freezing, a handful of snowflakes falling from the ashen sky. The horses pulling the sleigh started …

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Pinterest board information Need some ideas for your own elf this Christmas? Follow LiveWell on Pinterest and check out our Elf Ideas board: pinterest.com/LiveWellNH/elf-ideas/. if your elf or mensch does something cool, pin it and send it to …

Day trip: Keene

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Forget about pumpkins! Keene’s lively community is active all year round, but especially so during the Christmas season. The downtown area has a wonderfully eclectic array of small, independently owned shops and eateries. Even better, most are within …

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The problem with Christmas elves is that only people who celebrate Christmas can enjoy them. Enter Mensch on a Bench. Created by Neal Hoffman, a Jewish father who wanted a way to teach his sons about Hanukkhah while …

Soup’s on!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

It’s bonfire season in New Hampshire, which means it’s time for simple, warming soups and stews. Here are two recipes that won’t crowd your busy holiday schedule or break the bank with costly ingredients. Both can be mixed …