Food and Drink

Why make just a dessert? Tips for a glamorous dessert buffet

Fruit pies, ice cream and fresh berry salads are summer staples, and you’ll never catch us turning any of those down. But even in the summer, the occasion may arise where you want to crank it up a notch. Whether it’s a bridal shower, anniversary party, or late-night after-party, a dessert ...

Don’t miss soft-shell crab season, happening now

Soft-shell crabs are nothing more than our common Atlantic blue crabs caught in the process of molting. This poor little crustacean has shed its hard shell, and is completely covered with a thin, flexible replacement shell. It will be awhile before it hardens up, and in the meantime, it’s ...

Picnic-size zucchini quiches are a snap to make

You’d think quiche would be a summer picnic staple. In practice, the beloved cheese pies are too darn messy; cutting one into slices while you’re sitting in the wild or at the beach could be tricky. And if you figure, “Aha! I’ll slice it up ahead of time,” you discover there’s no ...

A Taste of Milford awaits you Friday on the Oval

MILFORD – From 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, the eighth annual A Taste of Milford will be held downtown, on and around the Milford Oval. The evening will feature tons of food, great live music and many shops to explore. Come stroll the Oval and get a “taste” of more than two dozen local businesses, ...

Peace, love, chocolate: The Spirit of Cacao

Sometimes, the path to your future takes you through the jungle. That’s not a metaphor; for Kurt Haddad, it’s literal. Haddad, 29, a Nashua High South graduate, now lives in Amherst, but his journey took him to Colorado for college, back home to muddle through a few things – his sound ...

Fundraising dinner, readings aid NH poets laureate

WINDHAM – At 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, a fundraising dinner and poetry reading will held to benefit the Poetry Society of New Hampshire’s Poet Laureate Fund, at Common Man Restaurant, 88 Range Road. “Laureates Three Quatre” will feature UK’s Hampshire Laureate Brian Evans-Jones, ...

One sweet potato two ways — savory, sweet — is dinner and dessert

The kitchen is my happy place, which is a good thing, because I spend a lot of time in it. It seems I’m always either developing recipes, or cooking them for a camera. And then there’s the not-so-small matter of cooking for my husband and four daughters every day. Truly, I love it. But ...

Heavenly banana bread starts with vegetable oil

Everyone makes banana bread, and most people love it. A good friend of mine always makes it with chocolate chips because her family will eat anything with chocolate in it. I grew up with my mother making banana bread with butter and pecans, and I thought it was very good – until I ...

Eschew perfection – and chew some pancakes!

They say having a baby changes everything. Well, so far, I think just knowing you’re going to have a baby changes everything. I am writing this column while 38 weeks pregnant, balancing my laptop on my ever-growing stomach and getting kicked in the bladder every few minutes, and I have to ...

Caramelized tofu plus lots of veggies become tasty, pretty dish

If you aren’t a tofu fan, listen up. This just might be the recipe that turns it all around for you, like it did for my husband and daughter. I toss extra firm tofu cubes in a lightly spicy (or not; your call) peanut sauce and then roast it until the edges are golden and lightly caramelized. ...

Curd is the word: Cottage cheese goes way, way back

There is an ancient legend, dating from the third century B.C., which involves a milk seller and the accidental discovery he made while on his route. As he set out along the Mesopotamian desert, he had several containers, made of sheep’s stomachs, hanging from the side of his camel. Well, the ...

International cuisine, entertainment night at Nashua Community College

NASHUA – At 6 p.m. Friday, Nashua Community College will present a multicultural dinner at the school, 505 Amherst St. Helping newcomers feel at home and introducing residents to new cultural experiences, Nashua Community College, in conjunction with One Greater Nashua, will host its annual ...

New products, awards announced for LaBelle Winery

AMHERST – A new product line and two local excellence awards were announced by LaBelle Winery, 345 Rte. 101. LaBelle Winery announces four new gourmet culinary products from their “The Winemaker’s Kitchen” line: Aji Colombian Hot Sauce (made with LaBelle Winery Jalapeño Pepper ...

King David Coffee now at factory-direct prices

NASHUA – King David Coffee Roasters, 48 Bridge St., announced that it will now sell its products at factory-direct prices. After 14 successful years, King David Coffee Roasters is changing gears, said owner and master coffee roaster Sam Brest. “While other roasters are raising prices, or ...

Black Cat Rum Cake is a generations-old treat

Peter Vollheim will tell you lots of stories – about how he’s “a victim of NAFTA” and now builds planes with his buddies; about his wife’s uncle who refused to allow FDR’s long black car to pass a National Guard stopping point during a tornado; about how he’s the American world ...

Mother’s Day treat: Mini mocha baked Alaskas

Let’s say you dream of wanting to make a very special dessert for mom on Mother’s Day, but don’t really have the time or the expertise. Well, here’s a cheating version of baked Alaska! Sure, it’s antique – is there any other two-word phrase in English as capable of teleporting us in ...

Green garlic butter brings spring to oyster dish

My grilled oysters with green garlic butter dish looks as green and springy as your backyard at this time of year. You may be familiar with the flavors in this butter from the classic french escargots a la bourguignonne. And, if I was a betting woman, I’d be willing to bet that 90 percent of ...

Let’s have a toast for the long-lost ‘savoury course’

I have to confess: Desserts, for the most part, just leave me cold. Indeed, for years I just ignored them completely. Eccentric as this might sound, it’s actually not that unusual – or, at least, it wasn’t in the past. Originating in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and remaining popular ...

Mushroom and cheese burritos perfect for Meatless Mondays

Mushroom and cheese burritos are a delicious vegetarian dish hearty enough to satisfy even the most die-hard carnivore in your family. A burrito stuffed with portobello mushrooms, chiles and cheese, it’s perfect for Meatless Mondays and – bonus! – all the ingredients are cooked together ...

Roasting veggies in hummus yields a tasty crust

I remember being told in marketing class back in graduate school that the fastest growing food category in America was hummus. Hummus, our professor insisted to us disbelieving students, would soon be ubiquitous. I should have heeded his advice and leveraged that bit of 1991 foresight in some ...