Food and Drink

Some like it hot – But not in the kitchen in summertime

I’ve written before about my love of traditions. I love the fact that my family decorates our Christmas tree together every year and eats the same cookies, drinks the same eggnog and listens to the same music. I love that we always dyed Easter eggs together and still, to this very day, ...

Recipe: Pasta with sauteed kale, toasted bread crumbs

There are lots of varieties of kale on the market. They start appearing now and stay seasonal all through the winter. You can play around with any and all of them in this recipe. You also can use other dark greens, like mustard greens, collards, Swiss chard … even chopped broccolini or ...

New Hampshire Brewers Festival in Concord this Saturday

CONCORD – From noon-4 p.m. Saturday, The New Hampshire Brewers Association will hold its 4th annual New Hampshire Brewers Festival at Kiwanis Waterfront Park, 15 Loudon Road. Join 45 breweries from across the state pouring more than 100 delicious craft beers. This “for the brewers, by the ...

Famed Boston physician and his tasty namesake pudding

Although I lived in Boston for many years, I seem to have suffered the problem many people have when residing in old cities – that is, not paying attention to the history that lay directly beneath my feet. I’m specifically referring to Boylston Street, which I saw as nothing other than a ...

A yummy Spanish tortilla without all the calories

Growing up in the Southwest, a tortilla was a thin flatbread used to wrap around grilled meat and make tacos. I was in my 30s before I visited Barcelona, Spain, and was served a Spanish tortilla – a completely different dish – and I fell in love instantly. A Spanish tortilla is something ...

Three-melon soup is a summer showstopper

Three Melon Soup, a real showstopper, is as much fun to look at as it is refreshing to eat. The key, though, is to start with the ripest and most fragrant fruits available. In the case of cantaloupes and honeydews, the first move is to smell the stem end to make sure it smells strongly of ...

A fun kitchen project is home-baked soft pretzels

You know pretzels and have probably eaten them in many different forms, but do you know how they’re made? They begin with a dough, not unlike any you’ve made before, with flour, water, yeast, salt, and butter. After fermentation, to help get that tang we all love, they are shaped into the ...

Paella doesn’t need hard-and-fast rules to come out great

I finally got a chance to use that authentic Spanish paella pan I received as a gift. It boasts a unique construction that is the complete opposite of modern cookware design: Perfectly round and flat, with gently sloped sides, surprisingly shallow, and made from a thin sheet of dimpled carbon ...

Stone fruit, almond upside-down cake is summertime treat

This recipe for stone fruit and almond upside-down cake works equally well using any kind – or a mix of every kind – of stone fruit, including plums, apricots, nectarines, peaches and plumcots. The appeal of the mixed-fruit version – the rainbowlike beauty of the unmolded cake in concert ...

Amherst Food Truck Festival rolls into town

AMHERST – From 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, the inaugural Amherst NH Food Truck Festival will be held at Amherst Garden Center and Farm to Market, 305 Rte. 101. There will be 12 food trucks, including Tracy Girl, Hot Ballz, Donut Love, Morning Salute, Somerset Grille of Hooksett, Pomaire Boston ...

Salmon with zingy pepperoncini-lemon sauce

Throughout New England, the traditional entree of choice for dinner on the Fourth of July was salmon served with a side of peas. This happy pairing capitalized on the region’s seasonal bounty: It just so happened the salmon were running and fresh peas were at their peak at the very moment ...

Greek twist on classic Middle Eastern tabbouleh salad

This is a Mediterranean twist on tabbouleh, a classic Middle Eastern bulgur wheat salad, with very approachable flavors. It can be served as a side dish or a main course, and even as part of a creative appetizer or meze spread. It’s also a great portable dish, perfect for bringing to a ...

Meat and potatoes made healthier as dinner salad

Generations of Americans have grown up heralding meat and potatoes as the classic dinner of choice. Who doesn’t love the taste of that time-honored combination, filling our bellies with the comfort of a juicy, fatty steak and fluffy, carby spuds? Just thinking about it is enough to make us ...

Simply delicious: Liz Barbour streamlines your kitchen

AMHERST – At 6:30 p.m. next Thursday, June 29, the Amherst Town Library invites you to “Build a Better World through Food: In the Kitchen with Liz Barbour” in the Main Reading Room of the library at 14 Main St. “Minimize, declutter and cleanse” are words we hear a lot these days. ...

Go hog wild for Rock’n Ribfest this weekend

MERRIMACK – Friday-Sunday, the Rotary Club of Nashua West’s annual Rock’n Ribfest will held at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 221 Daniel Webster Highway. Enjoy the best barbecue in New Hampshire, along with music and family entertainment! Proceeds from Rock’n Ribfest go to support area ...

Quick, easy, nutritious breakfasts: Green smoothies

I’ve always been a fan of quick, convenient meals, especially for breakfast. I spent almost three years commuting from Manchester to Boston, and I learned pretty quickly that if breakfast wasn’t something I could eat in the car, I wouldn’t be eating breakfast at all. Now, as a new mom to ...

Green beans as the main dish for dinner? Stay with us

Sometimes I just crave a big serving of green beans. You too, right? Hear me out. Green beans make one of my favorite veggie-based meals. They are loaded with vitamins – particularly C, A and harder-to-get K, and have only 30 calories a serving. But here is the real reason why I love green ...

Two side salads that play nicely with grilled food

Mother’s Day has really co-opted brunch (we get it – mimosas), but dads deserve their special thing, too. Luckily, Father’s Day falls right in summer’s sweet spot, just in time for June’s inaugural grilling. It may be a cliche, but if your dad is like the ones we know, you’re not ...

Luxe life: Cabonnay sets the bar for upscale, elegant dining

When I gleefully checked in on Facebook that I was having dinner at Cabonnay last Saturday, I took some flak from a few of my friends – along the line of “too rich for my blood,” that sort of thing. Well, gosh, yes – the new upscale, five-star restaurant at 55 Bridge St., Manchester, is ...

Why yes, potato doughnuts WERE a big thing in the US

Here’s a thought for you to ponder: Sometime, in the distant future, many of the fast-food outlets we currently take for granted could simply disappear. No more Dunkin’ Donuts, no more Wendy’s, no more Domino’s. Really, it’s not that far-fetched. The last 50 years have seen the demise ...