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Milford restaurateur featured on Top Chef

MILFORD – Greenleaf and Culture restaurants owner Chris Viaud is appearing on Bravo television’s popular program Top Chef, airing now on that network. Viaud, who is from Randolph, Massachusetts, calls Milford his home and keeps busy between his two restaurants: Greenleaf, a busy ...

Pull out the sheet pan for a homemade twist to pizza night

If you’ve gotten used to cooking at home more this year, then consider switching things up on pizza night and making it yourself on a sheet pan. Not only will the pizza taste good, but it’s a fun activity with kids. First, the crust, which is vital as a canvas for your favorite ...

Symbol of the heart has interesting history

The other day, I was wandering through one of our local big box stores, looking at all of the chocolate on display in preparation for Valentine’s Day, in huge heart-shaped boxes, when a long-standing dilemma came to mind. The symbol of the heart bears absolutely no resemblance to the actual ...

Cod industry in New England goes back thousands of years

Way back in the early 18th century, when Boston was little more than a colonial outpost for the British, a huge wooden cod was installed in the State House, a symbol of the fishing industry that had brought so much prosperity to New England. Unfortunately, the fishy effigy was destroyed, along ...

Make a big splash at your holiday dinner

“Hallo! A great deal of steam! The pudding was out of the copper. A smell like a washing-day! That was the cloth. A smell like an eating-house and a pastrycook’s next door to each other, with a laundress’s next door to that! That was the pudding! In half a minute Mrs. Cratchit ...

Candy apple cheesecake: A seasonal treat sure to please everyone

One of the seasonal treats of the fall are candied apples, with a popsicle stick jammed into them, and covered in jaw-breaking neon jacket. Then there are caramel apples, which are a little kinder to your dentistry. Some times, people get them mixed up. However, they are completely different ...

Celebrations Catering offers meal specials, benefits charities

NASHUA – Pivoting has become a critical word in describing how businesses- practically any business – conducts their day-to-day dealings. Celebrations Catering, a staple in the Greater Nashua area for more than three decades, is offering new food and delivery techniques while providing ...

Bonhoeffer’s makes huge strides, one cup of coffee at a time

Our collective future often seems muddied by current wars, community violence, disease, and political and social clashes, to the extent that it often feels like the entire world is struggling to breathe. When those of us not so directly impacted by these overwhelming situations take the time to ...

Rhum brings the Caribbean nightly to Downtown Nashua

Night time creeps in sooner these days, and the early mornings are shrouded in darkness longer. As we turn our clocks back this Sunday, perhaps it will be a good time to turn towards the future, and the opportunities for a brighter path ahead. Fall in New England is beautiful, but the ...

Ja Ja Belle’s is a beacon of comfort food and kindness

Sometimes when you walk into a certain kind of eatery, there’s just something special in the air- a vibrancy and an enveloping sense of comfort and belonging. Many Nashua area restaurants and cafes provide these feelings, but one in particular stands out: Ja Ja Belle’s, on the corner of ...

Pumpkin Pie a favorite for the holidays

History books are full of unfounded myths, generally centering on some pivotal event in a particular culture. One of these involves the landing of the Pilgrims, and the idea that local tribes introduced them to the pumpkin. Absolute nonsense. The pumpkin, which had been cultivated by Central ...

Bobola’s Family Restaurant serves the comfort of home

Uncomplicated are the missions of many family-owned restaurants. Home-style cooking, variety, fair prices, friendly service: these standards make up the foundation of a successful establishment, and Greater Nashua enjoys many such eateries. Having originally set up shop in Dracut, MA, in 2005, ...

From nostalgic recipes to twists on classics, Suzie’s Diner hits the spot

New England has a love affair with diners, and there’s no wondering why. Evoking memories of times seemingly less daunting in comparison to the struggles of our current political and social landscapes, they bring us a sense of comfort and nostalgia. Even those of us who did the bulk of our ...

California Burritos makes great food and big smiles

If you are not Hispanic yourself, but have been welcomed into a Hispanic home, you have very likely been exposed to generosity, inclusion, great humor, genuine respect, and some of the best food you have ever eaten. These experiences are repeated across the thresholds of family-run restaurants ...

Marmite: A polarizing British concoction

There are some foods that are so polarizing that people unfamiliar with them react with instant disgust. For instance, most Asian people eschew cheese, as they consider it to be just rotten milk. For my part, I can’t abide pancakes, biscuits and gravy or Twinkies. I expect to get a lot of ...

Hummus not just a go-to party food

I’m always a little bemused when I see people buying tubs of hummus at the supermarket. It’s right there near the fancy cheeses, wedged between dolmas and tabouli. And, in case nobody was getting the point, there are generally racks of pita bread and lavash within arm’s reach. Basically, ...

Giant of Siam serves up the kindness of Thai culture

Thailand is a truly magical place. Waters of crystal-clear and shimmering blue, monsoonal forests, tropical evergreens, and lush jungle envelop sacred temples of multicolor tile and stone, villages of thatched or brightly painted homes, and bustling roadways teaming with commerce and daily ...

Nashua’s CodeX scheduled to reopen Aug. 25

Prohibition era-themed bars can be entertaining and even charming. Pre-Covid, it was fun to get a small group of friends together to visit a local establishment that serves up classic, perhaps bizarre-to-us cocktails and savory small plates, delivered by staff dressed in period clothing, ...

India and Nepal will always share a bond over their cuisines

Nepal and India have had a tumultuous relationship in the last 70 years. The multiple cultures of the two countries obviously traded and existed among each other for centuries, but from the signing of the 1950 Indo-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship to the present day, the two countries have ...

Summertime favorite potato salad as a rich history in America

As I write this, the temperatures have topped 90 degrees for the second straight day, and show no sign of stopping anytime soon. Obviously, this puts a bit of a damper on my enthusiasm for cooking, so I thought I’d settle for a summertime staple – namely, potato salad. Those of us who ...