Food

First generation on the farm

Monday, May 18, 2015

Linda Estabrook doesn’t have a background in farming. But as she looks around and sees a vibrant, growing dedication to local food, it makes her want to get down in the dirt. “This is an area where you can know your farmer,” said Estabrook. “I love that.” So, though she made her living for the past decade teaching dancing on cruise ships in the Caribbean, Estabrook now has aspirations of becoming a farmer, or at least becoming involved in the local farm scene. She’s already become a worker at Rosaly’s Farmstand, and has restarted growing vegetables in a little garden plot in her yard in … 0

Peterborough: Cafe opens in Village Shops

Monday, May 4, 2015

Joe Stanislaw mans the kitchen at the newly opened Joe’s at the Grove Cafe. The restaurant is sandwiched between Ava Marie’s Handmade Chocolate and Ice Cream and Monadnock Oil and Vinegar in the Grove Village Shops. The menu specializes in farm-to-fork specialties, and includes numerous dishes Stanislaw featured in cooking demonstrations at Monadnock … 0

Peterborough: Brothers take first place

Monday, April 13, 2015

A panel of three judges sipped 21 varieties of maple syrup, closing their eyes between each taste to immortalize the syrups’ flavors. Meanwhile, several dozen audience members crowded around to sample the same syrups. This was the spectacle at the Ledger-Transcript’s 35th Maple Syrup Contest. The event was held at the Monadnock Center … 1

Francestown: Village Foods now based in Milford

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

FRANCESTOWN — Francestown Village Foods, which started in the historic Main Street store and gained a regional presence in recent years, has recently moved to a new location in Milford. Former Village Store owners Jason and Jennifer Martel began preparing meals like lasagna, burritos, shepherd’s pie, pasta dishes … 0

ML: Squares are my downfall

Monday, November 25, 2013

While shopping at the local grocery store a few weeks ago, I met a friend I haven’t seen in years. We asked each other about our kids and family life, and she commented that she follows our family … 0

New Ipswich: Nisu, tying family, friends

Monday, November 25, 2013

Nisu, a Finnish coffee bread, once graced the tables of Finnish folks in the region on a weekly basis. But now it’s made much less frequently, says Eileen Haavisto of New Ipswich, mostly just for special occasions and … 0

Peterborough: From the history books

Monday, November 25, 2013

Around 1900, the ladies of the Peterboro Grange published a community cookbook, “Reliable Recipes,” but Michelle Stahl of the Monadnock Center for History and Culture says she’s not so sure how reliable the recipes are for modern cooks. … 0

A chef’s passion made from scratch

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

When Adam LeComte of Peterborough was a teenager, the he was working as a dishwasher at the now-closed Depot Restaurant in Greenville, where he grew up. One day, one of the prep cooks didn’t show up for work, … 1

Rindge: PastaFest planned for Saturday

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A PastaFest will be held at the Meeting House on Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Homemade pasta dishes will be served, including lasagna, ravioli, and spaghetti with meatballs. Salad, garlic bread, beverages and desserts also will be part of the dinner. Tickets are $9 for adults, $6 … 0

Rindge: Well-traveled diner off and running

Monday, October 28, 2013

If you’ve driven through the intersection of Routes 119 and 202 during the last few Saturday mornings, chances are that you’ve seen the out-the-door line of people at the Hometown Diner. The historic diner that was moved from … 0

The low-down on gluten: The difference between intolerance, sensitivity

Monday, October 21, 2013

Celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. If neither of these sound familiar, perhaps the term gluten intolerance does as well. But with the growing awareness of different types of gluten sensitivity, it’s important to know the facts and … 0

Know your food: On eating  natural, organic

Monday, October 21, 2013

No matter what type of diet someone follows, whether they eat meat, don’t eat any meat, eat dairy or none at all, their diet can still be all-natural and organic. Many responses to eating only natural and organic food may be that it’s too hard or too expensive, … 0

Challenges and benefits: So what is vegan, anyway?

Monday, October 21, 2013

Some may have heard of a vegetarian diet, which excludes meat from the diet. But the vegan diet may be on the rise, and even this lifestyle has a few variations. Some vegans don’t eat anything that our … 0