Foodstuffs

A food blog from NHPR news, digital, & programming staff, exploring food & food culture around the state & the New England region. On-air features air Thursdays on All Things Considered and Saturdays during Weekend Edition.

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Foodstuffs
4:53 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Foodstuffs: Portsmouth Library Will Waive Your Fines For Food Pantry Donations

This is a time of year when food banks and aid groups are looking for ways to encourage people to donate food and money to help the hungry.

The Portsmouth Public Library is offering its patrons a deal: donate food to the Seacoast Family Food Pantry and they’ll forgive some overdue fines.

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Thanksgiving
12:29 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Need Help Carving Your Thanksgiving Turkey? Check Out These Video How-To's

So easy, right? (Just kidding.)
Credit Rhett Sutphin via Flickr CC

Your dad made it look easy...maybe. But carving a turkey is a bit more complicated than you might think. It's a big bird, after all, and not every knife is created equal. (Nor is every bird, thanks to the "spatchcock" craze!)

But never fear, humble home-chef, there's somewhere to turn if you're confounded by the prospect of carving: YouTube. 

Listed below are some of the most informative and easy-to-follow turkey carving how-to videos on the site.

Pro Tip: Watch them in advance of the family arriving and you'll look like a turkey carving ninja come dinner time.

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Foodstuffs
5:51 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Foodstuffs: Sweet French Pastries From A Registered Dietitian

French macarons are meringue cookies quite different from the very coconutty (but still awesome) American style macaroons.
Credit Jocelyn & Cathy via Flickr/CC - http://ow.ly/EeQ62

Yankee Magazine recently released the winners of its 2014 Editors Choice Food Awards. One of the New Hampshire honorees caught our attention: Moochie’s Macarons of Nashua.

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Foodstuffs
5:09 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Foodstuffs: Two 'Nerds' Catch, Eat Their Way Through New Hampshire's Freshwater Fish

Clay Groves (left) and Dave Kellam, aka The Fish Nerds, in a file photo from 2011.
Credit Amy Quinton, NHPR

For the past several years, two men calling themselves The Fish Nerds have been on a quest to catch and eat all the species of New Hampshire freshwater fish. Their quest is now complete.

Clay Groves and Dave Kellam talked with All Things Considered about what they learned while trying to “Catch-m-All and Eat-m-All.”

How did this all get started?

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All Things Considered
5:03 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Foodstuffs: Homemade Cider Doughnuts. Need We Say More?

Doughnuts. Is there anything they can't do?
Credit Stef Noble via Flickr/CC http://ow.ly/CdH92

It’s apple season, and one of the most enjoyable ways to partake is the apple cider doughnut.

Amy Traverso is senior lifestyle editor at Yankee Magazine and author of The Apple Lover’s Cookbook.

She tells says even though New Hampshire has plenty of great cider doughnuts for sale, everyone should try making a batch at home at least once.

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Foodstuffs
4:16 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

New Farmer-To-Locavore Business Model At Odds With State Regulations

North Country Marketplace & Salvage in Colebrook.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

A Colebrook woman is trying to make it easier for people to buy locally grown foods while giving farmers an economic boost. Her idea is a variation on the classic roadside farm stand, and it is a model that could be used around the state.

But it’s going to require a change in state law.

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All Things Considered
4:56 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Foodstuffs: In Walpole, A Legal Dispute Over Ice Cream

It's unlikely anyone would describe legal wrangling over ice cream as sweet. Ice cream itself, on the other hand...
Credit Cascadian Farm via Flickr/CC http://ow.ly/APWQE

Yes, the Market Basket dispute is over, but not all is rosy in the New Hampshire food world. Take for example, the legal challenge in Walpole between two ice cream shops.

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Foodstuffs
4:29 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Pathogen Hits N.H. Basil, Putting Pesto In Peril

Dimond Hill Farm lost its basil crop to downy mildew.
Credit Michael Samuels

Basil has been one of the big draws all summer at Dimond Hill Farm in Concord. 

“We give a sprig away for every customer who buys something,” says Yianna Coliandris, who works at the farmstand.

“Everyone was enjoying that, and it was absolutely thriving. It was beautiful, beautiful basil, and it tasted and smelled absolutely wonderful.”

But now customers will have to find basil elsewhere.

“This was the basil,” says Jane Presby, surveying a tenth of an acre of empty soil.

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Foodstuffs
4:57 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Foodstuffs: Farm-Share For Fishing Program Expands In Year Two

A catch in 2013 from New Hampshire Community Seafood. The program is expanding to new parts of New Hampshire in its second year.
Credit Sarah VanHorn, Manager of NH Community Seafood / N.H. Sea Grant

This is the second year for a New Hampshire program that brings the farm share model to fish.

It’s called New Hampshire Community Seafood, and it was the subject of a recent column by David Brooks, who writes the weekly Granite Geek science column for the Nashua Telegraph and Granite Geek.org. He joined us on All Things Considered to talk about the program.

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Foodstuffs
2:40 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Boscawen Community Kitchen Survey Underway

Community kitchens could help farmers package more cheese
Credit Emily Corwin, NHPR News

A New Hampshire college student's proposal for a community kitchen in Boscawen is in line to undergo a USDA-funded feasibility study.

A community kitchen would provide farmers and entrepreneurs with access to processing, packaging and storing facilities. For smaller enterprises, the access to such a facility would mean a chance for expanded production and profits.

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Foodstuffs
12:34 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Foodstuffs: Grocery Shopping On $35 A Week? It Can Be Done (Sometimes)

Credit Ale Viyie via Flickr Creative Commons

For years, Market Basket has called itself the store where you get more for your dollar.

And those longtime customers who are currently boycotting the chain over the firing of longtime CEO Arthur T. Demoulas say they’re spending more on groceries as they’re patronizing other stores.

Those worried about their grocery budgets might pick up a few tips from Erik August Johnson.

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Foodstuffs
5:33 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Blueberry Season Promises Picking, Pies, Possibilities

Blueberries ripening on the bushes at Apple Hill Farm.
Credit Michael Samuels

 

The blueberries are ripe and ready to pick at Apple Hill Farm in Concord.

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NH News
5:13 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Barter Your Homemade and Homegrown Foodstuffs Sunday At Seacoast Swap

Pickled garlic scapes
Credit Erin Urquhart / Putting Up With Erin

About 40 foodies are expected to show up at the Seacoast’s first community Food Swap this Sunday at Frank Jones Mansion in Portsmouth. 

Organizer Erin Urquhart says it works like this:

You get together and one person says 'ok I have two cans of blueberry jam, I have two pounds of carrots, I’m willing to swap for that,' and someone behind you says 'I have a sheet of brownies that I made, I want that instead.'

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Foodstuffs
4:55 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

After The Shortage, Limes Return In Time For Midsummer Cocktails

Lemons, not limes, go into the Blueberry Basil Mojito at Cotton.
Credit Brian Smestad, courtesy of Blue Tree LLC

A Mexican lime shortage had some NH bar owners worried. 

Margaritas, mojitos, gin and tonics... when you think of summer drinks, there's probably a lime in the picture. But up until a few weeks ago, this summer looked pretty grim – at least lime-wise.

“We were paying $50 a case to begin with,” says Jim Derosiers, “and then they jumped up to $150 a case and $175 a case.”

Desrosiers is the bar manager at Poco's Bow Street Cantina in Portsmouth. Every week, Poco's goes through about 15 cases of 250 limes each.

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Foodstuffs
3:06 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Foodstuffs: New Hampshire Crowdfunders Will Not Be Deterred By Potato Salad!

Attn Zach Danger Brown: hope your potato salad looks as good as this one.
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The world of crowdfunding is awash in potato salad, thanks to a spud enthusiast in Ohio called Zack Danger Brown. Promising only that, upon raising ten dollars, he was going to make potato salad – “I haven't decided what kind yet” – Brown raised nearly $50,000 in two weeks on Kickstarter. (The total was well over $70,000 before Kickstarter cancelled several donations it said couldn’t be verified.)

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