Crop rotation

By on Jan 13, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Across time and seasons, cultures and landscapes, people and technology – things change. So goes it with the Concord Monitor’s food blog. “On the Food Trail” is not so much disappearing, though, as it is transitioning. As of today, it is “Ag & Eats,” a new blog focused not only on what we eat here in the Granite State, but where it comes from: land, animals, plants and farmers. The content of this blog – which can still be found at – will be determined by where Monitor reporter Elodie Reed‘s curious appetite and favorite pair of black muck boots take her. Concord kitchens and local greenhouses, cow fields and pig pens, agricultural science classrooms and food shelves, your dinner table – they’re all fair game. Carole Soule will continue writing about her day-to-day experiences as a farmer in...

Capital Region Food Program distributes holiday boxes to nearly 2,500 families

By on Dec 22, 2015 in Uncategorized |

More than four decades ago, Maria Manus Painchaud’s father organized fewer than 100 holiday baskets for hungry families in Concord during the holidays. Last week, she watched volunteers fan out to rows of boxes with cans of peas and corn. In its 42nd year, the Capital Region Food Program will distribute two packages of food to more than 2,450 families in Concord and its surrounding towns. For her father, who died in 1989, Manus Painchaud said the sight would be “bittersweet.” “He was always an advocate of alleviating hunger completely,” she said. “The fact that this project has grown to 2,500 families would break his heart.” But he would be happy to see more than 1,000 volunteers rally around the cause, she said. “It’s a testament to how resilient a community can be,” she said. Since its inception in the 1970s, the Capital Region Food Program has grown to a year-round effort. Manus...

‘New England loves classic’ pies

By on Nov 5, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A dozen pie options are available to customers at The Crust & Crumb Baking Co. at Thanksgiving, ranging from a chocolate-infused midnight pumpkin pie to coconut cream pie to pork pie. The downtown Concord bakery has glass cases full of desserts, including a forest berry crumb pie that owner Alison Ladman pulled from a case one October afternoon. Despite her range of options – with cakes, cookies and whoopie pies, among other treats available – it’s the traditional items that prevail at Thanksgiving. “Classics are popular,” Ladman said. “New England loves classic.” The shop, which has been open for about 3½ years, finds that come Thanksgiving, people want what they know. “People want pie and rolls for Thanksgiving,” Ladman said. “Rolls are just where it’s at for Thanksgiving.” Shaker squash rolls and butter rolls are available for order, as are a couple of bread options. Rolls are...

Writer Mark Bittman finally reveals how he plans to shake up one of the biggest trends in food

By on Nov 4, 2015 in Uncategorized |

In September, Mark Bittman, the well-known food writer, authored his last column for the New York Times. After five years covering food issues as a columnist for the paper, he was leaving to embark on a new and undisclosed adventure. “I see it as putting philosophy into action,” he wrote, sharing only that he was joining a start-up that encourages people to eat more plants, and that more information would follow. Now the details have emerged. On Monday, Purple Carrot, a vegan meal kit delivery service, which ships pre-measured ingredients and recipes, announced that Bittman has joined full-time as partner and chief innovation officer. The company’s mission – centered around the value of a plant-based diet – is closely related to what Bittman has advocated for years. “There was never a grand plan to be a cookbook writer, and then a food writer, and then a columnist, and then an...

Photos: Picking a sweet treat

By on Oct 12, 2015 in Uncategorized |

With temperatures in the 70s and clear skies on the Columbus Day holiday, Meadow Ledge Farm in Loudon was packed with apple pickers and long lines for doughnuts and cider Monday. The farm is open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and was named best orchard and second for best apple picking by WMUR.

Treats so simple it’s scary

By on Oct 1, 2015 in Uncategorized |

The eyes have it this year for easy Halloween treats. Being short on time, or skill, doesn’t mean you can’t turn out something worthy of even the finest Halloween party table, all you need is a little melted chocolate and a package of candy peepers. They’re available at cake and candy making stores or in the cake and candy section of most large craft stores, and they come in different sizes. I hit Pinterest in search of the quickest, easiest , most impressive treats I could find. Here are a few of my favorites, for even more cool ideas, check out LiveWell New Hampshire’s Halloween board on Pinterest. Doughnut be scared A set of plastic vampire teeth and two tiny candy eyes turn a store-bought glazed donut into a funny treat kids will love. Melt a little chocolate and put it into a zip-close bag. Snip a tiny piece off one of the bottom corners of the bag and use it to squirt just a...