The Best Iced Tea Recipes for Refreshing Summer Drinks

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Iced teas are some of summer’s most refreshing beverages, but don’t limit yourself to plain black or green iced teas—there are plenty of options that combine traditional Camellia sinesis with different herbs, fruits, and syrups to enhance your summer enjoyment. Read on for an assortment of iced tea recipes you’ll want to try before Labor Day!

Pick a Pint: Local Berry Picking Awaits!

Pick a Pint: Local Berry Picking Awaits!

As the weather ripens, so too do nature’s jewels—sweet, luscious berries! Here in the Upper Valley, berries are begging to be picked. Lucky for us, there are more than a handful of farms that offer customers the satisfying experience of picking and eating their own berries. Whether you’re a sucker for sweet strawberries, seedy raspberries, or petite blueberries, you can pick, jam, can, and bake with berries you gathered yourself. Here’s a list of farms to get you started, but exploring the Upper Valley and discovering PYO (“Pick Your Own”) farms is half the fun.

Get Together and Grill

Get Together and Grill

Simplify your summer entertaining routine with quick, easy-to-make dishes that feature fresh, scrumptious ingredients. Laid back and lovely, summer parties call for wonderful friends, flavorful foods and refreshing beverages. But having company over to enjoy the beautiful outdoor surroundings doesn’t mean you have to stress over time-consuming meals that can take all day to prepare. Luckily, there are yummy options available for every al fresco host.

This Summer Create Exotic Homemade Ice Creams

Exotic Homemade Ice Creams

The favorite summertime treat of kids of all ages is ice cream. There’s nothing like a cone or bowl of cool, creamy goodness on a hot summer day. But you don’t always have to venture out to the store or ice cream parlor for your treat. Why not try making it at home? One of the upsides of making your own ice cream is the range of flavors you can create—gourmet treats that might not be available at even the best ice cream shops. The one tool you’ll need is an ice-cream maker (a basic one will cost around $50). Read on for a few creative flavor ideas and recipes to get your taste buds buzzing this summer.

Celebrate Easter! Great Food & Fun Activities for Kids

Celebrate Easter! Great Food & Fun Activities for Kids

Easter is coming up this weekend, and families all over the country will get together to celebrate. Often, this holiday coincides with spring break for those of you with children still in school. Are you having your family over this Easter? Read on for delicious foods to serve, as well as crafts and a game to keep the kids entertained.

Going Greener

Going Greener

Most Americans get about two servings of vegetables per day. That pales in comparison to the five-to-seven servings per day that are recommended. Think about when you eat vegetables—as a side with dinner? Maybe a salad for lunch? Vegetables have many vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients the body needs, as well as fiber for a happy, healthy digestive tract. Dark, leafy greens are particularly good for you and contain substances called phytonutrients that research has shown to have properties that may protect you from heart disease, diabetes, and possibly even cancer. They are also good sources of iron, folate, and vitamins A and C. In addition, managing weight is easier when you consume more vegetables because you can eat more of them to satisfy hunger without adding a lot of fat and calories. So how can you incorporate more greens in your diet? Read on for some tips.

A Trip Around the World for Nachos

A Trip Around the World for Nachos

When you think of nachos, you probably think of the standard bar fare¬—a plate of tortilla chips piled high with avocado, beans, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, jalapenos, and maybe your choice of meat—all very tasty, but kind of boring. Everyone has eaten those nachos, and most people love them. However, you can easily step it up and serve easy-to-prepare, unconventional nachos at your next get-together or for a quick and easy dinner.

Candela Tapas Lounge: A Night to Remember

Candela Tapas Lounge: A Night to Remember

You would be completely loco en la cabeza not to try this newest bar, restaurant, and lounge in downtown Hanover. Candela, which opened in June 2013, has been filled up every night since! I have only one warning about Candela—book your reservation well in advance—as this cozy, cool spot is sure to be popular every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. After a first attempt to walk in on a Saturday night (bad planning), we returned this time with a reservation for a party of 11 with big appetites. Here’s what we discovered, including the dishes that you must be sure to try when you visit.

Chicken Noodle Soup: A Homemade Remedy

Chicken Noodle Soup: A Homemade Remedy

Chicken noodle soup, one of the staple recipes in any true New Englander’s repertoire, is so much more than just a bowl of broth. Chicken noodle soup offers all these key ingredients, with added bonuses—it’s tasty and soothing going down and warms you from the inside. You are practically guaranteed to feel better in no time! Here is a simple but classic recipe to keep you feeling perky during cold and flu season.

Celebrate the Tastes of Home

Celebrate the Tastes of Home

The Holidays are all about family and friends and let’s face it…Food. Buying Local meats this Holiday season is just one way to shower your family and friends with the tastes of home. Here are 3 local spots where you can buy great products for your holiday dinner table.

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