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How 10 rotisserie chickens fared in a bird-to-bird tasting

A bird-by-bird taste test analysis.

Dry Cider crafted by Shacksbury in Vergennes, Vt.

Check out the local winners of Good Food Awards

The winners were recently announced at a ceremony in San Francisco and artisanal products from 14 New England companies got the coveted accolade, including three from the Bay State.

Winter fish stew with chorizo, white beans, and garlic toasts.

The confident cook

Recipe: Winter fish stew warms the soul with chorizo, white beans, and garlic toasts

In this pot, white beans and dried Spanish chorizo in a rich tomato broth with smoky flavors give winter fish stew some heft.

Ask Amy

Man is cast in Tennessee Williams domestic drama

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Dark milk chocolate blends the best of both worlds

It’s a marriage of the two — milk chocolate with a higher percentage of cocoa.

Jeanne Stafford and Michelle LaRoche meet for business at Market Square Bakehouse in Amesbury.

Amesbury is carving out a spot on the north-of-Boston foodie map

Suzi Maitland says her restaurants are spreading north right alongside customers.

The best beans around Beantown

There’s a white kidney bean with a maroon marking resembling a soldier at attention. It’s aptly named Soldier. The red beans with beige strips are called King of the Early, and indeed, the crop matures early in the season. Have you heard of Jacob’s Cattle and Yellow Eye? They are also among the 20 types of dry beans Charley Baer cultivates on 40 acres in South Berwick, Maine — many are heirloom varieties indigenous to New England and were favorites in Colonial times. Marfax, tasty for soup, and Scarlet Beauty, deep red with beige strips and great for chili, are other unique choices — all packaged in one-pound bags labeled Baer’s Best ($4 to $7). Some look as if they were artistically painted and are rarely, if ever, found at markets. “People have forgotten about many of these because they’re not available. That’s were I come in,” says Baer, one of the few commercial dry bean growers in the Northeast. “I don’t have a lot of competition.” The beans he now sells were harvested and then dried in the fall, and because they are fresh they don’t need to pre-soak and cook relatively quickly. “Dried beans don’t last forever,” Baer says, which is contrary to what many believe. When bags of beans languish on supermarket shelves, they dry out and seem as if they can simmer forever and never soften. A retired chemist, Baer worked for Thermo Fisher Scientific for most of his career testing drinking water and water at plants all over the world and grew his crops part time. Now it’s his full-time job. You might find him and his wife, Carol, selling their wares at a farmer’s market. “I have so many colorful varieties for people to look at,” Baer says. “Sometimes they’ll look at them all but then just buy a bag of kidney beans.” Available at Siena Farms South End, 106 Waltham St., Boston, 617-422-0030; A. Russo & Sons, 560 Pleasant St., Watertown, 617-923-1500; Volante Farms, 294 Forest St., Needham, 781-444-2351: Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington, 781-862-3900; Idylwilde Farms, 366 Central St., Acton, 978-263-5943, and a guest vendor at Cambridge, Somerville, and Wayland farmers’ markets, or go to www.baersbest.com.

Walnut-raisin bran muffins

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Satisfying bran muffins have everything you want in a morning bite

Simple, heart bran muffins are studded with walnuts and raisins and mixed with whole-wheat flour, honey, and buttermilk.

Roasted radishes with lime

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Roasting transforms fresh red radishes and tempers their spiciness

Fresh red radishes might be sliced and added to salads, or served raw with butter and salt (as they are in France). But since they’re root vegetables, they can also be roasted.

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Grieving parent wonders how to respond

A grieving father wonders how to respond to people inquiring about his children as he grapples with the loss of his daughter.

Pressure builds for state laws to keep threatening people from buying guns

The warnings around Nikolas Cruz, the accused Florida gunman, seemed to flash like neon signs.

Rosalynn Carter recovering from surgery in Atlanta

The former first lady had surgery Sunday to remove scar tissue from a portion of her small intestine.

Crime scene tape runs outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. Authorities opened the streets around the school, which had been closed since a mass shooting on Wednesday. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Just a few states have gun laws targeting threatening people

The warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs. In Florida, that wasn’t enough to request a judicial order barring him from possessing guns.

A picture taken on February 16, 2018, shows a Syrian man receiving treatment at a hospital in the town of Afrin. Six men were treated for breathing difficulties in the main hospital in Afrin after shelling by a Turkish-led offensive on their village, the general director of the Afrin hospital said. / AFP PHOTO / Ahmad Shafie BILALAHMAD SHAFIE BILAL/AFP/Getty Images

Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria

Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation.

Ask Amy

Dad wants new wife and kids to meet

Advice from Amy Dickinson.


Cocoa loco

Spice up your winter: sip chocolate with a bite.

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Assemble a new workout plan

Somerville’s Assembly Row: Home to shopping, restaurants, movies, and Legoland. But it’s possible to get healthy there, too. Really.

Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream. Pictured: Moana.

7 school vacation week ideas for the kids

February Vacation Week has arrived and, as a parent, you have two goals: To keep the kids entertained — and flu free. So pack some hand sanitizer and head out.

Love Letters

She questions staying with passive-aggressive boyfriend

“Fast forward to my birthday, and he ignored me. Not a word. He didn’t message me.”

Left: The McHugh family — Michael Sr., Brooke, Michael, and Kari — shortly after his diagnosis. Top right: Dana-Farber nurses Margaret Julio (left) and Amanda Carnes visiting Mike at Children’s. Bottom right: Michael with Carly Moran, a nurse at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Globe Magazine

‘Unforgettable nurses’ have plenty of company, readers say

A mother’s praise of her son’s caregivers spurs similar memories, and support.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 13, 2017 Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards in Brooklyn, New York. Raisman has appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for the second-straight year, only this time she is doing it with an empowering message of survival. Raisman, who is dedicating her time to fighting sexual abuse, is shown posing with the words


Raisman responds to ‘devastating’ accusations of hypocrisy for SI swimsuit issue

‘‘I can’t even tell you how many people have told me that when they were raped, they were asked, ‘Well, what were you wearing?’ ” the Needham gymnast told People magazine.

Senator Elizabeth Warren addressed the National Congress of American Indians on Wednesday.

Nestor Ramos

Warren’s pledge to Native Americans is bigger than politics

The senator reckoned with her roots. Now she must deliver on her promise to champion issues affecting indigenous people.


Bringing a personal touch to plus-size fashion

Nadia Boujarwah knows that shopping for plus-size clothes can be difficult. But it was only while she was a student at Harvard Business School that she realized it was also an opportunity.

— Take part in one of the many cooking classes at The Public Market.

Take a mini vacation from your vacation

It’s school vacation week, and if you have time off, you’re probably spending it with your kids. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take a few hours just for yourself.

Tech Nomad

Tech Nomad: As apps get crowded out, browser extensions go mainstream

They are a mix of risk and reward.

Rendering of the new Warby Parker store in the Seaport District.


Sort of a new look for Warby Parker

The look and feel of the newest Boston store of the eyewear-seller is a bit more contemporary.

Lawsuit challenges ban on abortions due to Down syndrome

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio said claims that the ban is an antidiscrimination effort are a masquerade.

love letters by meredith goldstein

Was it casual sex ... or more?

I thought the whole situation would take less than an hour. That would have been perfectly nice, especially considering the place I am in my life right now.

Chef Moe Kuroki prepares an order at Oisa Ramen.

By Devra First Globe Staff

Squeeze in, slurp up at Oisa Ramen

Barely bigger than a shoebox, it is downtown Boston’s tiniest new lunch option.

Terra restaurant at Eataly


Southern food comes to the South End

Southern Proper is set to open, as is Bootleg Special, which will serve Southern food with a Creole twist.

Who is on the James Beard list of semifinalists this year?

The Boston area made a strong showing in national as well as regional categories for 2018.

Emilio Garcia (at right) in Barcelona with Connecticut chef Eric Stagl.

The VIP Lounge with chef Emilio Garcia

Chef Garcia has worked at many well-known area restarurants. We caught up with Garcia, who hails from Guatemala and lives in Revere , to talk about all things travel.

Karen Akunowicz at Myers + Chang in Boston.

Check out the 2018 James Beard award semifinalists from the Northeast

The final restaurant and chef award nominees will be announced March 14.

Mrs. Frustaci and Sam Frustaci with their three surviving septuplets in 1988.

Woman who got attention by giving birth to septuplets dies

Patricia Frustaci made national headlines in 1985 when she gave birth to seven children.

Lake Morey, Vt., offers activities for the young and old.

Time to make your vacation escape plan

Pack the bags, load the car, and dodge the cabin fever.

A surprise retirement party was held at Florian Hall for Boston Fire Department Public Information Officer Steve MacDonald (right, with Boston Fire Commissioner Joe Finn).


Retiring Boston Fire spokesman Steve MacDonald gets a surprise send-off

After more than three decades on the job, MacDonald is retiring this month.

Exterior shot of the Boston Harbor Hotel in Boston.

New England hotels bring home the gold

Five Boston hotels stand among the best of the best in the country, according to an annual ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

Former president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.


Michelle Obama made a playlist for Valentine’s Day, and most of it is pretty good

The romantic soundtrack includes Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Whitney Houston, and . . . Coldplay.

Jenn and Matt Mason

Let’s quit our jobs and open a food business together!

Wait a minute. Wasn’t this supposed to be romantic?

Why go to Little Rock, Arkansas, on Presidents’ Day weekend? To see the Clinton library of course.

They took an oath for a Presidents’ Day tradition

Old friends unite on cold February weekends to reconnect with each other — and history.

Love Letters

Grilled Cheese, Draco, and other chapters from the new Love Letters book

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we’re revealing the chapter titles for “Can’t Help Myself: Lessons & Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist,” the Love Letters book.

She hasn’t seen him in two months

I have had about 10 e-mails from him in that time period.

Ask Amy

DNA testing reveals shocking results

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Nigeria reports 450 suspected cases of Lassa fever; 37 dead

The World Health Organization says as many as 450 people may have been infected with Lassa fever in Nigeria in less than five weeks.

The canine Kardashians

Social media, particularly Instagram, is making stars of certain breeds