Our Hearts Belong to Chocolate

Chocolate has the bewitching ability to warm the heart and soothe the soul as it melts on the tongue. Mike Cross, a chemistry professor at Northern Essex Community College, has a passion for the stuff. He travels the country offering insights into chocolate’s hold on us. “Chocolate contains a compound known as anandamide, which is… Read More

Suzanne DeWitt

Recipe: Pot-roasted Chicken Web Exclusive

Ingredients: – 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken legs – 2 Tbl. extra-virgin olive oil – 1 cup of white wine – 6 carrots, scrubbed, sliced ½” thick on an angle – 3 large leeks, white part only, cut in half lengthwise and sliced across 1” thick – 3 parsnips, scrubbed, sliced ½” thick on an angle… Read More

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Sweet Success: The Candy Dish

It was 2 a.m. on a fall morning in 2013 and Melissa DiMinico couldn't sleep. She had been wrestling for quite some time with the question: What makes us different? Ignoring the late hour, DiMinico sent a text to her new business partner, chocolatier Shauna Semenza, looking for an answer. A flurry of texts and... Read More
MVM Editorial

Good Eats

The Herb Lyceum at Gilson’s Dinner at The Herb Lyceum at Gilson’s in Groton can be terrific or disappointing. It's all about expectations. If you’re anticipating a quiet and solitary romantic dinner for two, you’re going to feel let down. And if you’re eager for a large and widely eclectic menu with all manner of options, you're... Read More
Dean Johnson
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