One of the biggest challenges Granite State farmers have is finding a spot at the table when competing with big agriculture, a local farmer told University of New Hampshire researchers during a networking event Thursday.

THE LAST COUPLE of times Mrs. Gourmet and I were out for Asian food, we were with relatives at old family-favorite Chinese restaurants. Mrs. G and I hadn’t been to either place in years. Neither was very good, and we both wondered how those places got to be old family favorites.

Garlic, sherry and hoisin sauce flavor chicken in this quick Chinese stir-fry. The cooking time for the chicken recipe is only 5 minutes. The secret to this quick cooked dish is cutting the chicken and cucumbers into 1/2-inch pieces. The cucumber gives the dish an intriguing texture and flavor.

Cutting back on red and processed meat brings few if any health benefits, according to a review of studies involving millions of people, a finding that contradicts dietary advice of leading international agencies and raised immediate objections from many health experts.