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Whether mirepoix, soffritto or sofrito, cooking bases help build flavor in cuisines around the world. Three of the most popular are celery, carrots and onions.   (Chicago Tribune - Bill Hogan)

The Foundations of Flavor

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

You don’t need to know how to pronounce mirepoix or suppengruen. You just need to know that a mouthwatering dish, no matter what the cuisine, …

Cookbook Examines the Allure of All Things Bitter

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Take a bow, Jennifer McLagan. With your newest book, Bitter: A Taste of the World’s Most Dangerous Flavor, With Recipes (Ten Speed Press; $29.99), you’ve …

Traveling Gardeners Discover New Plants

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I’m not much of a country music fan, but do love Willie Nelson’s On the Road Again — probably because I love to travel. Recently …

White River School Defies Odds With Above Average Test Scores

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

White River Junction — For Suzan Locke’s money, what she and her fellow science teachers in the Hartford School District learn about their students lesson by lesson, field trip by field trip, day by day, means more than …

Young Writers Project:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Young Writers Project last week launched a new digital literary magazine, The Voice, featuring the best writing, photography, audio and video from Vermont and New Hampshire students, Grades 3-12. The Voice is an interactive magazine published each month during the school year and available for viewing and sharing …

Naturally Curious: Feet Made for Climbing

Monday, September 29, 2014

F all finds a lot of creatures climbing for a lot of different reasons. Some species of spiders climb vegetation, on which they leave overwintering egg sacs. Many insects and spiders climb behind loose bark, where they will …

Time Is Now For Flu Shots

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lebanon — Public health advocates are recommending that members of the public get a flu shot this fall, and several organizations are offering free clinics around the Upper Valley. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from flu and pneumonia spike in December and continue …

Brain Scans Deliver Lessons on How Kids Learn

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Seattle — On a recent afternoon, a 10-year-old girl with long, blond, curly hair, gave University of Washington researchers a peek inside her brain. Lying flat on her back inside a machine that looks like a big doughnut, Shelter Gimbel-Sherr read individual letters presented on a video screen …

Free Flu Shot Clinics in the Upper Valley, September to November

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tuesday, Sept. 30 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Claremont Senior Center, 5 Acer Heights, Claremont. Bring your insurance card. Donations accepted. Wear short-sleeved apparel. Please call (603) 543-6800 for more information. Thursday, Oct. 2 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., 308 U.S. Route 4, Enfield. For more information, visit …

Fletcher Allen Seeks New Facility

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Burlington — Fletcher Allen Health Care asked state regulators Monday for permission to build a multimillion dollar inpatient facility. The proposed 180,000-square-foot building would have 128 single-occupancy rooms spread over four floors. The project is expected to cost $175 million plus $12.7 million in interest payments on borrowing …

Campfire Stories May Have Sparked Learning

Monday, September 29, 2014

Don’t underestimate the value of sitting around a campfire, listening to stories, singing songs and letting yourself stare mesmerized into the flickering flames. These activities may have played an essential role in early societies. A new study suggests socializing and storytelling around a communal fire may have offered …

Modern Families Learn Primitive Skills

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Corinth — Nowadays, when people spend more time in the glare of a computer screen than the glow of a campfire, and everything from work boots to applesauce is just a mouse click away, humans’ reliance on the …

‘Transparent’ Creator Champions Transgender Rights

Monday, September 29, 2014

“I’ve been writing about misogyny for 20 years and trying to understand what femininity means for my entire career,” Jill Soloway, who created Amazon’s new show Transparent, told me in Los Angeles in July. “ On ‘Six Feet …