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Caleb Putnam hangs sheets of cheesecloth on the line after washing them at his family's farm on August 25, 2014. The fabric is used to remove the curds from the whey. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

North Pomfret Farm Family’s Two Sons Return for the Summer to Help Make the Cheese

Sunday, August 31, 2014

North Pomfret — Between haying, cheesemaking and the myriad chores required of a dairy farmer, warm weather days at Thistle Hill, an organic farm in …

‘Celebrating Working by Not’

Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day was first suggested in America in the 1880s to promote the goals of fledgling labor unions. One early labor leader described it as …

Elmore Leonard Shoots His Way Into the Library Of America

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The new Library of America volume of four Elmore Leonard novels from the 1970s has a winner on just about every page. Flipping . . …

Column: Fore, and Against: Should Obama Play Golf?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Nothing infuriates President Obama’s adversaries more than his golf outings, which have become so frequent that even his sympathizers have started to mutter about the unseemly symbolism of a commander-in-chief who practically lives on the links. In all …

Column: Attack Ads Aren’t as Bad as You Think

Friday, August 29, 2014

Negative campaign ads appear to be on the rise with the approach of this fall’s congressional elections and the 2016 presidential campaign. Hardly anyone has a good word to say about them. The standard critique — that they …

Entertainment Highlights: A Young New World; Liz Carroll Sees Vigor in Traditional Music

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Aside from the sheer need — artistic, karmic, intestinal, commercial — to play the fiddle, Liz Carroll goes to music festivals to reassure herself that younger musicians are tinkering with folk traditions, blazing their own trails and maybe …

Artist From Power-Broker Family Wields Power Tools

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Washington — Emilie Brzezinski knows more than most political wives about power tools. She owns six chainsaws. All made by Stihl. And all designed for different jobs. “The 360, it’s for big things,” she explains, pulling out a …

Commentary: Time for Some Emmy Reform

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The only thing to do after the prime-time Emmys are over (quick, before everyone conveniently forgets who won what) is to gripe about the shut-outs and snubs. Exasperated True Detective fans are unsatisfied with Monday’s night’s Breaking Bad sweep, even if we can all agree that Breaking Bad …

Amazon Seeks to Reach More Viewers With ‘Hand of God’

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Los Angeles — Dana Delany had an urge. While playing the take-no-prisoners wife of a law-bending judge in the upcoming Amazon pilot Hand of God, an indecent inclination by the veteran actress conflicted with the instincts she’d developed …

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Preserving the Harvest

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It might seem surprising to pair peach and tomato, but jazzed up with coriander seed and lime, dashed with sweet and hot chili peppers and tangy with red onion, this two-fruit salsa is just looking for a dance …

Before Winter, Get Vegetables Into the Freezer

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer is nearly over. Those big yellow school buses are beginning their morning ambles and cool nights call for blankets on the bed. It’s time for me to get serious about putting up veggies for the winter. With the exception of lettuce, most vegetables can be saved for …

Made at Home, Cured Salmon Is Less Costly

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The trouble with cured salmon? We tend to treat it like, well... a treat. Cured salmon — with all its rich, salty, savory, lusciously fatty goodness — too often is relegated to the breakfast or brunch table, and …