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Long time Lou's waitress Becky Schneider talks with the Aspinwall family,left,  Dwight and Gayle live in Hanover, N.H., his parents Dorothy and Duncan live in Cape Cod, Mass. The family had breakfast at the restaurant on Sept. 18, 2014.
Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

One Order At a Time

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Becky Schneider loves Dartmouth College students, and she loves Hanover. She better. For thirty years, Schneider has been serving them breakfast and burgers at Lou’s …

A Golden Age for Apples

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Apples are a hardy, long-lived, diverse fruit, and since the Industrial Revolution, when countless New England farms emptied out, an equally countless number of apple …

Books Offer Taste Of a Juicy History

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Apples of Uncommon Character, by Rowan Jacobsen, Bloomsbury, 311 pages, $35 Apples of New England: A User’s Guide, by Russell Steven Powell, Countryman Press, 214 …

To Chill or Not to Chill?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

For many years I’ve been lecturing anyone who would listen that we shouldn’t put tomatoes in the refrigerator. Was I wrong? A very good post on the Serious Eats website this week seems to suggest so. In it, …

On a Quest For Vermont’s Heady Topper

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Let’s not call this a “beer run.” That has such a... Friday night frat boy connotation. Let’s instead call this a “beer journey.” The ultimate beer journey. For the ultimate cult beer. If you have even a passing …

Notes From the Garden: Fall Is the Right Time for Planting Trees

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall is hard upon us in Cornish Flat. I know I should “toughen up” and ignore the cold, but I admit it here: I had my first fire in the woodstove recently. It felt great on a raw, …

Dorie Greenspan Encourages Bakers to Master the Basics

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The annoying thing about Dorie Greenspan is that no matter how much you don’t like to bake, aren’t good at baking, don’t even want to bake... If you listen to her long enough, you’ll find yourself hankering to …

‘Sesame Street’ Still Growing at 45

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pasadena, Calif. — Hard to believe it has been 45 years of Sunny Days and Everything’s A-OKs, but PBS stalwart Sesame Street indeed turned 45 this month and expanded to include a second, half-hour daily show. The 26 …

Nothing Subtle About Premises for New Series That Start This Evening

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The new TV season stumbles out of the gate with two ambitious but flawed series opening tonight. Red Band Society (9 p.m. on Fox) is a teen sobber about the live-in pediatric patients at Ocean Park Hospital in Los Angeles. They’re in there with a variety of grave …

School Notes: Short Trail, Long History; Thetford Improves Path Connecting Its Schools 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thetford — A trail ran through it for years. You just wouldn’t have wanted to try to negotiate a 600-foot stretch of the path between Thetford Elementary School and Thetford Academy most seasons. Not without hip waders, anyway. …

Tunbridge Fifth-Grader Writes About His Confidence Showing Cattle

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Why Admiring China’s Scores Can Damage U.S. Schools

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I have spent much of my life studying China and the countries near it. Just ask and I’ll show you my master’s degree in East Asian regional studies, and my five years of Washington Post articles from Hong Kong and Beijing. So it’s depressing to realize what I …

Are the Roosevelts Electable?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Last month, inspired by his visit to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s home at Hyde Park in New York, Washington Post Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt pondered whether FDR could have been elected today. The same question has occurred to Ken Burns and Geoffrey Wards, whose look at the lives …