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Hanoi grilled chicken banh mi sandwich  from The Banh MI Handbook by Andrea Nguyen. Photograph by  Paige Green

Build Your Own Banh Mi

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

There’s really nothing complicated about banh mi, the remarkable Vietnamese sandwich that’s become an American favorite. However, if you live in the Upper Valley and …

Raise Your Glass: A Crisp, Citrusy Spanish White

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Marques de Caceres, Spain 2013 Verdejo, $9.99 In the last couple of years, I may have had wines made from the white wine grape Verdejo, …

Notes From the Garden: Finding ‘The Tao of Vegetable Gardening’ in the Dead of Winter

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Winter trudges along, bringing us snow and sub-zero temperatures, seemingly ignoring the calendar that tells us spring is officially less than a month away. In …

Norwich Illustrator’s Book Wins a Prestigious International Prize

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Norwich resident has won the internationally acclaimed Bologna Ragazzi Children’s book award for fiction. Lizi Boyd’s The Flashlight was chosen as the top fiction book out of 1,250 titles from 42 countries that were competing in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, new horizons and open prima. An international …

On Poetry: The Moral Force of Jean Connor’s Poems

Friday, February 27, 2015

It has been almost two years since I celebrated one of Vermont’s literary treasures, Jean Connor, a poet who, after a long career as a librarian in upstate New York, now lives at Wake Robin in Shelburne, Vt. Here I offer such celebration again, for no especial reason …

Norwich Illustrator’s Book Wins a Prestigious International Prize

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Norwich resident has won the internationally acclaimed Bologna Ragazzi Children’s book award for fiction. Lizi Boyd’s The Flashlight was chosen as the top fiction book out of 1,250 titles from 42 countries that were competing in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, new horizons and open prima. An international …

Attention Music Shoppers: Young Musicians Release Recordings and Hope for the Best

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The music business has long been a challenge. But the advent of the Internet has made it even more confusing. While it’s easier for a musician to get his work in front of listeners, it’s a crowded field. …

Art Notes: Self-Portraiture in the Age of the Selfie

Thursday, February 26, 2015

What does self-portraiture look like in the era of the selfie? Selfies flood social media, and rain down on us like confetti. If you’re in a public space it’s common currency to see people tilting their faces up …

Entertainment Highlights: David Greenfield Follows His Musical Bliss

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

About midway through the indoor Lebanon Farmer’s Market last Saturday, David T. Greenfield was bringing one of his favorite k.d. lang songs in for a landing. “‘Oh I go crazy/When that mooooon shines above,’” Greenfield crooned to the …

Deep, Clear Memories: Writing Courses Spur Thetford Woman’s Memoir

Friday, February 27, 2015

While assembling the first volume of her memoirs in 2013, Thetford Center resident Virginia “Ginnie” Davenport ventured several times through the countryside of Middlesex, Vt., in search of remnants of the farm where she’d spent childhood summers with …