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Fresh Beets: They’re Fine Pickled, but Eat Them Now for The Best Flavor

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Shortly after my father’s family moved south from Ohio to Atlanta, a woman who was helping out with the cooking was overheard telling a friend …

A Hearty Red, Perfect for Fall

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Domaine Bousquet 2013 Mendoza Argentina Malbec $8.99 As the temperatures have receded, the red wine season is upon us , and one of my favorites …

Brassicas From the Garden Go Straight to the Table

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

At this time of year I eat one of the “three B’s” from my garden every day: broccoli, Brussels sprouts or kale. All right, don’t …

Australian Wins Booker Prize

Thursday, October 16, 2014

London — Australian novelist Richard Flanagan won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, a novel based on his father’s experience as a prisoner of war in World War II. Flanagan, whose father …

A Little Help

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ryan Barrows, 9, grimaces as he works to lift a pole saw to cut a sapling at his home in Hartland. Bill Barrows, Ryan’s father, who was supervising nearby, said “Ryan is my little helper ... he likes …

A Cajun in New England

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Shayne Brunet found out pretty quickly that crawfish weren’t a big hit in New England. Shortly after arriving in Vermont with her family, Brunet, who is from New Orleans, where cooking and eating food is a love affair, …

Notes From the Garden: Now Is the Time to Plant Garlic

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Garlic is one of those magical ingredients that give foods depth of flavor and the richness of another world. Italian food, French food, Indian food, these all include liberal use of garlic. Why the English decided on fish and chips and boiled dinners as their staples is a …

Famous Chefs Lead a Charge Toward Vegetable-Centered Fast Food

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Never mind that his latest restaurant, the over-the-top Bazaar Meat in Las Vegas, is a temple to suckling pig and foie gras. José Andrés would like you to consider, for a moment, the vegetable. Settled into a corner …

In ‘Walking Dead,’ AMC Has a Perfect Long-Running Show

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Five seasons in and The Walking Dead shows no signs of slowing down. If anything, it’s the opposite. About 17.3 million people watched the Season 5 premiere Sunday night, the highest ratings in the show’s history and an absurdly large number of viewers for a cable drama. Somehow, …

Panel Popping Plane: Scary, But Not Dangerous

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Scary, most definitely, but not unsafe: That’s the assessment of aviation safety experts about an American Airlines flight during which the wall panels cracked loose, prompting an emergency landing at San Francisco International Airport. The problem on the …

Letting Go of Legos

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

While visiting from Moorhead, Minn., Jim Forde reads to his grandson Otis Dreyer, of Quechee, at the Quechee Public Library on Friday. They were at the library for the weekly Lego club, but Dreyer’s attention turned to Halloween …

School Notes: Hartford’s Dothan Brook School Wins Award for Positive Behavior Program

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

White River Junction — At Hartford’s Dothan Brook Elementary School, students, teachers, staff and parents are promoting climate change as a positive thing. How positive? Last week, the Vermont Agency of Education named the kindergarten-to-grade-5 institution as an “Examplar School” for the third year in a row, for …

Fall Writing: Students Consider Leaves and the Woods

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on websites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. …