So far, March has proven to be springlike in name but not in weather, and winter no longer holds the excitement that came with the first snow of the season. This is the time when I always find I need a little help to get through the final stretch before spring sets in for good.
This week, that help came in the form of chili (necessitating a little detour from the bread series, which will return next week).
PANTHER MEN TO HOST NCAA REGIONAL
The seeds are out, and the news is pretty good for Coach Jeff Brown’s Middlebury College men’s basketball team: The 24-3 Panthers will host an NCAA Division III Regional this Friday and Saturday.
Neshobe Community School reached a new watermark of sorts this school year, when more than 50 percent of the students qualified for free or reduced-price lunch. This sobering news came on the heels of the news that Rutland County, of which Brandon is the northernmost town, has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity and Type II diabetes in the State. In a report released in February 2009, Essex and Franklin Counties actually are in worse shape, being both poor and more rural. The Rutland Partnership for Health collaborative, financed by the James T.
Makes one double-size loaf
White Flour Recipe:
6 cups all-purpose or bread flour
1/2 tsp. instant or rapid-rise yeast
3 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups plus 4 Tbs. (14 ounces) water at room temp
1/2 cup plus 4 Tbs. (6 ounces) beer
2 Tbs. white vinegar (cider and wine vinegar are also fine)
Last Monday morning, Sarah Wood paused at the center table in the small Otter Creek Bakery kitchen to chew thoughtfully on a piece of whole wheat baguette.
"Want to try this baguette?" she asked, offering pieces around the kitchen.
"Is it sourdough?" asked Cindy, one of the bakers.
"No, just plain Gleason's Grains whole wheat flour. It's wheat-y," said Sarah.