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November 11th, 2009
This weekend in Boston, my friends and I were eager for a more cost-efficient meal, since eating out was draining our wallets. There were four of us — me, Sean, Shira and Jaime — and the plan, as these things often do, ballooned in complexity as dinner drew closer. First it was chicken breasts and kale and rice, and then it was breaded chicken and wild rice, and then it was chicken with white wine, cream and mushroom sauce with brown rice and kale, crème brulee, and an appetizer of brie cheese, bread and wine.
Seniors at Middlebury College are studying the harvesting standards for biomass at the college's new biomass plant, which the college fired up last winter.
There's something unusual about sweet potatoes. They're an in-between vegetable, more sweet than savory, just as comfortable in dessert dishes as they are in dinner dishes.
I knew all this, but I'd never really cooked anything with them. Sweet potato fries, roasted root vegetables, sweet potato pie…that was about where my list of possibilities ran out.
I spent much of this week pulling together information for a two-part set of articles about slaughterhouses in Vermont, which you can read here and here.
Will Stevens plucked heads of garlic apart, throwing each clove into the empty crate beside him. It was a Wednesday morning at Golden Russet Farm in Shoreham, and the day was just getting started.
“All you need is a little leverage,” he said, pulling off a particularly stubborn clove.
David, who was at the farm interviewing to work next season, was also separating cloves.
“Is that a life lesson or a garlic lesson?” he asked.
“A little of both, I guess,” said Will.
I didn’t really intend to play Quidditch again. I played in the first Quidditch World Cup at Middlebury College, back when it was definitely not a "World Cup."
An update just rolled in from the Vermont Department of Health: The department has confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza in all regions of the state, and increased levels of influenza-like illness are being reported in most regions.
Vermont will report “widespread” influenza activity for the week ending Oct. 17 to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most U.S. states (41) have already reported widespread activity levels.
That "widespread" activity was slower to hit New England than other parts of the country.
Throughout the summer, almost every small produce market and grocery store in Rome has packages of fiori di zucca — zucchini flowers. Their delicate orange blossoms are usually around four inches long and slender, petals scrunched together. When crushed, they give off the crisp smell of fresh leaves.
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