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Vermont farm vacation means food and family

One of my family’s favorite summer rituals is a trip to Liberty Hill Farm in Rochester, Vt. Tucked along the banks of the White River, this working dairy farm has about 300 cows, a hayloft with a tire swing and so many kittens the kids never have to fight over who gets to hold them. …

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Vermont matzah made the ancient way

Doug Freilich and his wife, Julie Sperling, had their Vermont bakery and farm for four years when they decided to go back to basics. “We were experimenting with local grains and different wheats that could be grown in Vermont and the northeast,” says Freilich. One variety they chose was emmer, an ancient grain that has …

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Sugar on snow makes bad weather sweet

Silly me to think that pancakes on a snowy day would satisfy my 9-year-old. My daughter Nazrana was apparently a resident of Vermont in a previous life (she is Hindu by birth). Years ago, after reading the wonderful book “Maple Syrup Season” by Ann Purmell, we made “sugar on snow,” the maple taffy made by …

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Kitchen Sink: A day to celebrate maple syrup

Happy Maple Syrup Day. For whatever reason, that’s today. While maple sugaring is done at the end of winter rather than the beginning, the cold season is a perfect time to enjoy the fruits of the previous spring’s labor — think pancakes, oatmeal, stews and comforting desserts. And we have plenty to enjoy this winter. …

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Slide Show: What I ate on my summer vacation

We take our work seriously. So, wherever we were this summer, we ate. A lot.  Bonny Wolf was in Maine. Carol Guensburg was all over the place — in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Indiana, Kentucky and Texas. Michele Kayal went to Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire, and Domenica Marchetti did her eating in Michigan and Connecticut. …

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Fried dough with maple cream is Vermont summer staple

At the Addison County Fair in the Lake Champlain Valley of Vermont you’ll find pig races, haying demos and Thelma Miner’s fried dough with maple cream. This is not a zeppole. It is not a funnel cake. Those are more like doughnuts. Vermont’s favorite fair food is a disc of ordinary bread dough, pounded flat …

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