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Jicama is a crunchy, sweet Central American root vegetable that can also be grown in warmer areas of Vermont.
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In our culture, potatoes, carrots, beets, radishes and sweet potatoes are favorite roots in gardens and on tables. But there are other unusual roots worth growing.

One dining highlight of 2017 for food writer, Sally Pollak, was the chile-lime chicken leg plate at Lucky Next Door in Burlington.
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Yes, it's another year-in-review piece, but this one is bound to make your mouth water or cause you to pick up the phone to make a dinner reservation!

A new variety of habanero pepper is called 'Roulette' which offers a citrus flavor rather than heat.
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One of my year-end rituals is to start perusing seed catalogs. I love sitting by a roaring fire with tea and cookies while looking for new vegetable varieties. Read on or listen to the podcast to hear what I've found so far.

Awesome Etiquette: When To Stop Saying 'Happy New Year'

Dec 28, 2017
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For how long do you continue to say "Happy New Year!" when greeting someone? After the first week of January? Anytime before March?

Holiday dinners don't always need to be dictated by tradition but, instead, can include other enjoyable customs chosen by the group you're celebrating with.
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In addition to being with family and friends, the holidays also mean breaking out wonderful recipes and food traditions. Often, these traditions are rooted in religion or nationality, but they can also be established by simply determining what everyone with whom you celebrate likes best.

Awesome Etiquette: Attending The 'Preferred' Party

Dec 22, 2017
Accepting one invitation while declining another is often a difficult choice, especially when feelings might be hurt.
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A listener writes:  Each year, a friend invites me and my husband to his New Year's party. This year, we're expecting his invitation but haven't been contacted yet. Meanwhile, another friend, who also knows my first friend, invited us to her New Year's celebration. I prefer to attend the usual party that I'm assuming we'll be invited to, but don't want to hurt feelings when sending regrets to the one I was, technically, invited to first. How do I decline without explaining where I expect to be going?

Aglaonema, also known as a Chinese evergreen, requires less care than most houseplants and is a good choice for someone who doesn't have a green thumb.
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This time of year, our houses are filled with poinsettias, Christmas cactus and amaryllis flowers. All of their colorful flowers are quite festive during the holidays. But if you're still looking for a holiday gift for the black thumb in the family, allow me to share three suggestions for shade-tolerant, low maintenance houseplants that even they will find hard to kill.   

This weekend is bound to be a busy one but take a moment or two and bring out-of-town guests and friends to see some great exhibits and performances!

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Biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra traveled by snowmobile into the wilderness of the Northeast Kingdom in hopes of spotting a Canada lynx or lynx tracks.

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This month on Outdoor Radio, biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies head out into the woods to track the Fisher. Sometimes called the Fisher Cat, it's not a cat at all. Biologist Steve Faccio, who specializes in Fishers, joins McFarland and Zahendra to dispel some myths about Fishers and offer tips on how to track them.

Young Writers Project: 'Photographs'

Dec 20, 2017
Iris Robert, 13, of South Burlington says this poem, "...came from how pictures capture just a fragment of people and the world around them.” 
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Oh, the ways that photographs lie.
A millisecond caught
with frozen faces
and lying eyes.

Awesome Etiquette: The Rules Of Regifting

Dec 15, 2017
If you must regift, be certain that the person will truly appreciate the item and the original giver won't be offended if this practice is uncovered.
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Regifting can be very tempting but there are lots of negatives that go along with it. Friends and family spend money and put time into choosing a gift only to get hurt should they find out it's been passed on to someone else. Regifting is not paying forward and we advise against this practice; however, we do have some suggestions if you must regift. 

The Mad River Taste Place in Waitsfield is a shared space where food and beverage makers can sell their wares. "Vermont Edition" talks about food tourism in Vermont.
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At a renovated bank building in Waitsfield, you can still find some dough lying around. No, not money, but rather foods made with actual dough, along with cheese, beer, meats, spirits and more. The Mad River Taste Place is a shared space that serves as a mini Mecca for food and drink produced in The Mad River Valley.  

Django Koenig grew up in Plainfield, the son of musical parents. He picked up various instruments along the way and continues to play drums, guitar, trombone and sings in bands as well as his latest project, called 'Django Soulo.'
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After 10 days of contemplative, "noble silence" at a Washington state retreat, Plainfield musician Django Koenig is ready to sing. Koenig, a songwriter and guitar player - who has also sat behind the drum kits of a handful of bands with Vermont roots (The Tall Grass Get-Down and Ty-Alex) - is set to embark on his Vermont, Whatcha Want? Tour.

Ben Stoll, 18, of Georgia, VT, writes about a surprising personal victory when he’s pushed to the limit by a relentless running buddy.
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You wanted to race

in the dark.

I looked at you

with a droopy frown

and eyes filled with disbelief.

Timeline: Soundwaves

Dec 11, 2017
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Picture yourself at the beach watching the waves rise and break over the sand. You can see the water gather and rise as each waves comes in. Once a wave breaks the water level drops again. You watch the peaks and valleys rolls onto the beach. These waves transfer huge amounts of energy from one place to another traveling through the water and displacing it. We call this a mechanical wave because it needs to travel through a medium, in this case water. The number of waves that crash during a specific period of time is called the frequency.

Pictured, one of the many dishes served at The von Trapp Brewing Bierhall that features Austrian sausages.
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The von Trapp family has brought the Vermont hills alive again! This time, in the form of a brewery and bierhall. Playing a major role in that bierhall is Chef Jack Pickett.

Awesome Etiquette: Booing The Ref Respectfully

Dec 8, 2017
When booing the referee after a bad call at a sporting event, be sure to refrain from being obnoxious or making vicious comments.
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With both of us being big sports fans, we were recently asked if it's okay to boo the referee or the other team while at a game. Is it all in good fun and part of the atmosphere or best to abstain altogether?

Oranges and other citrus fruit can be grown indoors in colder climates by using certain dwarf varieties and creating proper conditions.
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On my garden tour to France last fall, we went to Versailles. The city is famous for gardens, palaces and its orangerie. An orangerie is a building built to grow lemons, oranges and limes year-round in a cold climate. But you don't have to build an orangerie to enjoy citrus even in our northern climate.

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VPR's Art Hounds® have found painted moonscapes on a cafe's walls, an evening of student-directed one-act plays at a local high school, an annual orchestral affair at an opera house, and voices lifted in song inside a beautiful old church, all to help get you in the holiday spirit!

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