Food & Drink

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It's our annual spring gardening show! Most parts of Vermont still aren't technically past frost danger, but it's a great time to get into the garden and there are plenty of cold hardy vegetables you might already even be harvesting.

We're joined by gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has delayed implementation of a federal rule that would make stricter standards governing organic egg production. 

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Beau Butchery and Bar, which opened in Montpelier in December, is yet another example of the growth of the local food movement. It’s also an effort to recapture the tradition of the neighborhood butcher shop.

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The seasons move quickly in New England; the cold chill of winter fades, spring makes a short visit, and then summer arrives with thoughts turning to picnics! 

Awesome Etiquette: How To Spit The Pit

May 21, 2017
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Let's jump right into the pit of etiquette and tackle the issue of properly eating olives with pits while dining with others.

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Maybe you prefer stocking your pantry with food from the grocery store, farmers' market or your own garden. But, truth is, there's a lot of perfectly edible food available... in dumpsters!

Awesome Etiquette: Fork Or Fingers

May 4, 2017

When feasting on foods like fried chicken, pork chops or lamb chops, is it okay to eat with your fingers?

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At colleges today, students and the local community are exposed to many exciting food adventures. Some of which are happening at The University of Vermont. After setting out to learn about Vermont-grown saffron, Melissa Pasanen, freelance journalist and Vermont Life food editor, stumbled onto a couple of interesting student-driven food events at UVM. One in honor of the Iranian celebration, Nowruz, and another featuring the cuisine of Puerto Rico.

Mojito cocktail with lime and mint in glass.
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This common perennial herb is known for its many medicinal and culinary uses. And since it's almost Kentucky Derby time, I'm talking about mint!

President Trump recently went on a small rampage against Canada for blocking imports of one particular type of milk from the United States.

A Vermont slaughterhouse received four United States Department of Agriculture violations in the past year, and an animal rights group is asking regulators to consider withdrawing the plant's federal inspection program.

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It's not often you get to eat gourmet food for college credit. One lucky class at the University of Vermont was recently treated to such a meal, but with a twist – the dishes featured invasive species.

Awesome Etiquette: Wedding Gift Protocol For The 'B' Crowd

Apr 28, 2017

When holding a second, informal wedding reception for friends or family not invited to an out-of-town wedding, is it okay to include the gift registry on the invitation?

Sharing food photos through social media is becoming increasingly popular; especially on Instagram!

Vermonters and visitors to the state love dining at farm-to-table restaurants. But these eateries are not always profitable for the proprietor.

Awesome Etiquette: How To Extract Yourself From A Dull Dinner Party

Apr 20, 2017
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Let's be honest — not all dinner parties are great. The fun-factor might be low and the food could be subpar. So how do you know when to make an exit without making it seem as though you're rushing out the door?

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The bacon revival has been obvious. But other salted and cured meats have also found their ways back onto charcuterie boards and dinner tables. Things like prosciutto, pancetta, sausages and salumi.

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Lavender is a beautiful plant in the landscape with gray-green leaves and sweet-scented, colorful flowers. There's nothing like viewing and smelling a field of lavender in bloom.

Awesome Etiquette: What To Do If Your Cat Is Cheating

Apr 14, 2017
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In this episode of Awesome Etiquette, we tackle the issue of a roaming cat that cozies up with neighbors and even stays with them for dinner!

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Food Network asked VPR Cafe regular Melissa Pasanen to come up with a list of iconic Vermont eats and drinks and where to go to enjoy them.

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