Food & Drink

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.

Awesome Etiquette: Hush Up Back There

Dec 1, 2017
Enlist the help of the theater manager when other audience members are a little too loud.
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You've got season tickets to the theater, the seats are perfect, and you're looking forward to all of the performances. What's not to love? The new, noisy couple sitting behind you who also has season tickets, that's what.

Milkweed floss, once used to stuff pillows and mattresses, is coming into favor again as an insulation for winter jackets.
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I love it when old ideas come full-circle and become relevant again. For example, take milkweed. This common plant is considered a weed by farmers trying to grow forage crops; however, it's prized by butterfly lovers since the plant provides essential food for the monarch butterfly. Now, milkweed has another use that harkens back to Colonial times.   

Making the distinction between a farm-driven restaurant and one that's consumer-driven, can often be made by simply looking at how the menu is presented.
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Restaurants need to make many decisions, including which foods to source for their menus and where it comes from. These choices help determine whether they are customer-driven or farm-driven.

Vermont baker Gesine Bullock-Prado is the host of a new program on Food Network.
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Gesine Bullock-Prado has added one more accolade to her already extensive resume. She's now the star of a new six-episode Food Network series premiering Saturday, Dec. 2 at 12:30 p.m. called Baked in Vermont.

Unlike true cactus that grow in desert climates, the Christmas cactus is native to the wet, coastal mountains of Brazil.
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Common plant names can be misleading. Joe Pye weed isn't a weed at all. Eggplant does not bear eggs and I have yet to find crabs on my crabapples. The name Christmas cactus is the same. You'd think it would bloom at Christmas time, but mine start in November and continue through late winter.

Peaslee's cubed, frozen, Vermont potatoes go from freezer to oven.
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The potato business has changed since 1928 when Karen Guile-Caron's grandparents started Peaslee's Vermont Potatoes in Guildhall. Now, Guile-Caron is trying to bring her 60-acre family business into the new local food economy.

Person with arms extended looking at a sunset.
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On the day before Thanksgiving, what are are you grateful for? Wednesday on Vermont Edition, we're exploring who and what makes us feel gratitude, and how we can turn feelings of gratefulness into action.

An array of cheeses is displayed at a cheese festival. Many Vermont cheeses have won national and international awards. Dr. Paul Kindstedt tells Vermont Edition why.
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Vermont cheesemakers frequently earn prestigious titles in national and international cheese competitions. At the World Cheese Awards last week, Jasper Hill’s “Little Hosmer” garnered the title of Best New Cheese. “Little Hosmer” and Vermont Creamery’s “Cremont” were both awarded Super Gold medals, making it among the top 66 cheeses in the world. 

But while many in enjoy Vermont cheeses, can you describe why?

Join VPR this Thanksgiving for a holiday tradition and some new programs, too!
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Join VPR this Thanksgiving for a holiday tradition and some new programs, too!

Twin Valley Senior Center Executive Director Rita Copeland shows how freezer meals are packaged for Meals on Wheels Delivery. The center lost nearly 400 meals when this freezer was knocked out after the recent wind storm.
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When the Twin Valley Senior Center's freezer died, nearly 400 "Meals on Wheels" had to be tossed. But Director Rita Copeland was determined not to let her homebound clients miss a meal.

Family and farmworkers gather to celebrate a birthday meal at Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro.
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Eggs and butternut squash are two of the items that Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro are best known for. But the bond between the family that runs the farm and it workers, is just as healthy as the organic foods they produce.

Pumpkin pie might be the go-to dessert at Thanksgiving, but there are many varieties of winter squash that also make for a delicious pie.
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With Thanksgiving on the way, many of us are looking up recipes for pumpkin pie. While pumpkins certainly make great pies, other types of winter squash make wonderful pies, too.

Awesome Etiquette: No Drama

Nov 17, 2017
When someone tries to create drama by engaging you in negative conversation,  it's best to just say no.
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Got that person in your life who always seems to be creating drama out of nothing and then tries to incite a response from you? You know the type; they ask how you feel about something personal or controversial, prodding you for a dramatic reply. Engaging in negative chatter like this is a dangerous trap to fall in, but there are ways to side-step the drama.   

Awesome Etiquette: Turn Off That Camera, Please

Nov 10, 2017
Video chatting can be fun and useful, but remember to be respectful of those around you who might not want to be caught on camera.
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Video chatting through FaceTime, Skype and other apps has become a popular form of communication. But what about those around you who may not feel comfortable being on camera or in the conversation? As electronic devices become more deeply embedded in our lives, we find ourselves faced with more concerns about e-etiquette. 

The flavor of pumpkin spice is everywhere this time of year, but not everyone is a fan.
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Pumpkin and nutmeg and cinnamon, oh boy! Pumpkin spice season is exploding once again with all types of foods and drinks embracing the flavor, like pies, pasta dishes, lattes and more. But maybe your reaction to these seasonal seasonings is, oh no!

Now that outdoor gardening is done for the season, it’s time to move inside and focus on houseplants.
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The word around horticultural circles is that houseplants are back! With a growing interest in having greenery indoors and the benefit of air purification, houseplants are being used by interior designers to create a cozy, natural look.

Baker and author Martin Philip, head baker at King Arthur Flour in Norwich, has written a book that's part memoir and part cook book. It shares what he calls 75 recipes of "a baker's journey home."
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Before he became head baker at King Arthur Flour in Norwich, Martin Philip trained as an opera singer and worked for an investment bank in New York City. Now the baker and author is sharing his expertise and answering questions for aspiring bakers.

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