Food & Drink

Jaclyn Hochreiter, public outreach coordinator for Addison County Solid Waste Management District, shows a worm composting bin to workshop participants.
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So, you've made quiche with sauteed kale stems and leftover grilled salmon; shared that last portion of tomato soup with an elderly neighbor; and trained the kids to grab fruit from the "eat me first" box in the fridge. But what to do with the rinds, skin, bones and other food waste?

Poutine is a dish of French fries, cheese curds and gravy.  The dish's modern perception as a Canadian dish, rather than Quebecois dish, is the subject of a recently published paper by UVM graduate student Nicolas Fabien-Ouellet.
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Poutine originated in Quebec, but over time has come to be seen by many as a Canadian dish. One University of Vermont student is now making the case that this modern association of poutine with Canada at large is an instance of cultural appropriation.

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Maple syrup producers have an ever-growing arsenal of high-tech tools to draw more and more sap out of the trees. Now, scientists at the University of Vermont are doing a long-term study to see if modern tapping systems are affecting the health of maple trees.

Awesome Etiquette: What To Do Between A Wedding Ceremony And Reception

Jun 2, 2017

When a wedding reception takes place many hours after the ceremony AND in another town, is it okay to skip the reception?

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Blueberries are a great home garden crop to grow. They're well adapted to Vermont's climate, easy to grow and productive for years. But some gardeners have a difficult time growing blueberries.

Waste Free Kitchen Handbook, courtesy

From the unidentifiable slimy greens in the back of your vegetable drawer to lunch meeting leftovers, as much as 40 percent of food produced in the world is wasted.

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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?

Melissa Pasanen / Vermont Life

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.

A bunch of periwinkles
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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!

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