Food & Drink

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.

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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.

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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.

If you're looking for a tough plant to grow in your shade garden with Hostas and Hellebores, look no further than Astilbe.

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From its ability to compliment a meal to the limitless array of flavors, the "cocktail" has certainly evolved since the days of prohibition.

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Migrant Justice advocates staged a protest alongside the Ben & Jerry's "Free Cone Day" line in downtown Burlington Tuesday, demanding better working conditions for dairy farmworkers.

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Over the past 10 years, Doug Avery has been volunteering to drive migrant farmworkers around. The passengers are mostly Mexican and Guatemalan men who are here illegally, helping milk the cows on Vermont dairies.

Melissa Pasanen / Vermont Life

It's a hectic time of year for Vermont dairy farmers who also operate sugar houses during maple syrup season.

Awesome Etiquette: Re-Gifting Nightmares

Mar 31, 2017
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Most of us have re-gifted a present we didn't like or need. But in this episode of Awesome Etiquette, we hear a tale of re-gifting that backfired.

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The beet is a popular root crop originating in North Africa. The root gained popularity in Europe first for its greens then for its root, which can be red, white, yellow or even striped. Some love it, while others loathe it.

Hannah Palmer Egan / Seven Days

From Chinese restaurants where you can eat on a dime to higher end Asian-fusion establishments, Seven Days food writer, Hannah Palmer Egan, recounts some of the places and dishes she has tried so far and those she hopes to visit soon.

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