Killer brittle!

Buy local and reduce your carbon footprint! Farmers’ markets have an abundance of local produce, meats, dairy, baked goods and more. Most communities now have farmers’ markets. Check them out, yoBB_048.600pxu won’t be sorry! You can find Battenkill Brittle at the Walloomsac Farmer’s Market in Bennington, VT and at the Dorset Farmers’ Market in Dorset, VT. Battenkill Brittle and Battenkill Brittle Crumble are made with organic sunflower seeds, organic sesame seeds, organic pumpkin seeds, organic brown rice syrup, pure Vermont maple syrup and pecan meal. Battenkill Brittle is a high energy snack and Crumble is the perfect addition to yogurt, oatmeal, waffles and salads. It is packed with nutrition and provides sustaining energy for any kind of physical activity, as a snack for students, or a pick-me-up at the office.

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Your cup of tea?

Afternoon Tea and Tea Etiquette at Governor’s House (100 Main Street) Hyde Park, VT 05655 on October 28th at 3pm. High Tea? Low Tea? Milk first or last? And just what do you do with that little finger? The mysteries of afternoon tea and tea etiquette are solved while you enjoy a full English afternoon tea with tea sandwiches, little sweets, and warm scones with clotted cream and jam. A formal tea party can be intimidating, but after a pleasant afternoon of instruction, you will surely be confident enough to enjoy having tea anywhere. You’ll learn the fascinating history of tea, the secrets of brewing a perfect cup and how to pour graciously, and you’ll be ready to host a very proper tea party yourself.  Cost is $25. Advance reservations required.

 

To a tea

Town and Country specializes in all forms of relaxation. One of our favorites is a harmonious cup of tea served with love. Our friends at Dobra Tearoom (80 Church Street in Burlington) specialize in the science of tea and are very skilled in a variety of special tea serving techniques, tricks of the trade, and mysteries. Teas whose first infusions generate immediate strength and potency are served in hand crafted teapots with the leaves removed for your ease. Teas which can be infused many times are served in unique teapots appropriate to the country of origin and are accompanied by additional hot water with instructions. A solitary tea-drinker is traditionally served with a “Gaiwan” or similar sized pot depending on their tea of choice.  Make sure you take some home, too!

 

The curry cure

As we are all holding on to these late days of summer, fall slowly shows its signs. “Back to school” and back to our routines.
Spice it up with this easy curry chicken recipe from one of our staff at T&C!

You’ll need:

1.5 lb. chicken (I like thighs)
1 cup coconut milk
2 medium onions finely chopped
2 tbsp curry powder
1 chili finely chopped
1  cup chicken stock
salt & pepper
squeeze lemon juice
3  cloves garlic

Here’s what you do:

1. Soften the garlic & onion in a frying pan
2. Add chicken to brown
3. Throw in pot & add all other ingredients except coconut milk
4. Cook on low 2-3 hours
5. About half an hour before eating add coconut milk & stir through

YUMMY!

For more great taste…try one of these:)

Like cupcakes?

What could be more tempting than cupcakes and the sea? My little cupcake is a charming little Burlington bakery to take us away from reality for a moment – if only in our minds! Sweeten everyday with ‘Seaside Cupcakes’…a solid pine vintage style wood sign measuring 11.5″ W X 5.5H X .75″D and is painted ‘cottage black’ with white lettering that has been gilded in gold. It has been distressed for a perfectly imperfect well loved “flea market ” look. Your sign will arrive ready to hang.

217 College Street in Burlington, try the vanilla cupcake with strawberry buttercream!

 

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On a roll

Just a year after they opened Wooden Spoon Bistro, owners Adam Raftery and Liza O’Brien have been seized by the entrepreneurial spirit again. This month, the brother-and-sister team unveiled the Front Yard food cart, a mobile kitchen they will park at concerts and events.
It offers picnicky fare — lobster rolls, mango-braised pork sliders, hand-cut potato chips, and fresh fruit salads with watermelon, peaches and berries — that puts a casual spin on the upscale pub food Raftery and O’Brien serve at their South Burlington eatery. Maybe we can get them to stop  by TC!

 

Just peachey

We love Shelburne Orchards! 80 acres of apple trees are located on the shores of gorgeous Lake Champlain. You can pick your ownfruit – apples, sour cherries, peaches, and table grapes. They’ve even added a pumpkin patch this year. They all ripen at different times so they keep you posted as they are ready for pic

king. We sat at a picnic table gazing out over the lake, then had a delicious cider doughnut from the Cider House Farm Market. Nice half day trip. Hours are 9:00-6:00 Monday-Saturday and 9:00-5:00 on Sunday. Open from late August until late October, but that changes please check first. Sunday, September 9 is their 11th Annual Small Farms Food Fest!

Light on the veggies

The Vegetable Light is a little table lamp that uses a large heavy vegetable as a base. Rather than buying a vegetable for its edible potential, the sculptural form and functional qualities are emphasized and the owner is invited to experiment creatively with different vegetables. Yams tend to work best. The lamp was created by Peter Marigold, a furniture designer working in London. For great tables to put a lamp (without the potatoes)…click.

Burlington’s jewel

We love the Burlington Farmers’ Market! A yummy bounty of fresh, locally grown produce, handmade crafts, sweet and savory treats, and meats and cheeses from Vermont’s lush pastures. While shopping this Saturday, we stumbled upon the power of kale chips! One bite and you can feel the energy coursing through your body in four distinct flavors (Original, Garlic Scallion, Smokey Chipotle, and Maple Coconut) seasoned with equally unadulterated ingredients. We also picked up an eye pillow filled with Flax seed and Lavender flowers from Wild Hill Herbals which we used last night for a truly delicious nights sleep. AO Glass Works makes handblown functional tableware and glass items by an international staff right here in Burlington. As part of their 12.12.12. project, a portion of their sales are donated to non-profits such as the Intervale, Local Motion, and VT Natural Resource Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of Vermont 1

Since 1919, generations of farm families who own Cabot Creamery Cooperative-now 1,200 strong through New England and New York-have taken great pride in producing world-class cheddar. They provide the highest-quality dairy products (with local farmers getting 100% of the profits). Want to visit? They have three Vermont locations. Anyone for reduced fat mac & cheese? This recipe, courtesy of our delicious friends at Cabot, is the best we’ve ever tasted! Awesome website too:)