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When pizza is on the menu at the Burr and Burton Academy, the lunch cooks don't just reach for a couple of #10 cans of prepared pizza sauce. No way. The red sauce at B and B is house-made with slow-cooked onions and plenty of fresh herbs and garlic. Even though this is a high-volume high school cafeteria, chef/manager Charlie Robbins and his student assistants would never think of cutting corners. For 17 years, Chef Robbins has been making sure that students and staff at this Manchester, Vermont, school can enjoy real food at lunchtime. "We keep processed foods to a minimum here," says Robbins. "The soups are made from scratch: carrot/ginger bisque and Southwest chicken tortilla are two...
The shutters are off the camp windows, the lightning bugs will soon be out in full force and the lake temperature is already 58 degrees. The long days of summer are here. This is no time to be fussing with tricky or sticky pie dough. Yet there's a whole progression of summer fruits and berries to be picked, each one begging to be baked into pie. Right now there's rhubarb in the garden, and once that gets too woody the strawberries and cherries will be ripe and ready. Then raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and gooseberries come into play before the plums show up. A free-form tart, sometimes called crostata or galette, is the perfect way to show off summer's best, and it's quick to mix...
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Combine exercise with healthy, locally grown food and you have a good start on a healthy lifestyle. Everyone can join in learning what this means in practice by visiting Woodstock, Vermont, on Saturday, June 5, for "Trek to Taste," an event that combines outdoor exercise with enjoying a variety of seasonal, local foods. According to Peter Allison, Trek to Taste's coordinator, the event has grown from its origins several years ago as a series of walks designed to showcase the network of 30-some miles of hiking trails around Woodstock to one that showcases a host of local farmers, food producers and food products. Last year, some 400 people participated in various treks and tastes. This year...
from the FarmPlate Kitchen Vermont has some of the tastiest, chewiest, crustiest, all-around best sandwich breads in the world. But a quality soft bun for your sliders is hard to find. We suggest baking your own buns and freezing them. This recipe is easy to double for a crowd. 3 cups King Arthur white whole-wheat flour 1½ cups King Arthur unbleached all-purpose flour 1 packet quick-rising yeast 1½ teaspoons salt 1½ cups whole milk 1/3 cup vegetable oil 2 large eggs 3 tablespoons brown sugar Egg wash made with 1 beaten egg white, 1 tablespoon water and a pinch of salt In a mixing bowl, whisk together the white whole-wheat flour, 1 cup of the all-purpose flour, the yeast and salt. Heat the...