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Ready for the Holidays? If not, hopefully this recipe will help!







Seafood Cioppino

During the holidays, I'm always looking for recipes that are quick and easy - and delicious.  This one pot seafood dish is a winner, and all you need is a salad and a fresh baked loaf of bread, and you're done.  There are many versions of Cioppino, but this one from goop is a really good one.  Follow below, or go to the website.  And, there of course, you will find other ideas for one pan dinners, during the Christmas and winter holiday period.  Enjoy!

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, finely-diced

1 medium fennel bulb, finely-diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

½ teaspoon fennel seeds

½ teaspoon dried oregano

1 large pinch red chili flakes

1 fresh bay leaf

1 cup white wine

1 28-ounce can chopped or crushed tomatoes

3 cups fish stock

¾ pound halibut, cut into 1-inch pieces

¾ pound clams, very well scrubbed and cleaned

½ pound large peeled shrimp

salt and pepper

pinch of sugar, optional

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1. Heat olive oil in a 4 or 5 quart dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and fennel and sauté until translucent and starting to brown, about 10 minutes.

2. Add garlic, fennel seeds, oregano, chili, and bay leaf, and sauté for another 3 minutes.

3. Add the white wine, turn the heat up to high, and cook 3-5 minutes or until the alcohol has cooked off and most of the liquid has evaporated.

4. Add crushed tomatoes and all of their juices to the pan along with a generous pinch of salt. Bring the mixture up to a boil, reduce to a simmer, then partially cover with the lid and simmer gently for 45 minutes.

5. Add the fish stock and continue simmering for at least 10-15 minutes.

6. Add clams, let them cook in the broth for 2 minutes, then add fish and shrimp, and cook 4-5 minutes more, or until clams are open and fish and shrimp are just cooked through.

7. Taste for seasoning and add salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar, if desired. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with warm bread on the side




What's New at the Mountain

Some fresh snow fell on the mountain recently, and the temps have been below freezing.  The snowmaking guns have been going, and the most recent report is that the mountain is planning on opening Wednesday, November 25!  The forecast is for continued cold temps, and hopefully there is more snow on the way.  There are lots of activities and events planned up on the hill, in anticipation of the holiday season. Here are some things you may want to put on your calendar:

On Sunday, December 6th, head up to Spruce Camp Base Lodge, from Noon-4pm to make free tree ornaments with Kate Morrisey.  For more information on these and other activities and events at the mountain, visit

Saturday, December 12th, demo skis, and snowboards from some of the best brands in the industry.  Trying equipment before you buy is the best way to go!

As a kick off to the holiday season, On Saturday, December 19th, the new skating rink at Spruce Peak will be unveiled at 1:00 p.m., along with a tree lighting ceremony and other activities to ring in the holiday season.  for more information you can go here.

Saturday, December 19th - Sunday, December 20 - the 3rd Annual Artisan Craft Show will take place at Spruce Peak.  Vermont's finest artisans will be gathering in the new pavillion building to display their crafts, providing great holiday gift choices to purchase.

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Full Length and Fabulous for Meals on Wheels

Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Full Length & Fabulous event at The Bistro at Ten Acres in Stowe, October 29th, 7-10 p.m. With generous support from Linda & Mark at The Bistro and fabulous local businesses, 100% of the money raised will benefit MOWLC.

Join in for an evening of fun, food, wine, and fantastic raffle prizes, spearheaded by Stowe local and MOWLC board member, Marcy Falcone-Spencer.  In addition, Stowe’s own renowned jazz singer, Audrey Bernstein and Joe Capps Jazz will be performing.  Full-length/formal dress suggested, but is not required.

Tickets $40, and are limited, so call 760-8371, or email:; or 888-5011;

The community of Stowe, and all others in Vermont, are generous when it comes to helping those in need.  This is typically a time of year to be thinking of our neighbors, and where we can help.    

The following organizations are in continual need of donations in order to support them throughout the year:

The Lamoille Community Food Share in Morrisville provides food security around Lamoille County.  You can drop off food items, volunteer your time at the Food Share, or make a donation through their website.  You can also find them on Facebook.

We at Carlson Real Estate are collecting for the Lamoille Neighborhood Food Project, throughout the year so please feel free to drop off any canned goods you might like to contribute.

Green Mountain Habitat For Humanity, located in Morrisville, has been building affordable and energy-efficient homes for low-income working families in north western Vermont.  You can donate funds, labor, materials, and services to help ensure the availability of affordable homes for Vermonters for generations to come.    

The Lamoille Family Center in Morrisville receives calls and visits from families experiencing crises, every day.  The nurturing staff educate and support families through home, community and center based services; and they are always in need of volunteers.  You can drop off food, gift and gas cards, and find out about other ways you can help by going to their website.

Clarina Howard Nichols Center works to end domestic and sexual violence in Lamoille County. Clarina provides advocacy programs, emergency shelter, support and direct services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence as well as community outreach programs to affect social change.  Learn how you can help.

"For it is in giving that we receive." St. Francis of Assisi

Upcoming Fall Events in Stowe, Vermont



As the summer season starts to shift to autumn, the color and hue of the landscape and scenery begins to change as well.  While preparing for cooler weather and all that coincides with that, we want to make sure to reserve time to enjoy one of the most beautiful times of the year.  There are some wonderful events right here in Stowe that enhance the experience of autumn in Vermont. 

Coming up September 27th, from 1-5, join the Stowe Land Trust for a fun and special day, celebrating 28 years, at the iconic Adams-Bryant property, in Nebraska Valley. Have some pie & ice cream, bring your apples to make applesauce, and hear from the Vermont Land Trust's Director of the Farmland Access Program, Jon Ramsay, speak about the return of the family farm to Vermont communities. Afterward, join one or more of the outings and activities!  For more information and to RSVP, please visit the Stowe Land Trust website.

Then, on Sunday, October 11th, The Stowe Mountain Bike Club is having its 5th Annual Leaf Blower Classic.  A day of mountain biking for all abilities and ages - even for the kiddos.  After an afternnon of riding on Stowe's world class mountain bike trails, enjoy a catered meal, prizes and games around the fire pit, at the Town and Country Resort.  For more information and to reserve your spot, go here.

So, enjoy this gorgeous time of year in Stowe, and around the state; and check out some of the other events and happenings.



  Source and photo courtesy: Stowe Land Trust


New Website - Helpful Resource

You might not think the launch of the new Town website is exciting news, but you should really check out so you don't miss out on the comprehensive information and resources made available, all in one place.   In addition to the impressive photographs and design, you can access virtually any information about the town, from its history, to organizations, trails, zoning, and even employment opportunities.  For convenience, instead of having to go to the Town Clerk's office to pay property taxes, dog licences, and zoning fees; quick links give you easy access to take care of it all online.  You can even access forms needed for development projects.  For those looking for information and updates on road construction and conditions, you will find VT Transportation Twitter Notices helpful.  There's even a calendar of events.  Want to stay connected - add your email address here, and you will receive auto email notifications for subjects of interest to you. So, check it out - there is something there for everyone.  You'll even find the local weather report.  The site easy to navigate, super convenient, and it's mobile friendly.  Congratulations and thank you to the town and all of the people who worked on this - very well done!

source: Stowe Reporter


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    Amazing Time Lapsed Video of Stowe, Vermont

    Stowe is a magical place, all four seasons of the year.  Stowe resident, Mark Vandenberg, co-owner of Sun & Ski Inn and Suites, is a local photographer and videographer.  He just recently finished this amazing video of Stowe highlighting all of the amazing aspects of the local landscape and events throughout the year.  Mark started the project back in January of 2014, and covered a lot of ground.  Despite the freezing cold temperatures and early morning wake up calls to set up the video equipment, he was happy with the outcome.  Since he posted the video, it's already been shared hundreds of times.  Click here to check out this impressive time lapsed account of Stowe, turn up the volume, and see how many times you actually hit the play button again.  Hope you enjoy it.


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      When is the best time to list my property?

      Many of my clients have asked me this question.  Properties come on the market throughout the year.  But, what is the best time to list a property for sale?  First impressions are what resonate most with buyers.  You want to have your property looking its best, so typically spring or early summer is the best time to list your home.  When the grass is green, your flowers are blooming, and the windows are open to allow the fresh, warm breeze through your house; these are the highlights which will create an image that buyers can connect with emotionally.    Most buyers begin to look for homes at this time as well.  In fact there are many buyers currently in the market place waiting for more homes to come on the market.   They have been looking, but have not yet found the home that fits their needs and desires.   Buyers would also prefer to be in a new home so they can enjoy the summer and fall there.  And families want to be prepared before school starts in August.  Mortgage interest rates are still low too, which is additional motivation for buyers to buy now.

      If you would like to know more about the listing process, and what the value of your property is, please free to contact me.   There is no obligation on your part.  I am happy to answer any questions you may have, so you can make the best, and most informed decision. 

      2015 Stowe Derby - Epic!


      Yes, it was epic!  With 7+ inches of new snow, the night before, the 2015 Stowe Derby was unlike any other.  Particularly with the addition of the fat bike class this year.  Nearly 100 riders were added to the roster of over 600 nordic skiers.  The light stuff that fell is hard to pack down before the first racers go off, thereby making for lots of falls, faces full of snow, and great photography!  Unlike most of the rest of the winter, the temperature was perfect - in the 20s.   The skate skiers started at 10:00 a.m., in waves of 5 at a time, every 30 seconds.  By the time the classic skiers went, there were body divots up and down the trail on both sides.  The conditions were perfect for alpine skiers, but much more challenging for the nordic skiers, and nearly impossible for the fat bikers.  After the race, hundreds gathered at Sushi Yoshi to share tales about bruises, broken skis and ski poles; and this time, busted bike chains and wheels.  Many of the fat bikers said they pushed their bike more than they were able to ride.  It wouldn't be the Derby without something new to talk about.  The 70 year old event is not for everyone, but even those who do not participate, love either spectating, or hearing about it afterwards.

      To see more photos of from the day, visit Mike Hitelman Photography.

      Photography credit: Mike Hitelman Photography

      The Stowe Derby


      On February 22nd, the Stowe Derby is celebrating its 70th year of the most talked about and unique cross country ski race in North America.  What makes the 20k race unlike any other is that it starts with a 6k downhill (vertigal drop of 2,600 feet), from the top of the Toll Road on Mt. Mansfield.  After navigating the twists and turns, and hairpins, the race enters the Mt. Mansfield Touring Center, where the climbing begins.  Up to as many as 900 racers will be vying for place or pride, as they try and beat the clock all the way into the village of Stowe on the groomed rec path.  This year, for the first time, a new category has been added to the fun.  Fat bikes will be allowed to compete for the first time.  There are only 100 slots for the riders, which have almost been filled.  After the skate and classic skiiers have finished, the fat bikers will begin just above the touring center.  Depending on conditions, the best skiers will finish in about 45 minutes.  Some taking up to as much as 2 hours.  We will know after the 22nd how fast the fat bikers will be. 

      If the snow and winter conditions continue as they have, this should be one of the best years ever.  If you're considering signing up for The Derby, you can go here.  If racing is not your thing, this is one of the best events to spectate.  One of the most exciting viewing locations (and easy to get to) is at the top of the power line in the Mt. Mansfield Touring Center.  That's where one of the trickiest turns is, hence lots of whipe outs.

      So, no matter your interest, join the fun on February 22nd, including the after party at Sushi Yoshi, on the Mountain Road.

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