Festivities

How Sweet It Is

Trapp Family Lodge Sugar House

How Sweet it is

Did you know that Vermont produces 40% of the maple syrup in the United States?  The season started early this year, and so far the sap has been running well.  With cold nights and warmer days this week, it should continue.  With that, Sugarmakers across the state will be offering gallons of the best maple syrup around, along with a variety of other maple products.  The following are some local favorites.

  • Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm invites visitors daily and offers an educational blog, complete with a weather report, sap sweetness and boiling status of each day.
  • Stowe Maple Products, a family-owned and operated sugar house, is open year-round with retail items. They will even ship your syrup to you.
  • Boyden Valley Winery will have some free samples during Vermont’s Maple Open House Weekend, March 25th and 26th; and will be offering sugar-on-snow, maple wine and maple liqueurs, as well as free tours of the winery and sugar house.
  • Sugar Slalom, Sunday, April 8th, at Stowe Mountain Resort.  A ski race for all ages that's been held at the Mountain, since 1940.  A weekend long celebration of spring skiing and festivities, which attracts hundreds.

source: Stowe Area Association newsletter

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

 Source: goop.com 

 

 

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 stowe.com.

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.

 source: stowe.com  photo source: onthesnow.com 

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: lindahunterfucile@gmail.com; or 888-5011; meals@mowlc.org.

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

Holiday Festivities in Stowe and Waterbury

                                 

During the Christmas and New Year holidays it is a very festive time in Stowe and Waterbury.  There are planned events, celebrations, performances, and activities.  So, no matter the weather or your busy schedule, there is something for everyone:

  • Cork Wine Bar and Market are kicking things off in Waterbury, Friday evening from 6-8.  Eat chocolate, drink wine, buy holiday gifts, be merry!

  • The 3rd annual Artisan Craft Showcase returns to Stowe Mt. Lodge Saturday and Sunday, December 20th and 21st featuring over 25 specialty craft and food vendors exclusively from Vermont.

The 3rd annual Artisan Craft Showcase returns to the Stowe Mountain Lodge for this holiday season on Saturday and Sunday, December 20th and 21st The show will feature over 25 specialty craft and food vendors exclusively from Vermont, all located under one roof - See more at: http://www.stowe.com/activities/calendar/#sthash.gpHnRheL.dpuf
The 3rd annual Artisan Craft Showcase returns to the Stowe Mountain Lodge for this holiday season on Saturday and Sunday, December 20th and 21st The show will feature over 25 specialty craft and food vendors exclusively from Vermont, all located under one roof - See more at: http://www.stowe.com/activities/calendar/#sthash.gpHnRheL.dpuf
The 3rd annual Artisan Craft Showcase returns to the Stowe Mountain Lodge for this holiday season on Saturday and Sunday, December 20th and 21st The show will feature over 25 specialty craft and food vendors exclusively from Vermont, all located under one roof - See more at: http://www.stowe.com/activities/calendar/#sthash.gpHnRheL.dpuf
  • Live Music at Spruce Camp, Saturday, Dec. 20 from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

  • Join in to sing Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Jane Bouffard and accompanied by orchestra.  Stowe Community Church, Monday, December 22 at 7:00 P.M.
    No rehearsal required.

  • Through December 28, at the Helen Day Art Center, Festival of Tree and Light.

  • The Logger - performance by the inimitable Rusty Dewees, December 26, 27, 28, and 2 shows New Year's Eve.  Tickets do sell out
  • James Taylor performs New Year's Eve, at Spruce Peak Performing Arts

Outdoor Events:

Comments

  1. website on

    Great blog post. I learn something tougher on totally a wide range of weblogs day-to-day. That typicallies continuously be activating to know content coming from different article writers and also monitor a bit one point from their retail store. I 'd favor to use some with the content on my website whether you don't mind. Natually I'll give you with a web link in your net blogging site. Many thanks for discussing. website http://delicious.com/urbanjmf