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Do, See, Taste

You never know what you’re going to find at the flea market

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Rain clouds blanketed the Davisville Flea Market early last Sunday as a chilly drizzle began to fall – foreboding signs for most fairweather hagglers. But John Stark, a portly Vermonter and self-described “pickah,” meandered about in shorts and a T-shirt, practically giddy. “I love buying and selling stuff,” he declared, balancing a Tonka truck and a handmade wind toy under …

Take Me Outside: Signs of summer’s unavoidable end

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I love the palette of wildflowers that decorate the landscape and mark the stages of summer. In June the roadsides were blanketed with daisies and …

Whirlpool recalls 40,000 Jenn-Air ovens due to burn risk

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Whirlpool is recalling more than 40,000 of its Jenn-Air brand ovens after customers reported burns due to faulty oven racks. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety …

FDA bans some Mexican cilantro after feces found in fields

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration is banning imports of some fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico, after a government investigation found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields there. The FDA announced the partial ban on Monday after cilantro imported from the state of Puebla was linked to …

Appeals court upholds California shark fin ban

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A federal appeals court Monday dismissed a legal challenge to a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins. The legislation does not conflict with a 19th century law that gives federal officials authority to manage shark fishing off the California coast or significantly interfere …

Scientists have discovered a new taste that could make food more delicious

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Taste, the sense that allows us to appreciate the beauty of good food, is something scientists understand fairly well. The sensation we feel when eating a piece of cake, chewing on a hamburger or taking the first bite of a piping hot piece of pizza is triggered when …

Added sugar: Proposed food label would say how much to eat

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Are you eating too much added sugar? The nutrition facts label may one day help figure that out. The government is proposing that food labels include the percentage of your recommended daily intake of added sugars – the “percent daily value.” The Food and Drug Administration proposed an …

Embracing a new grain for a fresh take on bibimbap bowls

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bibimbap is incredibly trendy in urban centers right now. Not familiar with it? You’ll want to be! Bibimbap is a Korean rice bowl – white rice topped with meats, veggies, kimchee (intensely pickled cabbage) and hot sauce. Often, …

From My Kitchen: My favorite blueberry muffins

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

To me the best recipes are the ones regular people like me have been making for ages. There’s a place in my kitchen for fancy cookbooks for sure (I love sitting down with a gorgeous new cookbook and …

Kaitlyn spoiled ‘The Bachelorette’ finale results weeks ago

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

On the season finale of The Bachelorette Monday night, 29-year-old dancer Kaitlyn Bristowe accepted a marriage proposal from 28-year-old personal trainer Shawn Booth, naming him the winner of the season. Minutes earlier, she dumped the runner-up, 34-year-old software …

Joke theft isn’t new. Joke theft via Twitter? That’s just the latest wrinkle

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Drake allegedly has a ghostwriter and now Conan O’Brien is being sued for stealing jokes. Does anyone write their own stuff anymore? Alex Kaseberg, a freelance comedy writer, is suing O’Brien for copyright infringement over several tweets and blog posts he claimed were lifted and then incorporated into …

Ray Duckler: For local Episcopal pastors, the Scouts are nearly there

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The leaders of a local church, known for rolling out a red carpet of inclusion, applauded the recent policy change implemented by the Boy Scouts of America. But the pastors of St. Paul’s Church, the Revs. Kate Atkinson and Keith Patterson, would prefer to give a standing ovation, …

St. Paul’s School students ride cross country for charity

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Students from St. Paul’s School spent their summer vacation pedaling across the United States, from Anacortes, Wash., to Portsmouth, spanning more than 3,800 miles to raise money for Ride 2 Recovery. On Monday, the second to last day …