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Notes from the Heart...
The Heart of New England's Weekly Newsletter
Issue #142 ~ January 16, 2007
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Greetings from The Heart of  New England!

Features of the Week:
Book Review: New Hampshire Curiosities
Good Times are Back at the Strand Theater

In Season Recipe:
Restaurant-Style Pork Chops

Mark Your Calendar:
Become an Outdoors-Woman!

Don't Miss January's Prize of the Month
A Hand-Made Felt Bag...Click here to enter...

Congratulations to Trudee Carreiro of Rhode Island who won last month's
hand-made toy blocks prize compliments of
Green Mountain Blocks of

Worth Quoting

"It is not the going out of port, but the coming in
that determines the success of the voyage."

More New England proverbs & quotes

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Prints of the Week:
Notes from my back porch...

I've been married to my husband for almost 20 years...and since we've had
kids 14 years ago we have never been away for entire weekend -- alone. That
is, until this past weekend when we traveled to Rockland, Maine for the Pies
on Parade tour.  I have never been to this "lobster capital of the world" and
now also the pie capital of, at the very least, Maine.  

(As an aside, after going on a
cookie tour through the White Mountains of
New Hampshire last month, I was a little worried about the damage these
savory and sweet pies would do to my waistline...but I got on the scale this
morning and found I lost a pound!  Woohoo!  Bring these foodie tours on!)

More in the upcoming issues about this pie tour (with recipes), the
inns we toured and this surprising little gem of a town tucked away in the
mid-coast of Maine that has made an impressive come-back in the past
several years with a Main Street lined with delightful shops, gourmet (but
reasonably priced) restaurants, and the centerpiece
Farnsworth Art Museum
& Wyeth Center with an extensive collection of Maine artwork.  My husband,
Jim, noticed that one of the artists in the collection from the 1800s had done a
painting of a Rockland seascape during a weekend away with his wife -- the
first away from their kids since they were married, said the plaque.  It didn't
say, however, that they ate pies all weekend.  I think we got the better deal :)

This week we'll take a quick look at Rockland, Maine's Strand Theatre, a
restored Main Street landmark and on the National Register of Historic
Click here to read "Good Times are Back at the Strand."

More Stories this Week:

Book Review: New Hampshire Curiosities
"I didn’t expect this book to be as entertaining as it is. In a tourist state like
ours, guides are prevalent: what to see, what to do, how to get there, hours of
operation, how much it costs to get in. For locals, a lot of this scenic New
Hampshire stuff is old hat. We know New Hampshire’s scenic; we seen it. A
new book, New Hampshire Curiosities, by Eric Jones of Strafford, however,
contains surprises even for natives -- and will guide newcomers to 'quirky
characters, roadside oddities & other offbeat stuff' worth investigating."
Read on...

Restaurant-Style Pork Chops
by Charlie Burke
If the hoped for winter weather arrives, the charcoal grill will have to wait
until spring, but we can still enjoy the smoky flavor of foods grilled at high
Read on...

And Mark Your Calendars for: February 24, 2007
Learn to Become an Outdoors-Woman
Women: Want to get outdoors more with your friends and family this
winter?  Here's your chance!  The winter Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (B.O.
W.) workshop offers a chance to learn ice-fishing; winter outdoor survival
skills; basic snowshoeing and tracking; snowmobiling; or 'Shoe and Shoot
(combining snowshoeing and target shooting). Read on...

For more Northern New England events this season visit:
Calendar of (Uniquely-Northern New England) Events

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Readers Write

Hot Milk Sponge Cake (last week's recipe)

"I too was raised (in Maryland) on that cake! Brings back all kinds of memories. It
must have been one of those recipes that no family member dare embellish as the
proportions always seem to be the same. We always had it as a layer cake with rich
chocolate icing. The recipe in Farm to Kitchen is exactly the same as yours only double
for two cakes.

"According to a wonderful old book by John & Marie Roberson called Famous
American Recipes (1957) it was originally called Washington 'pie.' They say  the
recipe dates back to the Civil War when the house wives of Washington D.C. could not
get lard for their pies. 'The inventive ones made sponge cake, split the layers, and
spread them with some jelly which they always had on hand in the pantry. As sugar
was scarce too, it was lightly sprinkled on the top of the 'pie'.

"Their recipe also calls for two 9" pans and ingredients exactly double yours.

Happy New Year  and I always enjoy your recipes."

Helen Brody, Gratham, NH,
author of
New Hampshire: From Farm to Kitchen

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