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Issue #150 - March 11, 2007
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Greetings from
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In this issue...

It's Maple Sugaring Time in NH
Wild American Shrimp Recipe
Irish Bread Recipes

Plus Northern New England Events!

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Worth Quoting

"Look upon the errors of others in sorrow, not in anger."

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Notes from my Back Porch...

The wood pile is dwindling. I'm tired of the boots, the coats, the hats. I'm
through with looking for gloves and mittens that match. We're all beginning to
look at each other a little cross-eyed. Yup, we've got cabin fever! A little late
this year, since winter started a little late, so, luckily spring is just around the
corner.  The snow is already turning to mush with the 40 degree weather.  But
here in northern New England we're never sure winter is completely gone
until...well, even sometimes Mother's Day (when its been known to snow!) ~M.

More Stories this week:

It's Maple Sugaring Time in New Hampshire
From mid-February through early April, the state’s maple producers repeat the
300 year old annual ritual of
tapping the maple trees that provide the annual
fall foliage display, collect and haul the sap to their sugarhouses -- some using
traditional buckets and horse or oxen-drawn sledges, some with high-tech
plastic tubing connecting the trees like a sweet spiderweb -- and then boil the
sap down to syrup: It takes 25-75 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup.
Read on...

Wild American Shrimp in Tomato Compote
By Charlie Burke
In the last twenty years, shrimp has been raised in farms in the third world.
Mangroves, which are breeding grounds for shrimp and other species have
been destroyed and replaced with ponds for farm raised shrimp which pollute
surrounding waters. These farm raised shrimp are now in all our markets and,
like Wall Mart pricing, have driven down the prices of legitimately fished wild
shrimp and have endangered the livelihood of fishermen.
Read on...

Irish Breads
One of the best things about traditional Irish breads is their sheer simplicity.
Made from very ordinary ingredients, they are moist and flavorful. Scones,
Treacle Farl and Soda Bread are made with ingredients that are most likely
found in every kitchen. These breads are made with baking powder or baking
soda instead of yeast, so they take only minutes to go from mixing bowl to
oven to table. Spread with butter and jam, they are delicious for breakfast,
morning coffee break or afternoon tea.
Read on...

Mark Your Calendars:

March 24-25, 2007 ~ March Maple Madness ~ North Conway, NH
The Open Door Bed & Breakfasts Inn the White Mountains will host the
second annual Maple Madness inn-to-inn event! In addition to a
self-guided tour of the participating inns, ticket holders will sample maple
selections, both savory and sweet, and have the opportunity to participate in
the judging of each inn's entrance door decorations. As they continue their
drive, participants can learn about "sugaring" at maple sugar houses and visit
participating vendors, "Maple Country Partners," along the way. However, the
truly adventurous at heart are encouraged to do the Maple Madness
March...a cross between a road rally, scavenger hunt, and reality survivor
program.  Visit March
Maple Madness Web site for more information.

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


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