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Issue #174- September 23, 2007
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Greetings from
The
Heart
of New England!

In this issue...
Travel: B&B/Inn: Is it Right for You?
Food Essay: Perfect Shortbread
Recipe: Pressure Cooker Lamb

Our Calendar Pick of the Week:
Return of the Pumpkin People (NH)

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*Giveaway*!  Click here to enter...

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Worth Quoting

"Clear moon, frost soon."  ~ New England proverb

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Notes from the Heart...

"Moderate" is not a term that can be applied to northern New England weather,
especially this time of year when we are never quite sure what the day will
bring.  In the mornings the furnace kicks on because of the wintry chill in the
air... by the afternoon we're cranking up the air conditioning because it's in the
80s.  It's not unusual for the temperatures to swing 30 or 40 degrees in one day
this time of year.  This kind of weather calls for some creative wardrobe
changes, with pants and a fleece (maybe even a coat!) in the morning, to a t-shirt
and shorts in the afternoon.  But, I'll take it.  It won't be long now until it will be
bitterly cold every morning...noon and night.    ~M.

Readers Write

Dear Heart,

A suggestion for the reader from Maine who wants to hold her wedding on a
farm... (
see last week's newsletter). I haven't held a personal wedding in either
of these places, but I know that people have wonderful weddings at both...The
Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville, Vermont, and the White Rocks Inn in
Wallingford, Vermont (south of Rutland).  The White Rocks Inn has a huge,
gorgeous barn, which they use for the weddings.  We have stayed at both
places and both are lovely and accommodating. Hope the wedding goes well.
(A Vermonter waiting to return)

* * *
Dear Heart,

I was happy to see the
apple cake recipe in (last) week’s newsletter.  As you can
see in the (below) recipe, it is almost identical to one that my mother, Goldie,
(who passed away 2 years ago at age 84) made often. I think she had the recipe
for many years and had no idea from whom she got it.  We just named it after
her.   As you can also see, she used a caramel topping which is also excellent
and complements the cake beautifully.  Give it a try!

Thanks you for a newsletter that is always welcome in my inbox!  I really enjoy
learning about locations and events in New England that I didn’t know about.  
Keep up the nice work.  
(Freda B.)

Goldie’s Apple Cake    
Goldie Hindman

For cake:
3 cups flour        
3 eggs
2 cups sugar        
1 ¼ cup cooking oil
1 tsp baking soda        
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt        
1 cup chopped pecans
3 tsp cinnamon        
3 apples, thinly sliced

Put dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Make a well and add eggs and oil.  Mix
well. Fold in pecans and apple slices.  Pour batter into a greased and floured
tube pan (angel food cake type).  Place pan into a cold oven.  Turn oven to 325
degrees F. and bake cake for about 1 hour or until done.

For caramel sauce:        
1 cup light brown sugar        
½ cup butter
¼ cup cream        
Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and cook until thick.  Keep warm to
pour over slices of cake or cool and use as frosting.

Thanks for your letters, folks!  Keep 'em coming :)  Send your "Dear Heart"
comments and questions to  
editor@theheartofnewengland.com ~ Marcia







This Week's Stories:

Travel: B&Bs and Inns: Are They Right for You?
Inns are a delightful alternative to hotels and resorts. They can be just the right
ticket for your vacation, providing you understand how they work and
function. Are they for everybody? No, they're not. But here’s the answers to
some basic questions to determine if it’s the type of accommodation that’ll work
for you.
Read on...

Food Essay: Perfect Shortbread - The Art & Science
Initially, shortbread appeared easy to me. How difficult could it be to throw
together butter, sugar, and flour to create a tasty cookie? It isn't difficult. But,
there is some science involved and I'm here to tell you about the science and
history of shortbread.  
Read on...

Recipe: Braised Lamb...Using a Time-Saving Pressure Cooker
By Charlie Burke
Check out the newer versions of our grandmothers’ pressure cookers. With one
in your kitchen and one of the new pressure cooker cookbooks, you will find
many versions of standard recipes you can easily and quickly prepare on busy
days.  
Read on...







Our Calendar Pick of the Week

Return of the Pumpkin People
Jackson, NH
October 1-21, 2007

Once again the Jackson, New Hampshire
area businesses and residents will be
hosting pumpkin people. Take this
self-guided tour of over 40 participating
properties and vote for your favorite. This
event has been delighting visitors for over
20 years. Tour maps will be available at the Jackson Area Chamber of
Commerce as well as participating businesses. For more information visit:
Return of the Pumpkin People.


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

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