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freshly made syrup, made right there on the farm, on top of those fluffy pancakes
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March 30, 2008
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This Week:

Sugar on Snow

Turkey Chili

From the Archives:
My First Contra Dance

Calendar Pick:
NH Try it & Buy it Expo

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Celebrating the unique character & culture of Maine ~ New Hampshire ~ Vermont

This Week's Stories:

Feature: Sugar on Snow
The calendar tells us that spring has sprung even though there is a twelve or
fifteen foot snow bank at the end of my driveway. Still we can’t deny, the days
are finally getting longer, warmer and sunnier although the nights are still pretty
darn cold. This change in the weather heralds not just the tail end of winter but
sugaring season. Take a long walk through the country and you may spot lots of
metal buckets hanging from maple trees. Or more likely you’ll see a strange
tangle of plastic tubing running from tree to tree.

Recipe: Turkey Chili
We have ten foot high snow banks, one of which reaches the roof on the north
side of our garage, and today, a date when in past years I was nearly done
making maple syrup, I helped a neighbor tap some of our maples. So, since
winter is still holding on in central and northern New Hampshire, I thought I’d
share my wife Joanne’s healthy chili recipe. Originally a vegetarian chili, it has
been modified over the years and is a staple in our family, welcome on cold,
windy nights.

From our Archives: My First Contra Dance
The music -- a lively fiddle and piano -- played traditional folk and more recent
variations of those tunes that are hundreds of years old. The music was
exceptional as were the dancers. Even though I had never been to a contra dance
before, and it was apparent many in attendance had, I actually felt people were
happy to see me.  

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Calendar Pick of the Week:

The Made In NH "Try It & Buy It" Expo
Manchester, NH
April 4, 5, & 6 2008

The Made In NH Expo is dedicated to showcasing the wide variety of
innovative products and services available in the Granite State. Now in
its 13th year, this show highlights NH's diversity with exhibits ranging
from the latest in high technology to Yankee ingenuity and fine
craftsmanship. Tickets: $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, $3 Children.  For more information,
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