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Add some spice, a little crunch to your sweet potatoes

Add some spice, a little crunch to your sweet potatoes

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com The glaze that forms in this dish is phenomenal! A perfect accompaniment to all protein bearing down on your holiday table and throughout the cold, blustery season ahead. I dice the sweet potatoes about an inch in size, but larger is fine as well. 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 large (1 […]

Henry Homeyer: Feed the birds, sans the bird seed

Henry Homeyer: Feed the birds, sans the bird seed

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC This year, given the plethora of squirrels in the universe, I feel that I should just buy a dump truck-load of black oil sunflower seeds and drop it on the lawn in front of the deck. Then maybe the squirrels would let my timid titmice get to the […]

2nd Annual Chester Holiday Cookie Tour tickets now on sale

2nd Annual Chester Holiday Cookie Tour tickets now on sale

© 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Tickets for the 2nd Annual Holiday Cookie Tour, the premier adult-oriented event of Chester’s Annual Overture to Christmas – are now on sale. Last year’s tour was a sellout and tickets are expected to go fast. Main Street in Chester is  lined with wonderful Victorian and Federal style homes. Visit […]

Community & Arts Events: Dec. 1-Dec. 3, 2018

Community & Arts Events: Dec. 1-Dec. 3, 2018

For a full listing of upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph Calendar. To find out how to become a Calendar Partner, email or call Cynthia Prairie at cprairie@chestertelegraph.org or 802-875-2703. To be included in events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on […]

Chester Chatter: The smells of Thanksgiving

Chester Chatter: The smells of Thanksgiving

By Ruthie Douglas © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC When we remodeled the farmhouse’s big kitchen we had a chance to install many new items, one of which was a fan over the stove. I thought it was just great to get rid of the kitchen cooking smells. My husband Don however felt different. When he […]

Discover 'pourable' peanut brittle

Discover ‘pourable’ peanut brittle

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com It’s the season of peanut brittle, let’s find every single possible way to consume it. Now picture in your mind your favorite cake with ‘pourable’ peanut brittle ladled over the top. It’s a decadent cross between a butterscotch sauce and peanut brittle actually. This nutty addition can be enjoyed on top of […]

Henry Homeyer: Eat local -- from your backyard

Henry Homeyer: Eat local — from your backyard

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC For breakfast I often drink a green smoothie that includes a banana, kale, some OJ, half a lime, fresh ginger, fresh mint and water. It’s healthy, tasty and uses kale I grew. I usually pick fresh ‘Winterbor’ kale from my garden until mid-December as even temperatures in the […]

Ludlow Rotary donates $2,000 to five groups

Ludlow Rotary donates $2,000 to five groups

In October, the Ludlow Rotary Club was awarded a Rotary District 7870 Grant for $2,000. And instead of one grant recipient, the Rotary gave the funds to five area community organizations. Those receiving funds at a luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 6 were: Reinbow Riding of Shrewsbury; Streetscapes of Ludlow; Mt. Holly Library; Black River Action […]

Apple Blossom Cotillion seeks high school girls

Apple Blossom Cotillion seeks high school girls

High school senior girls in the communities served by Springfield Hospital and Springfield Medical Care Systems are invited to participate in the 63rd annual Apple Blossom Cotillion. One of them will join the select group of Apple Blossom Queens.  This special community event continues to be both a unique tradition and a rite of passage […]

Chester Chatter: Hunting camps meant a vacation

Chester Chatter: Hunting camps meant a vacation

By Ruthie Douglas ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The days of deer camps has slowly moved away. Many a Vermont man was excited to head out to camp for hunting in the woods. It was a time of camaraderie with the boys, games of cards, jokes and, of course, tall tales. Over the years, the deer […]

No need to add sugar for this sweet treat

No need to add sugar for this sweet treat

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com The secret to these deliciously decadent desserts? There is not one bit of added sugar found anywhere in this recipe. Honestly, it will have every single family member or friend asking you for the recipe, even if they aren’t watching their sugar levels. 2 cups apple cider 9 hard apples* 1/4 […]

Community & Arts Events: Nov. 22-Nov. 28, 2018

Community & Arts Events: Nov. 22-Nov. 28, 2018

For a full listing of upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph Calendar. To find out how to become a Calendar Partner, email or call Cynthia Prairie at cprairie@chestertelegraph.org or 802-875-2703. To be included in events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on […]

Henry Homeyer: holiday gifts for the gardener

Henry Homeyer: holiday gifts for the gardener

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Already, songs such as “Jingle Bells” and “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” are blaring in stores in an attempt to get us in the mood to buy holiday gifts. Good grief, Halloween is barely over. Still, here are some thoughts for all you eager beavers who […]

Community & arts events: Nov. 17 - Dec. 31

Community & arts events: Nov. 17 – Dec. 31

For a full listing of upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph Calendar. To find out how to become a Calendar Partner, email or call Cynthia Prairie at cprairie@chestertelegraph.org or 802-875-2703. To be included in events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on […]

Chester Chatter: Remember our veterans

Chester Chatter: Remember our veterans

By Ruthie Douglas ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Our family was excited. World War II was over and my cousins were coming home at last. Right about lunch time the taxi pulled into the driveway. Out jumped my two cousins, the only two I have ever had, and the family went running to them. Such hugging […]

Harken back with this salted caramel cake

Harken back with this salted caramel cake

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Yes indeed! This is the way our grandparents made cake, with real salted butter and buttermilk, which every home had “back in the day.” Nothing fancy here but pure deliciousness. Nonstick cooking spray 1 stick(1/2 cup) salted butter, softened 1 1/4 cups brown sugar 2 eggs 2 1/4 cups flour 1 […]

Henry Homeyer: Who, what, where and how of pruning

Henry Homeyer: Who, what, where and how of pruning

By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC If you have cut back your perennials, cleaned up the vegetable garden and raked the leaves, you have good reason to be a tad smug. You’re ahead of me, but don’t be too proud – there is still plenty to do outside. It’s time for some fall pruning. […]

A Boo-tiful night for Chester Trunk or Treat

A Boo-tiful night for Chester Trunk or Treat

Spook-tacular Halloween in South Derry

Spook-tacular Halloween in South Derry

Community & Arts Events: Nov. 8-Nov. 17, 2018

Community & Arts Events: Nov. 8-Nov. 17, 2018

For a full listing of upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph Calendar. To find out how to become a Calendar Partner, email or call Cynthia Prairie at cprairie@chestertelegraph.org or 802-875-2703. To be included in events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on […]