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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dining on a Dime: Zabby & Elf's Stone Soup

Posted By on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 6:33 AM

Multi-colored lunch at Stone Soup - SALLY POLLAK
  • SALLY POLLAK
  • Multi-colored lunch at Stone Soup
Before I took my first bite of lunch at Zabby & Elf's Stone Soup in downtown Burlington, I counted the number of colors on my plate. I quit this exercise at 14, and I'm sure there were a few hues I failed to tally:  the muted green poblano peppers hidden under variegated lettuce leaves; the browns and greens of my olives; the tomatoes buried beneath spanakopita — a spinach pie that held three-colors-in-one.

I paid about 50 cents per color on the plate set before me — a rainbow assortment of  food that cost $7.90, $8.61 with tax.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Vermont's Top Cow Is a Flatlander

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 3:49 PM


Blexy, Supreme Champion of the World Dairy Expo - COURTESY OF SHARYN ABBOTT
  • COURTESY OF SHARYN ABBOTT
  • Blexy, Supreme Champion of the World Dairy Expo
Beer and cheese made in Vermont have earned best-in-the-world accolades. Now another product with Vermont ties — mightier (or at least heavier) than a bottle of beer or a wedge of cheese —  has won top honors.

Blexy, an 1,800-pound Holstein,  was named Supreme Champion at the
World Dairy Expo on October 7 in Madison, Wisc.  She bested about 2,300 animals to win the prize.

Blexy's co-owners, Sharyn and Tim Abbott, live in Enosburg and operate a dairy farm and cattle breeding business in Richford, Borderview Genetics.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Breakfast Club: Oatmeal and More at Chef's Corner

Posted By on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Pastry case at Chef's Corner in Williston - SALLY POLLAK
  • SALLY POLLAK
  • Pastry case at Chef's Corner in Williston
Maybe it was the gray-haired group in the corner talking about cholesterol levels. Or it could've been my inability to choose among maple cheesecake, blueberry scones, croissants, peanut butter pie and pumpkin roll with spiced cream cheese frosting. Or, possibly to rip off the book Goodnight Moon, I was simply in the mood for a bowl of mush.

For whatever reason, or no reason at all, I ordered oatmeal ($8.25) on a recent morning at Chef's Corner. The Williston café and bakery moved in August from its longtime home next to Lenny's Shoe & Apparel to a different mini-mall in the same town. (Another small branch is located in the Flynndog building in Burlington's South End.)

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Jars of CBD-Infused Broth Recalled by Maker

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 7:00 AM


A jar of recalled chicken broth - PHOTO COURTESY OF VAAFM
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF VAAFM
  • A jar of recalled chicken broth
Jars of meat and poultry broth that were infused with CBD, a chemical compound found in cannabis, have been voluntarily recalled by the Simmering Bone, the company that made them, according to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. 

Four jars of broth were sold at the  Vermont Hemp Fest in Burke on September 9, according to Rachel Collier, who made the broth and owns the Simmering Bone. About 50 additional jars were never put on store shelves or sold, she told Seven Days

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Dining on a Dime: Richmond Congregational Church

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 2:33 PM

Chicken pie supper in Richmond - SALLY POLLAK
  • SALLY POLLAK
  • Chicken pie supper in Richmond

Pop-up suppers rarely — if ever — achieve the kind of numbers that were put up Wednesday evening at the Richmond Congregational Church. The church fed 600 people at its annual chicken pie supper, a community event that has popped up every autumn for 70 years.

The meal is a traditional fall supper of chicken and gravy on a biscuit, mashed potatoes, squash, cole slaw, cranberry jelly, plus cottage cheese and a dill pickle slice. The main course is served by a cadre of male churchgoers; diners help themselves, family-style, to the side dishes.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Vermont Food Truck Finder 2017

Posted By on Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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FOOD TRUCK FINDER TO RETURN IN SPRING

The Food Truck Finder, like most of the mobile eateries it reports on, will take a seasonal break and be back in the spring with news of Vermont's food truck scene. In the meantime, happy stationary eating!

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Dining on a Dime: Canteen Creemee in Waitsfield

Posted By on Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 5:45 PM

Burger topped with BBQ pork - SUZANNE PODHAIZER
  • Suzanne Podhaizer
  • Burger topped with BBQ pork
Few drives in Vermont are prettier than Route 100 south of Waterbury. After meandering through a handful of small towns, the road takes a series of curves that pass by cliffs, waterfalls and trees whose boughs bend over the road and obscure the sky. During foliage season, the route is exquisite.

But there's one important thing to do first: Make a pit stop at Canteen Creemee. Located in a shopping center in Waitsfield — the same one that's home to the original Mad Taco — the snack bar offers exceptionally delicious road food.

For instance, a BBQ burger ($9.50). Served in a classic cardboard "boat," the beef patty is topped with lettuce, cheese, fried onions and saucy pulled pork. The goods come on a classic soft roll sprinkled with sesame seeds.
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Or, you could go for the three-piece fried chicken ($9.75), which arrives with slices of corn pudding, coleslaw and a scattering of pickled carrots and onions. The thin crust on the chicken is crisp and delicious, and the meat itself is well flavored. The corn pudding is delectable, sweet and salty, and particularly welcome to anyone who's chewed through too many squares of dry cornbread.
A Bad Larry - SUZANNE PODHAIZER
  • Suzanne Podhaizer
  • A Bad Larry
If you can spare another few bucks, go for one of the creative creemee sundaes, such as the Bad Larry ($6.25), which is as maple-y as food gets. The maple creemee is sprinkled with maple cookie crumbs and topped with a cloud of maple cotton candy.

Once you've licked the last bits of creemee from your hand, you can safely get back on the road again.

During leaf-peeping season, Canteen Creemee will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. When shoulder season hits, says owner Charlie Menard, he'll take a break until the holidays.


Dining on a Dime is a weekly series featuring well-made, filling bites (something substantial enough to qualify as a small meal or better) for $12 or less. Know of a tasty dish we should feature? Drop us a line: food@sevendaysvt.com.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Dining on a Dime: Tiny Thai in Winooski

Posted By on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 at 10:15 AM

Pad Krapow Moo Grob - SUZANNE PODHAIZER
  • Suzanne Podhaizer
  • Pad Krapow Moo Grob
Sometimes, being on a real life "dining on a dime" budget can get a girl down. If you've got the chills and want a little bit of soup, but that means you won't be able to afford an entrée, what is there to do?

The answer: bring a friend. With two people, dining on a dime can feel a lot more luxurious. Order an appetizer or a dessert, a hearty dish and a veggie side, and you can experience a variety of tastes — for less.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Citizen Cider to Expand in Burlington

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 5:07 PM

Apple cider tanker truck at Citizen Cider on Pine Street - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Apple cider tanker truck at Citizen Cider on Pine Street
Citizen Cider will begin work in two weeks on an expansion to its business that will bring a portion of  its hard-cider production to a second site in Burlington, cofounder Justin Heilenbach told Seven Days.

The cidery with a production facility and taproom on Pine Street will move its apple-pressing operation from Middlebury to 180 Flynn Avenue,  Heilenbach said.  Currently,  apples are pressed in Middlebury and transported to Burlington in a tanker truck filled with apple cider.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Dining on a Dime: UVM FeelGood

Posted By on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 4:27 PM

Sandwich makers at UVM FeelGood - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Sandwich makers at UVM FeelGood
It's hard to find a $4 or $5 sandwich in downtown Burlington. In fact, the price is often double that, or more. But if you head uphill to the University of Vermont, you'll find a little sandwich outpost that is pay-by-donation with a suggested price of $4 to $5.

UVM FeelGood
  makes one kind of sandwich, and it happens to be the best kind: grilled cheese. The eatery is an all-volunteer, student-run lunch counter on the ground floor of the Dudley Davis Center.  It makes grilled cheese sandwiches in a panini press — and donates all proceeds to Commitment Fund 2030, a poverty-relief  organization that distributes money to four nonprofits.

People pay what they choose and can customize their grilled-cheese sandwich with ingredients including hot sauce, pesto, apple slices, maple syrup and onions. Open three days a week for lunch, UVM FeelGood raises about $13,000 a semester, according to treasurer Sara Fergus.

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