February 14, 2016


The listings below are a small sample of needs from more than 200 agencies, available by going online to www.unitedwaycc.org and clicking on “Volunteer.” If you do not have computer access, or would like more information about the volunteer opportunities, call 860-1677 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


January is National Mentoring Month and there are many opportunities for caring volunteers to serve as mentors to those who will benefit from some one-on-one support. Research shows that youth with mentors are much less likely to use drugs and alcohol or to skip school. Be a mentor!

The United Way Volunteer Center’s RSVP and FGP programs have three mentoring programs designed for volunteers 55 and older. FGP volunteers share their warmth and encouragement by helping teachers in a classroom 15 or more hours per week in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle or Washington counties and receive a tax-free stipend.

RSVP School Buddies help school-age children identified by teachers as needing extra help in reading, math, spelling or other areas and serve at least one hour per week.

RSVP Read To Me volunteers share the wonder of books with children in nonprofit child care centers and preschools for at least one hour per week. References and background checks required.


The Green Mountain Club in Waterbury Center needs your help. Come enjoy a unique opportunity to shake away your winter blahs by volunteering to lead hikes and workshops, direct cars, sell tickets, staff the food concession and help with set-up and clean-up. Saturday, Feb. 5, three-hour shifts between 8 a.m. and 3p.m.


The Vermont Family Network has many volunteer opportunities for community members who want to support the network’s Parent Information & Resource Center, or PIRC.

• Parent Workshop Facilitators lead workshops in parenting skills and strategies, approximately four hours per month.

• Community Resource Parent Volunteers help families navigate school systems with children who have IEPs, approximately four hours per month.

• Table Volunteers represent PIRC at statewide conferences, fairs and workshops, approximately four hours per month.

• Communications, Proofreading and Editing volunteers are needed to help with newsletter and other publications, website and social media. Minimum of two hours per month.

• Fund-raising and Event Volunteers are needed to help with planning, advertising, organizing materials and setting up for events. Hours vary.

All positions require an application, interview and references; training is provided.


The Burlington Police Department needs a volunteer to provide clerical support for the Parallel Justice program, which offers validation and resource support to persons impacted by crime. The volunteer will collaborate with another volunteer to provide clerical and data collection support and make follow-up phone calls to crime victims. Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Training and ongoing support provided. Background check required.


PACE Vermont is seeking a volunteer to work with the human resources department to help develop communication strategies, develop orientation materials, develop reports using Access and help with an employee satisfaction survey. Prefer HR background. Weekday mornings, flexible as to exact schedule. Background check required.


ReSOURCE is seeking a “computer stripper” to help the ITM team strip old computers in order to recycle parts. Four- to eight-hour shift per week, can be scheduled during Monday through Wednesday afternoons or Thursday through Saturday days. Volunteers must be able to lift and carry 10 pounds, work by themselves and listen to and follow directions. Background check required.

This Week’s Popcorn – ‘Country Strong’

Lady Drinks the Booze in “Country Strong”

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By Michael S. Goldberger
Special to the Observer

Shana Feste’s “Country Strong,” starring Gwyneth Paltrow as the latest entertainer to suffer the clichéd immiscibility of love and fame, asks the question: Is there anyone left in Hollywood who has not yet played a country western singer? While Miss Paltrow’s go at it lends a genre challenging uniqueness, it’s still the same ole achy breaky heartbreak.

Hampered by stereotypes and a connect-the-dots screenplay, Paltrow’s nonetheless astute portrayal suggests that a total revamp would be in order. At least it would make for a more honest, if not more entertaining, film. Engaging only in a soap opera sort of way, there’s always the feeling that surely something better exists just around the next corner.

But it doesn’t, and “Country Strong” is fated to plod along in hobble mode. A few new shiny faces and a handful of fairly pleasing songs are poor substitutes for a good screenplay. As it stands, this tired tale makes banal comparisons of the old and the new, the decadent and the hopeful. Someone ought to write a country western song about it.

Which is what Garrett Hedlund’s Beau Hutton ostensibly aspires to do as the young, unspoiled iconoclast who says he doesn’t care about success. It’s about the music, dude. This is why the heartthrob has recently won the attentions and affections of Paltrow’s very troubled superstar, Kelly Canter. Of course they meet in a rehabilitation center.

Kelly was the patient. Beau was supporting his nighttime musical career as an orderly. But when beleaguered hubby and manager James Canter, played by Tim McGraw, comes to take his alcoholic wife back on the road and into the glaring spotlight, she introduces the handsome soul mate as her sponsor. Weary-eyed, James issues an mm-hmm look.

But we figure the stoical spouse isn’t exactly pure of heart, either. Witness the adoring looks he heaps on Chiles Stanton (Leighton Meester), the former beauty queen and female equivalent of up-and-coming Beau. It could be she just reminds him of happier times, before celebrity and booze tarnished the star he has so lovingly nurtured.

Believe that and I can also sell you a bridge that crosses the Tallahatchie. In any case, while not delivered in an especially sensual way, the morality is curious. Call me a fuddy-duddy, but it’s all a tad tawdry, the indiscretions feebly cloaked in farfetched rationalizations about love, art and whatever else might make for a good second stanza.

Borrowing from the sociology Robert Altman so expertly etched in “Nashville” (1975), writer-director Feste adds nothing to the milieu. There are the one-night stands, the camaraderie that comes of traveling by bus, an allegiance to the down home point of view and a non-stop self-consciousness that feels the need for autobiographical analysis.

But if you give Paltrow’s prima donna a second look, you realize she interestingly deviates from the songstress generally at the center of said template. We suspect that while the bright lights may have complicated matters, her neuroses were tormenting her since way back in Okefenokee, long before Kelly Canter rose to country music fame.

So what of it? Sure, my clinical diagnosis might be more intriguing than the rags-to-ruins rehash we get. But the producers doubtlessly would be loath to revisit a psychological drama of the sort that hasn’t held favor with audiences since the mid 1950s. You know: hushed tones, antiseptic rooms, somber looks and the ever-lurking threat of lobotomy.

Fact is, this hackneyed tale is merely a platform for numerous tunes and the neophytic actors that sing them. Some of it is OK. And anyway, aside from some eerie screeching to note hyperbole and the improvisational, staccato jazz that attacks the nerve synapses, the aforementioned mental shtick hardly lends itself to musical accompaniment.

Both Miss Meester and Mr. Hedlund have pleasant enough voices, and their duet rendition of “Give in to Me” exudes a fittingly hokey chemistry. But the pièce de résistance is reserved for Gwyneth’s Kelly who, mustering the greatest stage courage since Judy Garland first embodied la chanteuse terrible, sings “Coming Home.”

Too bad Ms. Feste didn’t have an inclination to hum the scenery. One panoramic view through the open doors of a freight car whilst Kelly and Beau take a brief hiatus from stardom’s obligatory rigors hints at lost potential. Though travelogue shots of the South couldn’t make up for the trite dialogue, at least we’d have some pretty pictures to look at.

This is all too sad and fatalistic considering the few grim platitudes we receive in return for our indulgence. While perhaps viable as a palate cleanser between headier offerings at the Cineplex, “Country Strong” is otherwise too weak for you to consider budging the old pickup from that great parking space outside the honky-tonk.

“Country Strong,” rated PG-13, is a Screen Gems release directed by Shana Feste and stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester. Running time: 112 minutes.

CVU Sports Schedule

Alpine skiing

Friday: Slalom at Bolton Valley

Monday: Giant Slalom at Bolton Valley

Wednesday: Slalom at Cochran’s Ski Area (Richmond)

Boys basketball

Friday: SPAULDING HIGH, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: at St. Johnsbury Academy, 6:30 p.m.

Girls basketball

Monday: at Essex High, 7:30 p.m.


Friday: at Middlebury Union (middle school), 7 p.m.

Wednesday: RANDOLPH UNION HIGH, 7 p.m.

Boys hockey

Saturday: at Essex High, 1 p.m.

Wednesday: BURLINGTON HIGH, 7:20 p.m.

Girls hockey

Saturday: SPAULDING HIGH, 12:20 p.m.

Wednesday: MISSISQUOI VALLEY UNION, 6:50 p.m.

Nordic skiing

Friday: at Mount Mansfield Union, 4 p.m.

Saturday: at Bolton Valley, 10 a.m.

Monday: at U-32 (East Montpelier), 5 p.m.


Friday and Saturday: at Essex Classic Tournament, 2 p.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday: COLCHESTER HIGH and HARWOOD UNION, 5:30 p.m.


Sports Notes

Jan. 20, 2011

Girls hoops team follows exam week with test at Essex

A 10-day break during a six-game win string is not exactly what coach Jeff Evans and his rock and rolling Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team needs right now, but that is what they got.

Following exam week, the 8-3 Redhawks return to their hoop duties Monday night when they travel to Essex High for the season’s first clash with the Hornets. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

The final game before the testing time-out was last Friday at always tough Burlington High. CVU snapped the 5-3 Seahorses’ five-game victory streak in a come-from-behind, 63-55 thumbs-upper.

Shae Hulbert led the CVU scorers from her forward position with 17 points while guard Amanda Kinneston logged 11 tallies.

Burlington got 19 points each from Jessie Hines and Brittany Robertson.

Two CVU winners in indoor track meet

The 1,600-meter run and the shot put were the winning events for Champlain Valley Union High athletes in Saturday’s 20-plus team indoor track and field competition at the University of Vermont.

CVU’s Claire Trotter won the 1,600 meters for girls with a time of 5 minutes, 39.9 seconds. She finished less then four seconds ahead of teammate Adrienne DeVita, who captured second place.

On the boys side, CVU’s Dale Conger won his second shot put competition in two weeks with a throw of 43 feet, 11.5 inches.

Sam Chevalier captured third place in the pole vault.

Oddly, the boys and girls teams each finished eighth in their divisions with 18 points.

Redhawks gymnastics team enters busy season

Having had just one meet since the end of December — last week’s home victory over Milton High — the Champlain Valley Union High gymnastics team gets into the busy section of its schedule late this week.

On Friday, the Redhawks will travel for a meet against Middlebury Union High in a 7 p.m. session at Middlebury Middle School.

Then it will be home at Green Mountain Gymnastics in Williston for a 7 p.m. meet against visiting U-32.

In their last competition on Jan. 12, the Redhawks scored a 129.5-102.91 triumph over Milton.

CVU freshman Megan Nick took all-around honors after victories on the bars, the beam and floor exercise plus runner-up on the vault.

Teammate Sarah Kinsley won the vault, tied for second on the bars and finished second on the beam and in floor exercise.

The Redhawks’ Emma Sienkiewycz also tied for second on the bars, while Mary Collins was third in floor exercise.

CVU wrestlers competing in Essex Classic

Champlain Valley Union High’s Gabe Bosen (top) wrestles an opponent during a meet at Middlebury Union High last week. (Courtesy photo by Jennifer Olson)

Coach Rahn Fleming and his Champlain Valley Union High wrestling team will come out of the academic exams with a sizable test of their own, the regionally important Classic Tournament on Friday and Saturday at Essex High.

In their last meet a week ago Thursday, the Redhawks got edged 33-27 by Middlebury Union High. CVU got victories from Chris Roy in the 119-pound class and Ryan Stearns in the 130-pound grouping.

Good news came for the future of the CVU program, as the junior varsity team scored a solid victory last weekend in the annual Middlebury jayvee tournament, scoring 143 points to 56 for runner-up Essex High in the 15-team event.

Fahle leads CVU Nordic team to victory

Hans Fredrik Fahle’s solid victory in the boys division led the Champlain Valley Union High Nordic teams to wins Saturday at U-32 in East Montpelier.

Fahle’s triumph in 17 minutes, 42.05 seconds was better than a minute over the runner-up, teammate Kilian Muller. Sam Epstein took third to give CVU a sweep of the top three slots.

The Redhawks easily captured the team standings with 14 points to 39 for second place U-32 in the seven-school competition.

It was closer in the girls division, where CVU won with 25 points to 31 for runner-up Mount Anthony Union.

Sienna Searles paced the Redhawks with a second place finish just over 1 second behind victor Aleksandra Zakrezewska of South Burlington High (22:23.36).

Sierra Frisbie captured fifth place.

Offense stagnant for Redhawks hoops team

CVU boys host Spaulding on Friday

Jan. 20, 2011

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

The Tide — Crimson, that is, from Spaulding High of Barre — will roll into Champlain Valley Union High’s Bremner Gymnasium on Friday to give the 3-4 CVU boys basketball team its first contest in more than a week.

The schedule then gets thicker as coach Scott Bliss and his Redhawks visit the Northeast Kingdom and St. Johnsbury Academy on Tuesday night.

In the meantime, the Redhawks have had since last midweek to inject some heat into their thus far chilly shooting hands.

The offensive coolness was well below zero in the Hawks’ 44-30 loss to Burlington High (3-4) on Thursday. CVU shot just 24 percent from the floor and 5-for-12 from the charity stripe, a veritable deep freeze.

The Seahorses never trailed following a nine-point run in the late first and early second period that turned a 4-4 tie (after the first seven minutes) into a 13-4 advantage with six minutes to intermission.

The rugged BHS quintet led 21-11 by halftime and kicked it up to 29-14 midway through the third quarter before the Redhawks, led by senior Jake Donnelly, made their lone run.

With Donnelly hitting two free throws, a layup and a trey, Eoin Karnes (from Ryan Boland) popping a layup and Robert Russ notching a threebie, the Redhawks made up big ground; CVU got to within 32-28 on Ryan Pierson’s layup after a Boland feed.

But that was the last hoop of the game for CVU. Burlington tightened its double dude defense on Donnelly and Russ and knocked off 10 straight points to ease back in command.

Donnelly had 14 points and 15 rebounds plus a pair of assists in the face of the BHS defense. Russ added seven points and three rebounds.

Solid center Bodel Zabili paced BHS with 10 points and 10 rebounds while guard Connor O’Shea nailed nine points including a pair of treys. The Seahorses held a 28-24 edge on the boards.

Burlington got off just 34 shots against a gritty CVU defense but hit 15 while the Redhawks were a chilly 11-for-45.

Burlington High (44)

Rodgers 1 5-8 7, Hirsi 2 2-2 6, Zabili 4 2-2 10, O’Shea 3 1-2 9, Vachereau 2 0-0 5, Gurmey 2 0-0 5, Grady 0 0-0 0, Nguyen 1 0-0 2, Hale 0 0-0 0, Walsh 0 0-0 0, Herjok 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 10-14 44.

CVU (30)

Donnelly 4 5-8 14, Bissonnette 1 0-0 3, Karnes 1 0-2 2, Boland 0 0-0 0, Russ 3 0-0 7, Spencer 0 0-0 0, Gale 1 0-2 2, Burns 0 0-0 0, Keen 0 0-0 0, Lambert 0 0-0 0, Kohlasch 0 0-0 0, Whitbeck 0 0-0 0, Pierson 1 0-0 2. Totals 11 5-12 30.

BHS 9            12            11            12   –   44

CVU 4            7            10            9      –   30

Junior Varsity: BHS 54, CVU 49

Redhawk girls look to avenge earlier loss

Hockey team faces Spaulding on Saturday

Jan. 20, 2011

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

After a pair of one-goal victories last Wednesday and Saturday, the Champlain Valley Union High girls hockey team had a week to prepare for its second meeting of the season with undefeated Spaulding High (6-0-3).

The 8-2 Redhawks will host the Crimson Tide at 12:20 p.m. on Saturday at Cairns Arena in South Burlington. Head coach Tom Ryan and his team are very aware of the 6-1 beating the Tide administered to CVU on Jan. 3 in Barre.

On Saturday, the Redhawks capped a three-win week with a 2-1 nipping of Essex High at the Hornets’ ice facility.

Defense stalwart Alyx “The Express” Rivard keyed the win with assists on goals by point poppers Mollie Howard (13 for the season) and Sophia Steinhoff (9). Nicole Sisk turned in a steady 16-save day in the Redhawks’ cage.

There were seven minutes and 23 seconds remaining when Howard, set up at the blue line by Rivard and Amanda Armell, skated around and through the Essex defense with some shifty moves before depositing the puck past Essex goalie Lindsay Paquette to snap a 1-1 tie.

CVU had scored the game’s initial goal with eight minutes left in the second period when Rivard unleashed one of her patented end-to-end rushes. Paquette stopped Rivard’s shot, but an alert Steinhoff was camped in front of the net and buried the rebound.

Howard, Steinhoff, Armell and defender Lizzy Betz all had serious scoring chances either rebuffed by Paquette (31 stops) or that just missed corners of the net.

Essex’s (1-6-1) lone goal was a strange affair that came with 2:17 to go in the second period to knot the score at 1-1.

The puck came into CVU territory and somehow bounced from an unpopulated back line and stopped to the right and in front of the CVU net, where Kim Dvorak was positioned to knock it into the net past an unsuspecting Sisk.

Last Wednesday, the Redhawks grabbed a 5-0 win over South Burlington High early in the third period and then had to weather a Rebel comeback before emerging with a 5-4 victory over the 3-3-2 Blue and White.

A series of penalties contributed to the Rebel revolt, which included three power play scores.

Steinhoff (two goals, assist), Howard (two goals) and Rivard (goal) were the CVU lamp lighters. Sisk had 14 saves for CVU while the Redhawks unleashed 28 shots on the South Burlington net.

Dobrowski racks up goals in win over Rutland

9-0 CVU boys hockey team faces Essex next

Jan. 20, 2011

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Champlain Valley Union High’s Robbie Dobrowski nets one of his five goals in Monday night’s 6-3 win over Rutland High. (Courtesy photo by David Yandell)

Shortly after his undefeated Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team dispatched 6-3 Rutland High Monday afternoon at Cairns Arena, head coach Mike Murray was looking ahead to Saturday.

That’s when the Redhawks, off until then for exams, roll into the Essex ice arena for their first meeting of the season with a 7-1-1 Essex High Hornets.

“This game, coming at mid-season, will tell us where we are,” Murray said.

The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. opening faceoff.

If Essex had scouts at Monday’s contest, they departed to puzzle this week about how to cool down CVU’s DGL Lamplighter Line of Robbie Dobrowski, Derek Goodwin and Kyle Logan.

Dobrowski potted five goals and Goodwin one as the senior trio added 15 points to its charts. Goodwin and Logan each notched four assists and Dobrowski one. The line has accounted for 36 goals in nine games, which, by any standards, is production of a high order.

Griffin Brady, Mayson Kropf and Wilson Yandell also contributed assists in the Redhawks’ onslaught.

CVU established its scoring prowess in the game’s first moments. Dobrowski found the range after a pass from Kropf just 59 seconds after the first drop of the puck.

Dobrowski scored again a mere 35 seconds later, with Goodwin and Brady getting the helpers.

Goodwin rang up a goal later in the period on a short pass from Dobrowski in front of the Rutland net. Dobrowski, with some nice stick handling after getting the puck from Goodwin, made it 4-0 with 11:45 left in the second period.

The hardworking Rutland crew then added a pair of goals, including one while shorthanded, to cut the CVU margin to 4-2 entering the third period.

The Redhawks got their zoom back when Dobrowski scored the next two goals, on the rebound of a Goodwin shot at 9:44 and with a slick crossing move in front of the net with 7:16 to go.

The final tally came at 4:17, when the Red Raiders’ Matt Mazzariello scored on a power play.

CVU net minder Jason O’Brien had 19 saves while Rutland’s Casey Greene kicked out 16 CVU shots.

The Hawks’ Yandell and Erick MacLean had good defensive moments while sideboard diggers of the day included Jamie Thayer and Goodwin.

Late in the second period, O’Brien had to make a quick decision: the player or the puck. He stopped the puck while the Raiders’ Ian Booth, who had an earlier goal, went flying over him and into the net. For Rutland, it was an instance of filling the net, but without a score.

Murray was pleased with the win but thought the Redhawks had played better overall games, perhaps giving up too much defensively while in an offensive mindset.

Teachers urge board to resolve contract dispute

Jan. 20, 2011

Teachers from Champlain Valley Union High School gathered at Monday night’s School Board meeting to express frustration with the unresolved teacher contract negotiations.

Approximately 25 teachers stood quietly as French teacher Polly Vanderputten read a prepared statement. The CVU teachers are members of the Chittenden South Education Association, which also includes educators in the Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne and Williston school districts. Teachers have read similar statements this month during other school board meetings in Chittenden South Supervisory Union districts.

“The teachers of the Champlain Valley Union High School are here this evening to express our disappointment in the failure of the School Board in Chittenden South Supervisory Union to reach an agreement with the teachers,” Vanderputten said while reading from the statement.

Williston resident Adam Weiss, a science teacher at Essex High School, also spoke in support of the CVU teachers.

“As a parent, I’m very concerned about the morale of the teachers who’ve worked for so long without a contract,” Weiss told the board.

Negotiations between the education association and supervisory union have stretched over 15 months, with the teachers’ contract expiring in July 2010.

The CSSU negotiating team and the teacher negotiators were scheduled to meet again on Jan. 20.

— Tim Simard, Observer staff

Police Notes

Jan. 20, 2011

Multiple charges

Williston police were called to a local business on Jan. 14 for a report of a trespassing violation. Police found Laurie A. Slingerland, 42, of Colchester, who had previously been trespassed from the business, according to police reports. Slingerland was arrested on charges of unlawful trespass and eight outstanding warrants, according to the report. She was lodged at the Chittenden County Correctional Center for lack of $14,600 bail, the report notes.


William LaCross, 48, of Milton was cited on charges of false pretense on Jan. 11, according to police reports. No other information was released.


• Prescription medication identified as Zoloft was taken from a car parked at 99 Restaurant on Jan. 12, according to police reports. Anyone with information is asked to call Williston Police at 878-6611.

• A wallet and checkbook were stolen from an unlocked car parked at Shaw’s supermarket on Jan. 16, according to police reports. Anyone with information is asked to call Williston Police at 878-6611.

Driving with suspended license

• Meghann Vigil, 24, of Essex Junction was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license-criminal on Jan. 13, according to police reports. She was cited to appear in court on Feb. 7.

• Ellen M. LaBounty, 57, of Burlington was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license-criminal on Jan. 13, according to police reports. She was cited to appear in court on Feb. 7.

• Clayton C. Reynolds, 52, of Westford, was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license following a traffic stop in Williston on Jan. 14, according to police reports. Reynolds was cited to appear in court on March 7.

• Robert W. Dougherty, 36, of South Burlington was cited on a charge of driving with a suspended license-criminal on Jan. 15, according to police reports. He was cited to appear in court on March 7.


Someone tried to “cut into the top” of a trailer parked on Avenue D near Old Dominion Freight on Jan. 17, according to police reports. Anyone with information is asked to call Williston Police at 878-6611.

Everyday Gourmet

Buffing the basics

Jan. 20, 2011

By Kim Dannies

There’s lots of football and cold weather cuddling ahead and that means snacking in front of the tube or fireplace. Why not add a twist to basic ingredients, like chicken legs, that easily morph to the exotic.

Tandoori-style chicken is an ancient cooking method loved the world over. Meat and spices are cooked over intense heat as the yogurt coating keeps the charred chicken moist. Paired with a simple Dal and some purchased Naan bread, you have an easy snack or a light meal full of flavor.

For nachos, try topping blue corn chips with packaged pulled pork that’s been mixed with some barbecue sauce. Top with shredded cheddar cheese, zap in the microwave for 90 seconds, then top with sour cream and chopped scallion.

Black and Tans, a half stout and half ale beer mix, are superb with these nachos.

Tandoori Chicken

To serve 4 to 6 people, buy 3 to 4 pounds of chicken legs. In a work bowl, combine 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/3 cup lemon juice, 1 tablespoon ginger, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 3 minced garlic cloves, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, 1 tablespoon each of fennel seed and mustard seed, 2 teaspoons Garam Masala or curry. Coat the chicken in the yogurt marinade; cover, set in fridge four hours to overnight.

To serve, fire up the grill high and coat grill racks with non-stick spray. Place chicken pieces on hot grill, then reduce heat to medium-high. Cook chicken for a while before turning so that the meat does not stick to the hot racks. A steel spatula works well for turning the meat. Once a char of skin has formed, turn chicken often, cooking until browned but juicy, 12 to 15 minutes. (Broiling works well, too.)

Simple Dal

Rough chop a large onion and sauté in a bit of olive oil for 20 minutes until caramelized. Cook 1 1/2 cups of orange lentils in boiling water until soft, about 8 minutes. Drain. Stir in the onion, 1 tablespoon commercial chili garlic sauce, 1/2 teaspoon curry powder, salt and pepper to taste.

Kim Dannies is a graduate of La Varenne Cooking School in France. She lives in Williston with her husband, Jeff; they have three 20-something daughters who come and go. For archived Everyday Gourmet columns go to kimdannies.com.