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Everyday Gourmet

Squash throw down

July 21, 2011

By Kim Dannies

I saw a photo of the most beautiful summer squash salad in the June 2011 issue of Bon Appetit. I also saw a very similar recipe in April’s Food & Wine. So I thought, “Heck, this must be a pretty good idea.” It is! This salad is so easy and spectacular that you’ll have no problem using up excess zucchini and yellow squash this summer. Since I don’t follow recipes well — and I love both magazines — I made a composite of the two recipes. This is a great 24-hour do-ahead party dish. It also morphs into a crowd-pleasing main course. On a plain white platter, this salad stunner looks and tastes like summer personified.

Shaved summer squash salad

Choose 6 firm zucchini and yellow squash each. Gently wash the veggies and dry with paper towel. Cut tip and ends off each squash. With a vegetable peeler shave each squash lengthwise, turning it as you go to capture a bit of color on each slice. Peel until you get to the seed level and then discard the stalk. Place the squash ribbons in a flat-bottomed marinade dish.

In a small processor combine 2 to 3 garlic cloves and the zest of one lemon and mince well. Add 3/4 cup of fresh lemon juice. With the motor running, drizzle in ½ cup of olive oil. Blend well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the squash, coating well. Seal and marinate up to 24 hours.

To serve, line a plain platter with a handful of fresh micro-greens. With clean hands gently heap the squash onto the platter. Add ribbon-cut fresh mint and a handful of shelled pistachio nuts. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt and add a twist of fresh pepper. Optional: with the vegetable peeler, carve some fresh Parmesan cheese curls and sprinkle over the salad. Serves 8 to 10.

Zucchini linguini

Cook up a pound of linguini and drain. Double the dressing recipe. Combine with the shaved squash and top with fresh Parmesan curls, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper. Serves 8 to 10.

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


PHOTOS: Williston Little League — 11- and 12-year-old all-stars

July 21, 2011

Photos courtesy of Tim O’Brien

The Williston 11- and 12-year-old Little League All-Stars were eliminated from the District I tournament in Burlington on July 17. Facing a must-win contest against Burlington American, the Willistonians lost, 8-7. Williston finished tournament play with a 6-2 record.

PHOTOS: S.D. Ireland tops Burlington

July 21, 2011

Observer photos by Ann Niedlinger

The S.D. Ireland American Legion baseball team defeated Burlington, 4-0, on July 14. The Irelands open the American Legion state tournament on July 22 against Brattleboro in Rutland.

PHOTOS: British Mania

July 21, 2011

Observer photos by Adam White

Beatles tribute band British Mania performed before a quadruple-digit crowd at Maple Tree Place on July 14 as part of the Groovin’ on the Green concert series.

PHOTOS: Shred Fest

July 21, 2011

Courtesy photos by Sarah Ricker

New England Federal Credit Union held a ‘Shred Fest’ at its Williston branch on July 16. Despite the steamy weather, the event drew enough people to shred more than 15,000 pounds of paper.

Recipe Corner

Salads for summer

July 14, 2011

By Ginger Isham

Hot days are here! I think it would be nice to hire a summer cook who would shop and develop new ideas — although I enjoy shopping in air-conditioning. My mother used to say she wished the family would tell her what they wanted to eat, and she would just make it instead of coming up with the menu herself. Maybe some of you like this idea, too, so here goes:

Pasta with ginger, mushrooms and tuna

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup cut up fresh mushrooms
5 cups cooked ziti
3 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
1 cup flaked white tuna (may use canned white albacore in water)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon dry white wine

Saute mushrooms quickly in oil, until brown. Remove from heat and combine with cooked ziti, ginger and tuna. Sprinkle with lemon juice, wine and toss gently. Season with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature (or can make ahead and serve cold).

Red and green fettuccini

4 cups cooked spinach fettuccini (before cooking break into 1-inch pieces)
1 cup red stemmed Swiss chard chopped and blanched (use green tops and red stems)
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
1 red pepper, cut into slivers

Combine all salad ingredients and toss with dressing, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon white vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature.

Quick potato salad

6 large potatoes; cooked, peeled and sliced (I like Yukon gold)
3 slices of bacon (I use the 50 percent fat free bacon bits already cooked)
1 chopped onion
3 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon minced dillweed

Saute onion in bacon fat or, if not using bacon, a small amount of olive oil. If using bacon, fry crisp and break into small bits. Combine all ingredients and serve warm.

Ginger Isham lives with her husband on a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Road.

Road Watch

July 14, 2011

North Williston Road closure

On July 14, North Williston Road will be closed to through traffic at the railroad crossing near Fay Lane and Chapman Lane because of reconstruction. Traffic will be detoured.
Motorists should be aware of trucks entering and leaving construction on the side of Vermont 2A near the Essex Junction line.
-Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization

Temporary bridge at U.S. 2 in Richmond now open

A temporary bridge and road at the U.S. 2 Checkered House Bridge in Richmond opened on June 29. The temporary, two-lane bridge over the Winooski River is directly adjacent to the existing 1929 bridge on U.S. 2. Construction of the temporary bridge will allow traffic to flow smoothly on U.S. 2 while construction is underway at the existing 1929 bridge.

The total length of the temporary bridge is 392 feet with a 266-foot center span. It took about 14 weeks to build, with construction beginning in late March. The temporary bridge will be used for two years until the Checkered House Bridge is re-opened in late spring 2013.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation urges motorists to please use caution when navigating the construction site and abide by all posted speed limits.
All legally permitted truck traffic can use the new temporary bridge.
-State Agency of Transportation

Police Notes

July 14, 2011

Runaway Juvenile

George Josler, 20, of Burlington was cited on July 5 with unlawful sheltering of a runaway juvenile, according to a police report. No other information was available as of press time.


Two men and a woman were served no trespass orders from Bantam Boxing on Boyer Circle on July 7, according to a police reports.

Property Damage

According to a police report from July 8, the windows of a Dodge pickup “were busted out.” Its stereo was also missing and the vehicle was “rummaged through,” the report noted. According to police, the vehicle was located at Washburn’s Auto Body on Boyer Circle. No other information was available as of press time and the investigation is ongoing.


Alden E. Finne, 45, of Burlington was cited on July 8 for petit larceny and violation of conditions of release, according to a police report. The report noted that Finne took “$40-$50 worth of mostly food products” from Wal-Mart in Williston.

Driving Under the Influence

Paul E. Davidson, 25, of New York was arrested for driving under the influence on July 10, according to a police report. His blood alcohol concentration was .133, the report notes. The legal limit for driving in Vermont is .08. He was cited to appear in court.

Police notes are written based on information provided by the Williston Police Department and the Vermont State Police. Please note that all parties are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Irelands seek late season surge

State tournament looms

July 14, 2011

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

The S. D. Ireland American Legion baseball aggregation will complete what it hopes is a final surge to a Vermont Legion Tournament slot with games Thursday against Burlington and home fixtures Saturday and Sunday against the Knights of Columbus, South Burlington, and the Orleans-Essex-Caledonia Kings.

The late season league scramble began Monday with an extra-inning, 6-5, upset loss to the Lynx. On Tuesday, the Clover Boys’ game against the OEC Kings at Lyndon State College was postponed with no makeup date as of press time.

The Irelands (11-8 overall, 5-4 league) went into Monday’s game in a good frame of mind. Their three-day visit the previous week to the Coopers Cave Tournament at Glens Falls, N.Y. saw them win three of five games against some high-powered regional competition.
“We played well,” said head coach Jim Neidlinger. “The first two games, which we split, were both well under two hours and we had 14 innings without giving up a walk.”

In a 6-5 victory over Kingston, R.I. on Wednesday (July 6), Drew Nick’s seventh-inning single drove in two runs to give the Irelands a 6-5 victory. Nicky Elderton earned the pitching win with a solid relief effort.

The next day, Larry Halvorson and Evan Healy paced the wrecking crew with three hits each and Dan French provided effective hurling in a 12-5 triumph over Rhode Island’s Hoxie Post.

Westbrook, Maine then limited the Ireland’s to an Elderton homer and Nick RBI double in capturing a 3-2 win.

But in the Green Mountain State on Monday, the Lynx came roaring out of the gate with a four-run first inning and kept the Irelands’ bats quiet just enough to take away the win.
Down 5-0 with two out in the top of the second, Elderton came to the mound from second base and proceeded to shut down the previously batty visitors. The right-hander allowed just four hits and struck out seven over the next 7 1-3 innings.

That fourth hit came in the top of the ninth, a two-out double by Nate Wark plated Glen Campbell with an unearned but winning run. Campbell had reached base on an infield bobble.

Trailing 5-2 going into the bottom of the seventh and presumably final frame, the Irelands got to Lynx starter Griffin Rogers with a single and two walks. Rogers was then lifted after throwing 101 pitches. Healy had an RBI single while Curt Echo and Elderton drew RBI walks in a three-run inning that tied the game at 5.

Earlier scoring off Rogers wasn’t easy. One run came in the fourth after a Rogers’ pitch hit Echo and Nick singled. With runners on first and third with no one out, Echo crossed the plate on Sean Rugg’s RBI grounder.

Fuller and Halvorson also had a pair of hits.

S.D. Ireland Legion Baseball Schedule

Thursday: At Burlington Lynx (Burlington High School), 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: OEC KINGS, noon
End regular season


Sports Notes

July 14, 2011

Williston all-stars keep rolling

Strong pitching by Jack Fitzgerald and Sam Mikell led the Williston 11- and 12-year-old Little League All-Stars to a victory over Shelburne, 4-1, on Tuesday. The game was the first one for both teams in the double-elimination round of the District I tournament.
Fitzgerald got the start and pitched 1 2-3 innings. He struck out four. Mikell pitched four innings, allowed just one hit, and whiffed nine.

Chris O’Brien (3-for-3, two RBIs) sparked Williston’s offense. O’Brien also threw out two Shelburne runners who were attempting to steal. Fitzgerald went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Matt Spear also drove in a run.

Williston has won six straight games to open the tournament. It next faces 1-0 South Burlington on Thursday at Rosenberg field, Schifilliti Park, in Burlington.

CVU has Presence in Saturday’s Annual Make-A-Wish Hockey Games

There will be Redhawk players and coaches contributing their talents Saturday in the annual boys and girls Vermont-New Hampshire Make-A-Wish Foundation Hockey Classic games at the University of Vermont’s Gutterson Field House.

The girls’ contest of just graduated high school seniors faces off at 4 p.m. The boys play at 6:30 p.m.

Champlain Valley Union mentors Tom Ryan and sidekick Will MacKinnon will coach the Vermont girls. Ex-CVU ice stars Molly Howard at forward, and defenders Alyx Rivard and Amanda Lacaillade will be in action for their old coaches.

Four members of the Division I champion boys Redhawks will be on the ice for the nightcap: J. P. Benoit, Robbie Dobrowski and Derek Goodwin up front along with defenseman Erik Maclean.

Redhawks Gobble Up Lacrosse Honors

Four senior members of the Division I champion Champlain Valley Union boys lacrosse team earned first team all-star selections by the coaches.

Two of those all-division honorees, attacker Lawrence Dee and goalie Eric Palmer, are U.S. Lacrosse All-Americans.

Along with Dee and Palmer, midfielder Jake Marston and defender Ben Teasdale drew first team nominations. Senior attacker Nathaniel Wells made the second team.
Marston and Teasdale won two of six places on the Vermont Lacrosse Coaches’ Association’s Green and Gold Players of the Year scroll.

On the girls’ side, senior Amanda Kinneston was named to the first team as a midfielder. Sophomore midfielder Kate Raszka was named to the second team.
Girls’ honorable mentions went to Louise Gibbs, Brenna Gorman, Devan Wilkins and Hannah Johnson.

Grad Challenge Spawns Softball Camp

For her grad challenge at Champlain Valley Union High School, Leah Leister will run a one-week softball camp from Aug. 1 to Aug. 5. Participants must be between the ages of 11 and 15, and do not need softball experience. Leister, an incoming senior and member of CVU’s softball team, will conduct the camp at the school’s softball field. The cost is $30 per player, to be paid at the first day of camp. The camp will run each evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.