January 29, 2015

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Recipe Corner: Soup as the main course

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By Ginger Isham

Sometimes I double a soup recipe so I can put some in the freezer for later. I save any kind of left over potato, veggies, canned tomatoes, rice, pasta and meats for soups. By adding onion, garlic, celery and spices, along with chicken or beef broth, you can be creative with soups. The following soup is one I have not made for a long time.

Mulligatawny Soup
(the name means “pepper water”)

1 tablespoon butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, sliced
1 medium tart apple, peeled and chopped
1 medium stalk of celery, sliced
1 small green pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon curry powder (or less)
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 can low-sodium tomatoes, drained and chopped (14 ounces)
3 whole cloves (or 1/4 teaspoon dried)
1/4 teaspoon each mace and nutmeg
pepper and salt
1 cup cooked chicken, cubed
1/2 cup cooked rice
1/4 cup plain lowfat yogurt
4 teaspoons chopped parsley (optional)

Melt butter in kettle and add onion, carrot, apple, celery and green pepper. Cook for 5 minutes.
Stir in flour and curry. Cook another minute. Add the broth, tomatoes, spices and mix. Cook covered on low heat to simmer for 30 minutes. Discard cloves and cool. Put in blender and blend until smooth. Return to kettle and add chicken and rice. Heat and stir for a few minutes.
Serve hot topped with a spoon of yogurt and sprinkle of parsley.

Food Tip: sprinkle a little salt on the bottom of the pan to keep oil from spattering when cooking meat.

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

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Obituary

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DOROTHY LOIS (WELLWOOD) PEDEN HOWE
Dorothy, “Dot,” “Dottie,” Lois (Wellwood) Peden Howe, 86, of Whitney Hill Homestead in Williston, died on Jan. 16, 2015, surrounded by her family following a long illness. She was born on Aug. 13, 1928, in Worcester, Mass., the daughter of Joseph Russell and Susan Leona Wellwood. She was a graduate of Commerce High School, Class of 1946. Dot came from the age of lifelong work. She started out helping to roast coffee at her grandfather’s shop when she was 15, and continued with post WW2 start-up banks in Massachusetts. After moving with her family to Vermont in 1969, she worked as the Champlain College Registrar. Later, she worked at Penn Mutual for many years, retiring from there. Working was part of who she was, so she continued her work career until the age of 81, as the office manager at HomeShare Vermont. She loved work, never considering retirement an option. Dot loved her Grampa and Grammy Millett having grown up with them and they were in her thoughts until the very end of her life. She loved family gatherings, large and small, and was always the first to organize, cook and to wash the dishes. Dot also took any opportunity to visit the ocean and sit by the water, taking in its smells and sounds. Visits to her brother on Cape Cod often included beach excursions. Over her life, she mastered numerous crafts from stenciling to knitting to sewing – and she frequented many craft fairs. As often as she could, she traveled in the northeastern U.S., and even made trips to the British Isles, a place of fascination for her. Dot was also a gamer, loving to play scrabble and cribbage, taking on challengers any time and any age. She was known by many names including Dot, Dottie, Mum, Grammy, Neemie, Mimi and Miss Dorothy and she happily answered to them all. She unconditionally loved her family and she was their heart. She was famous in the family for making the best cranberry bread in the world, for her ever-welcoming smile, and for being the best mom and grandmother. She is survived by her brother, David Wellwood and wife, Elaine, of Yarmouthport, Mass.; daughter, Kerry (Peden) Cassone and husband, Dominick, of Northborough, Mass.; son, Keith Peden and wife, Patti Spear, of Jericho Center; four grandchildren, Sarah Nieman-Albrycht and partner, Barbara Nieman, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Benjamin Leopold and wife, Shana, of Farmington, Conn., Ryan Peden-Spear and Ceilidh Peden-Spear, of Jericho Center; two great- grandchildren, Madelyne Albrycht and Eva Leopold; dear childhood friends, Audrey Brown and Shirley Carter, of Worcester; and several cousins, nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Gail Boucher of Worcester, Mass.; first husband, the Rev. James Peden; and second husband, Laurence Howe. The family extends a special thank you to the many friends and family who visited Dot at home and at the Burlington Health and Rehab. They would also like to thank the staff at the Rehab for their support during her stay there. The family especially thanks her companions, Donna, Caroline, Victoria and Mary Kate, who provided her company when her family couldn’t always be with her in the last months of her life. A family and friends celebration of Dot’s life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, 12 p.m., at the Whitney Hill Homestead (Community Room), Williston. Parking is available on the hill and in the cul de sac. Arrangements are in the care of the Cremation Society of Chittenden Country, a division of the Ready Family, Burlington. To send condolences, please visit www. cremationsocietycc.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to HomeShare Vermont at www.home sharevermont.org/ donate-2/.

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Letter to the Editor

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Dog options survey
There is a survey circulating to explore a variety of recreation options for dogs and their owners to exercise canine friends off-leash without disturbing others. Possible options to consider include specific off-leash hours, certain paths, a dog park. Please add your voice by going to http://goo.gl/forms/v0OplAL2cG
As society migrates to stricter leash laws, we must keep in mind that dogs are not designed to be sedentary. Lying around and going for a walk just a couple times a day is neither healthy nor fun for most dogs, especially young dogs and high-energy dogs. A small dog can run around the house to exercise, but what about the larger dogs? I personally would like to see options for canine exercise beyond walking. Dogs get the opportunity to be dogs off-leash. They can be more natural and comfortable socializing with other dogs… exploring and playing. Retrievers get joy from retrieving. Dog training is augmented outdoors. I understand and appreciate that there are people who need/want to walk feeling safe that a dog won’t knock them over, but I also understand and appreciate responsible dog owners that want to continue walking/running/playing with their dog off-leash. I think designated hours for allowing dogs off-leash is the win-win situation. A dog park is expensive to create and maintain, but another good option to consider. I encourage exploring options in consideration of all.
— Sharon Gutwin
Williston