October 28, 2016

Recipe Corner:Party appetizers & punch

Here are some recipes for graduation parties, Father’s Day and gatherings in the coming weeks to celebrate milestones in the lives of young people and gratitude for Dads in everyone’s lives.


Spinach, bean, sausage dip

1 sweet onion, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

1/2 to 1 pound spicy sausage

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1/2 cup white wine

1 eight-ounce package cream cheese

1 six-ounce package fresh baby spinach

pinch of salt and pepper

1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

In skillet brown and cook sausage, onion, pepper. Stir in garlic, thyme and white wine. Cook until wine is absorbed. Stir in cream cheese and spinach. Cook until mixture is smooth. Add salt and pepper and pinto beans. Pour mixture into a 9 x 9 baking dish. Sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Serve with scoop chips.


Tomato & feta appetizer

1/2 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

2 pounds cherry tomatoes, halved

4 ounces crumbled feta cheese

1/2 cup fresh basil, cut in strips

1 loaf crusty French bread

Mix olive oil and garlic and let stand 30 minutes. Put tomatoes in a shallow baking dish. Pour oil mix over tomatoes and toss lightly. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes in 400-degree oven. Sprinkle with cheese and basil, stirring gently. Serve warm with bread slices. Save this recipe for when tomatoes and basil are ready in the garden.


Hawaiian punch bowl

1 6-ounce can each frozen orange juice and frozen lemonade

1 can pineapple juice (46 ounces)

1 quart cherry soda

1 quart club soda

Mix frozen orange and lemonade in punch bowl using half the amount of water for each. Add rest of ingredients and serve cold with ice.

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



  1. Mary Martin says:

    I would like to explain the charges of unlawful restraint because it sounds really awful. No we didn’t hold anyone hostage. We were simply standing in front of some VT Gas/Michel’s trucks. They were in no way restrained. When the men decided to leave, they simply backed up and took off. The police have been hired by VT Gas and they sure do have a way of turning a phrase.

    Mr. Recchia refers to this action as a “last-ditch” attempt to scuttle the pipeline. Wrong again! This was far from our last attempt to bring sanity and reason to our state officials who refuse to listen or help.

    Nate Palmer and Kari Cuneo and their families are not the only land owners who have fought this immoral taking of their land. So many folks have lost that fight for lack of time and money. It’s quite intimidating to go before the Public Service Board and their team of lawyers, to sit down at a table filled with VT Gas attorneys and not have anyone to watch your back and advise you.

    When people are up against the wall, they fight back any way they can. Peaceful protests not only express our frustration but they help bring attention to what is happening to our friends and neighbors..

    So Mr. Recchia, we are not done!

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