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 Sara Swanson

Recipe: Make Your Own Healthy Pop….Kombucha!

Most of us know that pop is bad for us… regular, diet… it doesn’t matter. So what do you do if you are addicted to sweet, caffeinated, carbonated drinks? Well, try kombucha! Don’t feel like paying $4 a bottle at Whole Foods? Make your own! Kombucha, is a fermented tea originating in China, making its […]

 Anne Marie Miller

Recipe: Twenty Year Pears

 Sara Swanson

Recipe: Making Sushi at Home

Thursday was my son’s 8th birthday. My son is a sushi fiend. If the choice is between sushi and dessert, he chooses sushi. If the choice is between sushi and a toy, he chooses sushi. Needless to say, what he asked for his birthday was a big plate of sushi. My whole family loves sushi […]

 Sara Swanson

March Gardening Advice for Manchester

Editor’s note: Manchester resident, Jennifer Fairfield, owns and operates the Garden Mill in Chelsea, serves on the Manchester Community Garden Committee and volunteers with the school gardens at Klager and the MECC. __________________________________________ by Jennifer Fairfield So what can we do in the garden this month?  Well, there probably won’t be too much we can do outside […]

 Marsha Chartrand

Recipe: Cheeseburger Soup

Who doesn’t love a cheeseburger? It doesn’t get any more all-American than that. However, it so happens that I prefer my cheeseburgers grilled outdoors in the summertime. A dilemma? Not really. Surprisingly, the flavor translates well to a soup, which better suits these cold winter evenings. This recipe is simple, satisfying, and definitely in the […]

 Marsha Chartrand

Recipe: Lemon and Garlic Roasted Chicken

Looking for an extra special meal to make for Valentine’s Day dinner last week, I found this one from Ina Garten of The Food Network. Although this recipe sounds a little complicated with all the ingredients, I found it was actually quite simple and the results were a deliciously juicy and different presentation for a […]

 Anne Marie Miller

Crisper-Clearing End-of-a-Long-Day Ramen

A friend said the other day that she was exhausted from a long day with her children and coming up against dinner time without a plan. She said she wished she could just whip up a package of $1 ramen, unpronounceable ingredients and all, throw it on the table, and call it dinner. This got […]

 Sara Swanson

Poetry: Hold Tight Until Spring

by Aaron Bushaw   I suppose that you would be jealous But I saw the sun today He told me to tell you he’s sorry But the weather drove him away   He’ll return as soon as he’s able When the trees and grass start to grow So hold tight until spring time And try to […]

 Sara Swanson

Recipes: Decadent Dishes from the Chocolate Potluck

While snow and wind kept some from attending the Chocolate Potluck on Saturday, there was still a good turnout and too many chocolate dishes to count. Here are recipes for 5 of the dishes present. Don’t worry if you missed it this year, the Ladies Society is planning one again next January! Dark Chocolate Orange […]

 Anne Marie Miller

Recipe: Ellie’s Deer

  “Ladies of the world try things.” This has been my persuasive dinnertime mantra for pretty much as long as our girl has been eating solids. This summer, she started saying it back to me. The first time, it was regarding a peach from the Manchester Farmers Market. That was a fortuitous start for the […]