Spring Beckons in Vermont

Spring Beckons in Vermont

Today proved bright and sunny and just begged for a bit of a drive. There’s a hundred roads that crisscross their way through the nooks and crannies of Vermont’s smooth domes and craggy hills, and each one opens up a new vista like a brightly-wrapped...

Scalzi: On Coffee

Not so long ago I’d written here of John Scalzi’s (then) latest opus — You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffeeshop: Scalzi on Writing — and in so doing pined for a copy of mine very own. (Not to worry, I managed...

Coffee, Caffeine, Nutrition and Health, Redux

A couple years ago I’d had it up to here with the constant stream of pseudo-scientific disinformation coming out of the camp of one or another self-proclaimed “nutritionist” who had clearly made it a cause célèbre to give coffee a bad rap. And so I...
Maple Sugaring Time in Vermont

Maple Sugaring Time in Vermont

Maple sugaring is a tradition that has flourished at the Isham family farm for five generations. It’s on the verge of a sixth generation — Mike Isham’s daughter Jennifer may well prove to be the first iPod-wearing sugarer in Vermont — provided...
The Coffee Faucet.

The Coffee Faucet.

You remember, don’t you, that the coffee in your cup is 98% water, right? That thought was front and center here at Chez Cadmus on the Commons when we recently completed a minor kitchen do-over. The result: the lovely coffee faucet you see pictured here. Okay,...
You, Too, Can Be a Coffee Snob

You, Too, Can Be a Coffee Snob

Sunday brunch was the first casualty. Whether it was a skillet of hash and eggs at the corner diner or something poached and sauced at that little artisanal bakery spot — you know, the one with the brioche and those itty-bitty tarts? — the requisite cuppa...
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