A crostata, also called a galette, or even just a tart, is one of my favorite ways to use fresh summer fruit. With a crunchy, rustic crust, one could call it a lazy version of a pie. But that’s a perspective I’m fine with after picking and pitting more than a dozen pounds of cherries from a …

Everybody has their own preferences for summer reading. A traditional beach read is often a romance and not too complicated (even a book-sale Harlequin works … in a brown wrapper or hollowed out Tolstoy if you care what people think) but that doesn’t mean it has to be aimed at the lowest com…

Imagine as you are going about your evening the sky is suddenly filled with bright flashes and loud noises. The Earth seems to actually tremble, and you feel the walls of your house vibrating. You thought this was a safe place, but the world seems to be exploding around you. Your owners are …

It’s that time of year when the lush green of the outdoors calls to us to commune with nature for the short window of time we call summer. It might be my favorite season in Vermont, but it comes at a cost: the ever-increasing presence of ticks.

There are so many specialty and niche chocolate bars available these days. Most of them are pretty good too, with creative flavor combinations and unique textures. I’m not sure we have ever had this many choices for chocolate. Most of these bars are made by smaller producers that use just a …

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I was going to write a Fathers Day column ahead of the date, but I was afraid it might read something like a gifts column, and books often make lousy gifts. (Unlike gift certificates from bookstores, which are excellent choices for any occasion).

There is one topic that is near and not dear to my heart — Lyme disease. Not only are more and more dogs affected, but more and more people are as well. Lyme disease causes joint issues, kidney failure, heart disease and neurologic disease in dogs. I’ll go over the main things to know about …

There are hundreds of cookbooks in the collection at Rutland Free Library, so when someone wants “a cookbook,” the first job is to narrow down the list … vegetarian, grilling, baking, by Vermont authors, Italian / Greek / French, regional American, etc., etc.

When I think back to moments in my past that changed the course of my life, one memory stands out in particular. As a college student, I ended up with a fellowship in an organization that linked community gardens to food banks, to make sure excess food was gleaned and given to those in need.…

People often say to me that the hardest part about my job must be putting pets to sleep. Full disclosure, this is actually not the hardest part. Make no mistake, I love my patients, and having to let them go does break my heart. But I also think that having the ability to release our pets fr…

Go away. After seven years in Vermont, this was the spring that finally caused me to break down and buy myself a pair of muck boots. Shortly after, during a brief reprieve from the rain, I splattered through my swamp of a yard to see if I’d be able to plant the garden or just have to settle …

So, it may not be raining the minute, or even day, that you are reading this. But, judging from the past few weeks, it will again very, very soon. We are suffering the effects of rain here big time.

It’s 2 a.m. and you hear your cat throw up. No big deal, right? How about throwing up 10 times? What if they are screaming in the litter box? What if they are limping. It can be hard to tell when an emergency is a real emergency and when it can wait until the next morning.

Spring is finally here, with warm, sunny days and plants greening up all around us. I love seeing our perennial herbs coming back to life in the gardens. Our chives seem to have grown a couple inches on one sunny day recently, shooting up towards the sky full of life and vitality.

As the grass turns green and a hundred dog poops appear on the lawn from melted snow, we finally welcome spring in all its glory. This brings me to some common questions from readers and clients.

Spring is a rainy season. Seattle is a rainy city. Combine the two and you might expect a washout. Yet, Seattle just experienced its driest March in 75 years. It may be a fluke, or perhaps climate change will make the Emerald City a fine spring getaway for us Vermonters, where winter continu…

Easter is a great time to welcome spring, regardless of your religious views. We are welcoming new grass, buds on trees, flowers peeking up from the ground. We also welcome many things in our house. Most of these are great for us (candy, flowers, delicious food) but not all of them are great…

Ancient healing techniques are becoming more commonplace in our country as people recognize the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach to health. One of these is Ayurveda, which is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. Ayurveda, which means “The Science of Life” in …

With the spring equinox just past, may I have a moment of your time? Time is many things … the unchangeable march of seconds, minutes, hours; the fourth dimension of space/time; an elastic concept to be played with (or even just arbitrarily moved forward or backward an hour here and there). …

Two of my favorite things to talk about are pet fitness and tick prevention. This is clear to anyone who reads my articles, since you’re probably sick of hearing about both. BUT, the reason I go on and on about them is that they are so important to pet health, and I love healthy pets. So, we…

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