What is Electric Energy, Actually?

By Ken Wells

What in the world is electricity? What’s the difference between “energy” and “power”? These things are real, but immaterial. They have no weight and don’t seem to be made of “stuff,” as other things always do. When anything in the universe changes, “energy” is always absorbed or released. The universe’s total amount of energy is […]

Neighbors Share Favorite Recipes – Tarte Tatin

A birthday visit to a neighbor results in a new recipe

By Ken Wells

My wife and I stopped by our neighbor’s house to wish her a happy birthday. Our timing was perfect – her French husband had baked a wonderful birthday creation for her, and we arrived at that moment when it was judged cool enough to eat!  A big pot of coffee was put on (French roast, […]

Total Solar Eclipse Causes a Stir in New England

Area experienced a rare total eclipse in April.

By Ken Wells

There can hardly be a person in New Hampshire who was unaware of the total solar eclipse that occurred on the afternoon of Monday, April 8, 2024! The sky dimmed, the temperature dropped, birds flew to take shelter, and millions of humans donned goofy glasses to stare skyward. Most folks today know that an eclipse […]

Neighbors Share Favorite Recipes — Coconut Layer Cake

The perfect cake for a spring dessert

By Lorna Carlisle
Neighbors Share Favorite Recipes — Coconut Layer Cake

COCONUT LAYER CAKE Bake at 350, approximately 45 minutes (rotate at 30 minutes). 2 ¾ cup flour ½ tsp salt 1 tsp. baking powder 1 ¾ cup sugar ½ tsp. baking soda 1 cup butter 4 large eggs, separated 1 cup buttermilk 1 tsp. vanilla                     […]

Area Cooks Share Recipes: Choucroute (Sauerkraut)

Famous throughout France and Germany

By Mario Ratzki
Area Cooks Share Recipes: Choucroute (Sauerkraut)

I grew up in the Northeast of France, where winters are cold and snowy. This recipe is famous throughout France and Germany. It’s called Choucroute in France, Sauerkraut in Germany. When I make it for my family, I add a second jar of kraut. Ingredients: 2 lbs. baby back pork ribs (ours are from Huntoon […]

Area Cooks Share Recipes:  Linzer Cookies

The perfect blend of taste and color

By Lorna Carlisle
Area Cooks Share Recipes:  Linzer Cookies

Cardamom Cream Cheese Linzer Cookies (from King Arthur Baking Co. ) Dough: ½ cup (92 g.) vegetable shortening 8 Tbsp. (113 g.) unsalted butter, softened 1 ½ cups (298 g.) sugar 4 oz. (113 g.) cream cheese, softened 1 large egg 1 tsp. vanilla extract ½ tsp. ground ginger ½ to 1 tsp. ground cardamom […]

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