I turned my back, and Autumn slipped right in the back door after a hot, humid day of short sleeves and sandals. But as the seasons turn, we look forward to all that the fall has to offer in Vermont, and that is a lot.
Vermont Autumn. Chilly weather, yes, but that means birch wood burning in the fireplace, and mulled cider at the side. Foliage festivals and apple festivals, scarecrows and pumpkins. Big piles of leaves to rake, and jump into. Halloween. Thanksgiving. Family and friends and food. I’ve started cutting back perennials and planting spring bulbs, always looking ahead.
The menu changes from peaches to spiced pears, frosty glasses of iced tea to steaming pots of hot Earl Grey, and sweet corn moves to the side allowing room for turnips, potatoes, and squashes. We think soup, and pies, and comfort food, food that will warm you up, and food that there is plenty of to share.
One of the favorites at Readmore is an apple-stuffed French toast that is not overly sweet, and if the mulled cider makes its way from the tea table to the breakfast table, no one has been known to complain. We serve homemade applesauce, apple fritters, apple muffins, and apple pie. Pumpkin mousse, pumpkin tarts, pumpkin soup, and pumpkin quiche!
There are still fall berries, and a little corn left, but soon the frost will give us a wake up, trees will start to drop their leaves, and we’ll settle into the new season.
The month of November still has lots to offer in the area, even when the leaves have mostly fallen to the side.
We natives turn to some of our regular events: the annual Empty Bowl Dinner and Auction which helps to support our local food pantry and kitchen. Join us! We’ll even give you a break.
Thanksgiving weekend in Vermont is a ritual of the locals, our special holiday shopping day that has nothing to do with mega stores. For decades the arts and crafts tours held throughout the area on Thanksgiving weekend offer tours and demonstrations of artists and craftspersons so you can make your own holiday magical.
And, we always have lots of music events, as well.
Zoe Muth Concert: This year, we plan a concert with Zoe Muth right here at Readmore. Book that Sunday, Nov. 30, and you’ll get to see Readmore transformed into a music hall! We move the furniture, roll up the rugs, set up a mic and chairs, and sit back and enjoy the music. AND, you get your ticket to the concert! To sample her music, go to zoemuth.com
For more information about Zoe’s music, please visit her website HERE
* Empty Bowl Project. On Sunday, Nov. 2, our local food pantry Our Place Drop In Center hosts its annual Empty Bowl Dinner and Auction. For more information on this important project, please go to the website: http://www.emptybowls.net
Local artists donate their pottery for the event, and local restaurants and inns contribute the soup for the amazing supper. Your ticket gets you the bowl as well as dinner and the auction.
Readmore guests get 20% off their room rate for this evening’s stay if they attend the event. Please let us know if you would like us to get tickets for you.
Local Arts and Crafts Tours Thanksgiving Weekend
We’ll have maps!
Twelfth Annual Walpole Artisans Tour November 29, 30
See artisans creating their art under one roof! Their gift shop will be open at 52 Main Street in Walpole, NH. The artisans will be demonstrating at Chris Sherwin’s studio located just across the river at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, VT.
Putney Crafts Tour November 28, 29. 30
The artisans of the 35th annual Putney Craft Tour invite you to visit their studios and see firsthand where they create unique objects and fine art and to explore a wonderful part of southeastern Vermont. With 26 studios, there is ample opportunity to spend just a couple of hours or a couple of days exploring our beautiful countryside of rolling hills and meandering roads all colored in the muted tapestry of the late Fall. Each studio offers the visitor a reflection of the personality of its artist and the work created inside. Many of them offer demonstrations and all of us are happy to talk about their work and the process of its creation.
Dorothy’s Mulled Cider
And now, the cider I’ve been talking about, or, at least how I made it one day…
In MY book, anything that uses a lot of spices defies a strict recipe. It just doesn’t happenhere in my kitchen. I use spices as the mood dictates, and I like to change it up just to experiment and keep it interesting.
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1 tsp. ground ginger
6 or 8 whole cloves
3 star anise
1 tbsp. dried orange peel
2 quarts fresh apple cider
In a large sauce pot, place the spices over medium heat and stir until you start to smell a lovely aroma of the spices. Add the orange peel and the cider, reduce the heat and simmer for at least 20 minutes. Set aside off the heat an let cool for a few minutes, then strain. If there is any left over, it is great reheated, or even as a chilled drink. If you want to fancy it up, add a cinnamon stick to each cup and serve.