Farm to table restaurants...fall festivals...a distillery...cooking classes...who knew that second least-populated state in the US was such a tasty place?
Our first restaurant meal was at the Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock, VT. The food and drink is fresh, local, creative and worth the trip. My "caprese" salad above was definitely a re-interpretation (the orange pieces are butternut squash), but what flavor! The poutine, with chunks of crispy pork and shreds of Vermont cheddar, was hoovered down by our group. I've love to give you a recipe from the Worthy Kitchen, but a big part of what they do is create dishes based on locally available ingredients, so even if I did have recipes, I don't think they would taste the same. For those travelling near Woodstock, the Worthy Kitchen website is here.
I also met Tom, who spent a year perfecting his tomatillo salsa. The brilliant thing about Tom's salsa is that the flavors hit you in waves as you eat it - sweet, smokey, spicy and then the afterburn. There are three heat levels including a truly mild "mild" and a semi-blistering "hot". Instead of opening a jar of Tostitos salsa for a party, why not an upgrade? Tom's website is here, and he has a couple of good-looking recipes as well. If you grill some fresh swordfish, a bit of salsa verde on the side is fabulous.
At my last stop, I ran into a laconic grandpa selling pure maple butter. He offered popsicle sticks for generous tastes, and after clearing my stick of every sugary drop, I asked him what you could do with it besides eating it from the jar. His five word reply conveyed that you could put it on ice cream, but really why dilute the experience? Grandpa doesn't have a website, but it you've like to beg him to sell you some maple butter, his phone number is 802-457-2762.
Enjoy your weekend!