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In Winsted, Learn The History And Moves of Medieval Combat

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Christopher Valli has been studying the German school of medieval combat for 13 years, to the point where he makes it look easy. He can deftly slice a longsword through the air, disarm an attacker who has a dagger and knock back an opponent using a poleaxe — all while explaining every move with a smile.

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Catch ’Em All in Your Town

Have you recently seen groups of people walking through town while staring at their phones? There’s a good chance they’re playing Pokémon Go, a popular new free-to-play mobile game that lets players search for monsters in the real world using their smartphones.

Turning a Chore Into Art

Country Life:

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Pursuing the Wild Dandelion Green

Food: Thomas E. Jensen

Attention wild food lovers, gardeners, gatherers,  May is the perfect time to harvest and eat local dandelion greens. Right now, right outside, they are tender and perfect, but not for long. Once they go to seed, they become more bitter and less attractive on the dinner plate. 

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Work and a Soaring Imagination

Gardening

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Putting Together A Kentucky Derby BBQ Party

Food

Whether or not you are a racing fan, it is easy to enjoy the first Saturday of May, a great time of year with the fresh spring air, warm days and cool nights, and the possibility of nice weather  for outdoor cooking. 

Time to host a Kentucky Derby barbecue party.

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Eggs for Any Time of Day

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How I Parted Ways With Julia

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love and admire Julia Child. She taught us to care about what we were cooking. Consequently, for years I would follow faithfully her every prompt: I bathed vegetables in icy water after a fast boil; I tied chickens and roasted them, basting every 15 minutes; I cooked omelettes speedily and boeuf Bourguignon at length. I even made croissants and larded a roast. Once each. So there was a time I would have heeded to the letter her instructions on preparing cauliflower, that cruciferous vegetable that is not green. 

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Kale: Still Odd, but Tasty

Food

You know kale is good for you. I see from online sources that it lowers cholesterol and the risk of certain cancers; it detoxifies; it antioxidizes; its glycemic index is low, and so are its calories. It also provides 1,180 percent of your daily need of vitamin K. And in a white pitcher it’s quite pretty.

So what. It tastes terrible and the texture is rough and leathery.

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An Asian Treat Two Ways

Food

That spread of Korean dishes at the Hunt Library last week got me hungry for a little Korean home cooking. Mine. Now, like a lot of food from Asia, Korean dishes take time to prep and almost no time to cook — you know, dicing, slicing, grating, mixing, then a minute or two in the wok. You’re done.

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