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Published November 25, 2008 at 8:18 p.m.

Vermont’s mobile poultry processing van, which has yet to start rolling, will “soon be available . . . across the state,” trumpets a recent ag agency press release.

With a crew of two, the 36-foot-long “slaughter unit” should be able to engineer the demise of 200 chickens and 50 turkeys per day. All fowl that kick the proverbial bucket there will be considered state inspected, and won’t count toward the 1000 uninspected birds that farmers can sell each year.

Last week, a planned demonstration of the unit’s capabilities went awry when Governor Jim Douglas unexpectedly pardoned the demo turkey. According to the release, he “took pity on Wishbone who was being held for the capital offenses of theft of grain and indecent exposure of snood and wattle.”

Guess he was trying to avoid pulling a Palin.


When The New York Times travel section published a piece on Burlington in its “36 Hours in . . .” series, many local eaters, including yours truly, took notice of their omissions. But the staff of The Vermont Cynic took their critique a step further: They created their own version.

Dubbed “The Real 36 Hours in Burlington,” Julia Wejchert’s piece includes nods to a handful of hunger-sating hot spots, including City Market, Kountry Kart Deli, Dobrá Tea and Radio Bean.

For pancakes and eggs Benny, Wejchert agrees with the NYT’s Katie Zezima on Magnolia Bistro, listing Penny Cluse — which was notably absent from the Times’ write-up — as the runner-up. She also gives a shout-out to The Skinny Pancake.

The Cynic’s best stab at insider eating advice: mentioning the eclectic fare offered at Four Corners of the Earth sandwich shop on Pine Street.


Looks like Middlebury Prof John Elder has earned some shiny red apples — local ones, of course. Elder, who teaches a course called “Fast Food/Slow Food” and specializes in studying the terroir of maple syrup, was recently named “Vermont Professor of the Year” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.


Each winter, book hounds wait with glee for their favorite media outlets to announce the year’s Top 10 lists. Last Wednesday, NPR’s included a Vermont tome. Regular contributor T. Susan Chang, also of The Boston Globe, chose to honor A Master Class: Sensational Recipes from the Chefs of New England Culinary Institute, edited by local author Ellen Michaud and published by the University Press of New England.

The 292-page volume includes New England fare with extra flair: Think “Vermont Apple, Cob-Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Frittata” and a cheesy bread-pudding with “Apple Butter and Dark Beer Caramel Sauce.”


Last year, Calais author Rowan Jacobsen won a raft of awards and Top 10 spots for A Geography of Oysters. This fall, it’s looking like the perfect (non-perishable) present for those who like slurping down slippery shellfish.

Stockings can now be stuffed with an updated paperback edition that appeared in mid-September and, according to Jacobsen’s website, boasts: “More oysters! More oyster bars and festivals! More weird oyster trivia!”