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I love quotes that add meaning to my life. Here are a few to live by:

Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
—The Dalai Lama

Rhubarb is a metaphor for finding happiness in your own backyard.
—Garrison Keillor

Buy your snacks from a farmers’ market.
—Michael Pollan

Even when he had a garden in Paris, Thomas Jefferson cultivated Indian corn, “to eat green in our manner, …as quickly after it left the stalk as possible.
—Evan Jones, from American Food

Wild and Untamed

Say it out loud, “The Northeast Kingdom.”  It sounds wild and untamed.  The Kingdom is a year-round outdoor mecca, with mountain biking, hiking, leaf-peeping, and skiing.  For an interesting perspective on what, if anything, makes NEK different from the rest of Vermont, check out this VPR clip.

I recently made NEK my destination to mountain bike the world renowned Kingdom Trails.  Just under two hours from Burlington, the drive rewards you with expansive views of rolling hills and picturesque farmland.  Akin to a sunset or the ocean, the visual effect is only fully appreciated in person – it is impossible to take a photo that effectively captures the essence of the place.

For my most recent adventure, after a long day of hammering the trails, I treated myself to dinner at Juniper’s Restaurant at the Wildflower Inn. From reading the reviews, I got the impression that Juniper’s is a refined establishment, so I called beforehand to make sure it was OK that I show up trail-weathered.  I didn’t realize how weathered I was until I caught sight of my mud-splattered reflection in the bathroom mirror…but I’m sure they’ve seen worse! The Inn is located right on the trail system.

I started my meal with an AH-MAZING brussels sprouts salad.  The preparation was so well done, it would change the heart of even the most staunch brussels sprouts critic: thinly sliced and cooked until crispy, then tossed with pine nuts, cranberries, and blue cheese.  YUM!  For dinner, I ordered pan-seared scallops, which were tasty, but nothing to write home about.  They were served with garlic mashed potatoes and fiddleheads, which were the stars of the entree.

But really, the best thing about Juniper’s, is their location.  Seated atop one of the many hilly undulations, their back patio features a spectacular west-facing view, perfect for watching the sun go down while digesting a tasty meal after a day of adventuring.  I have no intention of turning this into a travel ad, but if you are looking for a getaway, this is an excellent escape.

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

Posted: 6-3-2018

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Say it out loud, "The Northeast Kingdom."  It sounds wild and untamed.  The Kingdom is a year-round outdoor mecca, with mountain biking, hiking, leaf-peeping, and skiing.  For an interesting perspective on what, if anything, makes NEK different from the rest of Vermont, check out this VPR clip.



I recently made NEK my destination to mountain bike the world renowned Kingdom Trails.  Just under two hours from Burlington, the drive rewards you with expansive views of rolling hills and picturesque farmland.  Akin to a sunset or the ocean, the visual effect is only fully appreciated in person - it is impossible to take a photo that effectively captures the essence of the place.



For my most recent adventure, after a long day of hammering the trails, I treated myself to dinner at Juniper's Restaurant at the Wildflower Inn. From reading the reviews, I got the impression that Juniper's is a refined establishment, so I called beforehand to make sure it was OK that I show up trail-weathered.  I didn't realize how weathered I was until I caught sight of my mud-splattered reflection in the bathroom mirror...but I'm sure they've seen worse! The Inn is located right on the trail system.



I started my meal with an AH-MAZING brussels sprouts salad.  The preparation was so well done, it would change the heart of even the most staunch brussels sprouts critic: thinly sliced and cooked until crispy, then tossed with pine nuts, cranberries, and blue cheese.  YUM!  For dinner, I ordered pan-seared scallops, which were tasty, but nothing to write home about.  They were served with garlic mashed potatoes and fiddleheads, which were the stars of the entree.



But really, the best thing about Juniper's, is their location.  Seated atop one of the many hilly undulations, their back patio features a spectacular west-facing view, perfect for watching the sun go down while digesting a tasty meal after a day of adventuring.  I have no intention of turning this into a travel ad, but if you are looking for a getaway, this is an excellent escape.

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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2 responses to “Wild and Untamed”

  1. Kellie Kutkey says:

    I want to know how the fiddleheads were!
    I think we’re too late to harvest them in the PNW, also too late for harvesting nettles, but ONE DAY!

    • Bronwyn says:

      Fiddleheads are kind of like asparagus…but less woody on the outside and maybe slightly nuttier in flavor.

      It’s a little late here, as well, so I’m not sure just where they got these…but they were tasty nonetheless!

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