A luscious lemon tart is perfect after a rich holiday meal. This one is quite tart, but you can add more sugar if you’ve a sweet tooth.

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Zesty lemon tart is a family favorite

I grew up in a family of lemon lovers - the more tart, the better. After a heavy holiday meal, a little slice of a zesty lemon tart is a perfect finish.

One of my mother's favorite tarts to make was her sister's lemon tart, only Mom always topped her version with meringue, probably because my aunt never did so with hers, and they were a bit competitive in the kitchen.

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Simple, sensational sides

Save sanity with these holiday recipes

No matter the feast, we love a variety of side dishes, and sometimes they even upstage the main event. But we want things simple as well as tasty, and having a few tricks up our sleeves at this busy time of year will definitely reduce the stress factor. Whenever...

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What holiday tradition or a fond memory brings you comfort, solace, or hope?

In what for many is an exceptionally difficult year, we asked Commons readers on Facebook to share enduring memories of holiday moments that permanently resonate. * * * Robin Rieske: We always got to open one special gift the night before Christmas that my mom would pick out. And...

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The Putney Craft Tour at 45: A look back, a look ahead

The 45th annual Putney Craft Tour features glass blowers, potters, jewelers, woodworkers, painters, and artisan cheese and wine makers in their studios. "Every year, the tour draws arts lovers, shoppers and the curious," Ken Pick, one of the founders of the tour, said in a news release. This year, there are 21 working studios open to visitors on tour, which takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Nov. 26. The Putney Craft Tour began in...

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Stephen Procter Studios hosts open house and holiday sale

Stephen Procter Studios hosts an open house and holiday sale Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25, at The Cotton Mill, 76 Cotton Mill Hill. The studio will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Artists Beth Armour and Bruce Campbell will show their sculptural work alongside Procter's ceramic vessels. Procter is best known for his human-scale clay vessels. "The bare clay he favors evokes antiquity and the earthiness of stone," reports a news release. "His signature scale...

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Holiday doings around the area

Learn to make holiday huts and gingerbread houses at Co-op BRATTLEBORO - The Brattleboro Food Co-op offers free classes at its Community Room, 7 Canal St., for creating all kinds of edible homes. It is open to all ages and abilities. Tierra Farms has donated dried fruits and seeds for students to use, and inspiring books and photos will be on hand so students can make yurts, round homes, and gingerbread houses. Everything will be held together with tempered chocolate...

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Wardsboro Curtain Call presents ‘Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus’

Wardsboro Curtain Call cordially invites everyone to attend their performance as they re-tell the heartwarming story about Virginia, her family and neighbors, the difficulties of an immigrant family struggling to live and work in New York City at the end of the 1800s, and the bountiful joys of the Christmas season. The letter to The Sun newspaper that eight-year-old Virginia wrote at the urging of her father in New York City and the editorial response written by Francis Pharcellus Church...

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A local Vermont holiday feast is at your fingertips

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets and the Vermont Fresh Network (VFN) once again encourage those planning holiday dinners to remember that Vermont's local farms are ready to help. Ingredients from the turkey to the stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, pies, and local beverages and spirits can be found at a farm, farmers market, or local grocery. "Buying a Vermont turkey supports our rural communities. We are grateful for our farmers for their commitment to producing fresh food...

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