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The New Way to Use Rhubarb: In a Cocktail

Forget the pie: our new favorite way to use this spring veggie is in liquid form


How to Make Brown Rice Chia Seed Porridge

How to make brown rice chia seed porridge, courtesy of Rebecca Miller Ffrench’s cookbook, Whole Protein Vegetarian


Five Things You Need to Know When You Pick Asparagus

Helpful tips for harvesting this springtime veggie


Going Vegetarian? Here’s How to Eat Enough Protein (Without Sacrificing Taste)

A new cookbook offers creative ways to prepare protein-packed vegetarian meals


TickTime App Helps Families Check For Ticks

Two Cornwall dads invent an app that makes checking for ticks easy and fun


Craft Brew Boogaloo Returns to Saugerties for Second Year

Here’s all the hullabaloo about the Boogaloo


How to Make This Savory Spring Crostata

How to make a savory spring crostata with asparagus, courtesy of Rebecca Miller Ffrench’s Whole Protein Vegetarian cookbook


Two Beloved Valley Restaurants Close; Plus: This Month’s Upcoming Festivals

News and notes from the Valley’s dining scene in May 2016


Now Open for Business: PAKT Restaurant and Catering in Kingston

A new Kingston eatery combines a dash of Southern flair with health-conscious dishes


Out & About: Featured Events in May 2016

Take in an opera, enjoy local artwork, and celebrate mothers this month


Restaurant Spotlight: Pamela’s On the Hudson, Newburgh

Enjoy casual American fare at this Orange County waterfront eatery


How I Rescued My Lawn Mower From Our Pond Without Anyone Noticing

A local man recalls the day some simple yard work caused a splash


Letters to the Editor in May 2016

Read our letters to the editor, including our Where in the Hudson Valley “Groovy Giant” contest answer


Hudson Valley Breweries Win Big at TAP New York

Hunter Mountain’s annual beer celebration marked its 19th anniversary on April 23 and 24


Can You Identify This Balancing Rock?

A peculiar rock leaves Valleyites pondering


Wine and Food Festival of New Paltz Returns For Third Year

Enjoy wine and food tastings, demonstrations, and more from April 22-24


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Liz Stein

Laura Calhoon
Dover, NY

A Hudson Valley native, Laura Calhoon grew up in Poughkeepsie and earned her Bachelor's degree at SUNY New Paltz in May of 2007. Laura, who has worked for both Hudson Valley magazine and the Taconic Press in Millbrook, is now teaching at a nursery school in Brewster. She is thrilled write Behind the Valley Veil -- mostly because it gives her an outlet for all that wedding talk! Her hobbies include reading, drawing, singing opera (minus the viking hat), writing fiction, and performing with her band "What's in this Juice?" -- and, of course, hanging out with her wonderful fiancee, Tim. She currently resides in Dover -- not all too far away from her husband-to-be.



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