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Day 37 - Montpelier, Vermont

Vermont is not only one of the most beautiful states in the union, but Vermont was the 14th state in the USA and it became a state on March 4, 1791. Ziggy got her hat out and put it on for all to see.

We visited the State Capitol and learned that Vermont is the first State to join the original thirteen colonies in the new Union. Its Constitution is the first such document to outlaw slavery, the first to prevent a person from being transported out of the state for a crime committed within, and the first to provide for a state university.

Ziggy and I toured the beautiful countryside by car. We came across the Rose Family and their roots have always been here in Vermont for hundreds of years.

We met up with Charlie Rose. He shared a picture of his grandfather with us and told us he made a living harvesting maple syrup.

We asked Charlie what food Vermont was known for and he told us Peach Cobbler was a favorite and that his Mom makes the best. So off went went up to his house to have some her cobbler.

Peach Cobbler is great anytime of year. Here's the recipe.

Vermont Peach Cobbler
Serves 4.

6 large peaches, cut into thin wedges
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon cornstarch
For biscuit topping
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 425°F.
Toss peaches with sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch in a 2-qt. nonreactive baking dish and bake in middle of oven 10 minutes.

Make topping while peaches bake:
Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.

Remove peaches from oven and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Bake in middle of oven until topping is golden, about 25 minutes. (Topping will spread as it bakes.)

Good eating to you.

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We're going to take a nice trip down by train to Providence, Rhode Island. What a great way to see the countryside. See ya tomorrow in Providence!

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