Horns and Hooves

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November 2, 2019

A national icon

If ever there was an animal that deserved some recognition, it’s the bison. Since 2012, National Bison Day has been observed on the first Saturday of November to acknowledge the animal’s cultural, historical, and economic significance—as well as its remarkable comeback. Bison were once plentiful in America. Tens of millions strong in the 1800s, they roamed in great herds, helping to diversify and maintain the prairie habitat. They also played an important spiritual role in Native American cultures. Settlement of the American West caused habitat loss and that, combined with overhunting, nearly wiped out the species altogether, until ranchers, conservationists, and politicians teamed up to save them. In 1907, 15 bison from the Bronx Zoo were shipped to a wildlife refuge in Oklahoma to revive the population. Fast forward to today, and around 20,000 bison roam on public lands in the United States. In 2016, President Obama named the bison the National Mammal of the United States.

Under 24

About 41% of the global population are under the age of 24 and they’re angry: so says

Further, he says: There are more young people than ever before. About 41% of the global population of 7.7 billion is aged 24 or under. In Africa, 41% is under 15. In Asia and Latin America (where 65% of the world’s people live), it’s 25%. In developed countries, imbalances tilt the other way. While 16% of Europeans are under 15, about 18%, double the world average, are over 65.

How does that sit with you?

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Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Soup

Looking for a hearty winter soup? Look no further! This one is a cross between lasagna, chicken alfredo, and soup—and it’s . . . good.
6 servings
Prep Time:
0 hours 15 mins
Total Time:
0 hours 50 mins
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 medium onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. freshly chopped thyme
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
8 c. low-sodium chicken broth
1 lb. chicken breasts (about 3), cut into thirds
8 oz. lasagna noodles, broken into 2″ pieces
1/3 c. heavy cream
1 shredded mozzarella
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
4 c. loosely packed spinach
1 tbsp. chopped parsley, for serving

In a large stock pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and celery and cook until slightly softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Season with chili flakes if using, salt, and pepper.
Add butter and stir until melted. Stir in flour and cook until no longer raw, 2 to 3 minutes. Add broth and chicken and bring up to a simmer. Add noodles and cook until chicken is tender and noodles are cooked through,  12 to 14 minutes. Remove chicken and shred, then return to pot.
Add heavy cream, mozzarella, and Parmesan and stir until incorporated, then stir in spinach until wilted. Serve topped with more Parmesan and parsley.

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How Pretty is that!

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October 24, 2019
Bridge of Hillsborough County
The Hancock-Greenfield Bridge (aka County Bridge) has offered a picturesque passage over the Contoocook River in southern New Hampshire since 1937. It was built to replace another covered bridge that had been destroyed in a flood. But why even build a covered bridge? In a word, longevity. The roof and walls help protect the timber supports from rot. For comparison, an uncovered wooden bridge lasts an average of 20 years, while the covered variety can reach 100 years or more.

But even their durable reputation couldn’t withstand our drive toward faster travel—the train, the automobile, and the heavier loads that came with both. When iron and then steel replaced timber as the bridge-building material of choice, covered bridges gradually went the way of the horse and buggy that used to traverse them. Out of about 12,000 covered bridges that were built in the US, only 750 remain today, with a quarter of those in Pennsylvania.