The must-do list when visiting New Hampshire

If you are in the area of the Monadnock Region in New Hampshire, you should definitely plan a visit to Walpole, especially if is in the fall. You can enjoy the colorful New England autumn season there and visit some of the local attractions and events as well.

Here are some of the reasons to plan a visit to Walpole, New Hampshire this fall:

  • The colorful foliage. You will be stunned by the natural beauty of the trees and bushes in the region. You can drive around the area or enjoy long walks and admire the amazing colors of the yellow, red, gold and orange leaves surrounding you.
  • Eat and enjoy the local apples. There are farms which grow and offer over 100 types of local apples in an around Walpole. You can even go and pick them yourself at one of the apple farms, such as Alyson’s Orchard. There you can also enjoy a traditional wagon ride around the orchard, as well as apple wine and apple cider tastings, and buy as many apples and apple-related products as you wish from the farm stand.
  • Go to the local art tours, festivals and fall fairs. There are a number of very interesting events which take place in Southwestern New Hampshire in the autumn. Some of the events to pick from include: Langdon’s Fall festival, the Stonewall Farm’s Ultimate harvest challenge, Burdick’s Chocolate Oktoberfest, Hillsborough’s Schnitzelfest, the Winchester pickle festival, Jaffrey’s Scarecrow Festival, Keen NH’s Pumpkin Festival, the Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour, Walpole Fall Arts Festival, Feast on This Film Festival, Harvest Suppers and many more fun and attractive events planned out for the fall in the area.

  • Watch the harvesting and buy loads of freshly harvested produce straight from the farmers. There are many local producers of fresh food in Walpole, so you can find fresh and organic meat of all kinds as well as all kinds of veggies and fruits, plus the famous local chocolate, ice cream, cheese, milk, maple syrup and honey. You will find Walpole’s local production irresistible, so get ready to fill those baskets when you visit us this fall.
  • Do some hiking. Enjoy some hiking to the famous Mt.Monadnock. There are many hiking trails which you can explore in the area. You can also enjoy a hike to Pisgah State Park which is the largest and wildest state park in New Hampshire, or walk around Pitcher Mountain, go hawk watching in Putney Mountain or just about anywhere in Walpole, which is one of the quaintest villages in New England, especially during the fall.
  • Go foraging. There is an abundance of clean, safe and edible mushrooms all around the area, so you can go do some foraging and pick your own mushrooms. If you are not sure about which mushrooms to pick you can always ask a local forager for some instructions or for a guided tour.
  • Visit the covered bridges of Monadnock. There are many of those in the area, including the longest covered bridge in the US. Enjoy those by driving around and you will be amazed by the number of these unique bridges you will find here.

So, these are just some of the local attractions and activities which will make your visit to Walpole and the Monadnock Region in the fall a one-of-a-kind experience!

The history of Wiener Schnitzels and why we love a good Schnitzelfest so much

If you are a fan of the traditional Wiener Schnitzel and never miss an opportunity to attend one of the many Schnitzelfests organized not only in Austria but in many other countries around the world, you may want to know some more about the origins and the history of this famous and delicious dish.

A Wiener schnitzel is a 3-6 ounce thin slice of veal covered with crumble which is fried and can be served with a lemon slice or with potato salad, French fries, buttered boiled potatoes or with jam.

The name means a schnitzel originating from the capital of Austria – Vienna. In fact, the term “Wiener Schnitzel” is trademarked and protected by Austrian laws which require that a dish can be called “schnitzel” only if it is made of veal.

There are some disagreements about where this amazing dish actually originated between Austrian and Italian culinary experts and historians. According to the historical data, two separate branches of the royal Hapsburg family are claiming to be the originators of the schnitzel, or its Italian counterpart – the Cotoletta Milanese. The Italian side is adamant that the dish was first served as part of the menu for a banquet held back in 1134 at the St.Ambrigio Cathedral in Milan.

The Cotoletta Alla Milanese is a very similar dish made of pounded thin veal which is breaded and commonly served with lemon. The main difference is that it usually is boned, while the Austrian Wiener Schnitzel is boneless.

Other historians and culinary enthusiast claim that the famous dish was actually first introduced by the ancient Romans who according to the historical data found were the first to start tenderizing meat by pounding it and also the first to roll it in breading and fry it. This data can be found in the oldest existing cookbook written by Apicus dated from the 1st century.

After that, it is suggested that the Romans brought the dish to the Germanic countries and historical data shows that veal became a very popular meat in Northern Italy and on the territory of modern Austria in the middle ages.

The actual term “Wiener Schnitzel” was first introduced in 1862 by a famous general from Austria who had spent a lot of time in Milan, Italy.

As you can see to the right it had a bone in it and the Austrian version is boneless.

Even though the law requires that a schnitzel can be called a schnitzel only if it is made of veal, other alternative dishes also known as schnitzel are made from thin and pounded pork, beef or chicken as well.

Traditionally, in Austria a “real” schnitzel not only needs to be breaded and fried perfectly, but the waiter who brings it to your table should be properly adorned with a tux and tails.

If you want to make your own schnitzel at home, there are many books as well as online recipes, videos and other resources which will help you cook this famous dish by yourself, so next time you can organize your own private Schnitzelfest at home and wow your family and guests!