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Where in the Hudson Valley…?

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After a brief hiatus (hey, even contests need time off for the holidays), our monthly “Where in the Valley” quiz has resurfaced — literally! This time, we ask you to pinpoint the location of a mounted missile which was used to scour the seas for enemy submarines during World War II. Catch the backstory behind this tributary torpedo here — and if you think you know where it has landed, submit your answer for a prize. Good luck!

We’re going to need a bigger bowl

I was delighted to find the article from your June 2010 issue about Father’s Day (“Hops For Your Pops”); the brownie recipe from Keegan Ales is quite tempting. After assembling all of the ingredients, I set out for “Joe Mama’s Milk” — only to discover that it is only available in kegs. I will use “Mother’s Milk,” but I really wanted to use “Joe Mama.” Perhaps you can explain how to purchase a small quantity? I certainly don’t need a keg for a batch of brownies!
Barbara Lane
New Paltz, via

Good news, brew appreciators: A quick call to Keegan Ales owner, Tommy Keegan, reveals that you can purchase Joe Mama’s Milk in smaller, baker-friendly quantities. “Stop by the brewery and we’ll fill half-gallon jugs right from the tap,” Keegan says — although he advises cooks to call for availability first (845-331-BREW). Kegs are actually not currently available to the public (but we’ll be glad to take any extra brownies off your hands). For the recipe, visit

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Unapologetically Late Results of an Impromptu Facebook Poll:

@HudsonValleyMagazine: Snowpocalypse 2! How are you spending your snowy December 26?
Susan H.: “Putting Christmas decorations away!”
Erik M.: “[Making] eggnog cappuccino, chai latte, paninis, and other fun stuff for the frozen folks.”
Julie C.: “Figuring out my new iPod Touch :).”
Fay C.: “Shoveling out…”
Judy D.: “Just made split pea and ham soup, after shoveling.”

Fun Facebook Fact:

During the week of December 20-24, 5.7% of Hudson Valley’s daily active Facebook fans were talking about the lunar eclipse; other conversations compared Woodstock, Vermont with Woodstock, New York; weighed in on a local kid’s blog dedicated to public restrooms; and critiqued how well HV staffers dressed (apparently, we’re pretty chic).

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