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What a Water-ful World

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Photos by Stephanie Lai, Words by Kiersten Utegg

Did you feel that?  I’m sure you did because it is an unmistakable, in your face, terrorizing addition to our daily lives that we all know will be here for the next 5-6 months.  Hello, cold.  

As the fall chill seeps into our bones and slowly morphs into winter’s blustery hell, begin to think of all the warm things you can use to counteract the inevitable cold.  Crackling fires, fuzzy socks, hats, scarves, sweaters, and hot beverages—they are all ready for some action.  As the temperature drops, I crave a hot cup of coffee in a nice mug, preferably one that I can cuddle up with on the couch while watching Gilmore Girls.  A warm cup of anything, really, seems to thaw the soul and ease the fingertips.  

In fact, a study in 2008 from Science proved that people with warm hands (warmed by hot mugs, for example) tend to be more generous toward others.   This is most likely due to the fact that we are programmed from birth to associate warmth with trustworthiness.  

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Pasta, Ravioli and Red Gravy. Oh

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Photos and Words by Samantha Levy

SOWA Open Market is an indoor winter Farmers Market in the South End where last weekend I discovered Valicenti Organico, a small local business owned and operated by Chefs David Valicenti and Michelle Splaine.  Together they produce fresh pasta, ravioli, sauces, breads, and much more using either ingredients they grow themselves or other locally grown ingredients. Valicenti Organico only makes their famous “Red Gravy” tomato basil sauce during the harvest season when the ingredients are at their peak quality. They collaborate with local farms and dairies to ensure freshness, which lends a sense of community to all of their products.

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