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Kick off football season with Meatball Sub on a Stick

Food

This Meatball Sub on a Stick recipe is a fun take on an old classic. It’s perfect as dinner, an appetizer, or as a Game Day snack. You can make this recipe your own by making mini meatballs from your own family recipe, or if you’re all about speed, stock up on store-bought frozen meatballs. […]

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Hiking through the sky, below it at Kinzua Bridge State Park

Outdoors

Be warned: if heights set your knees to knocking, this is one hike that will involve plenty of trembling. After all, they don’t call it the “skywalk” for nothing. The trail leading from the visitor center at Kinzua Creek State Park is innocent looking initially. It’s paved, surrounded by mowed grass, giddy with the high-pitched […]

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Ask the Gardener: Crape myrtles, growing garlic, fertilizer and more

Garden

Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. (The questions may be lightly edited for […]

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K9 program expanding at Game Commission

Outdoors

They are not new, not even here. Law enforcement officers have long used dogs – K9 companions – to help find evidence, track down criminals, recover lost people and more. That’s been true on and off at the Pennsylvania Game Commission, too. Rich Palmer is deputy executive director for field operations for the agency and […]

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Non-resident college anglers focus of possible license change

Outdoors

These are unchartered waters, even for an agency responsible for managing them. Right now, anyone who fishes Pennsylvania lakes, rivers and streams – but calls another state home – pays non-resident license prices. That’s $51, plus another $1.90 in fees. Such is how things have always been. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissioners might tweak that. […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a baked stuffed apple recipe

Outdoors

You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Frittside Company: Berkley (http://www.berkley-fishing.com/) Lure type: Crankbait Sizes and colors: Available a 2.25-, 2.5- and 2.75-inch models in 18 colors, including candy apple red craw, cream pie, honey had, Lone Ranger, MF bluegill, sexy back, spicy mustard and spray tan. Target […]

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What’s the difference between ice cream and custard?

Food

Creamy. Cool. Sweet. Satisfying. I could be describing ice cream, or I could be describing custard. The truth is, they’re both very similar, and even the most serious sweet tooth among us might have trouble telling them apart in a blind taste test. Yet, they are two distinctly different frozen dairy treats. Here’s proof: THEY […]

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Vegan chickpea tikka masala

Food

Cooking as part of my job means that I — thankfully — don’t have to rely on too much take-out to keep myself and my fiance fed. However, no matter how much food I’ve prepared at home, we have one serious take-out weak spot — Indian food. Seriously. When that intense Indian food craving calls, […]

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Low carb keto chocolate peanut butter fat bombs

Food

I must admit that I’m not on the keto diet. In fact, I was even skeptical of it at first. But I’ve had enough friends find success on keto for me to think there must really be something there. Plus, I love that people on keto don’t complain about keto. There are enough foods available […]

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Disease management focus of new wildlife program

Outdoors

More than a century ago, unregulated commercial harvest put much of Pennsylvania’s wildlife on the brink of blinking out. These days, disease is the threat White-nose syndrome has reduced populations of some bat species by 99 percent. West Nile virus continues to hammer ruffed grouse and perhaps other birds. Chronic wasting disease is spreading through […]

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Hikes sometimes lead to interesting old cemeteries

Outdoors

There are two seeming miracles here, really. The first is that the Chess family found ground flat enough – even relatively speaking – to build a cemetery. We were hiking in extreme southwestern Pennsylvania, fewer than a dozen miles from the border of the West Virginia panhandle. It’s a land of coal and sheep and […]

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Living the dream as a professional angler takes commitment

Outdoors

It’s not just about fishing. Austin Aikins is good at that. The senior at Pittsburgh’s Central Catholic High School is one of two Pennsylvanians on the 2019 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team. It’s a collection of 62 of the best, most well-rounded anglers from around the country. Sponsors nominate teens based on their fishing […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a recipe for omelets in a bag

Outdoors

You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Throwdown Company: Ameristep Gear type: Hunting blind Product description: Concealment is key in so many hunting situations, whether it be chasing spring gobblers, calling in wily predators or sitting for white-tailed deer. But what if you’re a public land hunter, without […]

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Grandpa’s Garden Journal

Garden

A simple post on Facebook led me to Amy Wilkinson’s lovely story about her late grandfather, Herman Wigle. While responding to another gardener’s inquiry in June about planting beans, she replied that there was still plenty of time to get the seeds in the ground. It was something she had learned from reading her late […]

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Combination planting, stopping slugs, perennials and more

Garden

Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. (The questions may be lightly edited for […]

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Easy chicken parmesan recipe is a perfect weeknight dinner

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Chicken Parmesan is a family favorite. It’s a classic dish that takes pan fried chicken breasts then tops them with tomato sauce and smothers them in cheese before baking. What comes out is deliciously golden brown and bubbly — what’s not to love? This chicken parmesan recipe — with its fresh mozzarella and homemade tomato […]

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7 reasons you should eat more cherries

Food

When you eat cherries, you can enjoy so much more than just their delicious sweet taste. Yes, they’re the perfect quick snack — just rinse and go — but those tiny cherries are loaded with big health benefits too. Here are 7 good reasons to start snacking on this superfood today: 1. THEY’RE A LOW-SUGAR […]

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Keto approved peanut butter fluff

Food

Keto friends, prepare to be amazed. This Peanut Butter Fluff is low in carbs and rich in healthy fats, meaning it’s keto diet approved. Plus bonus: it only takes six basic ingredients to create this delicious dessert, so you’ll actually want to make it all the time. Not keto? You’re going to love the rich […]

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Fall Vegetable Planting

Garden

Many gardeners stand over their plot proudly this time of the year, basking in the glory of what they accomplished with a spring planting. They are satisfied with their gardens and sometimes even look forward to frost as a way to get a break. Then there are the rest of us who are spending the […]

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Tomato issues, monkey grass, daffodil bulbs and more

Garden

Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. (The questions may be lightly edited for […]

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Keys to camping away from the crowds

Outdoors

It was a revelation delivered by the masses. A friend — one who spent many a night camping with his son while they were in Scouts – went on a family trip, their first in a long while. Their destination was a popular state park. On those prior outings, he and the Scouts stayed in […]

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Recovering America’s Wildlife Act could prove historic

Outdoors

It’s a crisis largely unseen and unnoticed. Hundreds of species of fish and wildlife across America – many of them habitat specialists, filling specific, if often uncommon, niches out of public view – are in trouble. Serious trouble. According to the National Wildlife Federation, “nearly one-third of all U.S. wildlife species are already imperiled or […]

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Hunters feed the hungry via venison donation programs

Outdoors

America has a hunger problem. Hunters are helping to solve it. And with hunting seasons across the country opening in just days or at most a few weeks, the hope is that they’ll step up again. According to the nonprofit Hunger Free America, one in 10 employed Americans – nearly 15 million people – live […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a dog training tip

Outdoors

You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Smuggler Company: Chasebaits Lure type: Topwater Sizes and colors: Available in 2.5- and 3.5-inch sizes in seven colors: budgie, sparrow, white cockatoo, black cockatoo, clear finch, purple ghost and coot. Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, muskies. Technique: Ducklings, […]

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Albino deer sighting a real outdoors treat

Outdoors

The bright red brake lights of the SUV stopped in the road in front of us offered a hint of what was to come. But only a hint. It was near dusk, and my wife and I were driving around and through a local state park. Having hiked to a favorite waterfall earlier, we were […]

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What to do if your dog gets bitten by a snake on a hike

Outdoors

It’s been the summer of the snake for one man. We met a couple of weeks ago, via a business transaction. We got to talking about shared interests, among them hiking. He roams the woods with his two dogs, at least one of which tops 100 pounds. The places he travels – state forests and […]

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