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What’s the difference between ice cream and custard?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Henry Long Ranger outshoots need for compromise

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I’d like to have rock hard, well-defined, Lord have mercy six pack abs. And I might, too. Except for pizza. And ice cream, the occasional high calorie beverage and, well, lots of other foods that promote softer edges. That’s the way things often are in life, though. We make choices, compromise really, and live with […]

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Who, how of wildlife management in PA a mystery to most

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It’s the same problem facing wildlife management agencies all across the country. And it’s one of relevance. According to a random, scientifically valid poll, more than half of Pennsylvanians – 52 percent to be exact – say they don’t know which agency is most responsible for managing wildlife in the state. By comparison, just 38 […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a CanCooker recipe

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: CanCooker Jr. Company: Seth McGinn Gear type: Cooking pot Product description: Meals are a big part of any camping trip. But only so long as making them is fun. If you spend all your time slaving over the stove, and too […]

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Fisheries surveys reveal good, not so good for largemouth bass

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So you want to catch some fish, huh? Well, here’s a tip. Start by casting your line where the fish are. Pretty sage stuff there, I know. Confucius-esque, almost. But if you want to catch fish, you’ve got to know what waters the fish call home and in what sizes and numbers. The good news […]

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Somalis transform vacant city lot to farm

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Abdulkadir Chirambo smiles easily, especially when he’s talking about the vacant city lots the United Somali Bantu of Greater Pittsburgh have converted to a huge farm like garden. As president and spokesman of the organization, he gets serious when asked what brought him from Kenya to the Pittsburgh. “Peace, education and changing life,” he says […]

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Ask The Gardener: Tree lichens, bugs and a reader testimonial

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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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