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Sweet and spicy glazed bourbon carrots

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These carrots are simple to make but pack tons of flavor. All you need is a stove top and five easy ingredients (plus salt and pepper), and you have yourself a delicious side dish for any holiday meal. I like to use baby carrots because they save time and always look pretty, but feel free […]

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This Turkey Veggie Tray will be the talk of the appetizer table

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Bring this tasty veggie turkey tray to your Thanksgiving Day gathering and everyone will gobble it up! It’s super simple to assemble, and a fun way to snack healthy before devouring what’s likely to be a belt-busting feast. You can get creative and use nearly any veggie you might have on hand, but here’s what […]

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8 stuffing mistakes that could ruin your holiday dinner

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Okay, maybe “ruin” is a bit dramatic, but that doesn’t mean you and your guests won’t be disappointed with dry or less-than-stellar stuffing. This classic Thanksgiving dinner dish — with its familiar flavors of onion, celery, and herbs mixing with crispy, chewy, buttery bread — is well-loved, but it’s also easy to mess up, so […]

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8 ways to save money on your Thanksgiving grocery bill

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For all the attention the stress and craziness of cooking on Thanksgiving receives, we often fail to acknowledge the other downside of being the designated host: the cost. If you’re on a tight budget it can seem nearly impossible to pull of a feast with all of the fixin’s guests have come to expect. This […]

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Everything you need to know about freezing cookies

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Nothing is better than freshly baked cookies. But during the holidays when fresh, homemade cookies matter most, we’re also needing to split our time between cooking, hosting, shopping, and celebrating the season, leaving little time to spend rolling out and filling dozens of dainty little cookies. This is when having a magical holiday depends on […]

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Crockpot Cranberry Turkey Meatballs

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Looking for an easy way to feed a crowd this holiday? This delicious recipe makes for a fantastic appetizer or a tasty twist on your classic meatball sandwich. Turkey meatballs swimming in a sea of cranberry chili sauce is the new must-make recipe of the season. These meatballs are tangy, sweet, and oh-so-addictive! Guests can […]

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The 6 biggest mistakes you can make when baking pumpkin pie

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Pumpkin pie, with its thick, pumpkin-y custard, fragrant spices, and flaky pastry crust, is about as delicious as Thanksgiving gets. Served with a dollop of homemade whipped cream, there is no Thanksgiving dish that arrives with such anticipation. Yet, even the most seasoned bakers know a truly perfect pumpkin pie is no easy task to […]

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Easy Cheddar Biscuits

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Having homemade biscuits with your dinner doesn’t have to meal a whole afternoon in the kitchen. These Easy Cheddar Biscuits can be thrown together and baked in as little as 20 minutes. Serve them warm with a little garlic parsley butter on top, and you’ll never go back to store-bought again. EASY CHEDDAR BISCUITS These […]

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10 Things you should never microwave

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The microwave is a magical place. Frozen dinners, hot water, and leftovers all become ready in mere minutes. Every year they save us countless hours of cooking and put that time back into our busy lives. Microwaves were probably even the first way you learned to feed yourself warm food as a kid. But just because microwave ovens are […]

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Ask the Gardener: Rose bushes, cauliflower, apple trees 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. There are three ways to send in […]

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Eight tips for solo bear hunting

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Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto. But you? This season, perhaps, you’re hunting black bears alone, without a gang to put on drives, in a state where using dogs to chase bruins or bait to draw them in are both illegal. That’s the definition of going solo. Still, don’t despair about filling a tag. There’s […]

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Hibernation an amazing wildlife survival strategy

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I never even got to say goodbye. My wife and I were hiking on a recent Sunday afternoon, following a trail through a state forest near our home. It was cool but not cold, just chill enough that the crisp leaves crunched beneath our feet with each step, like so many thousands of frosted flakes. […]

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Change likely, and finally, coming to license display rule

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This might be another case where Pennsylvania is catching up with the rest of the country. Lawmakers are close to expanding Sunday hunting opportunities. A bill that would allow it on three Sundays a year is moving through the legislature and could go to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature before year’s end. That would […]

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Survey says firearms deer hunting leads to less violent crime

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Deer hunters are killers, but not of each other or their neighbors. That’s what the research says, anyway. Ball State University economics professor Paul Niekamp looked at the relationship between violent crime and deer hunting seasons in 21 states over 20 years. He recently released the results of that work. He titled his study “Good […]

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How to get more shots at ruffed grouse and other outdoor news

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Take a quick look around the outdoors world with a tip, a new piece of gear and more. Tip of the week Ruffed grouse are notorious for holding tight, then flushing almost from under foot in a noisy explosion. It’s intentionally unnerving. There’s a way for hunters to, if not beat that strategy, at least […]

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50+ Deer-resistant plants to add to you landscape

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As I stepped out the kitchen door to walk the dog, a young deer munching on hydrangeas confronted us. This buck was in the rut and looked at us as if we were competitors in the race to mate. As my dog barked wildly, the deer backed off a little but then stood its ground […]

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Should you wash a raw turkey before cooking it?

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You MUST resist. Yes, poultry doesn’t exactly seem super clean, but no matter how gross or how slimy that bird feels, whatever you do, do not wash your turkey. More than 46 million turkeys will be eaten this Thanksgiving Day, and with that comes one of the biggest days of the year for food borne […]

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Beet apple walnut fall harvest salad

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Farmers markets everywhere are still brimming with vibrant beets and crunchy apples. Put them together in this delicious Beet Apple Walnut Fall Harvest salad. The crisp combo of tart apples and earthy sweet roasted beets is the perfect way to continue to enjoy the best flavors of fall as we head into the second half […]

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Ask the Gardener: Hostas, fig trees, pruning grapevines 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. There are three ways to send in […]

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Ask the Gardener: Shrub suggestions, bulbs in containers, shallots 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. There are three ways to send in […]

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Raccoon Lake a consistent bass hot spot

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There’s a lot to be said for this kind of consistency. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission biologists surveyed Raccoon Lake, the 101-acre centerpiece of Raccoon Creek State Park in Beaver County, in 2008. They went back and repeated that work earlier this year. The goal in each case was to assess fish populations. What they […]

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Haswell survival knife combines art, functionality

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Survival situations are by their nature short on chances. In tough conditions, under difficult circumstances, with limited resources, you seize on finite opportunities when and where possible and live to fight another day. Or you don’t and become a statistic. That’s why this is so exciting. Here is a second chance. Four or five years […]

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Camp kitchen essentials for every outing

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Big Blue, as it’s known for short, simply got too big in the end. It’s dimensions didn’t change. An blue 18-gallon plastic tote, one with locking handles, it’s as squarish now as it was at the start of spring. But the lid didn’t seal completely on the edges anymore even when you could force the […]

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How to safely wade while fishing and more outdoors notes

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: SlingBladeZ Power Finesse Company: Z-Man Fishing Products (https://www.zmanfishing.com/cms/index.php) Lure type: Spinnerbait Sizes and colors: Available in double willow or Indiana-Colorado blade configurations in ¼- and 3/8-ounce sizes. It comes in assorted color combinations, including bluegill, chartreuse pearl, greenback shad and mouserat. […]

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Six health benefits of eating wild game

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The alarm goes off in the pre-dawn dark and, rolling over, you touch the shoulder of your significant other. An affectionate yet sly smile crosses your lips. “Shh,” you say. “Shh. It’s OK. I’m just letting you know I’m leaving.” “Huh? What? Where?” he or she asks. “Hunting,” you answer. “I know I promised to […]

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Mammoth Dam home to mammoth largemouth bass, crappies

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To say that fishermen sometimes stretch the truth is to say that the sky is sometimes blue, the grass is sometimes green and oranges are sometimes, well, orange. Exaggerations, tall tales, even good natured if otherwise bald-faced lies. Those are often their stock in trade. Often. But not this time. Biologists from the Pennsylvania Fish […]

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