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Buffalo chicken pasta salad a kickin’ summer side dish

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To say buffalo chicken dip is addicting is an understatement. I’m not sure I’ve ever been to a potluck where the buff-chick dip didn’t all go — and go fast! I feel confident saying that any one of us well-meaning health conscious adults, would sit down and eat an entire tray of buffalo chicken dip […]

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Ask the Gardener: Virginia creeper, moving perennials, flower ID 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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Ask the Gardener: Tree location, dying daffodils, plant ID 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. Question 1: Tree location Vic: I’ve observed […]

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Garden Personality, Rick Darke

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Rick Darke sees beauty where others don’t. He’s a renowned garden personality, author, photographer, designer and, maybe most importantly, something called a landscape ethicist. He’s spent much of his career obsessed with converting industrial sites into amazing public landscapes. It was more than a decade ago when he was flying over the Pittsburgh region in […]

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Wildlife watching from the water a real treat

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There’s no official name, so far as I know, for the portal that took us into another world. But it hides behind a tricky entrance. We arrived at the state park boat launch mid-morning of a weekday. It’s summer, and school is surely out everywhere, but still, the crowd was surprisingly large. A variety of […]

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Study says changing values will impact fish and wildlife management

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It’s more evidence of a coming storm, perhaps. Fewer Americans than ever hunt these days. In fact, it recently hit a 25-year low. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report, released in 2016, showed that 11.5 million Americans hunted. That was 4.4 percent of the population. If that sounds like a lot, it’s not. By […]

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Fisheries surveys show lakes with lots of bass, channel cats

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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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Outdoor Extras, including a new twist on a campfire favorite

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Wameku Shad 70 Company: SPRO Lure type: Lipless crankbait Sizes and colors: Available a 2.75-inch, ¾-ounce model in eight colors: crawfish gold, crawfish chartreuse, chrome shad, purple rain shad, Rayburn craw, matte sexy shad, delta craw and black back gold. Target […]

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Pollinator Week

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Peggy Anne Montgomery has spent a lifetime in the garden, and for the last 15 years she’s tried hard to create a pollinator-friendly landscape. The horticulturist and account executive for the Garden Media Group is championing the cause by informing gardeners about the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge and Pollinator Week, which runs from June 17-23 […]

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Ask the Gardener: Tomato blight, reducing weeds, strawberries 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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Celebrate summer with Piña Colada Cupcakes

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Enjoy the taste of the classic cocktail, now as a cupcake! These are kid-friendly, and the perfect way to incorporate fresh summer pineapples in your desserts. You can use canned pineapple, but if you have the time to crush a few slices of fresh pineapple, go for it. You’ll get so much more flavor. Top […]

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Kayak catfishing growing in popularity

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Justin Johnson never goes fishing intending to develop a hernia. But it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Blame it on a change of heart and a change in equipment that followed. Johnson, an East Tennessee native, was a bass fisherman early on. Then, in a tackle shop one day, he saw a photo […]

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Ask the Gardener: Clematis wilt, lemon tree, container tomatoes, 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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Hike to Hunt Challenge offered by Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

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Every hunter, man or woman, who’s ever stopped halfway up a hill, gasping for air, drenched in sweat, pulse racing, attached to a rope with a dead deer at the other end, has said it. I’ve got to get in shape before next season. Well, here’s your chance. Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, the sportsmen’s group […]

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Release of chronic wasting disease plan delayed while public outreach continues

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It’s all about speed when it comes to controlling chronic wasting disease. And yet, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is delaying release of its disease management plan. That’s by design, said Bryan Burhans, executive director of the agency. The new plan was due out this month, but he didn’t feel like it was ready. Instead, the […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a blueberry crunch recipe

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Select S1 Company: Sawyer Gear type: Water filter Product description: Staying properly hydrated is hugely important in the backcountry, or even when just out on a day hike in a local park or forest. So it’s critical to be able to […]

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Ask The Gardener: Harvesting garlic, tomatoes and the cold, bees 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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Best Bee Saving Pollinators

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Jim Fitzroy is attempting to give away his recipe for something called hot honey as his friend Michelle Wright tries hard (with a wink) to keep the ingredients a closely guarded secret. Wright is a WTAE-TV news anchor as well as a beekeeper who shares a love of bees with Fitzroy. The two are just […]

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Ask the Gardener: Unknown invasive, rhododendrons, plant IDs and more

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Ask The Gardener: Unknown invasive, rhododendrons, plant IDs and more Gardening 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 […]

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Caprese summer rolls are the newest must-have recipe for warm weather days

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Perhaps you’ve heard of the Caprese Salad. The combination of ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and soft mozzarella is a recipe that doesn’t need much improvement. But when you just can’t get enough of the Italian trio, it is fun to experiment with other ways to enjoy these classic ingredients. Welcome your first summer produce haul […]

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15 foods that are illegal in the United States

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America might be the land of the free, but when it comes to food, Uncle Sam has put up a few restrictions. If you live in the United States and have a hankering for haggis or horse meat, you’ll have to hop the pond to get a taste. For others, you’ll have to head to Africa […]

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How to freeze asparagus

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Asparagus is one of the first official signs of spring and a promise that more homegrown produce is right on its heels. All winter long we wait for those green spears to show in the garden, but just like that, warm weather hits and the season is over. If you’re getting into June and you […]

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Ask The Gardener: Changing rose colors, tomatoes, caterpillars 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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Grant Woods offers advice on hunting mature bucks

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It’s a different world deer hunters live in these days. That’s what Grant Woods believes, in at least one sense. Creator of GrowingDeerTV.com, Woods hunts all over the country. One change is evident everywhere he goes. “When I was a boy, growing up in Missouri, the only food plot was Granny’s garden or some farmer’s […]

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Fun times camping sometimes born of chaos

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There was giggling amidst the chaos. That’s always a good sign. We’d spent the morning hiking, the afternoon swimming and the first part of evening eating ice cream. We followed that up with a dinner of simple but delicious pizza mountain pies. The next morning promised a guided striped bass fishing trip early and kayak […]

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Avoid strainers to stay safe, alive this boating season

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Don’t become spaghetti. When I and some others used to teach boating safety to our troop of Scouts, and talked turned to hazards on the water, we offered that as one piece of advice. The initial look we got was usually one of confusion. But we explained it like this. Paddle any river or creek […]

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