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How to freeze and thaw bread while ensuring freshness

Food

If you’re guilty of wasting one food it’s probably bread. Here’s the all-too-common situation: You just twisted open a basic bag of sliced sandwich bread at home, but then you go ahead and buy an artisanal loaf to accompany tonight’s dinner-for-two anyway. (After all, they are very different breads.) Then you buy buns for grilling […]

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Using jerkbaits to catch cold water saugeyes, other game fish

Outdoors

They’re a toothy, often aggressive and sometimes large exception to the rule. Saugeyes are a cross between a female walleye and a male sauger. Generally, fish culturists produce them in hatcheries. They’re different than most such man-made creations in one way, though. Whereas most hybrids are sterile, saugeyes can at least occasionally reproduce on their […]

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How coronavirus is impacting outdoor activities, and how to combat it

Outdoors

The outdoors arena isn’t being spared in this world gone crazy. The coronavirus pandemic that has people all over the world suddenly working from home, treating every sneeze like it’s hungry lion’s ominous roar and frantically searching for toilet paper and hand sanitizer is hammering outdoor-related events and activities. Cancelations and postponements are the order […]

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Outdoor Extras

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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 There’s a place for one-piece fishing rods. A bicycle is not always one of them. Bikes make it possible to access fishing spots like back-country lakes you might not get to otherwise, […]

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Coronavirus prompts changes to PA trout stocking, trout season

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Opening day of Pennsylvania’s 2020 trout season is going to be unlike any other. There will be trout aplenty at the start. Most than any other opener ever probably, in fact. But things could be sketchy thereafter, all because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officials announced that – amid fears […]

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Easy ways to help restaurants survive the coronavirus pandemic

Food

The United States has fully plunged into the coronavirus pandemic. It’s an uncertain time for most people and businesses, and restaurants are no exception. Small businesses of all kinds depend on foot traffic, and with people staying home voluntarily—and now by government mandate in many areas—businesses and their employees are feeling particularly vulnerable. Here’s how […]

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Gardens offer sanctuary amid fears and uncertainty

Garden

The garden has always been my safe place. For more than three decades of good times and bad, it’s a space to reflect and gain perspective. Regardless of what happens outside the garden, crocus flowers push through the cool soil as winter fades, followed by daffodils, the harbingers of spring. Seeing them bloom means there’s […]

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Follow these eight steps to catch more fish

Outdoors

There’s no secret formula for catching fish, nothing that guarantees a finny foe on the end of the line every outing, let alone every cast. Yet fishing is not all luck either. Indeed, the folks behind teachinfishin.com swear by an 8-step method for putting more fish in the boat. It’s a system heavy on procedure. […]

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Remember the 10 essentials when day hiking

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It’s the difference between going on a week-long vacation and going on an afternoon picnic at the local park. You put a lot of time and effort into prepping for the former, given commitments of time, money and labor involved. The latter is often more spur of the moment, or at least looked upon as […]

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Mallards continue to impact waterfowl seasons

Outdoors

Pennsylvania waterfowl hunters have had it pretty good for a long, long time, at least in one sense. Whether that continues remains to be seen. For at least the last 20 years, the state has enjoyed “liberal” duck and goose seasons, which are marked by the maximum 60 days of hunting. That was the case […]

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Race for the first tomato

Garden

The race for the first tomato of the season begins now. For many of us obsessed with picking them as soon as possible, this is the time to nestle seeds into moist planting mix under bright lights. Choosing the right varieties is an important piece of the puzzle. Some cultivars take 100 days to produce […]

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Outdoor Extras

Outdoors

Take a quick look around the outdoors world with a tip, a fishing lure and more   Tip of the week It’s time to take inventory. Camping season is here, or soon will be for most folks, and some prepping is in order. Namely, it’s time to go through your gear and see what survived […]

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Why you should never store canned goods in the garage

Food

Stockpiling food and water is like a little insurance policy: Hopefully you never have to rely on it, but if you do, if could prove to be priceless. Whether it’s the threat of natural disaster or the fear of a pandemic, having a safety stash of food and water can give you a little piece […]

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How to freeze broccoli

Food

So you bought or grew too much broccoli and you know you’ll never use it up in time. It’s your freezer to the rescue! Broccoli can easily be frozen and its healthy fiber and nutrients preserved for enjoying at a later date. The best part? The process is actually really simple. Here’s how: SELECTING THE BEST […]

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Whiskey vs. Whisky: What’s the Difference?

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Whiskey or whisky? You may have found yourself, at one time, doing a double take at a liquor store. Yes, if you’re a whisk(e)y fan, you may have noticed some brands are spelled with an “e” while others skip the extra vowel. But why? In short, it has to do with a particular brand’s country […]

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White Chocolate Baileys Irish Fudge

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Make your fudge a little more fun this St. Patrick’s Day by adding Baileys Irish Cream. It gives the candy just enough kick to make for a festive treat. This Baileys Irish Fudge the perfect dessert for a low-key celebration in or as a slightly boozy snack for serious St. Patty’s Day party-goers. Note: If […]

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Irish Whiskey Chocolate Chip Cookies

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So, you say you like whiskey AND you like chocolate chip cookies? This might just be your new favorite cookies of all time. Chocolate and whiskey (or is it spelled whisky?), perhaps unsurprisingly, go together extremely well. A subtly smokey, nutty whiskey complements the creamy chocolate morsels quite nicely. You can go with any whiskey, […]

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Crock pot Guinness Pot Roast Recipe

Food

Get ready for the heartiest and richest pot roast you’ve ever made. The addition of Guinness to this traditional recipe makes for the perfect St. Patty’s Day dish—but it’s also just as delicious served on a cold winter day. Guinness beer’s dark, rich flavor adds great depth, but it also keeps everything super tender. Feel free […]

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Irish soda bread

Food

Contrary to popular belief, soda bread didn’t originate in Ireland. It was actually first developed by the Native Americans well before European colonization. However, the simple bread was eagerly adopted by commoners during the increasing poverty and famine of 19th century Ireland. Soda bread requires only a few ingredients—flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and salt, so […]

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Save money and buy produce in season in March

Food

March marks the beginning of the end of winter (yay!). It might not feel very warm when you walk outside your door, but spring is coming. March is also an interesting month for produce, as many winter fruits and veggies fall out of favor and we see the start of sweet fruits we associate with […]

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Historic bear season sparks research effort

Outdoors

Pennsylvania’s 2019 black bear season – or seasons, more appropriately, as we’ll see – set a lot of records. It’s what was most normal about them that’s generating some new research, however. Hunters killed 4,653 black bears across the state last fall. That was the most ever for a single year, topping the previous high […]

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Ask the Gardener: Lantana, starting compost and moving hydrangea

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. There are three ways to send in […]

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Light discipline key to nighttime predator hunting

Outdoors

There’s an old riddle out there that says “the more there is of me the less you see. What am I?” The answer is darkness. But Joe Zaffuto isn’t buying it. Not totally, anyway. He hunts predators, and has for 40 years. He’s done it during the day, after dark, using dogs, using bait and […]

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Ospreys, America’s fish hawk, an iconic raptor species

Outdoors

There are a lot of anglers who wish they could be this successful. Imagine going to your favorite lake. Fifteen minutes or less after making your first cast, on average, you reel in a fish. And not just any fish, but one that weighs one quarter of your body weight. That’s a good day on […]

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Outdoor extras

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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 Do you have to have had ice before you can talk about ice-out fishing? That’s a riddle that mild winters like this one make you ponder. But by whatever name, the fishing […]

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Grafting Tomatoes

Garden

When Rich Gebrosky noticed grafted tomato plants in a seed catalog, it piqued his interest. “But they were so expensive,” he says, “I decided to look into it and see if I could make my own grafted plants.” Grafting tomatoes starts with two sets of plants. There’s the rootstock, which has a vigorous root system […]

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