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Outdoor Extras, including egg in a hole grilled cheese recipe

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Lure of the week Lure name: Water Dragon Company: Culprit Lures Lure type: Soft plastic lizard Sizes and colors: Available a 7-inch model in 12 colors, including Bama bug, black neon, swamp juice, green pumpkin, watermelon red and sapphire blue. Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass. Technique: There are a lot of soft plastic lizard […]

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Ask the Gardener: Leggy tomatoes, struggling plant, mystery plant IDs 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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Hot Peppers Will Make You Cry!

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Friday was the last day I would be working with KDKA television personality Jon Burnett. We spent the past 16 years on air together and that day I would be saying goodbye on the air. Over the years, some of our most memorable segments revolved around hot peppers. Jon is crazy: He’s eaten fiery ornamental […]

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Ask the Gardener: Wildflowers, cicadas, tree identifications, 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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How to freeze rhubarb for use all year long

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Rhubarb. It’s the stuff spring dessert dreams are made of. It’s one of the first veggies to appear in the spring, bringing its bright pink color and wonderfully tart taste to compotes, cakes, pies, and crumbles. But just like that, fresh rhubarb bolts when the summer heat turns up, leaving us longing for more. The […]

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Wave hello to patriotic Rice Krispie Flags

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Serve these Patriotic Rice Krispie Treats Flags this summer and you’ll be waving goodbye to them in no time! You’re never too old for Rice Krispie Treats — especially when they’re this fun! Try these red, white, and blue beauties at your patriotic summer party. These Flags aren’t difficult to make, but they do require three […]

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Ask the Gardener: Rabbit problem, discouraging dogs, trailing geraniums, 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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Pollinator Palooza

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Fat bumblebees explore tall purple baptisia flowers growing in a flowerbed at the Loyalhanna Watershed Association in Ligonier, forcing their way into the indigo blooms searching for food. This is one of the stops on the Saturday, June 15, “Pollinator Palooza” Garden Rally that spans much of Westmoreland County. Susan Huba, Wilma Light and Patti […]

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How the continental breakfast got its name

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Dusty roadside motels and ritzy tropical resorts have little in common aside from providing a place to sleep. But no matter where you choose to lay your head, you will likely wake up to a complimentary continental breakfast. The ubiquitous all-you-can-eat buffet can be pretty tempting to travelers, but if you take a moment to […]

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Auditor general releases look at Game Commission finances

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Lack of oversight is the biggest problem with how the Pennsylvania Game Commission handles its money. So says Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. His office audited the commission, looking at the years from July 2014 through June 2017. It issued its report on May 30. The audit outlined 11 findings and 43 recommended improvements, the […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a fried catfish recipe

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Nitro 1800 Company: Bushnell Gear type: Laser rangefinder Product description: The Nitro 1800 is a rangefinder meant for both hunting and competition. It will range non-reflective targets – say deer and elk – out to 800 yards, and reflective targets out […]

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Appreciate slow growing fish in all sizes

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That 11-inch largemouth bass, the one you dismissively threw back into the water, labeling it a dink? Give it a little love. It’s been through more than you think. Bass – and all fish really, from bluegills to muskies – grow slower than some anglers probably imagine. It’s nothing for a hatchery trout to reach […]

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Ask the Gardener; Cypress options, wild garlic, gnats 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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Why you should always ‘rest’ meat after cooking

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When the smell of sizzling, charred steak is wafting through the air, it can be hard to delay any further gratification. You want to dive fork first into that juicy piece of meat and feast until you’re full. But before you make this backyard barbecue blunder, you should understand the importance of resting meat. Let’s […]

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30+ Restaurants where kids can eat free (or at a discount)

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No school, no homework, and no stress, right? Summertime is all about giving kids time to let loose, but unfortunately you’re probably still working, and kids inevitably end up bored and whiny. When that happens, sometimes all you need to make everyone happy is a quick trip to their favorite restaurant. You’ll get everyone out […]

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12 easy, healthy snacks for your road trip

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Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the U.S. summer travel season. Nearly 43 million Americans will use the long weekend to travel — about 37.6 million of those by car, according to automobile association AAA. While you can’t avoid the inevitable dirty gas station bathrooms and frustrating traffic jams of a summer road trip, […]

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Favorite Annual Flowers

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Long tables covered with healthy, deep green plants filled the Belmont Sports Complex in Kittanning for the Armstrong County Penn State Master Gardener’s Plant Sale. I was the speaker that day and had about 15 minutes before starting to quickly peruse the offerings. I was blown away at the quality and prices, as it was […]

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Bikepacking surges in popularity as a way to explore the outdoors

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To call it an entirely new thing would be to insult every Bohemian gypsy who’s ever pedaled around the countryside. But it’s definitely a modern tweak on an ancient idea. And it’s suddenly gone mainstream. Bikepacking – basically backpacking by bicycle – is surging in popularity as more and more people realize the benefits of […]

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Fish with a WCO events on tap around Pennsylvania

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The weather might be – even should be – better this time around. Shoot, it can’t be much worse. Last September, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission waterways conservation officers in the southwest corner of the state held their inaugural “Fish with a WCO” event for children. It took place at Twin Lakes Park in Westmoreland […]

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Great blue herons common, yet interesting, birds

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Imagine a prince, tall and angular, or a princess, long and curvy. Either with a rakish bit of long, flowing hair, dark, piercing eyes and a regal way of moving. They seem all grace and refinement. Royal, almost. And then … “SQUAAAAWK!” They open their mouth and the noise that comes out is nails-on-a-chalkboard grating. […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a venison chili recipe

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Thunder Cricket Company: Strike King (www.strikeking.com) Lure type: Vibrating jig Sizes and colors: Available four sizes – 3/8-, ½-, 5/8- and ¾-ounces – in 10 colors, including, black/blue, white/chartreuse, Falcon Lake craw, bluegill, bruiser, and red/yellow/pink/green. Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth […]

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Ask the Gardener: Lawn damage, daffodils, ground cover plants 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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Guilt-free banana hummus recipe

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I admit that the name “dessert hummus” is sort of baffling to the tastebuds. You can imagine the slightly gritty, savory texture of pulverized chickpeas in traditional hummus but can’t quite image how “sweet” can come anywhere near this popular appetizer. Two week ago, I was a skeptic just like you. Hummus flavors like sun-dried […]

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Brownie batter dessert hummus recipe

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Yes, you read that right. This recipe calls for melted chocolate and chickpeas… together. *Gasp!* When I learned about “dessert hummus” I couldn’t decide if it was some crazy gimmick or pure, culinary genius. You can now firmly file me in the latter category. If you’re all about the edible cookie dough trend, or if […]

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How to pick the best pineapple every time

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With summer mere weeks away, we’re dreaming of lazy days lounging in the sunshine while snacking on sweet, succulent pineapple. Although they’re available all year long, the tangy, tropical fruit is at its peak ripeness from April to July, making this month a peak time to start enjoying the bold taste of this delicious fruit […]

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Succession Planting of Tomatoes and Other Crops

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The temptation to plant early is an urge that seduces all gardeners. It fools the most knowledgeable and thoughtful growers and turns them into careless dreamers who throw caution to the wind in the quest to see the first bloom or harvest the earliest fruit. In March while visiting Chapon’s Greenhouse in Baldwin in search […]

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