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Classic chocolate éclair recipe

Food

Do you dare to éclair? Éclairs used to seem like one of those unattainable pastries—something you had no choice by to pay $8 for in a fancy French patisserie in New York or Europe if you wanted to cure your craving. Why, they simply couldn’t be made at home by a cheeseburger eating American girl […]

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Why you shouldn’t order “chai tea”

Food

Tea lovers, listen up. I’m about to save you from an easy error we’ve all made before. Here it is: Chai means tea. Yes, that means if you’ve ever gone to a coffee or teahouse and ordered a “chai tea,” you basically ordered a “tea tea.” While it is common to order that way in America, […]

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Water trail maps provide tons of useful information

Outdoors

I couldn’t see the river from where I parked earlier in the day, and I couldn’t see the parking lot from where I was on the river later. And of course it was getting dark. So yes, this had the potential to be more interesting than hoped. Several years ago I wrote a book highlighting […]

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Keys to catching Great Lakes yellow perch

Outdoors

This isn’t necessarily what you would call run and gun fishing. But it is increasingly a game built on mobility. Catching yellow perch on Lake Erie – or on any of the Great Lakes, really – used to mean going out, finding a school, anchoring over it and having at them. And some anglers still […]

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Mentored hunting program may see changes

Outdoors

Mentoring programs are supposed to make it easy for people to try hunting. This one is sometimes doing just the opposite and that may lead to changes. The Pennsylvania Game Commission offers mentored youth and adult hunting programs. They work, to a point. “We know, based on the surveys we’ve done, that those who participate […]

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Trout stocking season is here once again

Outdoors

The numbers vary from state to state. The high levels of enthusiasm they generate among at least some anglers do not. Spring is fast approaching and that means it’s trout stocking season. State fisheries agencies all around the country are trucking trout to rivers, streams and lakes to provide recreation for their license buyers. All […]

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Ask the Gardener: Lantana, starting compost and moving a 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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Outdoor Extras

Outdoors

Take a quick look around the outdoors world with a tip, a fishing lure and more Tip of the week What size line is the right one for your spinning reel? The answer is found on the reel itself. There you’ll find the size line it can handle, say 4- to 8-pound test, as well […]

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My Favorite Tree

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I’m not sure when I first noticed the late afternoon sun illuminating the orange bark of a tall, beautiful Scotch Pine that overlooked the vegetable garden, probably about 20 years ago. There’s a chair in the corner of the garden that I would use at the end of the day. After discovering this beautiful combination […]

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What’s the difference between cajun and creole?

Food

Confused about what’s Cajun and what’s Creole? Though you might hear the terms Cajun and Creole used interchangeably, they are in fact, two distinct ethnic groups, each with its own history, traditions, culture, and of course, food. The two cuisines do share some common ingredients but differences can be difficult to point to, so here’s […]

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Ask The Gardener: Deer issues, starting seeds and grape problems

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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Ask The Gardener: Hydrangeas, pachysandra and hellebores

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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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Immunity boosting orange carrot turmeric ginger juice

Food

It’s official. It’s sickness season in the North East. There is no denying winter is here. Once the winter gloom sets in and you’re cooped up inside, it doesn’t take long to start feeling the sniffles set in. But food is your first line of defense against that expensive, unwanted trip to the doctor’s office. […]

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This is why Starbucks’ drink sizes are tall, grande, and venti

Food

Forget small, medium, and large. If you frequent the coffee mega-chain Starbucks, you know these sizes aren’t a menu option. When you’re ordering at Starbucks, you better know your tall, grande, or venti. So what’s the story behind this unconventional naming convention? Well, it all started in Italy. On a fateful trip to the coffee-loving […]

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Advice on successfully pet camping

Outdoors

The legend of the Lone Ranger is the stuff of “those thrilling days of yesteryear.” So, too, is the notion of camping without your pet. More and more public campgrounds around the country are open to camping with dogs, and in cases even other animal friends. Take Pennsylvania, for example. That state’s parks system launched […]

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Crappie fishing tips for throughout the year

Outdoors

Sasquatches. The Loch Ness Monster. Chupacabras. And crappies outside of the spawn. What do they all have in common? They’re often sought, much talked about, but rarely seen. But that’s not how things have to be, at least when it comes to crappies. It’s possible to catch them – consistently, no less – in open […]

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Number of CWD cases grows again in Pennsylvania

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This isn’t good news by any means. The Pennsylvania Game Commission found more deer with chronic wasting disease in 2019 than the year before. And that’s with some counting still left to do. Hunters will know soon how the agency plans to deal with that. The commission unveiled a draft of its CWD response plan […]

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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 Pack light, that’s the mantra of the backpacker. But what does that mean? Do you really have to cut off the last three inches off your toothbrush’s handle, as some do, to save […]

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Endangered Plants

Garden

Roxanne Swan methodically searches hundreds of drawers filled with seeds of native plants. Each small drawer is labeled with the Latin name of the seeds stored inside. She’s in a small room, adjacent to a greenhouse in the Audubon Center for Native Plants at Beechwood Farms in Fox Chapel, Pa., where she works as the […]

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Ask the Gardener: Sprouting garlic, growing lettuce and a money tree

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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Ordering Seeds is Fun

Garden

The ebbs and flows of gardening parallel the fashion world. One year plant breeders turn everything lime green, and the next it’s deep red. Seed sales slump some years, then return with a vengeance for various reasons, often in times of economic uncertainty. I sometimes feel like a sort of garden evangelist, extolling the virtues […]

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Whitetail Report shows America’s hunters taking more bucks, and bigger ones, too

Outdoors

Get two hunters together anywhere, anytime, and one question is more likely to come up than any other. Did you get your buck? In South Carolina, the answer is likely yes, at least lately. In 2018, the most recent year for which data is available, 79 percent of licensed Palmetto State hunters killed a buck. […]

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BioLite HeadLamp 200 test and review

Outdoors

If you enjoy channeling your inner coal miner when roaming woods and trails in the dark, move along. This isn’t the headlamp for you. But if seeing well enough to cook dinner, set up your tent or walk to your tree stand without tripping over rocks and roots are the priorities, well, that’s another story. […]

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Fishing license display requirement goes away

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Stamps and envelopes haven’t completely disappeared form this world gone increasingly paperless. So those clear plastic fishing license holders probably won’t either. But as with the tools of snail mail, expect to see fewer of them, starting this spring. That’s because Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commissioners elimninated the rule requiring anglers to display their license […]

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How to use pup distress calls to target coyotes

Outdoors

It’s not exactly going out on a limb to say Al Morris is a passionate predator hunter. Make that visibly passionate. The three-time world coyote calling champion is one of the hosts of FOXPRO Furtakers on the Outdoor Channel. He travels all over the country for the show. Watch the results. Chances are good you’ll […]

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Fishing’s Leaky Bucket and more outdoor news

Outdoors

Take a quick look around the outdoors world with a tip, a fishing lure and more Tip of the week Interest in recreational shooting is on the increase across America, with many of the newcomers – younger ones in particular – focused on handguns. But which one to buy? Walk into any gun shop and […]

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