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Fresh garden vegetables inspire treasured recipes

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Dave Taiclet is pouring a dark red “elixir” out of a huge plastic jar into smaller containers. Hot peppers hang from strings all around the kitchen. One look at his black pants covered with a colorful pepper pattern leave no doubt that he is obsessed with hot peppers. The air is filled with the unmistakable, […]

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Sparkling New Year’s Eve party popcorn

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Are you ready to ring in the New Year? New Year’s Eve is full of fun, friends, and of course, food! Most NYE parties don’t start until after dinner, so that means you’re free to bring—or supply—lots of simple finger foods and snacks. And what could pair more deliciously with a few drinks than some […]

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Why toothpaste makes orange juice taste terrible

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If you every drank a glass of orange juice in the morning after brushing your teeth, you probably wish you hadn’t. It’s a lesson most of us learn as young kids — orange juice and toothpaste just don’t mix. But why? Blame it on your tastebuds. Your taste buds can detect different flavor types: salty, […]

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Sugar frosted cranberries

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‘Tis the season for sparkles! These cranberries are so festive decked out in their sugar-coated crunchy goodness. They’re like little edible jewels. They’re the perfect sparkling garnish to a just about any holiday dish. Try them skewered on top of a glass of champagne, or place them on top of your holiday apple pie. But […]

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Everything you need to know about shipping cookies

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I’ve made all the mistakes when it comes to shipping cookies. When my fiancé was working in Afghanistan I would experiment using just about every trick recommended, all so he could enjoy his beloved molasses cookies. I might not do it professionally, but if I can get cookies to arrive safe and delicious through international […]

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How to store a cake and keep it fresh

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Nothing beats freshly baked cakes and cupcakes, but eating them all in one sitting certainly isn’t advised. So how do you go about storing leftovers, or handling those times when you have to buy a cake in advance? Here is how to keep your cake fresh as long as possible. THE REFRIGERATOR IS NOT YOUR […]

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Old fashioned chewy molasses cookies like Grandma used to make

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These Molasses Cookies are the old fashioned recipe you’ve been looking for. They’re crispy on the edges but chewy in the middle with a bold, spicy flavor. Molasses cookies might be most popular around the holidays, but as a kid, I can remember my grandma having tins of them around the house all year long. […]

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12 possible changes for PA hunting seasons next year

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This is neither the time to celebrate nor to panic. Not yet. Pennsylvania Game Commissioners won’t even give preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for 2020-21 until their January board meeting. Final approval won’t come until April. So that’s five months off yet. But, during a working group meeting in Harrisburg […]

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10 ways to instantly upgrade your hot chocolate

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Winter has arrived and that means it’s time to break out your fuzziest slippers, coziest sweater, and snuggle up to a piping hot mug of hot chocolate for a few guilt-free hours of Netflix and chill. But no matter whether you use a homemade recipe or open a packet of the powdery stuff, basic hot […]

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First Day Hikes a great way to start the year outdoors

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Chances are, about one year ago, you made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or exercise more. Or both. So how’s that working out? Not too well, if you’re like most people. Resolutions centered on health are, annually, among the top goals people across America set for themselves as they head into the New […]

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Glamping a camping trend here to stay

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Nessmuk didn’t camp because he liked an occasional bout with misery and woe. Far from it. But he’d probably find this level of comfort shocking. Nessmuk – the pen name for George Washington Sears – was a Massachusetts-born, Pennsylvania-bred outdoorsman. He rose to fame in the mid- to late 1800s, writing for Forest and Stream […]

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The Case for Snowflake Baskets and more 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 There’s a reason winter tires exist. They’re specially designed to provide extra grip and traction in seasonal conditions, especially snow. Well, snowflake baskets available for trekking poles do the same. Circular and fairly […]

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Plants with winter interest

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What is a gardener to do during the gray days of winter? For many of us, it’s all about planning. This is the perfect time to scout around for plants that provide winter interest to the landscape. Put them on your list of things to get in the ground this spring, and you’ll be rewarded […]

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Ask the Gardener: Growing peanuts, houseplant recommendations 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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Cranberry baked brie pull-apart bread bowl appetizer

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If you’re looking for an appetizer to share, cranberry brie an easy go to combo — that’s because it’s insanely delicious! Creamy, melted brie smothered in rich, tart cranberry sauce can turn any holiday event into something special. Bring this cranberry brie bowl to any party and watch it disappear. To serve the best recipe […]

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What’s the difference between spearmint and peppermint?

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With the holidays here you can be sure of one thing — mint, mint, mint, and more mint. Peppermint is practically the poster child for the entire winter season, with candy canes, peppermint patties, peppermint bark, and peppermint flavored hot chocolate. Peppermint might steal the show, but actually, there are over 15 types of mint […]

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The best chocolate crinkle cookies

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In the holiday wonderland of hundreds of types of Christmas cookies, how does one cookie stand apart? It must be one rich, decadent, and fudgey cookie! These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are seriously the best! They taste just like a brownie only better. They’re lightly crunchy on the outside, yet irresistibly chewy in the center. You’re […]

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An easy trick to bring butter and eggs to room temperature for baking

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Baking happens. Sometimes it’s planned days ahead, and sometimes you get the urge for something sweet out of nowhere. But, if you find yourself up for a little impromptu baking session, you might run into a few problems. Recipes regularly call for room temperature eggs, butter, and even milk — that means setting them out […]

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50+ restaurants offering holiday gift card specials and bonuses this month

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Whether it’s for your hard-to-buy-for father or your cousin obsessed with California Pizza Kitchen, most of us have a reason to buy a few gift cards this holiday season. But why walk away with just one gift card when you can also score a bonus for yourself? Here are a list of restaurant chains offering […]

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How to host a holiday party on a budget

Food

‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry! That said, when you’re hosting friends and family for the holidays, your grocery bill can easily double or even triple in no time! All that extra spending can add to the stress of the season, especially if you still have lots of presents to put under […]

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Homemade peppermint patties

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Peppermints are always a huge hit this time of year. There’s just something about that cool, zingy flavor that screams winter. This year, let these delicious treats freshen up your holiday dessert table. If you like York Peppermint Patties, you’ll love this homemade version even more. You can customize them to your liking, which is […]

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New Plants for 2020

Garden

Every year we see new and interesting plants introduced. It’s exciting to see what gardening professionals are interested in growing this season. Cultivate ’19 is a trade show spanning eight acres at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. During a visit to Cultivate over the summer, those pros showed what they were most excited about. New […]

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A peek inside our annual fishing gift guide

Outdoors

In some houses Christmas sounds like carols or laughter or wrapping paper tearing. Then there are fishing households. In those places, you’re as apt to hear phrases like “be careful casting that in here,” “please don’t hook yourself” and “now I know why they call it stinkbait” as anything else. But fishing gifts get people […]

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Five reasons winter hiking is healthy and fun

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The conversation was the same one we have every Thanksgiving. And Christmas. And New Year’s. I looked at my brother across the table. “So,” I said, “what time should I pick you up?” “Pick me up? For what?” he asked “For hiking, It gets dark sooner now than before, but if I come out early […]

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Looking at how leasing might impact hunter access long term

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Truly scientific polls are conducted at random. This does not appear to be that, so any results have to be considered in that context. But it’s interesting nonetheless. The American Hunting Lease Association is an organization that connects hunters and landowners, sells lease insurance and generally serves as the leasing industry’s representative. Earlier this year, […]

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Mentored youth trout program to continue despite complainers

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It’s Pennsylvania’s biggest youth fishing outreach program, one that appears popular with its target audience. And yet a small but vocal minority would kill it. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission makes available two mentored youth trout fishing days annually. One is the Saturday before the regional opening day of trout season, the other the […]

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