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Ask the Gardener: Sunflowers, lemon trees and plantains

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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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Authentic Maldivian breakfast to try at home

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Besides all of the fun and interesting people you meet, one of the most memorable aspects of traveling, for me, is the food (of course). I’m talking about enjoying local cuisines and new foods that can broaden your horizons and give your taste buds something brand new to crave when you get home. I discovered a […]

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How to perfectly melt chocolate

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Chocolate-dipped Oreos, chocolate-covered strawberries, cake decorations—lots of desserts call for perfectly smooth and melted chocolate. But melting chocolate can be intimidating. One wrong step and you’re left with a sticky mess and a burnt pan. However, with just a few simple tips, you can master the art of chocolate melting. MELTING CHOCOLATE ON THE STOVETOP […]

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What’s the difference between jam, jelly, marmalade, and preserves?

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Is there any breakfast more simply satisfying than toast with jam? Or wait, was that jelly? Or was it preserves? Maybe marmalade? Fruit spreads are all deliciously similar, but they do have definite distinctions. Whether you smother your fresh baguette with preserves from the farmers market or smear your peanut butter and jelly sandwich with Smuckers, […]

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10 foods that can substitute as cleaning supplies

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Cleaning the house isn’t exactly fun, but you might be able to make it easier — or at least, more amusing — with one of these 10 foods substituting as cleaning supplies. You can save some money by not spending on expensive specialty products, not to mention, you can avoid coming in contact with a […]

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Think tree seedlings for wildlife now

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“It’s getting late early,” that’s what Yankees great Yogi Berra once said. The Hall of Fame catcher was talking baseball, not wildlife. But if you’re thinking about offering food and cover for your favorite species, the words still apply. In short, it’s time to think about planting for the sake of habitat. Spring doesn’t officially […]

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Outdoor shows fill up calendar this winter

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Cabin fever schmabin fever. Brother, if you can’t get your outdoor fix in over the next three months, you just ain’t tryin. It’s true that the most popular hunting seasons are over and the most popular fishing ones are still a ways off. But that doesn’t mean you can’t walk, talk, plan and dream about […]

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Positive reviews for two inline muzzleloaders

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The timing was right if the results weren’t. Going into this past fall, Pennsylvania adopted its first-ever muzzleloader season for black bears. It overlapped with an antlerless deer season in mid-October, a wonderful time to be in the woods because of the weather, the color and the peace, relative to the statewide firearms season. I […]

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Outdoor Extras, the age of ice fishing 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 If you got a new rifle, scope or ammunition for Christmas – or maybe even all three – it’s time to hit the range and get sighted in. But start small. Or more […]

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Bear check station system may be tweaked

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Over the past few years, Pennsylvania’s wildlife managers devoted a lot of time to getting a handle on the state’s burgeoning black bear population. They plan to spend the next few getting a handle on that handle. The Pennsylvania Game Commission estimated bear numbers going into this past fall at around 20,000. Agency leaders, with […]

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How to grow herbs indoors

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Bright afternoon sun streams in the dining room window, backlighting a tall ‘Genovese’ basil plant. The herb is flanked by rosemary, thyme, tarragon, parsley and dill. The dill has bitten the dust, but the others are doing well on the windowsill. They will never grow with the vigor of outdoor plants in window light, but […]

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Catfish in the Classroom project underway

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Trout were rarely on the menu when Eric Davis grew up fishing in southwestern Pennsylvania’s Greene County. It’s not that he didn’t like the fish. But they were scarce. There’s just not a lot of the cold water habitat they need in the rolling, coal country hills bordering the West Virginia panhandle. Instead, he fished […]

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A new way to identify state game lands

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It’s a small change, one many people might overlook. But it’s part of an evolution of sorts. Pennsylvania Game Commission officials are hoping it will have at least some impact. The agency – responsible for managing all Keystone States wildlife for all residents, yet funded solely by hunters, trappers and shooters – is tweaking the […]

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Outdoor Extras, including winter camping advice

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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 Suggest a winter camping trip to an uninitiated friend and the reaction is often muted at best. Or, to be more accurate, they just plain call you crazy. But winter can be a […]

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Spicy Thai tuna stuffed avocados

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Tuna stuffed avocados are an easy yet impressive meal that definitely need a spot in your healthy New Year menu. No fatty mayonnaise here! Just tasty tuna, creamy avocado, and loads of fresh and delicious extras. This is one of those great recipes that is super customizable. Don’t like cilantro? Leave it out. Don’t like […]

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Attracting birds to the garden

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As the sun peers over the horizon a wren is happily singing away, already on the hunt for a mate, the days are getting longer. Max the Wonder Dog is 16, but even he listens quizzically to the little bird chirping away. As the fog burns off, peanuts are added to the birdfeeder, shell and […]

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Ask the Gardener: Peace Lily, Amaryllis Problems and Planting Trees

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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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Great horned owls make most of winter

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Mention rebirth and wildlife babies and new beginnings and most people probably think of spring. And mid- to late spring at that. That’s with good reason. Few species, though they mate in fall, give birth before then. Think white-tailed deer, for example. The rut, or breeding season, starts in October, hits its high point in […]

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PA rules for tagging deer under discussion

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This is one possible rules change sure to get Pennsylvania deer hunters talking. As if any wouldn’t. Pennsylvania Game Commissioners are meeting Jan. 24 and 25 in Harrisburg. They will preliminarily adopt seasons and bag limits for the 2020-21 hunting and trapping year at that time. One proposal expected to be on the agenda deals […]

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Outdoor news, gear and more

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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 Just how much time do you spend outdoors? What do you do while out there? What kind of success do you see? Keeping a logbook is a fun way to answer those questions, […]

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Examining the mindset of the American hunter

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You are not alone. Not if you’ve got hunting on the brain pretty much all the time. At work, at school, at the dinner table, in the truck, everywhere. Plenty of other folks are dreaming the same dreams and doing so just as often. According to some new research, 51.5 percent of hunters think about […]

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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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