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Celebrate summer with Piña Colada Cupcakes

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Enjoy the taste of the classic cocktail, now as a cupcake! These are kid-friendly, and the perfect way to incorporate fresh summer pineapples in your desserts. You can use canned pineapple, but if you have the time to crush a few slices of fresh pineapple, go for it. You’ll get so much more flavor. Top […]

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Kayak catfishing growing in popularity

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Justin Johnson never goes fishing intending to develop a hernia. But it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Blame it on a change of heart and a change in equipment that followed. Johnson, an East Tennessee native, was a bass fisherman early on. Then, in a tackle shop one day, he saw a photo […]

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Ask the Gardener: Clematis wilt, lemon tree, container tomatoes, 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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Hike to Hunt Challenge offered by Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

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Every hunter, man or woman, who’s ever stopped halfway up a hill, gasping for air, drenched in sweat, pulse racing, attached to a rope with a dead deer at the other end, has said it. I’ve got to get in shape before next season. Well, here’s your chance. Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, the sportsmen’s group […]

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Release of chronic wasting disease plan delayed while public outreach continues

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It’s all about speed when it comes to controlling chronic wasting disease. And yet, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is delaying release of its disease management plan. That’s by design, said Bryan Burhans, executive director of the agency. The new plan was due out this month, but he didn’t feel like it was ready. Instead, the […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a blueberry crunch recipe

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Select S1 Company: Sawyer Gear type: Water filter Product description: Staying properly hydrated is hugely important in the backcountry, or even when just out on a day hike in a local park or forest. So it’s critical to be able to […]

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Ask The Gardener: Harvesting garlic, tomatoes and the cold, bees 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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Best Bee Saving Pollinators

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Jim Fitzroy is attempting to give away his recipe for something called hot honey as his friend Michelle Wright tries hard (with a wink) to keep the ingredients a closely guarded secret. Wright is a WTAE-TV news anchor as well as a beekeeper who shares a love of bees with Fitzroy. The two are just […]

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Ask the Gardener: Unknown invasive, rhododendrons, plant IDs and more

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Ask The Gardener: Unknown invasive, rhododendrons, plant IDs and more Gardening 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 […]

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Caprese summer rolls are the newest must-have recipe for warm weather days

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Perhaps you’ve heard of the Caprese Salad. The combination of ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and soft mozzarella is a recipe that doesn’t need much improvement. But when you just can’t get enough of the Italian trio, it is fun to experiment with other ways to enjoy these classic ingredients. Welcome your first summer produce haul […]

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15 foods that are illegal in the United States

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America might be the land of the free, but when it comes to food, Uncle Sam has put up a few restrictions. If you live in the United States and have a hankering for haggis or horse meat, you’ll have to hop the pond to get a taste. For others, you’ll have to head to Africa […]

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How to freeze asparagus

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Asparagus is one of the first official signs of spring and a promise that more homegrown produce is right on its heels. All winter long we wait for those green spears to show in the garden, but just like that, warm weather hits and the season is over. If you’re getting into June and you […]

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Ask The Gardener: Changing rose colors, tomatoes, caterpillars 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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Grant Woods offers advice on hunting mature bucks

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It’s a different world deer hunters live in these days. That’s what Grant Woods believes, in at least one sense. Creator of GrowingDeerTV.com, Woods hunts all over the country. One change is evident everywhere he goes. “When I was a boy, growing up in Missouri, the only food plot was Granny’s garden or some farmer’s […]

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Fun times camping sometimes born of chaos

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There was giggling amidst the chaos. That’s always a good sign. We’d spent the morning hiking, the afternoon swimming and the first part of evening eating ice cream. We followed that up with a dinner of simple but delicious pizza mountain pies. The next morning promised a guided striped bass fishing trip early and kayak […]

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Avoid strainers to stay safe, alive this boating season

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Don’t become spaghetti. When I and some others used to teach boating safety to our troop of Scouts, and talked turned to hazards on the water, we offered that as one piece of advice. The initial look we got was usually one of confusion. But we explained it like this. Paddle any river or creek […]

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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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