April 28, 2010 • in Gardening
High Season for Gardeners
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Anyone who gardens knows that this time of year is probably the most important time of all. Certainly, the local nurseries know it, since they need people just to direct traffic on the weekends. It’s the time for planting, mulching, …
April 26, 2010 • in Health
Recharging the Batteries in a Favorite Place
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I’ve been busy lately. And what I really need is a long vacation. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen soon. You know when you feel so tired—even when you’ve been getting enough sleep—that you just want to cry? That’s how …
April 23, 2010 • in Food & Recipes
Recipe: Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake
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I always say I’m more of a cook than a baker. My freewheeling, improvisational style doesn’t do well with exact recipes for finicky fripperies. However, a few times a year there are things like birthdays, and so I am asked …
April 21, 2010 • in Environment
Does Climate Change Exist, and Does It Even Matter?
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It amazes me, really, how many different views there can be on any one subject. Whether it’s religion, the best-tasting tomato variety, or the right way to cook a chicken, disagreement is de rigueur. The urge to find disagreements about …
April 19, 2010 • in Gardening
Plant a Kid’s Garden for Earth Day!
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Kids love gardening. What’s not to love? Digging in the dirt, good stuff to eat. Worms. Rocks. Fun stuff. But it’s not just about vegetables. In fact, vegetables are rather ephemeral. Here this year, gone next. Then you have to …
April 16, 2010 • in Books & Movies
Donatella Cooks…Really Well!
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My company publishes a lot of good cookbooks, so many I can’t really keep up with them all. But the other week one crossed my desk that I decided to open up immediately. It was a picture of “Orecchiette with …
April 14, 2010 • in Gardening
Back to the Nursery…It’s Planting Time!
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It’s only early April, but global warming has given me a serious case of spring fever. It started last week when I knew I was going to give a speech to the Pennsylvania Land Conservation Association, about 10 minutes away …