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THE YANKE CHEF: This snack might become a new favorite |Mar 28, 2017

What I adore about this recipe is the low amount of refined table sugar and the fact that any berry or orchard fruit would be perfectly acceptable in this recipe. The crispy nut base is accentuated with fresh fruit, making it a great after school snack or addition to breakfast.

FROM THE GROUND UP: More than plants at the Philadelphia Flower Show |Mar 22, 2017

Each year I go to the Philadelphia Flower Show with hope in my heart. This is not because I am pining for green, growing things and fragrant flowers. It’s because I hope that behind all the grandeur and amazement that is the Flower Show, I will find something that informs and inspires me.

THE YANKEE CHEF: A peach pudding to welcome Spring |Mar 22, 2017

I think this “pudding” is out of this world. It reminds me of a chocolate pudding cake.....moist and decadent. To me, it is a mixture of the New England Cobbler and a Buckle. This classic is usually prepared using a sugar syrup that is poured over the top, but I find the natural sweetness of peaches and oranges is far superior, sorry Tennessee purists.

Soup’s on! Celebrate spring with five fresh recipes |Mar 22, 2017

After a warm February and snowy March, it’s officially spring ­­‑ a time when chefs eagerly await tendrils, shoots and other tempting ingredients for seasonal soups.

Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown wants you to vote to name their jaguar cubs |Mar 20, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> The Elmwood Park Zoo has narrowed down the name suggestions for their recently-born jaguar cubs, and now it’s your turn to vote for the top contenders.

The Table: ROME, ITALY – Capital of Two States |Mar 19, 2017

Rome is located along the Tiber River in the central-western part of the Italian Peninsula. It is the capital of the Lazio region. It is also known as “Caput Mundi” – Capital of the World.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Does beer belong in the garden? |Mar 17, 2017

I didn’t even know that such a thing as “leftover beer” existed or that it might be considered a dilemma. So I was surprised at a recent family gathering when the talk turned to the topic of excess brew and what to do with it.

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Wonderful wall designs using antiques |Mar 16, 2017

Integrating antiques, vintage items, and family heirlooms into a home’s interior design aesthetic spark memories and bring dazzle to a room. Don’t be afraid to place something old alongside of something new and contemporary.

THE TABLE: Tulip Time in Holland and Philadelphia |Mar 15, 2017

On the average the weather has been relatively mild so far this winter.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Get dinner done in a snap with quick ‘risotto’ |Mar 15, 2017

Serve up some Cheesy No-Rice Risotto ... which just so happens to be gluten free I might add.

FOOD: Enjoy the sweet luck o’ the Irish |Mar 15, 2017

At Bridge Street Chocolates in Phoenixville, a leprechaun and a shamrock garland decorate the store, tempting candy lovers to indulge in a sweet St. Patrick’s Day treat: the Irish potato.

How you can coax spring bulbs to bloom early |Mar 10, 2017

The scents and sights of spring-flowering bulbs don’t have to completely go away just because it’s winter.

Plan your visit to the 2017 Philadelphia Flower show with this Survival Guide |Mar 10, 2017

The 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show promises to be a grand spectacle. But it’s the little things, such as knowing how to get there and how to navigate the show, that can help make your day amid the beautiful blooms that much easier and delightful.

Philadelphia Flower Show Gardener’s Studio to feature gardening experts, authors on 85 topics |Mar 10, 2017

The Gardener’s Studio is the place where serious gardeners gather hourly at the Philadelphia Flower Show to find ways of making their green thumbs a little bit greener.

Shopping is in season at the Philadelphia Flower Show |Mar 10, 2017

Philadelphia >> Philadelphia Flower Show visitors come for the gorgeous floral displays and the taste of spring it offers. But along the way, they may be tempted to do a little shopping, and the Flower Show folks are prepared with items large and small to fit any budget.

Was ‘tulipmania’ almost Holland’s economic ruin? |Mar 10, 2017

“Holland” is the theme of the 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show, but did you know that hundreds of years ago that country was in a state of unrest over its celebrated tulips?

Philadelphia Flower Show to feature Ecodome showcasing Netherlands’ horticultural innovations |Mar 10, 2017

One of the centerpieces at this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show looks like it’s from the future — and, in a way, it is.

Philadelphia Flower Show visitors to be greeted with 30,000 flowers, floating canopy |Mar 10, 2017

PHILADELPHIA >> Thirty thousand flowers — with an additional 6,000 blooms suspended in a giant floral canopy — will welcome guests to the 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, “Holland: Flowering the World,” from March 11 to 19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Master rosarian to offer tips for growing roses, |Mar 10, 2017

Flower Show visitors will take time to stop and smell the roses — or at least learn the best ways to grow, purchase and appreciate the aromatic flowers — when renowned rosarian Patricia Bilson returns to the Gardener’s Studio at the Philadelphia Flower Show March 15 at 11 a.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Gold Medal Plants list offers blueprint for beginning gardeners |Mar 10, 2017

With hundreds of thousands of plant species in the world, choosing the right ones for your home garden can be a daunting and perhaps even overwhelming task.

Philadelphia Flower Show to present new attractions, extraordinary experiences |Mar 10, 2017

PHILADELPHIA >> This year’s Philadelphia Flower Show will have visitors taking a step across the ocean with the theme “Holland: Flowering the World” that is sure to offer activities and adventures for attendees of all ages.

THE TABLE: WILMINGTON, DELAWARE — Small Wonder |Mar 9, 2017

Approximately 30 miles from our area travelling south is Wilmington, Delaware. It is the largest city in Delaware. First occupied and developed by the Lenape Indians, it was built on the site of Fort Christina where the Christina and Brandywine Rivers join, with the Christina River flowing into the Delaware River.

DUTCH TREAT: Flower Show menus take root |Mar 7, 2017

Ever enjoyed a saucijzenbroodje? Now’s your chance. Try the Dutch sausage roll at this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show, celebrating Holland.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Add this one-skillet turkey dinner to your weekday repertoire |Mar 7, 2017

A lighter version of the classic Normandy dish, this recipe can be geared toward children’s palate’s by leaving out the alcohol. I also don’t muddle the taste with mushrooms because, let’s face it, most kids will turn their nose up this fungus.

Chronicling America: Internet opens access to old newspaper stories |Mar 6, 2017

Old newspapers are a prime source of information for historians and genealogists. But accessibility has been a problem for generations. If you lived in Keokuk, Iowa, and wanted information on the development of the iron industry in Pottstown and Phoenixville, the only way to get it was to travel halfway across the United States to research past editions of local dailies or weeklies, or to hire someone to do it for you.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Through the camera lens at Jenkins Arboretum |Mar 2, 2017

The announcement of a nature photography show brought me to Jenkins Arboretum last week. Jenkins Arboretum is a little gem set in Chester County, barely a mile from Route 202, in Devon, Pa. The arboretum’s 48 acres occupy a steep, wooded slope, with paved pathways winding from the Education Center and parking area at the top of the hill down to a pond edged with cattails.

FOOD: Chefs share favorite comfort foods |Mar 1, 2017

Move over mac and cheese. You’re not the only dish in town when it comes to comfort food.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Southern corn bread recipe gets a makeover |Mar 1, 2017

Ordinarily made with almost boiling water, Southern favorite Hot Water Corn Bread is given a makeover with a touch more flavor ... OK, a whole lot more flavor AND texture. It is still crispy but with the addition of apple juice instead of water and some bites of actual corn, it really is a step up.

THE TABLE: ‘Wonderful COPENHAGEN’ Denmark |Feb 26, 2017

It was a long-long time before Danny Kaye introduced to the world the song “Wonderful Copenhagen” in 1952 and the city’s beginnings as a Viking fishing village established in the 10th century.

VIDEO: Jaguar cubs at Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown learn to play |Feb 24, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> The jaguar cubs at Elmwood Park Zoo are one month old today, and the zoo is celebrating by introducing them to toys.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Getting the most out of the Flower Show |Feb 23, 2017

With its stunning garden exhibits, floral displays, miniatures, individual plant entries, and so much more, the Philadelphia Flower Show is always a delight to the senses — plenty to engage the eye and the nose.

FOOD: Fun fare for Fat Tuesday |Feb 22, 2017

Rio celebrates Carnival. New Orleans enjoys Mardi Gras. Venice masquerades. This Fat Tuesday, feel that festive vibe and splurge on some classic carnival food. It’s not just for summer.

Glenside business creates prop for Melissa McCarthy’s SNL sketch |Feb 22, 2017

GLENSIDE >> Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, ranting at and physically going after reporters with a podium, is putting a Glenside company that built the attack podium on the map.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Bright spots in the winter |Feb 21, 2017

If you look broadly at the winter landscape, it’s easy to see it all just in browns and grays interspersed with the occasional dark green of non-deciduous trees. But look a little closer and you’ll find that there are shrubs that are full of color, providing an artistic contrast to winter’s otherwise monochromatic palette.

NUTRITION: Trust your gut instincts. Whole grains are good for you |Feb 21, 2017

The human digestive tract is home to tens of trillions of microorganisms, collectively referred to as the gut microbiota.

THE YANKEE CHEF: A quick, tasty recipe for ‘best gravy you’ll ever have’ |Feb 21, 2017

What a great way to make something that is good for you AND a phenomenal way to introduce vegetables into your children’s diet without them even knowing. I have done away with the classic roux thickener here, without any loss of flavor.

THE TABLE: ST. LOUIS, Missouri – 1904 was a very busy year |Feb 19, 2017

St. Louis Missouri lies on the western bank of the Mississippi River across from the state of Illinois. Directly across from the Missouri St. Louis is the city of East St. Louis, Illinois. It is a mighty river separating them as it flows south into the Gulf of Mexico.

THE TABLE: SCOTLAND – Would you eat Haggis? |Feb 15, 2017

Scotland lies in the northern third of Great Britain. It is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the North Channel and the Irish Sea with a border to the south shared with England. The Scottish mainland and its 790 islands are part of Great Britain Great Britain is made-up of England, Wales and Scotland.

Winter’s bounty: Fantastic fruits to enjoy now |Feb 15, 2017

Orange, kiwi, clementine. Lemon, pear, grapefruit. Area chefs put a sunny spin on their favorite seasonal fruits, preparing them in ways guaranteed to ease those winter doldrums.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Versatile chutney makes good use of leftover dried fruit |Feb 14, 2017

Yes, I had some dried fruit left over (and as a gift) from Christmas. Usually I do something in the cake or pie department but I thought I would mix it up a bit and prepare a recipe that had some bite to it .

Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown posts new photos of adorable jaguar cubs |Feb 10, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> The Elmwood Park Zoo has shared new photos on their Facebook page of the jaguar cubs who were born Tuesday, Jan.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Adding chickens to the garden |Feb 9, 2017

When it comes to the growing trend of raising backyard chickens, all the workshops and information I’ve come across have focused on the basics: coops and runs, breeds, feeds, brooding, and egg production.

THE YANKEE CHEF: This hearty side dish is packed with flavor |Feb 8, 2017

If you don’t have a mandolin for this recipe, it is easily prepared simply by slicing the potatoes and apple with a sharp knife as thinly as possible. If desired, cut potatoes in half and lay the flat side on a work surface to cut.

Wine + hot chocolate: Surprise your Valentine with this trendy treat |Feb 8, 2017

“We’re going to let some of that alcohol burn off,” said Patrick Byrne, after adding French merlot to a mixture of hot milk, dark chocolate, brown sugar, spices and more.

THE TABLE: The Native Indians of Pennsylvania |Feb 5, 2017

Long before the coming of the “white man” the state of Pennsylvania was inhabited by six tribes of “Indians.” They were the Shawnee and Ohio Valley tribe along with the Erie, Iroquois, Munsee Delaware, Susquehannock and the Lenape Delaware.

FROM THE GROUND UP: A few minutes can help the birds |Feb 2, 2017

Do you have fifteen minutes? No, this isn’t a GEICO ad! It’s an invitation to join in the 20th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). Launched in 1998 as a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, the GBBC was the first online “citizen-science” project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Warm up with this Italian-style split pea soup |Jan 31, 2017

If pancetta is too expensive, by all means try other cured hams, or even boiled ham. I have used a new product from my deli called Italian Hot Ham, and the heat is absolutely perfect. And if you are wondering if there is a difference between Canadian split peas and green split peas .

SNACK BOARDS: Offering something for every Super Bowl fan |Jan 31, 2017

Wearing a Steelers cap, Joe Martinelli carried a tray of Super Bowl food fit for a quarterback. Even though his team didn’t win, fans are sure to cheer his “snack board” suggestions for the big game.

Snow is on the horizon with Pennsylvania Snowshoe Race at Spring Mountain |Jan 27, 2017

UPPER SALFORD >> People that are missing the snow this season can chill out at the 12th Annual Pennsylvania Snowshoe Race on Saturday morning.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Time to think about the next veggie garden season |Jan 26, 2017

In just a few months, vegetable seed display racks will be going up in garden centers, hardware stores, and supermarkets. So many inviting varieties vying for your attention! Or maybe you’ve already gotten a mailbox-full of seed catalogues from Burpee, Parks, Johnny’s, and other seed purveyors.