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February 10, 2016

Valentine’s Day is February 14! (We hope you remembered!)  Ever wonder how chocolate, heart-shape boxes, and sweets became the tradition? Here’s a little Valentine’s Day history!   Valentine’s Day History Nobody knows exactly why chocolate has become the food of choice for many people on Valentine’s Day, February 14. At The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we eat it all year long! See our best chocolate recipes. 1500s: Handmade valentines were customarily being sent from admirers to sweethearts. 1521:... more

January 6, 2016

Benjamin Franklin, born on January 17, in 1706, not only was a world-renowned statesman, inventor, and scientist, but also was fascinated by agriculture and father of the modern almanac. To celebrate his birthday, here are some facts and quotes about the great man. Happy Birthday, Ben! Father of the Modern Almanac Benjamin Franklin’s portrait is on the front of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, as we honor Ben as the father of the modern almanac. He published Poor Richard’s Almanack in the American... more

December 31, 2015

Resolutions for a healthier lifestyle usually come with the start of a new year. The Old Farmer’s Almanac is here to help. Here are a few winter recipes to get you started! Winter Recipes for a Healthier Year Roasted Winter Vegetables 2 or 3 parsnips 2 pounds winter squash 4 carrots 1 firm eggplant 1 to 2 fennel bulbs 2 large red onions 6 cloves garlic 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary crushed red pepper, to taste ¼ cup olive oil Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Peel and cut up the vegetables... more

December 3, 2015

To commemorate December, the twelve month of the year, we have chosen 12 days of facts, folklore, and history from The Old Farmer’s Almanac to share with you! 12 Days of December December 5 A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men. –attributed to Roald Dahl, English writer (1916–90) December 6 Expect a snowstorm if sheep feed facing downhill. December 7 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: The USS Arizona Memorial rests above the sunken battleship at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.... more

November 17, 2015

These cookies are a favorite to share at parties, office gatherings, and late night get-togethers. They are especially great for the holidays and when you need a quick and easy dessert fix. You can make them any way you like, whether you like oatmeal cookies, chocolate chip cookies, cookies with walnuts, or coconut cookies. Can’t decide? Make it with all those things! Coconut Cowboy Cookies from the Everyday Baking Cookbook are the way to go!       COCONUT COWBOY COOKIES Ingredients: 2 cups... more

September 29, 2015

Test your food safety knowledge with this food safety quiz! The full-length version can be found in The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac. How Clean is Your Kitchen? Q: How long is clean food safe in the refrigerator? a. 1 to 2 days b. 3 to 4 days c.  5 to 6 days A: b. As long as no bacteria have come into contact with the cooked leftovers, the food is safe for 3 to 4 days.   Q: It is safe to thaw frozen food on the counter: True or false? A: False. Thaw food in the refrigerator, under cold running... more

September 23, 2015

We are taking a look back at some useful hints on everything from household chores to curing the sick—all courtesy of The 1900 edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac! Useful Hints from 1900 Iron pillowslips lengthwise instead of crosswise if you wish to iron wrinkles out instead of in. Do not give sick people fried foods or anything highly seasoned. Avoid hot bread and biscuits and strong tea and coffee. Bathe the face and hands of a feverish person with warm water that has a bit of common soda... more

August 28, 2015

Corn, “the vegetable that grows on an ear,” is a staple in most American diets. Read on for info on corn harvests, varieties of corn, a delicious corn recipe, and more from the Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids! A Cornucopia of Corn Facts Keep the Kernels Straight Dent corn, named for the little dent that appears on each side of a kernel when it dries, is grown to feed cows and chickens. Nearly 60 percent of all the corn grown in the U.S. is dent corn. Flint corn kernels have a hard exterior... more

August 25, 2015

As summer winds down, some of us may be feeling that we are missing something. More specifically, someone. A special someone. Today we revisit The Old Farmer’s Almanac Book of Love, published in 1996, to bring you the real scoop on all things romantic. Tips from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Book of Love Love—and Some Rumors—Are in the Air In Alaska, where women are outnumbered by men by about 10 to 1 (and by sled dogs about 20 to 1—or they were in 1996), there is a saying about finding a man: “... more

August 20, 2015

If you’ve ever been to the South, you know that when ordering tea there, it’s not really necessary to specify iced. Or sweet. And it can’t possibly be too sweet! Read on for some tea tidbits from the 1996 Old Farmer’s Almanac. Iced Tea: The Table Wine of the South Super Sweet Few tea traditionalists complain of tea that’s too sweet. They put the sugar in while the tea is hot for sweet saturation throughout and because less sugar is required if it is made that way. When sugar is added,... more

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