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June 25, 2015

Summer is here! That means family gatherings, which in turn means home cooked food. Satisfy your cravings for all things salty and fatty with delicious Southern-Fried Chicken. Fried Chicken Although it is bikini season, if there’s ever a time to eat a little more than usual, it’s when there’s fried chicken on the table! As Damon Lee Fowler, defender of lard and author of Classical Southern Cooking, said, “If you’re worried about fat, why are you even thinking of fried chicken in the first place... more

June 22, 2015

Nothing beats a tasty beet! They are also very nutritious. They are good for cardiovascular and liver health, proven to lower the risk of certain cancers, and helpful in boosting energy levels. Below are some fun facts to enjoy about this power veggie! Beets: The Summer Vegetable That Can’t Be Beat! When beets were first discovered to be edible, their greens were most valued. Now, however, most people think the beetroot is the best. Red beets are the most popular, but they also come in yellow... more

June 17, 2015

The July issue of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Monthly Digital Magazine is here to help you survive and thrive during the peak of summer. Check out a sneak peek of this month’s issue below. July Monthly Preview What Would Summer Be Without Watermelon? Hopefully, we’ll never have to know the answer to that question. Watermelon is a quintessential summer food, and you can learn all about it in the July Monthly. Learn to select the best watermelon at the store, and how to best remove the seeds once... more

June 15, 2015

Looking for a fun way to spend your Father’s Day? Fishing, having a barbeque or picnic, celebrating the summer solstice, and going camping are all dad worthy activities. Father’s Day Activities Father’s Day (Sunday June 21, 2015) falls on one of our Best Fishing Days. Not sure where to go? Check out this list of best fly fishing holes. For insight on what to bring, see our list of items to include in a tackle box here. Be sure to look at these handy fishing tips before you and your dad head out... more

June 5, 2015

There’s an amazing array of foliage options beyond plain green, from solid colors such as purple and gold to all sorts of interesting combinations and patterns. Fabulous Foliage (Purple Edition) ADD PASSION WITH PURPLE “Purple” foliage usually refers to dark shades such as dusky plum, rich burgundy, and deep maroon. Blend these moody hues into beds of bright reds, oranges, and yellows, and you’ll add an element of sophistication. Mixed into beds of pastel bloom (light pink, soft peach, or... more

June 1, 2015

The June issue of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Monthly is here! Take a peek inside for next month’s best tips and tricks. Inside the June Almanac MONTHLY   Great Greats Four of our favorite grain salad recipes Summer is the perfect time to experiment with whole grains. One way is to add them to salads. Start with summer-fresh herbs, tomatoes, or other seasonal vegetables and add a tasty dressing, and you are well on your way. Check out our four delicious salad recipes in this month’s ... more

May 26, 2015

Weather is always on a gardener’s mind, and last year’s extremes, from record low winter temperatures to the third consecutive year of drought in many states and provinces, are driving new trends for 2015. New Edibles Trends in the Garden Try these varieties if you’re looking for plants that tolerate heat or drought, thrive in containers and small gardens—or just taste and look great! ‘Mardi Gras’ Radish Photo Credit: W. Atlee Burpee & Co. This is a mix of party colors in a seed packet. ‘... more

May 15, 2015

What better way to celebrate this wonderful holiday than sounding off on a list of our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes! It’s National Chocolate Chip Day Everybody has a favorite way to bake a warm chocolate chip cookie, but if you’re looking for something new we’ve compiled a list of twists on the classic cookie and provided a few reader-submitted recipes as well. Scale: 1 is closest to the classic chocolate chip cookie, 10 varies greatly 1. Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookie... more

May 12, 2015

Looking for a new puppy who will come to your rescue? Have you considered a Saint Bernard? The Loveable Lifesavers The Saint Bernard Dog is believed to be a descendent of mastiff-type dogs brought to Switzerland by the Romans between 1200 and 800 B.C. Swiss farmers called them talhunde (“valley dogs”) or bauernhunde (“farm dogs”). With its natural ability for scent work, drafting, and pulling, the breed eventually became a loyal helper guarding property, herding sheep and cattle, and... more

May 7, 2015

Mother’s Day is May 10—have you found the perfect gift yet? Mother’s Day Gifting In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill designating the second Sunday in May as a legal holiday to be called “Mother’s Day”—dedicated “to the best mother in the world, your mother.” For the first few years, the day was observed as a legal holiday, but in absolute simplicity and reverence—church services were held in honor of all mothers, living and dead. In many ways, the family observance much... more

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