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February 2, 2015

On Valentine’s Day—in fact, on any day!—candy is dandy but chocolate is nonpareil. Several years ago, it was the special ingredient in the Almanac’s Reader Recipe Contest, and we received a flood of entries. The first recipe here is one of the winners. Following it are chocolate recipes from the February Monthly that are near and dear to our sweet hearts. Chicken in Chocolate Sauce Piquante CHICKEN: 1 chicken, cut into four pieces 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened 1 teaspoon... more

January 28, 2015

Old Farmer’s Almanac readers are always happy to share time- and money-saving tricks for you to try out in your garden! For even more gardening tips and to discover the best days to start planting, check out our current edition. Green Thumbs’ Tell-All Tales For Quick Compost … • Put fruit and vegetable peels into the blender, add water, and process. Spread around fruit trees, in pots, and around the herb garden. When Starting Seeds, Use … • Old ice cube trays, plastic trays from microwavable... more

January 26, 2015

Never hurts to try out some new baking tips! These were taken from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Everyday Baking cookbook. You can find even more tips and helpful tricks in our Comfort Food cookbook! Try Our Baking Tips! A Good Turn for Your Pie • Ken Haedrich recommends rotating pies 180 degrees midway through the baking. The back of most ovens is typically hotter than the front. Rotating helps baked goods to cook evenly and balances the surface browning. Coming Up Short with Toothpick... more

January 21, 2015

Do you know your onions? Cooking Fresh breaks it down, defining different types of onions that are definitely worth trying! Cooking Fresh: Know Your Onions DRY, OR BULB, ONIONS include spring/summer sweet onions, such as Vidalia and Bermuda, and the stronger-flavor, fall/winter storage onions, such as Yellow Globe. They may be white, red, or yellow and are harvested after the tops have died down. Sweet onions have thin skins and a mild taste that makes them perfect for eating raw or using... more

January 19, 2015

Dried tomatoes add color and flavor to salads, pizza, soups, pesto, and sauces. Paste types work best, as they have less water. Cooking Fresh: How to Oven-Dry Tomatoes Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash about 5 pounds of tomatoes. Peel the skins, if desired. Remove the stems and blemishes. Cut the tomatoes in half, take out the seeds, and then cut the halves into ½- to ¾-inch slices. Place the tomato slices on cookie sheets such that they do not touch each other.... more

January 15, 2015

The Old Farmer’s Almanac February Monthly covers everything from this month’s sky map to Valentine’s Day facts and folklore! Have you ever wondered if there are tricks to finding that perfect person with whom you will live out the rest of your days? We’ve got the answer for you in this month’s edition! February February, a form Pale-vestured, wildly fair,— One of the North Wind’s daughters, With icicles in her hair.–Edgar Fawcett, American poet (1847–1904) Credit: Martha Lind... more

January 12, 2015

Our new Cooking Fresh book-agazine features dishes that simple, delicious, fresh, and fast—that's this collection of more than 160 recipes for soups, salads, side dishes, main dishes, and desserts. These recipes help to turn nutritious, garden-fresh ingredients (from asparagus to zucchini) into delicious menus, meals, and treats for family and friends. Sprinkled throughout are hints and tips to help cooks enjoy the just-picked flavor and benefits of the ingredients. Cooking Fresh Tips & ... more

January 7, 2015

Each month The Old Farmer’s Almanac Engagement Calendar 2015 features animal signs of the Chinese zodiac. Read below to see if you match your birth profile! Animals Signs of the Chinese Zodiac January: Rat BIRTH PROFILE: Ambitious and sincere, you can be generous with your money. You are compatible with the dragon and the monkey, and your opposite is the horse. February: Ox or Buffalo BIRTH PROFILE: A leader, you are bright, patient, and cheerful. You are compatible with the snake... more

January 5, 2015

Check out our BRAND NEW Cooking Fresh magazine loaded with tips and recipes to satisfy your taste buds! Simple, delicious, fresh, and fast - that's this collection of more than 160 recipes for soups, salads, side dishes, main dishes, and desserts. These recipes help to turn nutritious, garden-fresh ingredients (from asparagus to zucchini) into delicious menus, meals, and treats for family and friends. A Few Secrets to Great Cookies Use good, fresh ingredients. Spices lose their flavor... more

January 1, 2015

The Old Farmer’s Almanac January Monthly features good food ideas for your best intentions! The holidays have passed—and now you are starting to regret all of the fudge, cookies, pies, and other indulgences that you enjoyed. It is no wonder that statistics show that close to 40 percent of us who make New Year’s resolutions will rate losing weight and eating healthier as a top priority. January Monthly: Resolution-ary Recipes The basic tenets of a healthy diet, endorsed by many health... more


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