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March 23, 2016

Did you know that the date of Easter is tied to the motions of the Moon? It is observed on the Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon, which occurs on or shortly after March 21 (the fixed date of spring set by the church). Easter and the Motions of the Moon The Paschal Full Moon date was determined by calculations made in A.D. 325 that did not consider all factors of lunar motion, so it may differ from the actual full Moon date by a day or so. For those western Christian churches and others that... more

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

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 17, 2015

The September edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Monthly digital magazine is here! This issue discusses weather and weather forecasts, how to fall asleep fast, what to do with all that zucchini, and more fresh and useful topics. September Monthly Preview Here is a sneak peek at a few of the articles from the September Monthly: 5 New Ways to Use Zucchini The September Monthly says that you should never say “No” to zucchini! After all, there are more ways to eat it than just in bread (not that... more

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