3 great kitchen gadgets, old-time weights, sparrows

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Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, October 10, 2017

swallows on wire

On random wires the rows of summer swallows
Wait for their liftoff.
They will soon be gone
Before All Saints' and before All Hallows'
The changing time when we are most alone
.
–May Sarton (1912–95)

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3 Best Kitchen Tools to Preserve the Harvest
3 Best Kitchen Tools to Preserve the Harvest

I confess to being a lazy cook. For example, the idea of peeling, coring, and slicing apples makes me a reluctant pie maker. Here are three of my favorite kitchen gadgets to preserve the harvest.
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Rent a Maple Tree

A truly memorable Christmas gift. After the spring sap run, each tree tenant gets at least 60 ounces of the finest wood-fired maple syrup. Your friends get the delicious results, and you get the raves!

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How to Make a Pie: Crusts, Fillings, and More
How to Make a Pie: Crusts, Fillings, and More

Pie, brought over with the earliest settlers from England, has become an American institution. Making a tender, flaky pie crust isn’t just about the crust recipe; it’s about the right techniques. Keep everything cold and work the dough sparingly. See our tips—plus, videos on how to jazz up your top...
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Lighthouse Doorstop

This doorstop props open doors through its unique design, not its weight.  Made in the USA.

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Unusual Places to Grow Your Own Food

When it comes to finding space to grow your own fruit and vegetables, it pays to look beyond the obvious. We share some of the weird and totally wonderful places where you could be growing your own.
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Almanac Slanted Kitchen Basket

Here’s a new slant on basket design that works well for people with limited counter space. Stack potatoes and onions high for maximum storage, but enjoy easy access. Many fill the Slanted Basket with fancy gourds for a seasonal display. Others use it to hold hand towels. 

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The Rise of a Sparrow
The Rise of a Sparrow

What’s brown and brown and brown all over? What skulks like a cat, camouflages like a chameleon, thrives in all climates, all weathers, and is mostly overlooked? What’s our best metaphor for insignificance?
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Almanac Berry Basket

This super-strong 4-quart basket was designed with blueberry- and strawberry-picking in mind. It will hold four 1-quart berry containers. Comes in handy for farmers’ market shopping. Great for kitchen or craft storage, too.

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Old-Time Weights and Measures
Old-Time Weights and Measures

Ever heard of a firkin, hogshead, and coomb?  Convert old-time English weights and measures to modern-day equivalencies with this chart from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
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Features amazing photography, weather proverbs, historical weather events, and trivia! 

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