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FOOD: Two trendy kitchen gadgets to try now

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FOOD: Surprise your valentine with homemade truffles

They come in flavors like champagne, red velvet, strawberry cheesecake and crème brûlée. They’re small in size, big in flavor, and they scream, “Valentine’s Day!” ...

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    LOCAL DESTINATION: Where sky meets water. Get to know Welkinweir in Chester County

    Tucked in a little valley in northwestern Chester County, there’s a place called Welkinweir — “where sky meets water.” Welkinweir is the former home of Everett and Grace Rodebaugh, who in 1935 purchased the property — which includes a large, stone estate house — as a weekend retreat and summer home. Over time, they restored the land, which had been used heavily in support of the Reading Furnace and also for farming. Their efforts stand out most...

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    HOLIDAY TREATS: Locals share the art of clear toy candy

    Wearing a long skirt and apron, Suzanne Wainwright-Evans worked tirelessly in the kitchen of Perkiomen Township’s historic Pennypacker Mills. During last year’s Victorian Christmas, curious visitors filled the room, watching her make an old-fashioned favorite: clear toy candy.

    By Emily Ryan For Digital First Media |

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    BROOKS ON BEER: 6 books for the beer lover on your gift list

    The holidays are just around the corner. While beer is the obvious gift for that beer lover in your life — something to impress, like a winter seasonal or other specialty brew — you might consider giving them one of the many stellar beer books that debuted in 2017. Here are a few favorites.

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    FROM THE GROUND UP: That magical time of year

    Do you believe in fairies? Do you know someone who does? Just when Tchaikovsky’s Sugar Plum Fairy will be taking to stages everywhere comes a new book from the editors of Faerie Magazine: “The Faerie Handbook — An Enchanting Compendium of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects.”

    By Pamela Baxter|

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    FOOD: Holiday-ready rolls: 3 sweet, 1 savory

    Warm up your house and your guests’ hearts this holiday season with rich, buttery rolls — ranging from savory dill to sweet cinnamon.

    By Emily Ryan For Digital First Media |

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    FROM THE GROUND UP: Gardening gifts for the holidays

    As much as I’d love to play Santa to everyone who reads this column, that’s just not practical. But what I can do is put together a list of some of the gardening tools and related items that I think you or the gardeners on your own gift-list might enjoy. Here are my picks.

    By Pamela Baxter|

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    THE YANKEE CHEF: Dates get the spotlight in this cake recipe

    Although there are very few dates that can live up to Medjool’s reputation, using the cheaper, bagged variety is perfect for this recipe. Not only will it allow you to taste the orange-flavored tea, but if you were to compare two cakes side by side, one with Medjools and the other with the dates we are using, you will find the recipe below to be far superior. Enjoy!

    By Jim Bailey|

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    FOOD: Try your hand at homemade pasta

    Celebrate fall with a homemade pasta dish that’s sure to please. Whether you’re a pasta pro or first-timer, award-winning chef, author and restaurateur Marc Vetri has you covered.

    By Emily Ryan For Digital First Media|

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    THE YANKEE CHEF: Try this light, airy autumnal treat

    Not quite a pie, not quite a custard. This deliciously moist dessert is light, airy and bursting with that warm, “cuddly” taste, if that makes sense. There is just something about the smell of pumpkin cooking that instantly puts a smile on your face, and this treat will put a smile on even that one relative that is a little hard to crack.

    By Jim Bailey|

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    FROM THE GROUND UP: Bringing the outdoors in

    It took just that one night last week when the temperature dropped to somewhere around twenty degrees. Bam! That was it. The active growing season is over. Mother Nature has closed up her summer shop and moved it farther south. What to do now? Of course, you can take a break from tending green, growing things out of doors. Or, you can take this opportunity to turn to houseplants.

    By Pamela Baxter|

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