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Adams County's Rettland Farm

on Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:18

Rettland Farm, made up of several area lots of land owned and leased by the Ramsburg family, is the type of farm/business that people that like to support. Small businesses want to succeed, and their owners appreciate being able to see customers enjoying the end product of the family’s work.

The Ramsburgs and their staff focus on chickens, pigs and sheep in the livestock area, and are also expanding into various grains that are now allowing them to offer items such as warthog flour, milled just down the road right below the Maryland/Pennsylvania border at Union Mills, shown immediately

The Cost of Pennsylvania Public Colleges

on Sun, 07/06/2014 - 00:48

An online news article posted by a local television news department regarding the most expensive public colleges caught my attention; half of the list was comprised of colleges in my home state of Pennsylvania. An online Facebook conversation with some friends pointed out that the list was problematic; many of the Pennsylvania institutions listed were all satellite branches of Penn State, and thus would obviously all be at the same approximate price point.

Should those campuses be looked at as one entity, or individual colleges?

Seasoned Corn Chips

on Sun, 06/01/2014 - 02:25

While making homemade tortilla strips for salads, I stumbled upon a method that reminded me more of a commercial corn chip than either fried or baked tortilla chips. By combining both processes and adding seasonings, one can end up with a nice snacking chip that would hold up to a dip or be flavorful enough to skip the dip completely. While the steps start with frying, only three tablespoons of olive oil is used in the pan.

While any oven-proof pan can work, this process seems made for a cast iron pan, which also cleans easily afterward.

This recipe lends itself to experimentation with

York County Camera Club Presentation

on Sat, 05/03/2014 - 21:48

I've had the pleasure of judging photography competitions for the York County Camera Club (Pennsylvania) a few times, and it was obvious that the group was very friendly, active and enthusiastic about sharing their interests and skills. Anyone in southern Pennsylvania or northern Maryland with an interest in exploring photograph and/or increasing their skills should visit the group during one of their two meetings each month. While there is a very reasonable $20.00 fee to join, they graciously offer visitors a chance to attend two meetings before joining.

If you're available on the evening

Grilled, Crispy Tofu

on Sun, 03/23/2014 - 00:52


As someone who grills a lot, but has a vegetarian in the family, I've been trying to nail down the best way to grill tofu. I'm convinced that negative reactions about tofu are largely based on texture, so that's part of the battle. I've tried various hints and suggestions, but it was always missing something, which I think we've found: a light coating of cornstarch.

Don't say that you dislike tofu until you've tried the following steps. All are suggested elsewhere on the web, but the combination is essential for the best texture and taste.

• Freeze the (firm or extra firm) tofu in the


on Sun, 02/23/2014 - 02:51

S., by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

Lovers of books, mysteries and/or design will appreciate “S.” by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. That’s Abrams from television and movie fame, and his storytelling skills both through dialogue and visual interest are put to work, via the writing of three-time Jeopardy winner and author Dorst. But calling this a book doesn’t do it justice.

I read about this venture and shared it with a few folks, one of whom gave me a glimpse. After seeing it, picking up a copy was a no-brainer.

The layered mystery begins with a hard back book written in 1949 by (fictional