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Tradition and Plum Bread

Posted by LacCreta Holland on 12/18 at 10:55 AM

Phyllis Richman, the former food critic of The Washington Post, wrote a beautiful article published in the Post in November 1992, that I keep in my files and read at this time of the year. She focused on the rituals of her family:

“It’s about ritual. Once upon a time, rituals grew from childhood and developed naturally throughout a lifetime. These days there is seldom time for that. Repetition makes the various parts of the holiday familiar. That’s what creates the bonds: recognition, memory. The beauty of a family ritual is that even if you are not there, you can imagine what is going on. You can evoke the rhythm..the smells, the conversations. One ‘holiday’ is linked to another.”

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Lots of smells, tastes, and sights to behold at the State College Indoor Farmers Market

Posted by Anna Lombardo on 12/16 at 11:21 AM

When I opened the doors to the State College Municipal Building last Friday, it was a cold, clammy day. I hadn’t seen the sun in what felt like weeks. And yet, as I entered the building and made my first trip to the State College Winter Farmers’ Market, I felt that familiar coziness (perhaps a mixture of good food, electric heat, and pre-holiday cheer?) come over me. It was the indoor market’s first gathering of the season.

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Holiday events with a local food twist

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 12/11 at 11:06 AM

There are several holiday events coming up that have a local food angle to them. If you want to celebrate the holiday and support local food vendors, here are several opportunities to do so:

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Yes, believe it or not, there are still local veggies/fruits ‘in season’

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 12/09 at 10:01 AM

With winter in full swing across the area, it may come as a surprise to many that there are still vegetables and fruits that are “in season” and available via both CSA’s and local farmers markets. Here are some examples of vegetables that are available either due to being able to store them well or because they can be grown in greenhouses:

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Two soups to help you fight the winter chill

Posted by James Sechrengost on 12/05 at 09:18 AM

With the weather getting cold and miserable, I have to wonder what was I thinking moving from Southern California to Pennsylvania? Of course now they are in monsoon season. I remember when I got to SoCal one of the first things the military had me do was fight brush fires. Then when winter came I was back in the same area filling sand bags to stop the mud and rain from ruining homes since there was no vegetation left from the fires to hold the soil in place.

Where was I? Oh, yeah, cold weather. After trudging through the snow and slush the last thing I feel like doing when I get home is cook. I just want to put on my jammies and settle down in my warm house and let the storms rage outside. So to do this I have become a fan of soups. In particular soups you can make in a crockpot. I put everything in the crockpot, turn it on, and when I get home the house smells wonderful and there is a warm meal waiting to heat me up. Throw in some nice crusty bread and some local butter and I am a happy little camper. I have included below two recipes for my favorite versions of both lentil and split pea soups. I hope they warm you up as much as they do me.

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PASA gift guide offers great local food gifts for the holidays

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 12/03 at 09:18 AM

Trying to come up with a perfect gift for that foodie in your life? The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) has the solution—the PASA Good Gifts Guide. javascript:nullo();

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TICKETS still available for WPSU presents Winterfest

Posted by Mike D on 12/01 at 11:59 AM

Race for the 5thFriday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m.
President’s Hall
Get your tickets at the The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, starting at 6:00 pm.

WPSU-FM and Penn State School of Music invite you to our fourth annual holiday musical celebration, Winterfest, 14: Our Gift in Song, featuring Essence of Joy, directed by Dr. Anthony Leach. This year’s community concert will be broadcast live on WPSU-FM from President’s Hall at the Penn State Conference Center and Hotel.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the live audience and move, groove, clap your hands and stomp your feet in support of your public radio station, WPSU-FM.

Purchase Tickets

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Annual PASA Conference Feb. 3-7, early Pre-Registration window for discounted registration now open.

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 12/01 at 10:16 AM

You may have received your 2015 PASA Conference brochure in the mail over the holiday weekend. If not, then you can find it at

This year PASA will offer a Pre-Registration window where you can get the lowest rate possible for the conference. The deadline for registration to get this discount rate is Jan. 5 at 5:00 p.m.

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Winning (literally) apple pie recipes for Thanksgiving

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 11/26 at 10:13 AM

After everyone finishes their seconds tomorrow at the Thanksgiving table, you always have to make some room for dessert. After all, dessert is as much a part of the Thanksgiving spread as the turkey.

Back in late October, Way Fruit Farm held their annual Apple Pie Contest. I had the honor of judging around a dozen excellent entries and it was very difficult to decide on a winner. After the contest, I thought to myself, any of those pies would be perfect at Thanksgiving. So, I figured I’d share a few examples of the wonderful pies I sampled.

The winner, Jamie Liner of Port Matilda, and a runner up, Cathy Cohan of State College, were gracious enough to offer their apple pie recipes for you to use if you decide to bake an apple pie for Thanksgiving dessert. Enjoy!

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Five local food additions to your Thanksgiving table

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 11/24 at 09:26 AM

It’s likely a bit too late to get a local turkey if you already haven’t, but there are a lot of local food items that you can add to your Thanksgiving table. You still have time to head out and pick them out (although based on the weather forecast might want to do it before Wednesday).

Here are five fine additions to your Thanksgiving table from local food producers:

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Final day of the season for two popular farmers market

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 11/21 at 10:15 AM

If the brutal cold this week hasn’t got its point across that winter is more or less here, the fact that two outdoor farmers markets having their final day today and tomorrow is the final bit of proof. Soon our stone-faced friend in the picture above will get his winter coat of snow.

Today, the outdoor Downtown State College Farmers Market on Locust Lane closes the season on a chilly note. That market runs today from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Then tomorrow, the Bellefonte Farmers Market will be open from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

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Shrubs are an “old-fashioned drink for modern times”

Posted by Anna Lombardo on 11/20 at 09:18 AM

Though summer seems like a long way off (and it is, as my newly frozen hair indicates), it’s never a bad thing to plan ahead a few months. For those seeking out a refreshing drink to try at their summer dinner parties—or really anyone just looking to add another item to their drink mix—I introduce you to shrubs. And for most (read: all) of my information on shrubs, I turn to author Michael Dietsch, whose book, Shrubs, was published on October 6 by The Countryman Press.

A shrub, Dietsch tells me (and states in his book), is an acidulated beverage, or a drink made with some type of acid—historically vinegar, lemon juice, or other citruses.  This acid is mixed with sugar, water, and sometimes alcohol; then, to give the drink a unique flavor, a fruit or a type of fruit juice is steeped in the mixture. Though the acidic components might seem unpalatable in what would be an otherwise sweet beverage, they were orginially a practical component. “Vinegar used to preserve fruit after the harvest,” Diestch says.  “This was in a time before refrigeration.”

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This weekend get great local food at Harrison’s and help fight diabetes

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 11/14 at 07:00 AM

From our friends at Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering:

World Diabetes Day, a day set aside for the global diabetes community to join their voices in order to raise diabetes awareness and advocacy, is Nov. 14. 

Dine in at Harrison’s from Nov. 10-Nov. 16 between 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. and 10% of all lunch, dinner, bar, and carry-out sales will be donated to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to help support promising diabetes cure research. 

Our menu features many low-carb and Type 2 diabetes-friendly selections. You can eat well and…

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Herwig’s: Incredible Austrian food served in an even-more incredible atmosphere

Posted by Anna Lombardo on 11/12 at 08:58 AM

“Are you sure you want to tip before you eat?”

I had just sat down to talk with Bernd Brandstatter, one of the owners of Herwig’s Austrian Bistro, when he called over to a group of patrons who had ordered their food at the counter and dropped some money into the tip jar. It was then that I had my first inkling that this wasn’t going to be your typical dining establishment.

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LacCreta Holland 's avatar Tradition and Plum Bread
Thursday, December 18, 2014
By LacCreta Holland in Local Food Journey
Anna Lombardo's avatar Lots of smells, tastes, and sights to behold at the State College Indoor Farmers Market
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
By Anna Lombardo in Local Food Journey
Jamie Oberdick's avatar Holiday events with a local food twist
Thursday, December 11, 2014
By Jamie Oberdick in Local Food Journey
Jamie Oberdick's avatar Yes, believe it or not, there are still local veggies/fruits ‘in season’
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
By Jamie Oberdick in Local Food Journey



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