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Local Chefs to Compete for Boalsburg Farmers Market Golden Basket Award

Posted by James Eisenstein on 07/31 at 01:44 PM

Customers at our many fine local restaurants place their orders and waiters magically produce delicious food, but most know little about what happens in the kitchen or who is preparing the dishes. Likewise, the chefs working in the kitchen rarely have a chance to meet their guests beyond an occasionally brief hello.

August 4th through 7th is Local Foods Week in Centre County, an appropriate time for restaurant goers and chefs to get acquainted. On Tuesday, August 7th, the Boalsburg Farmers Market is sponsoring an event that provides an excellent opportunity to do so.

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Field Notes: Late July and Recipe for Fresh Basil Pesto

Posted by Kim Tait on 07/26 at 09:15 AM

Cooler temperatures and rain offered some much needed relief over the weekend. Fortunately, it was gentle and steady enough to soak in and provide moisture to farmers around the county. The plants in the field should grow like crazy given the forecast for sun and warmer temperatures this week.

As we have been saying all season, the crops are coming on early and fast this year. This week we will have an abundance of basil, carrots and cucumbers. It is a great time to make some pesto, as well as freeze some basil for the winter months.

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Blueberry Buckle

Posted by Harrison's Fresh + Local on 07/25 at 01:13 PM

Blueberries are plentiful now at local farmers markets, as well as at our partners’ retail locations, Way Fruit Farm and Harner Farm. Here is a delicious recipe for Blueberry Buckle from Clare Traynor of Sweet Indulgence Desserts.

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Blueberry Ice Cream

Posted by Kristin Camplese on 07/24 at 01:08 PM

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month and July’‘s sweet berries with this easy blueberry ice cream!

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Live Local Music

5 New Bands to Check Out The Remaining Summer

Posted by Rachel Garman on 07/20 at 05:01 PM

Summer has a special relationship with music. Often times we find ourselves hearing a song and being immediately taken back to a summer moment from long ago. Music has a way of immortalizing those seemingly endless summer days that have a tendency to pass by in the blink of an eye. So, it only seems fitting that summer should be a time filled with plenty of great anthems. I’ve compiled a list of 5 relatively unknown bands and tracks that seem perfect as soundtracks to the remaining summer days, and upcoming transition to fall.

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Cocktail Recipes from Sc’Eric Horner of Fuji & Jade Garden

Posted by Cara McShane on 07/20 at 07:00 AM

Sc’Eric Horner is a local bartender and “foodie.” He moved to State College in 1991 to attend classes at Penn State. Since graduating from the College of Communications in 1994, he has worked at many area establishments including Q’s Café / Café SerendipiTea at Encore Books, Gopper’s Pizza, Zola New World Bistro, and Webster’s Bookstore Café. He is currently the beverage manager at Fuji & Jade Garden restaurant on Westerly Parkway in State College. Sc’Eric would someday like to own his own bar and late-night coffee and tea shop.

Last week at the Learning Kitchen event, Sc’Eric shared recipes for: Sichuan Carrot Smoothie; Beetnik’s Tonic; Bee Kind Cranberry Sangria; Frozen Punch Mould. Continue reading to see the recipes!

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Recipes from Nate Bruny of Zola New World Bistro

Posted by Cara McShane on 07/19 at 07:00 AM

Last week at the Learning Kitchen event, Nate Bruny, executive sous chef at Zola New World Bistro, demonstrated how to make dishes from market fresh vegetables.

Continue reading for the following recipes: Classic French Salad; Grilled Moroccan Beets with Ginger-Lime Vinaigrette; Salmon Niçoise with Red Pepper Mustard Vinaigrette.

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Five Unusual Edibles from the Garden

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 07/18 at 07:50 AM

Right now, people are beginning to harvest all sorts of stuff from the garden. Some of it is conventional stuff, like tomatoes. However, there’s a lot of food in gardens that many people ignore. Some of these may sound outright, well, weird—but give them a shot. They are the “best kept secrets” of the garden.

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Tomato Avalanche

Posted by Tony Ricci on 07/17 at 07:44 AM

We’re finally on the brink of the much anticipated tomato avalanche. Months of preparation and anxiety over late blight has brought us to the place we’ve been waiting for since last fall when frost finally took the patch to the great compost pile in the sky.

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The Learning Kitchen at the Boalsburg Farmers Market: Cocktails, Okra, and Kohlrabi

Posted by Cara McShane on 07/16 at 09:37 AM

On Tuesday, July 10th, a crowd gathered at the Boalsburg Farmers Market for the second Learning Kitchen event. Sc’Eric Horner, beverage manager at Fuji & Jade Garden, demonstrated how to make “cocktails from the garden.” And Nate Bruny, executive sous chef at Zola New World Bistro, showed how to make several dishes from market fresh vegetables.

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Wine and Cheese Fundamentals

Posted by Linda Weaver on 07/13 at 12:27 PM

Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery held its second (sold-out!) wine and cheese pairing event, “Wine and Cheese Fundamentals,” on June 30th. The event was led by Jamie Ryan, a central Pennsylvania native and Penn State graduate. Jamie is a wine consultant with a distinguished fifteen year career in wine sales, purchasing, and education and brings with her a comprehensive knowledge of the wine industry from vineyard to the table. The class enjoyed a casual evening of guided wine and cheese pairings and an interactive discussion of the connection between them. Here, Jamie shares with us her insights on the topic:

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Live Local Music

Interview with a Rising Star: Bastille

Posted by Rachel Garman on 07/13 at 10:25 AM

The UK has brought forth many great pop artists over the past decade, such as Coldplay, Adele, and Ellie Goulding, to name a few. Amidst these established acts, a newcomer emerges from the underground pop scene: Bastille. Led by front man Dan Smith, Bastille is comprised of Chris ‘Woody’ Wood, Will Farquarson and Kyle Simmons. Smith first noticed the potential for the band when he uploaded a video online for his song “Flaws” in early 2011. As the song began to gain attention, Smith released more of his songs including the free mixtape Other People’s Heartaches and the Laura Palmer EP. On December 1st, 2011, Bastille was signed to Virgin Records and has since begun planning a full-length album due later this year. On June 29th, 2012, Bastille posted the video for the song “Bad Blood,” which will officially be released as a single on August 20th. Bastille mixes indie-pop with R&B soul, and Smith’s voice has a wide range that seems to effortlessly rise and fall with each catchy hook. I recently had the opportunity to interview Dan Smith about matters such as touring, signing to Virgin, and his obsession with Twin Peaks.

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Vans Warped Tour Preview - July 12: Pittsburgh, July 18: Scranton, July 20: Camden, NJ

Posted by Karen Marchuska on 07/12 at 01:15 PM

The 17th annual Vans Warped Tour will be rolling into Pittsburgh this Thursday, and bringing with it lots of great bands and memories.  This tour showcases the best alternative and punk bands of the day, but this year they have outdone themselves with a lineup of impressive bands on the rise as well as some old favorites that will take the twenty-somethings back to their pre-teen years.  Here’s a quick guide to the must-see bands playing this year’s Warped Tour:

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Our Town

Lots of Excitement as WPSU Prepares for Our Town: Clearfield!

Posted by Whitney on 07/11 at 07:52 AM

WPSU has already been receiving phone calls and emails from Clearfield area residents with story ideas for “Our Town: Clearfield,” set to begin production with a public meeting on Thursday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Clearfield Hospital Home Health Building.  At the meeting, community members will volunteer to collect video footage and still photos to help document the stories about the people, places and events that make their hometown special. They will also schedule appointments to appear on camera during the production day, which will be Saturday, August 11 at the Clearfield County Historical Society and Museum.

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Our Town

Lots of Excitement as WPSU Prepares for Our Town: Clearfield!

Posted by Whitney on 07/11 at 07:52 AM

WPSU has already been receiving phone calls and emails from Clearfield area residents with story ideas for “Our Town: Clearfield,” set to begin production with a public meeting on Thursday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Clearfield Hospital Home Health Building.  At the meeting, community members will volunteer to collect video footage and still photos to help document the stories about the people, places and events that make their hometown special. They will also schedule appointments to appear on camera during the production day, which will be Saturday, August 11 at the Clearfield County Historical Society and Museum.

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