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Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 10/31 at 07:24 AM
Editor’s Note: The fall season brings food that features flavors and ingredients that are unique to the season, and this may raise some challenges for those who want to pair wine with these autumn dishes. Linda Weaver of Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery has some suggestions to help you make the best wine/food pairing call.
Posted by Shamir Lee on 10/30 at 04:20 PM
So it’s about that time. Haunted houses, scary costumes, horror film countdowns, it’s the month of Halloween. October is all about the horror. While others may be excited to get candy or dress up in scantily clad outfits and drink until they can’t remember the night before, I’m excited to watch my favorite horror movies. Every weekend I curl up with a big bowl of popcorn and have a scary movie marathon. Sometimes it lasts longer than the month of October, and sometimes it starts before October even begins, six months before. The gore, the cheap scares, and the psychological twists never fail to entertain, well, most of the time. But what’s a good horror film without a great score? The music is what creates the eerie atmosphere. These are a few theme songs that I can’t forget. You might have to sleep with the lights on tonight.
Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 10/28 at 07:15 AM
Kale is a superstar in the fall garden. The plant is tough as nails, able to take some very cold temperatures. In fact, myself and many other gardeners have harvested kale from under the snow.
Along with its toughness, kale has many other good properties. It’s very easy to grow, can grow in part shade, and is quite tasty. It is best after a couple of good frost/freezes, which give the leaves a sweet flavor and cuts down on the bitterness.
There are many varieties of kale, and here are a few of my favorites:
Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 10/25 at 08:25 AM
There always seems to be something to do on an October weekend, and this last October weekend is certainly no exception. This weekend you can help make apple butter, meet some retired greyhound racers (and maybe give one a good home), carve a pumpkin at the Central PA Flea & Farmers Market Harvest Season Event, enjoy wine in a beautiful fall setting at the Mount Nittany Winery, and explore the Halloween Trail for kids at the Shaver’s Creek Fall Harvest Festival. Learn more by continuing to read:
Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 10/24 at 08:06 AM
The Mount Nittany Winery is holding their annual Harvest Fest Saturday, Oct. 26 from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the winery in Centre Hall. In their beautiful Mt. Nittany-side setting, you can enjoy free wine tastings, take a winery tour, try free samples (and then buy) local food from vendors, and enjoy live music by Richard and Papa (aka long-time State College musicians Richard Sleigh and Gary Brubaker).
Posted by Shamir Lee on 10/23 at 11:03 AM
I love it when I discover new songs. There are some songs that get played out in a day, but then there are others that never get old, and I think I found three new ones that fit into that category. I’ve had them on repeat daily, and they’ve been stuck in my head day and night. Usually, I want a song to get out of my head. In this case, I’m happy they’re stuck, and wouldn’t mind if they stayed forever.
Posted by James Sechrengost on 10/21 at 08:29 AM
When you live in Southern California you start to miss some of the things from home. The thing I missed the most was the seasons. So-Cal had two seasons Hot and less hot. For the winter season they had some cooler days with occasional rain. So for Spring we had green. For summer it was brown. For fall more brown. Winter was brown and dreary.
Don’t get me wrong, you don’t have to shovel sunshine, so, I was happy for the most part. I did miss fall though. I love fall with its brilliant colors and cooler temperatures. It also has my favorite holiday, HALLOWEEN! Now I like the things that become available in fall for making pies such as apples, pears, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins. As you can imagine fresh apples were hard to find.
One day a friend of mine and I were talking about food, of course, when she asked me if I had ever been to Yucaipa. The blank look on my face must have told her everything she needed to know. So the next weekend she drove me over to Yucaipa, CA. Now Yucaipa has grown a lot since but back then they had apple orchards and had a fall festival celebrating apples. I was in my glory. Here was a place close by that had not only apples but seasonal leaf changes. For her help in finding this gem of the high desert I made her my Apple Cheesecake. I have included my recipe below but when ever I look at an apple my mind drifts back to that high desert city and it’s hidden treasure.
Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 10/18 at 08:01 AM
This Local Food Weekend includes a few ways to use (or abuse) pumpkins in ways other than eating. Our events for Saturday and Sunday include the Howard Fire Company Punkin’ Chunkin’ Festival, the Penn State Arboretum Pumpkin Festival, and the Harner Farm and the Terrace at Brookline Fall Festival. Continue reading to learn more…
Posted by Jessica Gold on 10/17 at 04:46 PM
Hip-hop’s songstress, Jhene Aiko will be releasing a new EP called Sail Out on November 12th, and a highly awaited debut album, Souled Out in 2014. Aiko just released the tracklist and artwork for her EP which is comprised of seven songs. The EP includes “Bed Peace,”Aiko’s new single featuring Childish Gambino. However, the tracklist for Souled Out has not yet been released.
Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 10/17 at 09:23 AM
On yesterday’s NPR show All Things Considered, correspondent Martin Kaste had a story on a food controversy that is growing—GMO labeling. This idea is growing steam especially in the Northeast, where Maine and Connecticut have already passed laws that require labeling on any foods that contain GMO (genetically modified organisms). From the story:
Posted by Shamir Lee on 10/16 at 11:56 AM
When a film relies on silence, how can it have such an amazing score as Gravity? The film was released in the US on October 4th to critical acclaim. Part of the reason for the positive reception was the music. In order to properly depict life in space, while also promoting the dramatic elements and intense moments, silence had to be incorporated in a way that was still audible. Expressing this silence through music was one of the film’s greatest achievements. Director Alfonso Cuaron stated “We knew we needed to express silence. We didn’t want the score to be descriptive, but psychological and emotional. We composed a score which is expressive of surroundings. Here the music is moving around you all the time.” In charge of this incredible task was British composer Steven Price.
Posted by James Sechrengost on 10/15 at 10:09 AM
Now, you probably shouldn’t ask how these patties came to be. It’s one of those stories that you only tell the people you really know won’t judge you. Let’s just say too much time+ abundance of produce + friends + late night hunger = Spicy Pumpkin Patties
Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 10/11 at 07:28 AM
It’s fall festival time in Central Pennsylvania, and these events offer fantastic opportunities to sample local food and make some discoveries of new products. This weekend we have the Wasson Farm Fall Fest, Black Moshannon Cranberry Festival, and the Way Fruit Farm Fall Festival to tell you about. Keep reading for more…
Posted by Jessica Gold on 10/10 at 04:52 PM
The wait finally ended for Justin Timberlake’s fans worldwide last Monday, September 30th because The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 hit stores and iTunes. As mentioned in the preview of this album, there are 11 tracks with two bonuses called “Blindness” and “Electric Lady” on the deluxe version.
Overall, the second part continues to exhibit JT’s musical genius. However, there is no comparison as to which installment I think is the best. Part one is significantly better than part two because I like every single song on it. Part two seems to be the darker side of the ‘complete experience.’ While part one is fully comprised of love songs, part two dives into the ocean of sadness and heartbreak.
Posted by Shamir Lee on 10/07 at 02:07 PM
I know I just did a top 10 list, but c’mon! You know you want it. I’ve been on a Disney song binge the past few years days, so this seems appropriate. And everybody loves Disney songs, right? We all have our favorites, and while my list may not match yours, we can all agree that each of these films had good scores overall. From the Sherman Brothers to Alan Menken, Disney composers have created masterpieces. It’s hard to limit this list to only 10 songs, and I feel like I’m betraying the others by not mentioning them, but if I included all of my favorites, the list would never end:
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