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    Baking Scotch eggs cuts the fat of frying and is easier to make. AP/Matthew Mead

    Use leftover eggs

    Frankly, it's hard to produce a healthy rendering of a Scotch egg. But we decided to give it a go, because these delicious little calorie bombs are just too tempting.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    A Greek style souffled omelet is more than enough for a satisfying meal. AP

    Egg whites work magic for 2-person omelet

    Leaving aside anything made with powdered eggs (which don't really count as eggs at all in my book), I've never met an egg dish I didn't like. But at the tippy top of my list of favorites is the edible magic trick known as the souffled omelet.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    Beer Man: Weihenstephaner offers true blend of hops, malts

    Weihenstephaner has existed in one form or another since 1040 (almost a thousand years!) and is best known for its excellent weissbiers.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  1. Yard MD Tip of the Week: Help your lawn by keeping off the grass

    Yard Md Rob Zimmer says don't be too eager to start raking or doing yard work. Doing too much too soon could damage your lawn later in the summer.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  2. Crocuses are now in bloom in yards and gardens throughout the area, one of the season's first and most colorful blooms. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media.

    Yard MD blog: Crocuses brighten spring lawns and gardens

    While many of us are still in denial, spring truly has sprung across Wisconsin as many garden flowers now begin to bloom. Among them, the tiny, but dramatic crocuses.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Abs are made in the kitchen

    'There's an old saying: 'Abs are made in the kitchen.' You're not going to have the abs you want if you don't do what you need to do, food-wise,' said Becca Ites, a certified personal trainer with Aspen Athletic Club in Des Moines.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Allergies and asthma are often worse during different times of the year due to environmental allergens. Courtesy of BrandPoint

    Five things you should know about spring allergies

    April's showers bring May flowers but they also bring on sneezing, runny noses and watery eyes for some of the 50 million Americans with allergies.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Jordan Ashton

    Ask a Doc: A little test called A1C can help save your limbs

    Question: What is a hemoglobin A1C test, and how would it help me?

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  3. Dahlias can be purchased now in multipacks for under $10 at most garden centers and retail stores. The potato-like tubers are planted shallow and need to be dug up each fall, dried and stored for winter.

    YardMD: Time is now for bare-root perennials and summer-flowering bulbs

    Looking to save money on your plant purchases this growing season?

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  4. The unusual, hooded flowers of skunk cabbage have emerged in area wetlands and cedar swamps. Protected from the cold from the thick, leathery 'hood,' skunk cabbage flowers create their own heat in late winter and early spring, melting the snow from around them. Following the flowers, massive whorls of cabbage-like foliage will emerge, growing 3-4 feet across in the largest plants. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media.

    Yard MD blog: First wildflower

    The first wildflower to appear in our area each spring is also one of the most unusual. With its thick, leathery spathe, or hood, surrounding the central flower stalk, skunk cabbage blooms in area wetlands and swamps, sometimes as early as February.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  5. For a spectacular show in the garden and the biggest bang for your buck, buy packages of summer-flowering bulbs, such as these Oriental X trumpet hybrid lilies. Photos by Rob Zimmer/For Stevens Point Journal Med

    Plants for Less: Time is now for bare-root perennials and summer-flowering bulbs

    Looking to save money on your plant purchases this growing season?

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  6. The latest Master Gardener class in Outagamie County focused on growing roses and caring for your lawn. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    Yard MD blog: What it takes to become a master gardener

    Last night's programs at the Outagamie County Master Gardener class were excellent, where we learned all about roses, including the best ones for our area, and which to avoid.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Cops-n-Bobbers youth fishing event returns for sixth year

    Portage County law enforcement agencies and the Stevens Point Elks Lodge #641 will host the sixth annual Cops-n-Bobbers program on June 7 at Bukolt Park.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Berdan column: We need a new name for gangs of geese

    Back in my high school days, a couple buddies and I thought it would be hilarious to put a recently road-killed skunk into someone's mailbox. Turns out it's impossible to drive a car, roll down a window and hold your nose all at the same time.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Outdoor gear sought for Portage County swap meet

    The Friends of Standing Rocks Committee will host its inaugural outdoor gear swap meet from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at the Portage County Parks Department maintenance facility, 1903 County Highway Y.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Junction City Lions to serve pancake dinner

    The Junction City Lions will serve a pancake dinner from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 324 Main St., Junction City.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Central Wisconsin Sail and Power Squadron offers boating course

    The Central Wisconsin Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, is presenting a boating fundamentals course. The two-hour classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    This spiral-sliced ham is stuffed with thin slices of sweet potatoe. AP

    Easter dinner

    At Thanksgiving, we stuff turkeys. At Easter we stuff…? Hams!

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    Carrots go long in lemony carrot 'fettuccine' with toasted walnuts. AP

    Turn carrots into 'pasta' with quick peeling

    Though carrots often make it into the Easter feast lineup, I've never understood why. Maybe it's a nod to the Easter bunny.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    Lemon olive oil mini cakes with pecans and strawberries deliver a punch of citrus. AP

    Versatile, fresh mini cakes fit for festive dessert

    Chocolate seems to reign supreme when it comes to Easter. And while it's hard to deny the appeal of cocoa, this spring holiday also begs for something fresh and citrusy.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    Jelly Roll Cake is a light dessert for spring festivities. Photo courtesy Sarah Logan

    Cake a Month: Roll out spring with Jelly Roll Cake

    Daylight saving time, melting snow, and temps over 30. It gives one hope that spring is around the corner.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
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    Giving Easter side dishes the respect they deserve

    If Thanksgiving is all about the sides, Easter is all about the main.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Beer Man: Firestone gets creative with hoppy Easy Jack IPA

    Here's a new beer that shows hoppy beers can be a pleasant experience without pummeling your taste buds into submission.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Orange cinnamon coconut pudding (Tembleque) is a perfect way to cap off your Easter dinner. AP

    Quick, easy coconut pudding perfect for Easter

    A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a Hispanic bakery that changed my understanding of what a delicious pudding could be.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  7. Yard MD Tip of the Week: Dealing with winter burn on evergreen trees and shrubs

    Yard MD Rob Zimmer shows you how to treat evergreen shrubs and trees that suffer from the different effects of winter burn in this week's tip of the week.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  8. Creation of a hunt on migratory tundra swans in Wisconsin is one of the most controversial topics being discussed across the state in tonight's annual Conservation Congress Spring Hearings, held in each county at 7 p.m. Anyone who has an opinion either way on this topic, or any other on the agenda, should attend their county's scheduled hearing. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media.

    Yard MD blog: Be heard

    Whether you are for or against an annual hunt on migratory tundra swans in Wisconsin, as well as one of many other key decisions being discussed tonight for advisory to the Department of Natural Resources, it is your responsibility to attend your county's

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Daily aerobic exercise improves brain function, helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, helps regulate insulin levels and slows aging. It also can play a part in maintaining your hearing. Getty Images

    Maintaining overall health can help protect hearing

    There are hundreds of benefits from daily exercise.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    Sarah Goetz

    Health Matters Q&A: Family planning starts with preconception health

    As an OB-GYN, Dr. Sarah Goetz of Marshfield Clinic counsels expectant parents and couples hoping to conceive. Many couples discuss how many children they want and how long they would like to wait between pregnancies. Optimizing preconception health and learning about fertility can help make their visions reality, she said.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Change up your routine: Healthy ways to reinvent yourself

    Aging gracefully is as much about feeling good on the inside as feeling good on the outside. It's never too late to make changes to reinvent yourself and maximize your mental and physical well-being.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  9. Native to our area, wild columbine is a joy to see blooming in early spring with its red and yellow flowers hanging like jewels from tall stems. ROB ZIMMER/Post-Crescent

    YardMD: Traditional columbine brightens spring gardens

    One of the sweetest memories of my youth was exploring the forests around our grandmother's cabin in rural Marinette County and picking bouquets of columbine flowers.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  10. Jack Voight, owner of the Butterfly Gardens of Wisconsin, Appleton, plans to introduce resolutions to help raise awareness of the plight of the Monarch in Wisconsin at next week's annual Wisconsin Conservation Congress spring hearings. One of Voight's proposals is making the Monarch our State Butterfly. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    YardMD blog: Monarch as Wisconsin's State butterfly?

    Jack Voight, owner of the Butterfly Gardens of Wisconsin, Appleton, is passionate about butterflies and butterfly habitat.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Continuing Education announces classes, workshops

    Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is offering the following classes and workshops.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  11. Native to our area, wild columbine is a joy to see blooming in early spring with its red and yellow flowers hanging like jewels from tall stems. ROB ZIMMER/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    YardMD: Traditional columbine brightens spring gardens

    One of the sweetest memories of my youth was exploring the forests around our grandmother's cabin in rural Marinette County and picking bouquets of columbine flowers.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  12. Wood frogs have begun breeding in our area, announcing their mating season with their loud, duck-like, quacking 'song.' Chorus frogs, spring peepers and American toads have also been heard in area wetlands as temperatures have warmed nicely. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    Yard MD blog: Frogs burst into spring song

    The first frogs have begun singing in our area as warmer temperatures and melting snow have created ideal breeding habitat for several species of frogs that call Wisconsin wetlands and woodlands home.

    • Apr. 10, 2014

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