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Week in Review at PRA: January 17-23. January 23, 2011

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Our friend Ben, Silence Dogood, and Richard Saunders, your bloggers here at Poor Richard’s Almanac, have decided to recap each week’s posts here every Sunday so readers can see at a glance if they’ve missed anything worth reading. Here’s this week’s worth of posts in brief. You can find the posts by simply scrolling down, or by typing the titles in our search bar at upper right. Enjoy!

Happy 305th birthday, Ben! Our hero and blog mentor, the great Benjamin Franklin, celebrated his 305th birthday on January 17. We invite you to join the party by providing a selection of Ben’s greatest quotes.

James Madison’s favorite food. Silence Dogood shares a bit about America’s puniest President, James Madison, and his favorite foods, along with food faves of some of our other Founders, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Ben Franklin.

Farewell to books and DVDs. Our friend Ben read that one of our favorite services, Netflix, is planning to discontinue its DVD service in favor of direct-streamed videos, and ponders if—thanks to the e-reader phenomenon—books will soon be going the same way.

An older married wombat. OFB ponders the unfortunate fate of Tasmanian devils, and segues into the vicissitudes of language use and abuse. 

Leftover roasted veggies. Our friend Huma made more roasted vegetables than she knew what to do with. Silence helps her out with a slew of suggestions for great uses for roasted veggies.

Yaktrax to the rescue. OFB and Silence owe their lives to Yaktrax, the boot add-ons that help even the most uncoordinated keep their footing on winter ice.

Tell me why: Big Ben. It’s big, but why is it Ben? OFB ponders the stories behind Big Ben, the clock, Big Ben, the quarterback, and the biggest Ben of all, Benjamin Franklin.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for joining us!

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Best of the week at PRA, June 7-13 June 13, 2010

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Here at Poor Richard’s Almanac, we’ve taken to choosing our own favorite posts from the many we’ve written over the preceding week. We figure it helps you to spend time wisely, choosing posts that sound interesting, and it helps us promote posts we think are worth reading. You can find the posts we highlight every week by scrolling down or by typing in the post title in our search bar at upper right. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed writing them!

This week’s top posts include:

Cinderella seeks Prince Charming: Our milkweeds are blooming, but where are the monarch butterflies?

Our national treasure: We take a virtual tour of our National Parks.

Partnering with nature: Some people spend fortunes trying to meditate, reconnect with nature, or ascend the spiritual path. We think gardeners are already there.

Eggzactly what do you mean?! Silence Dogood takes on factory farming and self-promoting authors in a post that’s definitely not for the faint of heart.

Best of the week at PRA, May 31-June 6 June 7, 2010

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Here at Poor Richard’s Almanac, we’ve taken to picking our own favorite posts from the past week and listing them here, so if you’ve missed something intriguing, it will be easy for you to find it by scrolling down or simply entering the post’s title in our search bar at upper right. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we’ve enjoyed writing them!

This week’s picks:

Rabid for radishes: Silence Dogood shares some great links to radish recipes and encourages everyone to try pickled radishes.

In praise of privet: Our friend Ben tells everyone why you should love this humble and abused shrub.

Persimmon surprise: OFB sees beautiful persimmon blooms for the first time.

Vegetarian cookbook roundup: Silence shares three of the latest additions to her cookbook collection and tells why you might want to add them to your own cookbook shelf.

Which monarchs do you love to hate? Richard Saunders responds to a reader query with a list of the all-time worst, and invites you to add your own favorite baddies.

Best of the week at PRA, May 24-30 May 30, 2010

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Here at Poor Richard’s Almanac, we have a lot to say for ourselves. We post at least once a day, on a wide variety of topics. You can never be quite sure just what we’ll tackle next.

However, we recognize that it’s not easy to keep up with all this verbiage from us, your own blog, and every other blog on earth. So to make things easier, every week, we select our own favorite posts from the week’s pickings and list them here so if you’ve missed any that sound intriguing, it’s easy to catch up. Just scroll down or search the title in our search bar at upper right.

Here are this week’s picks:

Help! The greeblies have gotten my geranium! We confess that this isn’t necessarily a great post, we’re just trying to urge more of you to read it and tell us what’s attacking our plant.

Good times for the traditionally built. A new novel and a cookbook spell excitement in the world of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and its heroine, the “traditionally built” lady detective, Mma Ramotswe.

Scottish spices. Read this one for the Drunken Rhubarb Crisp recipe.

Speaking of spices. Silence Dogood, the original Spice Girl, discovers that recent research reveals that the average American keeps 40 spices in the home. We’ve come a long way, baby!

The best mayonnaise. Leave it to Cook’s Illustrated to discover what Southerners have always known. Find out which mayo won, then use it to make a luscious homemade pimiento cheese spread.

That’s it for this week! We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed writing them!

Best of the week at PRA, May 17-23 May 23, 2010

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Here at Poor Richard’s Almanac, we’ve made a practice of picking our favorite posts from the past week to make it easy for you to find any especially good ones you might have missed. To read them, simply scroll down or type in the title in our search bar at upper right.

This week’s picks include:

The perfumed air: Silence Dogood discovers the heavenly scent of dame’s rocket at dusk.

Spaghetti sauce and splatter shields: Silence shares her delicious (vegetarian!) recipe for homemade spaghetti sauce, and praises the inventor of the splatter shield. No more sauce-splattered clothes!

What do you feed your dog? Silence ponders the intricacies of canine nutrition.

That’s it for this week. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we’ve enjoyed writing them!

Best of the week at PRA, May 3-9. May 10, 2010

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Every week, we here at Poor Richard’s Almanac pick our favorite posts from the past week to make it easier to catch up if you’ve missed a good one. To find it, just scroll down or type the title in our search bar at upper right. 

This week’s picks are:

Cottage (garden) industry: Silence Dogood discovers that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well as she cruises around the area seeking plants for sale in local yards.

Off with your socks! In honor of National No Socks Day, our friend Ben and Silence present a brief history of this enduring fashion accessory.

That’s it for this week! We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed writing them!

Best of the week at PRA, April 19-25. April 25, 2010

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Here at Poor Richard’s Almanac, we’ve been trying to recap our favorite posts from the past week every Sunday so it’s easy to catch up if you’ve missed one that sounds intriguing. But since our computer was off for repairs last Sunday, this time it’s really the best of the past two weeks. If something catches your eye, you can either search the title in our search bar at upper right, or just scroll down until you find it.

Vital statistics. Some encouraging statistics on the recent revival of edible gardening, plus a brief history of food gardening fads in the U.S.

April is the cruelest month. We’ve managed to have weather in the 90s and in the low 30s this month. For gardeners, this is torture.

Ultimate, easy hummus. Try Silence Dogood’s easy homemade recipe and you’ll never look back!

Experiment times two. Sometimes a gardener’s just gotta get out there and try something new.

Tropical takeover. Silence and OFB take leave of their senses as tropical and semitropical edibles take over their greenhouse.

That’s it for this week! We hope you enjoy reading these as much as we enjoyed writing them!

Best of the week at PRA, April 5-11 April 11, 2010

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Our friend Ben, Silence Dogood, and Richard Saunders pick our favorite posts from the past week here at Poor Richard’s Almanac. Scroll down to read them or type in the titles in our search bar at upper right. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed writing them!

The bucket list. Some people may fill their virtual buckets with aspirations, but our friend Ben fills his actual buckets with compost, weeds, chicken feed, and other gardenesque substances.

Breaking news for JABO lovers. Paul Revere drops in on Silence and OFB, and marble mania results.

Eating better. Are these really the 12 healthiest foods? Worth reading for Silence’s cannellini bean-tomato salad recipe alone. 

Would you take this plant? What to do when people try to foist their no-longer-loved houseplants off on you.

Best of the week at PRA, March 22-28. March 28, 2010

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Our friend Ben, Silence Dogood, and Richard Saunders pick our favorite posts from the past week here at Poor Richard’s Almanac. If you’ve missed any, here’s a chance to catch up. Just search for the title in the search bar at upper right or scroll down to find the post you’re looking for. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we’ve enjoyed writing them!

Will killing coral kill us, too? Our friend Ben sheds some light on a major global problem.

The spoon wars: Dish it up! Silence takes on the folks at Cook’s Illustrated to defend her favorite stirring spoon.

Restoring the monarchy. After a couple of years of disastrous population drops, the beloved monarch butterfly is in danger. You can help. 

Eating elephant’s ears?!! Silence introduces a delicious new dish made from the leaves of a favorite ornamental plant.

Bombs away! The world’s hottest pepper’s not just for eating anymore.

Blessed are the poor. Our friend Ben blunders—we mean, plunges—into a blog controversy that’s set many garden bloggers on edge. OFB has (shock surprise) a somewhat different perspective on the issue.