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This dish can easily be a main with a poached or fried egg on top, but is just as comfortable on the sidelines next to a protein.

In our Danish-American home, home-cured salmon gravlax is simple to make and an easy, elegant appetizer or addition to a brunch table. All you…

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The best approach to ice is holistic. Use a combination of materials that takes into consideration both the traffic and the plants. If you sprinkle a preventive dusting on the ground before ice forms, you'll need less salt for shoe and tire traction.

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Using less salt can help; highway studies have found that, in de-icing roads, salt was effective in smaller amounts if sprayed as a brine rather than spread as crystals. Maybe it's time to get out that garden sprayer again.

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Alternative salts — those other than sodium chloride — are another possibility. Calcium chloride is a frequently used alternative that, besides being less damaging to plants and soils than sodium chloride, also melts ice faster and is effective at temperatures well below zero degrees Fahrenheit. Sodium chloride, in contrast, loses some of its effectiveness at temperatures above 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Although it takes a little more time, baking potatoes gives them a crisp exterior that elevates the skin rather than tossing this vitamin-loaded shell into the garbage can. 

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Prepare seasonal tools, such as snow blowers, with a tune-up, which includes a light coating of oil to prevent rust. Make these tools (including snow shovels and salt) easily accessible so you don't have to dig them out when you need them. Make sure everything is in proper working order.

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