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Elmwood Park Zoo: Animal Kingdom

April 15, 2014 11:44 am

When the doors of the Elmwood Park Zoo opened in 1924, Norristown finally had a place for locals to experience the untold splendors of the world’s animals. A local farmer had a group of various animals and he deeded them, plus sixteen acres of land, to the city in order to establish a zoological garden. The collection has grown steadily since then, but the mandate of the organization has remained the same: it’s dedicated to exhibiting animals native to the Americas in comfortable, safe habitats. It doesn’t have the popular African animals but instead makes up for it by showing off cool creatures like jaguars, Chacoan peccaries, golden eagles and timber wolves. The varieties of habitats on display is very impressive. The staff is friendly and there is a bounty of educational materials to peruse. Admission prices are kept very reasonable and parking is free, which is a nice bonus.

Elmwood Park Zoo
1661 Harding Boulevard
Norristown, PA 19401
(610) 277-3825

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Happy Spring!

April 14, 2014 11:12 am

The sun is shining and the flowers are starting to bloom. Wishing everyone a lovely Spring!

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Missing an Ingredient? Try These Common Food Substitutions!

April 8, 2014 10:48 am

It's happened to the best of us: You excitedly begin a recipe only to find that you're missing an ingredient. Don't scrap your recipe just yet! Chances are that you have an adequate substitute on hand. Here are three common substitutions that can prevent the hassle of last-minute runs to the grocery store.

If you're missing oil or butter:
Try applesauce in place of oil or butter. This sub-in works wonderfully in quick bread recipes (like banana bread), as it adds moistness to the bread. Mashed avocado and bananas can also be subbed for oil and butter.

If you're missing eggs:
These substitutes can replace one large egg: 1/4 cup pureed silken tofu; 2 egg whites; half a banana mashed with 1/2 teaspoon baking powder; 2 egg yolks plus 1 tablespoon water (best used in cookie or bar recipes).

If you're missing sour cream or mayo:
Greek yogurt rivals the creamy flavor of sour cream and mayo, and bonus: It's lower in fat and calories! In some cases, Greek yogurt can be substituted for buttermilk or cream cheese.

Common Ingredient Substitutions [AllRecipes]
Emergency Substitutions [Betty Crocker]
Top 10 Food Substitutions for Healthier Cooking [TLC]

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