Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

As promised last week, in this week's column I'm sharing a recipe for homemade Blue Cheese Dressing.

Rich and tangy, this salad dressing is super simple to make. Drizzle it over some crisp fresh greens and add a few healthy twists from the pepper mill, and you have yourself a winner.

Want to amp up the flavor a bit? Toss on a few extra crumbs of blue cheese.

Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

6 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

1 pint mayo

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

3 tablespoons chopped chives

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

This weekend the nine winery members of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will celebrate Harvest Weekend when they will welcome wine lovers for tastings, vineyard and winery tours, food and wine pairings, and live entertainment.

Event hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.Harvest Weekend is a free event, however each winery sets its own wine tasting fee policy. Visit each winery's web site for details.

Wineries include:

Ÿ Amoré Vineyards & Winery, Nazareth

Ÿ Big Creek Vineyard and Winery, Kresgeville

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Times News Cookbook and Recipe contest is currently underway.

We are accepting original recipes in the following six categories: Main Dishes and Sides, Holiday Cookies and Candies, Desserts, Tailgating, Edible Gifts, and Beverages and Smoothies.

Send your recipe to the Times News, P.O. Box 239, Lehighton, PA 18235, Attention: Donna Hall; or email it to dhall@tnonline.com. Deadline to submit recipes is 11:59 p.m. Oct. 5.

To learn more about this year's contest, log on to www.tnonline.com and click on the cookbook on the left side of the page.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Q. Is it possible to donate your own blood to yourself?

Yes you can. This is called "autologous" blood donation. It's done in the weeks before nonemergency surgery. The blood is stored until the operation. Autologous donation is most often employed in surgery on bones, blood vessels, the urinary tract, and the heart, when the likelihood of transfusion is high. This form of blood donation is good for the patient, but it's beneficial to society, too.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Dr. John Viteritti

Aging is an inevitable part of life, but getting older doesn't necessarily mean we're getting less healthy.

Remember fitness guru Jack LaLanne? He followed a daily diet and exercise routine well into his 90s, and encouraged others to do the same.

With September being Healthy Aging Month, it's the perfect time to look at some of the steps we can take today to help ensure a healthier tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Plans are underway for the 45-year high school reunion for Slatington High School Class of 1970.

Organizers are looking for anyone interested in helping plan the reunion, to be held next year.

For more information call Terry Kistler at 610-767-8711 or Dennis Solt at 610-767-2532.

Also, classmates who moved within the past five years are asked to call either Terry or Dennis.

Monday, September 8, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS There are many products on the market today for people with celiac disease or who have a sensitivity to gluten.

Sales in gluten-free foods and drinks are skyrocketing, up 44 percent between 2011 and 2013, according to one marketing company, Mintel. You probably know at least one person who has cut gluten from their daily diet. Could you benefit from a gluten-free diet?

Eliminating gluten can be a truly life-changing step for people with celiac disease and sensitivities or allergies to wheat or gluten. But for the rest of us, gluten isn't the diet buster it's been made out to be.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Should you stop eating gluten? Probably not. Only a small percentage of people have celiac or other gluten sensitivities and can truly benefit from a gluten-free diet.

Even if you suspect that you are susceptible to gluten or wheat, it's important to talk to a doctor before eliminating these foods.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Wallace H. Berger

Mr. and Mrs. Wallace H. Berger of Lehighton recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on Aug. 29, 1964, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Jim Thorpe by the Rev. William J. Leifeld.

Mrs. Berger is the former Patricia Bretz, daughter of the late Jacob and Frances Bretz of Jim Thorpe. Her husband is the son of Pauline (Berger) Leindecker of Slatington and the late Wallace H. Berger Sr.

The Bergers have two daughters: Lori Nuss and her husband, Rico, of Hazleton; and Tami Breault and her husband, Herv, of Auburn.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Lamont LeVan

Mr. and Mrs. Lamont LeVan of Lehighton are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Sept. 5, 1964, at Jacob's Reform Church in Weissport by the Rev. George Bickel.

Mrs. LeVan is the former Mary Lou Hinger, daughter of the late Alvin and Anna Hinger of Lehighton. Her husband is the son of the late Wilbur and Beulah LeVan of Lehighton.

They have two children: Lamont LeVan Jr. and his wife, Lori, of Lehighton; and Christine Lorchak, and her husband, David, of Lehighton.

They have one granddaughter, Kirsten LeVan.