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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Go to Food.com for tip videos to keep food fresh and craft better sauces, soups and dressing. Here's a sampling:

Ÿ Have old, hard lemons or limes leftover in the kitchen? Microwave them for 15 seconds and they will juice like new!

Ÿ To prevent onions from turning brown quickly, store them in pantyhose by placing them in each leg and tying a knot between every new onion. Hang them in a dark, dry place for up to 6 months. Snip off an onion as needed!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

It's easy to overthink things in the kitchen. It's easy to fall into the trap of assuming that flavor needs a whole lot of labor. Or at least a long ingredient list.

I certainly was of that misguided mindset when I recently prepared dinner for friends. As I considered and discarded one dish after another, I ended up settling on a rather elaborate braised lamb shoulder. It was, of course, delicious. But that wasn't the dish people commented on.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

More snow is on the way, so if you find yourself running to the store for one last grocery grab before the snow and ice return, you may want to stock up on more than bread, eggs and milk.

These Top 10 Pantry Staples from Taste of Home will keep you warm and satisfied until it's safe to return to the streets:

1. Canned soups: Dinner. Done. Bonus if it's cream of anything, then you can use it as a base for many dishes.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Mexicali Mud, a spicy, hearty soup, perfect for these bitter cold winter nights.

Maybe the name isn't too attractive, but the result is delicious: Mexicali Mud. It's a spicy, cheesy, beefy, bean-filled soup that looks a little like red clay, hence the muddy moniker.

This recipe is adapted from a recipe that was adapted from another recipe. I just spiced it up a bit and added some corn.

It's a hearty soup, filling and loaded with protein. It's easily a meal by itself. Of course I'm always in favor of a crisp green salad on the side, but one or two bowls of this, and I doubt you'd even have room.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY OF METROGRAPHIC February is American Heart Month. Show some love to your heart by incorporating heart healthy tips into meal planning and preparation. Your heart will thank you.

In recognition of February being American Heart Month, the team of nutritionists at Giant Food Stores is making it easy for customers to show their heart some love by incorporating heart healthy tips into meal planning and preparation.

Your heart, and your family, will thank you.

Veggies, please

Choose more fruits and vegetables.

A diet high in fiber helps reduce blood cholesterol levels, may lower risk of heart disease, and helps keep us full in between each meal and snack, which aids in weight loss or maintenance.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

WASHINGTON – Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children.

President Barack Obama's spokesman, Josh Earnest, said Friday that decisions about vaccinations should be left to parents, but the science on vaccinations "is really clear."

Some parents continue to believe debunked research linking vaccines to autism and refuse to vaccinate their children.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Q. Aneurysms are pretty scary things. Do they have any symptoms?

Aneurysms are artery bulges. And, yes, they are scary because, if they burst, they are lethal. Many victims of a ruptured aneurysm die before they get to a hospital.

The type and location of the aneurysm will determine the symptoms.

Chest aortic aneurysms, which occur in the large blood vessel (aorta) that carries blood from the heart to other parts of the body, may cause shortness of breath, a raspy voice, backache or shoulder pain.

Monday, February 2, 2015
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Shopping for electricity is as easy as logging on to your computer.

Still purchasing your electricity from PPL? You may be able to save money with just a few clicks of a button.

Approximately 1.8 million Pennsylvanians now buy their home's energy from an alternative electricity supplier, such as UGI or Met-Ed, according to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. That's about one in three homes across the state.

What am I buying?

When Pennsylvania residents and business owners "shop" for electricity, they are choosing the company that generates their electricity. Energy generation is the largest portion of monthly electricity bills.

Monday, February 2, 2015
Romantic: Success  or Romantic: Fail

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we're celebrating romance both the good and the not so good.

To do that, we're sponsoring a Valentine's Contest, with two categories. Winners in each category will receive a pair of tickets to see "Rhythm of the Dance" at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at the State Theatre in Easton.

Monday, February 2, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS

Purchasing electricity from a lower-priced electric supplier is only one way to save money, says Paul Canevari, the regional manager of PPL Electric Utilities.

If you're looking to cut costs, it's important to also look into where your home or business is using energy, and how to cut back. Heating and cooling are a large portion of most home electricity bills, he noted.