Monday, August 29, 2016


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

When berry season arrives and they become much more affordable, my family and I turn into berry gluttons.

Straining the pureed berries may seem like an extra step, but the reward is one of the simplest and most plush desserts you can imagine.

And if you have an electric mixer, whipping the cream into peaks happens in short order, so this is a quick dessert to make. You also could use one type of berry instead of two, if that’s what you have.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Following a recall by General Mills, Inc., Giant Food Stores announced it has removed from stores Gold Medal products that are potentially linked to an outbreak of E. coli 0121.

The following products are included in this recall:

• Gold Medal Wondra Quick Mixing Flour, 13.5 ounces, UPC 1600018980 with Better if Used by Dates of 23FEB2017KC and 24FEB2017KC

• Gold Medal All Purpose Flour, 2 pounds, UPC 1600010710 with Better if Used by Dates of 15MAY2017KC through 24MAY2017KC, 04JUN2017KC, 05JUN2017KC, 11JUN2017KC through 14JUN2017KC

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
This warm-weather recipe combines salmon bathed in olive oil and herbs with spring-y greens and salad. It’s the kind of lighter, brighter meal we tend to want during summer. AP PHOTO/KATIE WORKMAN

This decidedly warm-weather salmon is bathed in an olive-oil-and-herb mixture and cooked at a fairly low temperature to let it cook through without browning, and give it a very tender texture. Then it’s perched on a pile of springy greens — you can use any baby lettuce mix you like, or create your own. Mix that with a pile of additional fresh herbs, toss with some fresh lemon juice and good olive oil, and the whole thing tastes like late spring has willed itself into a meal.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

t’s a predictable passage in life: Hit 50, get lots birthday cards with old-age jokes, a mailbox full of AARP solicitations and a colonoscopy.

But the truth is, millions of Americans — about one-third of those in the recommended age range for colon cancer screening — haven’t been tested.

Some avoid it because they are squeamish about the procedure, or worried about the rare, but potentially serious, complications that can occur as a result of it.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

With summer officially underway, nutritionists at Giant Food Stores can help you stay healthy while on staycations and on-the-go.

1. Eat a balanced breakfast: Energize your morning with a balanced breakfast that includes fiber and protein. Easy grab-and-go options include muffins made with whole grains, peanut butter toast, smoothies, overnight oats and fruit.

2. Buy local produce: Take advantage of in-season produce grown at nearby farms and sold at Giant. Choose fruits and veggies to complement your summer salads, snacks and cookouts.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

My last column was on medical genealogy. This is a follow-up on genetic testing.

Many of the causes of our illnesses are inherited from our ancestors. Almost a third of known diseases have genetic links. These include colon cancer, heart disease, alcoholism and high blood pressure.

A medical genealogy or medical family tree can reveal patterns. If you have prepared a medical genealogy and found that a disease seems to run in your family, you might want to consider genetic testing. This form of testing can help you plan.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Thursday’s meeting of the Alzheimer Association Caregiver’s Support Group at Blue Mountain has been canceled.

The group will resume its monthly meetings Aug. 4 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the third-floor conference room at the Palmerton Hospital Campus, 135 Lafayette Ave. in Palmerton.

Donna Kravelk, a registered nurse on the Older Adult Behavioral Health Unit at BMHS, facilitates the group, which provides emotional, educational and social support for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Fourth of July long weekend is upon us. It’s a time of fireworks and freedom as America prepares to celebrate its birth on July 4, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 of our founding fathers.

With an eye on the numbers, the personal-finance website WalletHub breaks down the holiday.

You’re a Grand Old Flag

Whether you get decked out in red, white and blue or proudly fly your flag, Americans are patriotic bunch.

1941: The year Congress made Independence Day a paid federal holiday

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1961 is invited to participate in a joint class reunion with the classes of 1962 and 1963.

The reunion picnic will be held on Aug. 20 at the Lion’s Grove Chapel Pavilion, located just off Route 443 in Normal Square. Activities will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until dusk. The reunion will be held rain or shine.

For more information, contact Jim Milot at 610-767-8337 or Louise Markel Schock at 570-668-4121.

Deadline to reply is Aug. 1.

Friday, July 1, 2016
Victorian mourning jewelry set, black onyx/jet, circa 1880s. PHOTO COURTESY DR. LORI VERDERAME

June is the most popular month for weddings. A new trend in weddings is throwback nuptials that highlight antique and vintage elements that enhance the wedding day experience.