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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Chicken Marsala

Here is a somewhat simple dish that's a longtime family favorite as well as a perfect dish for company.

I often make Chicken Marsala for birthdays and for years it was my go-to dinner party dish. It was also a dish my mother would make.

The only difference between hers and mine is that she detested butter, and I say "Butter? What's not to love?"

This recipe incorporates a combination of butter and oil, plus a little kiss of butter at the very end, that adds to the generous richness of the final flavors.

Try it! I think you'll like it.

Chicken Marsala

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
This Oct. 14, 2013 photo shows orange sweet potatoes swirled with Parmesan cauliflower puree in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Sweet potatoes generally get one of three treatments at the Thanksgiving table.

They are mashed like regular potatoes; they are roasted like squash, or they are saturated with sugar until they no longer resemble a vegetable.

We decided there had to be an alternative. We still mashed them, but we also doctored them up with a second mash a purée of cauliflower and Parmesan cheese. The sweet and savory of those ingredients play so wonderfully together, you'll never go back to the three usual suspects.

Orange Sweet

Potatoes Swirled with Parmesan Cauliflower Purée

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
AP Photo/Matthew Mead The leeks are thinly sliced, then slowly simmered in broth or stock until extremely tender, then the whole mixture is stirred into the potatoes to create Melted Leek Mashed Potatoes.

Like onions, leeks develop a rich, savory flavor when cooked slowly. And when cooked this way, they make an excellent addition to a creamy mound of mashed potatoes.

Rather than caramelize the leeks, which requires a bit more hands on cooking, we decided to melt them.

It's actually a braise, but the result is meltingly good. And braising requires only an occasional stir.

The leeks are thinly sliced, then slowly simmered in broth or stock until extremely tender, then the whole mixture is stirred into the potatoes.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Weatherly Area High School Student Government Association hosted its semi-formal on Saturday at Sand Springs Country Club. The king and queen for this event were Joshua Reiner and Rachel Moon. Second runners up were, from left, Andrew Oross and Nicole Rayno. First runners up were Dominique Adamczyk and Brian Maiello.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Q. Is napping in the afternoon a good idea?

No doubts about this one. Napping is a very good idea.

In a study published in The Archives of Internal Medicine researchers found that people who napped regularly had a 37 percent lower coronary death rate than those who never napped. The study was done on more than 23,000 Greek men and women ages 20 to 86.

The curiosity of the study's authors was piqued by low rates of heart disease in European and Latin American countries where siestas are an integral part of their lifestyles.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Schuylkill County Dairy Princess Madeline Daubert recently attended a Big Creek Grange meeting in Lehighton. She said she was honored to meet grange members. She spoke about how dairy farmers take care of their environment through waste

management, recycling water and minimizing odors in the communitys. Those interested in having the Daubert and her court attend an event, may contact her at 570-294-6981 or Darla Romberger at 570-617-8074.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Exercise physiologist Joe Paluck discusses the benefits of exercise at Pyramid Sports Performance Center in Lehighton.

How much exercise do you need to feel your best and prevent heart and cardiovascular disease? It's likely less than you think but frequency is key.

"Exercise is my specialty," said Joseph Paluck, M.S., an exercise physiologist with St. Luke's and Jim Thorpe Physical Therapy during a recent talk at the Pyramid Sports Performance Center in Lehighton. "My passion is heart disease, and trying to stop this disease as much as we can."

Monday, November 11, 2013
Lynn A. Sheehan and Todd D. Rehrig

Lynn A. Sheehan and Todd D. Rehrig, both of Lehighton, have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Richard W. Davenport of Berwick and the late Virginia G. Davenport of Lansford. She is a 1983 graduate of Berwick Area High School and a 2010 graduate of Lehigh Carbon Community College with a degree in special education.

She is employed by the Jim Thorpe Area School District for the past 13 years in the area of special education.

Monday, November 11, 2013
Cory Travis and Leah Danielson

The engagement of Leah Danielson Of Miramar Beach, Fla. to Cory Travis, also of Miramar Beach, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Rodger and Diane Danielson of Palmerton. She is a 2006 graduate of Palmerton Area High School and a 2011 graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She is employed as an assistant store manager at Gymboree.

Monday, November 11, 2013
Laura Raibeck and Jonathan Dufresne

Laura Raibeck, daughter of Elizabeth Raibeck, Albrightsville, and the late Edward Raibeck, was united in marriage to Jonathan Dufresne, son of Raymond and Linda Dufresne of Atkinson, N.H. on Oct. 5, 2013 in Vancouver, BC Canada.

The bride is a 2002 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School. In 2006 she earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and a bachelor of arts degree in German from Lafayette College.

In 2008 she graduated with a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech.