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Wednesday, May 7, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Chicken with Vegetables

Since I started this column I've included many recipes from my mother, lots of my own, and several from friends and readers.

I've also included many from my husband who enjoys getting adventurous in the kitchen. Sometime he comes up with great dishes that we will make over and over. Other times, he creates some real stinkers. (Last week's franks and beans with mushrooms, garlic and sweet-hot mustard and his deconstructed guacamole salad come to mind.)

A couple weeks ago, however, he came up with this chicken dish, and I'm more than willing to give credit where credit is due.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
This April 7, 2014 photo shows a ricotta spinach tart in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Lasagna isn't typically associated with Mother's Day, but it is the dish that inspired us this year as we searched for a fresh way to offer Mom a delicious brunch.

We took some of our favorite lasagna ingredients ricotta cheese, spinach, thyme and Asiago cheese but instead of layering them with noodles, we mixed them together in a rich, but still light tart filling. With a store-bought crust, the tart can be in the oven in 20 minutes and on the table 40 minutes later. And similar to a good quiche, this tart can be served hot or room temperature.

Ricotta Spinach Tart

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Black capped chickadees are familiar to all of us. They are a nonmigrating species, but they are more noticeable in winter when they arrive at our birdfeeders together with tufted titmice, nuthatches and juncos.

Black caps range from Pennsylvania northward to Canada and Alaska, and they are a quintessential woodland bird, eating seeds, berries, insects, and nesting in tree cavities made by woodpeckers or tree rot.

This cheeky little bird became the focus of a research project led by biology professor Robert Curry from Villanova University.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Marian High School Class of 1974 will hold a class reunion meeting at Kelly's Restaurant, Lansford, at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 8.

For more information, call 570-645-7621 or email ckmm@ptd.net.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The TRIAD/Project Lifesaver will meet from 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 at Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 W. Elm St. in Allentown.

Ellen Lansberry will speak about how to stay at home. There is no charge to attend.

For more information call 610-966-8511, email martha.lieberman@rcn.com or go to projectlifesaver.org.

The main purpose of TRIAD is to help seniors to be made aware of safety issues as well as other topics that might be of interest.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Q. Does wine have real health benefits?

There is evidence that wine has health benefits, but here's an important statement from the American Heart Association:

Monday, May 5, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Debbie Balch, administrative assistant for Care Net of Carbon County, left, fits Bonnie Lynn Reason, 11 months, into a car seat, as her mother, Crystal Reason, of Lansford, watches. Car seats are required to keep children safe when riding in a vehicle.

As new parents prepare to leave the hospital, the staff makes sure the new parents know how to properly restrain the child in the seat, making their first ride, and every ride thereafter, as safe as possible.

"We want to be sure every family is using a child safety seat," said Deanna Shisslak, certified child passenger safety technician for Lehigh Valley Health Network's parent education program, "and if they don't have a seat, we want to be able to assist the family in securing a child safety seat.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Parents should keep in mind that car seats won't last forever.

Pennsylvania State Trooper Shannon Yorke, a certified car seat technician, said the life span of a child's car seat is about six years because the plastic can break down and become brittle and may not withstand a crash.

"When you think about it, the seat is in extreme weather conditions, such as really cold during winter and really hot in the summer," she said.

"The plastic is constantly going through changes as far as weather, so after a certain period of time it isn't reliable anymore."

Monday, May 5, 2014

Children need to be safely restrained when riding in a vehicle. To make sure they are secured properly, there are a few tests parents can do.

Inch test

According to SafeKids Worldwide, the inch test looks at if the seat is tightly secured in the vehicle.

Once the seat is installed, tug the base to see how far it moves. If it moves more than an inch from side to side or front to back, then the belt or latch system needs to be tightened.

Pinch test

The pinch test is done when the child is in the seat.

Friday, May 2, 2014

A respected member of the community, who passed away last year was remembered fondly Tuesday evening by the Mauch Chunk Historical Society.

Friends and colleagues joined historical society members at the Broadway Grille and Pub in Jim Thorpe to honor Susan Sterling and celebrate her life.

Historical society President Helen Van Pelt presented a plaque to Sterling's husband, Jack. It read "The Mauch Chunk Historical Society honors Susan Marie Gilkeson Sterling for her many years of service to the society and to the Jim Thorpe Community."