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Thursday, February 2, 2012
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Get out your fancy hats and festive horns. We're having a party!

The TIMES NEWS annual Cookbook and Recipe Contest is officially under way and this year will be bigger and better than ever before. In celebration of our 25th annual cookbook, we are going all out.

The categories for this year's contest are Main Dishes; Desserts; Salads and Side Dishes; Slow Cooker; Money Saving Meals; Salad Dressings, Sauces and Marinades; and Celebrations (which includes your favorite recipes for parties and entertaining).

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
This Jan. 4, 2012 photo shows Super Bowl cupcakes in Concord, N.H. These cupcakes are big, bold, manly and totally down for a Super Bowl spread. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

These are not your girlfriend's cupcakes. There is no frilly pastel frosting piped on top. They are not delicate. They are not pretty.

They are big, bold, manly and totally down for a Super Bowl spread.

Since ease is key for Super Bowl feasts, we decided to start with a chocolate cake mix. To man-it-up, we made them big and added beer. Instead of pretty buttercream frosting, we dabbed and smeared whiskey frosting all over them. And to really take it up a notch, bacon. Salted peanuts, pretzels or crushed malted milk balls also would be terrific.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
This Jan. 4, 2012 photo shows Super Bowl stromboli in Concord, N.H. To serve, stromboli are simply sliced like a loaf of bread, creating a spiral baked sandwich that is perfect for large parties. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

A stromboli is kind of a cross between a grinder and a calzone. Bread dough is rolled out, filled with sliced meats, cheeses and vegetables, then rolled up into a tube and baked.

To serve, stromboli are simply sliced like a loaf of bread, creating a spiral baked sandwich that is perfect for large parties. If you like, you also can serve sandwich condiments (or even warmed marinara) alongside the stromboli slices for dipping.

We've offered suggestions for fillings; but mix and match to suit your group (or devise your own combination).

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
AP PhotoS/Matthew Mead Elizabeth Karmel's recipe for a walking taco served in a bowl. A make-your-own taco bar is dramatic, and is easy on the cook.

Whenever I think of Super Bowl Sunday, I think of chili and guacamole and chips. And Ro-Tel cheese dip. And Frito pie.

Because face it, people love to indulge in fatty, crunchy, salty foods they can munch while milling about or standing and watching the game in suspense. And if you make a dish that combines everyone's favorite football snacks, you've got a winning day regardless of who wins the game.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Maria J. Martino and Brendan P. Whitfield

The engagement of Maria Joan Martino of Jim Thorpe to Brendan Paul Whitfield of Ashburn, Va. has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of John and Patricia Martino of Jim Thorpe. She is a 2005 graduate of Marian Catholic High School and a 2009 graduate of DeSales University, where she earned a bachelor of science in nursing.

She is employed as a critical care nurse in the Lehigh Valley.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 1-3 p.m., Feb. 13, at St. Catherine Medical Center, 101 Broad St., Ashland. The session is free and open to all local female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Q. I think I need a hearing aid. Any recommendations?

(I've received this question from more than a few readers. It's a subject of great interest to seniors, so I'm going to write two columns on hearing aids.)

About one in three Americans over 60 suffers from loss of hearing, which can range from the inability to hear certain voices to deafness. However, only about one out of five people who would benefit from a hearing aid uses one.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

For dementia caregivers in and around Carbon County, there is help.

A free Alzheimer's Support Group meets 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe. The next meeting will be Feb. 1.

The group will share ideas and tips to help caregivers cope with the day-to-day stresses of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.

For more information on the support group, call Pat at (610) 392-2380 or by email at dipper38@ptd.net.

Monday, January 30, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Diane Danielson, director, Palmerton Area Library, and artist Douglass Wilkins, of Neola, showcase a painting of an old mill in Sciota (center) that Wilkins submitted for the library's sixth annual Art Show on Sunday. The piece won "Best of Show".

Now, that's a real piece of work to be proud of!

Beautiful compositions of artwork adorned the second floor of the Palmerton Area Library at the sixth annual Art Show on Sunday.

Art aficionados were certainly up to the task, as evidenced by their masterful artwork, which wowed visitors who flocked to the event like never before.

Hosted by the Friends of the Library, the event proved to be a rousing success, according to library director Diane Danielson.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Ann Boyle, author and former literary agent, will share her wisdom about today's changing publishing landscape as keynote speaker at the third annual Write it Right writers' conference in Pottsville.

Boyle will present her keynote speech as part of the Black Diamond Writers' Network (BDWN) third annual Write it Right writers' conference on Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts, 1440 Mahantongo St., Pottsville.

Boyle will provide a breakout session on the writer-agent relationship.