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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
This March 14, 2011 photo shows a coconut and berry Passover tart in Concord, N.H. This tart sports a coconut crust that is both chewy and crispy, a pudding-like vanilla-almond filling and mounds of fresh fruit. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Whoever coined the phrase "easy as pie" clearly didn't bake much. Enter Martha Stewart ... Again.

Stewart's latest cookbook "New Pies and Tarts" – offers more than 150 recipes whose clear instructions, gorgeous photos and brevity (all recipes fit on one page) take the intimidation out of pastry. Organized by category from "classic" (think apple) to "free-form" (no pie plate handy?) to "artful" (double lattice crusts, shingled leaves), the book lets users pick pies according to their skill and occasion.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
AP PHOTO/MATTHEW MEAD Curried mango chicken soup can be made dairy-free by substituting coconut milk for the creme fraiche.

Getting your kids interested in food and cooking really can be as simple as asking, "Hey, do you want some mangos?"

To which my 6-year-old son, an otherwise bored participant in the grocery shopping that day, responded with an all-too-teenager-like, "Sure."

As I carried the mangos back to the cart, the sum of my plans for them amounted to peeling, cubing and dumping them on my son's plate. Apparently he'd come up with other ideas.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Q. My grandmother told me she has BPPV and that it makes her head spin. What exactly is this BPPV?

BPPV stands for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. It usually strikes when you change the position of your head.

We have to define terms first. Vertigo is the feeling that either you or your surroundings are spinning. It is more than being just lightheaded or dizzy, because you are subjected to the illusion of movement. If you feel your body is moving, you have subjective vertigo. When you sense that your surroundings are moving, you have objective vertigo.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Women artists gather in Jim Thorpe for the fourth annual SWAN Day

On Saturday the fourth annual Carbon County Support Women Artists Now Day (SWAN) luncheon was held at the Harry Packer Mansion in Jim Thorpe. SWAN Day is an international event that celebrates women artists with talent in any art form, including the performing arts and writing.

Monday, March 28, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Patrick

Emily Mieczkowski and Matthew Patrick were united in marriage on Sept. 25, 2010 at First United Church of Christ in Palmerton. The Rev. Jared Rabold officiated the double ring ceremony. Susan Lovejoy was the organist.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents, Bernard and Alicia Mieczkowski of Lehighton.

She chose Jamie Lauer to serve as maid of honor. Bridesmaids included Michele Zanders, Emily Sheckler and Ashley Badman.

Monday, March 28, 2011
Jake Ryan Albert

A son, Jake Ryan Albert, was born at 9:33 p.m. on Feb. 8, 2011 at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest, Allentown, to Nicole and Jeramy Albert of Lehighton.

He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 21.5 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Paul and Michele Bunnevich of Lehighton.

Paternal grandparents are Nelson and Susan Albert of Bangor, Pa.

Great-grandparents are John and Rose Zenzel and Robert Tilley and Kay Evans.

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Weissport School Reunion will be held on Saturday, May 21 at the Polk Township Fire Company, Route 209 North, Kresgeville.

This social event is open to former students, teachers, family and friends.

For more information, call Norm at (610) 417-2499.

Please respond by April 9.

Monday, March 28, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Karen Esak will speak about the changes in women's Victorian fashions during Eckley Miners' Village spring lecture on April 17.

"The Rise and Fall of the Crinoline" will be the topic of Eckley Miners' Village annual spring lecture on Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m. Admission to the event, in the museum's auditorium, is free.

Village resident and volunteer Karen Esak will deliver a photographic survey, supported by her narration, of the changes in women's Victorian fashions from the 1840s through the turn of the century.

The lecture series is free.

Friday, March 25, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Julian

Rita A. and Frank J. Julian celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on New Year's Eve.

They were married on Dec. 31, 1960 at St. Bartholomew Church in Brockton by the Rev. Felix Fink.

Mrs. Julian is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Marcolla of Mary-D.

Her husband is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Julian of Palo Alto, Pa.

The couple have three sons: Andrew and his wife Kathy of Florida, Frank of Allentown, and Joseph and his wife Beth of Lake Hauto.

They have three grandsons and one granddaughter.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet on April 6 at 6 p.m. at Faith United Church of Christ, off the Airport Beltway behind the Toyota dealership, Hazleton.

Guest speaker will be Robert Echenberg, M.D., OB/GYN, and pain management specialist.

Meetings are open to people with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or any chronic illness. Friends and family members are also welcome.

For information or directions, call Carol at (570) 788-7363 or Debbie at (570) 454-2821.

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