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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
AP PHOTO Potato latkes, traditionally served at Hanukkah, are the inspiration for these corned beef and potato pancakes with pickled cabbage creme fraiche. The final product is new twist on the traditional Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage and is a tribute to Ireland.

When the people of Dublin, Ireland elected their first Jewish mayor, Robert Briscoe in 1956, baseball legend Yogi Berra allegedly exclaimed "Only in America!" This St. Patrick's Day recipe for corned beef and potato pancakes with pickled cabbage crème fraîche was created in that same spirit.

Potato latkes, traditionally served at Hanukkah, are the inspiration for these crispy potato and onion patties. But in this version, flavorful shreds of corned beef along with a pickled cabbage topping are added as a tribute to Ireland.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
AP PHOTO For this asparagus and potato soup recipe, all vegetables are roasted at high heat, caramelizing their natural sugars and enhancing the flavors.

Global markets and high-tech shipping methods have put asparagus on our tables virtually year-round, yet most of us still associate it with spring.

But whenever you eat it, asparagus is a nutritional powerhouse. It is low in calories (about 5 calories per stalk) and is packed with vitamins A, C and E, and folate.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Irish soda bread doesn't need yeast or a lot of kneading. You can make it in a food processor then finish it up with a bit of hand kneading. Younger cooks would enjoy making this bread with a big bowl and spoon rather then kneading.

Homemade bread in 45 minutes to an hour is a temptation hard to resist. It is the perfect accompaniment to Irish stew for St. Patrick's Day.

Green butter spread adds that wee bit of Irish to this warm wholesome loaf. I created it after thinking through the idea of adding spinach or loads of fresh green herbs to the bread itself.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Aaron Keller and Andrea Neff

Andrea Neff of Kresgeville and Aaron Keller, also Kresgeville, have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Randy and Deb Neff of Danielsville. She is a 1996 graduate of Northampton High school. She is currently employed by St. Luke's Physician Group.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Allen Keller Jr. of Gilbert and Bonnie Keller of Trachsville. He is a 1994 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School. He is currently employed by Muschlitz Excavating.

A wedding is scheduled for May 7 of this year.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
MaryAnn Storm-Dait and Hubert "Bob" Alward

The engagement of MaryAnn Storm-Dait, Lehighton, to Hubert "Bob" Alward, also of Lehighton, has been announced by her mother, Mary S. Storm, Lehighton, and her sons, Joseph and Matthew Dait.

The bride-to-be is also the daughter of the late Lester G. Storm. She is a 1981 graduate of Lehighton Area High School and the Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing. She earned an associate degree in business management from L.C.C.C.

She is currently employed by Northampton County at Gracedale Nursing Home.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Steele Michael Zalik

A son, Steele Michael Zalik, was born at 5:06 p.m. on Feb. 7, 2011, in St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill, to Kristin and Timothy Zalik of Palmerton.

He weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and measured 20 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Michael and Susan Zavagansky of Lansford. Paternal grandparents are Brian and Michaele Kulick of Nesquehoning.

Maternal great-grandparents are Michael and Dorothy Zavagansky of Lansford.

Paternal great-grandmother is Evelyn Malaska of Nesquehoning.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Q. Are there different kinds of angina?

Yes, there is stable angina, unstable angina and variant angina.

Angina the full name is angina pectoris is the medical term for chest pain or discomfort usually caused by coronary artery disease.

Angina (pronounced an-JI-nuh or AN-juh-nuh) hits when the heart doesn't get enough blood. This usually happens when there is a narrowing or blockage in one or more of the vessels that supply blood to the heart.

Angina can come from exertion. It may make you sweat or lose your breath. The pain can strike your arm or neck, too.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group will meet from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in the community room of the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

Women with cancer-related issues are invited to attend this group, which offers a supportive social setting.

Part of the meeting will feature a respiratory department technician demonstrating and explaining some of the equipment and supplies that a hospitalized person may receive.

For more information, contact Mary Ann Hazel at (610) 824-6490.

Monday, March 14, 2011
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"Greatest pinnacle of sophistication."

That is how guest-speaker Donald Serfass of the Victorian Highwheelers described the transformation and growth of women's rights and transportation.

Serfass was talking to members of the Tamaqua Business and Professional Women's Club recently, at the La Dolce Casa Restaurant in Tamaqua, as part of its women's history month meeting.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Diem Phuong Tran, 47 Susquehanna Blvd., West Hazleton, and Eric Matukonis, 18 Walnut St., Tamaqua R.D.

Billie J. Jelassi, 135 Coal St., Cumbola, Blythe Township and Braxton J. Moore, 321 Schuylkill Ave., Pottsville.