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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Jill H. Frie and Robert J. Motto, 71 Silver Creek Rd., New Philadelphia.

Camila Roces and David B. Perez, 410 E. Centre St., Mahanoy City.

Kimberlee A. Gallagher, 608 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, and Gerald T. Burkett, 625 Dairy Rd., Tamaqua.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Over the course of many years practicing pediatrics, studying child development, observing families and growing humble as a father, I have learned a number of lessons about the very fine art of parenting. I have distilled the wisdom I have been taught by children and their families into 10 basic principles, practices and guidelines that seem useful for all families. I hope you will find them meaningful.

1. Follow your heart.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011
This Dec. 5, 2010 photo shows pecan-crusted chicken breasts with bourbon pan sauce in Concord, N.H. For a gorgeous variation on this recipe, you can use finely chopped pistachios instead of pecans, in fact almost any of your favorite nuts would work. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

During the busy holiday season it's good to have a few "utility" recipes in your pocket. That is, dishes that are easy enough to prepare for a weeknight family dinner, but dressy enough for company.

This recipe for pecan-crusted chicken breast with bourbon pan sauce has a luxuriously rich flavor and looks impressive, yet takes just 35 minutes to make.

If you want to skip the booze, just increase the amount of chicken broth or use an equal amount of apple juice instead.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

If you're going to make a beef burger, your first decision takes place in the butcher or meat department. Your ground beef choices are usually chuck, round and sirloin. The following information, adapted from the Food Network Kitchens' "Get Grilling" (Meredith Books, 2005), will help you get the burger you desire:

Chuck is your classic burger meat and is usually the most flavorful, simply because it has the most fat. Ground round is the leanest of the three, with sirloin in the middle range. Sirloin has a great flavor, but it is the most expensive.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011
AP Photo/Larry Crowe Using turkey breast cutlets gives you the great taste without wrestling with a whole bird, like in this Sauteed Turkey Breast with Cranberry-Cherry Sauce.

If by now you haven't hit turkey fatigue, consider going back to this All-American bird for easy, speedy and healthy weeknight meals.

And you don't need to fuss with a whole bird to make it work. Turkey breast cutlets are thin slices of skinless meat that cook quickly and require almost no prep.

Plus, they have only half a gram of fat per 4-ounce serving.

Turkey breast cutlets can be purchased fresh or frozen, and range in size from large slices (from the main lobe of the breast) to narrow "tenders" cut from the breast tenderloin.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Q. My toenails and leg hair don't seem to grow as fast as they used to. Is this age-related or is it something else?

It could be caused by something harmless, but it is possible that it is a little-known symptom of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). If I were you, I'd go to a doctor for a checkup. Better safe than sorry.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
This Dec. 16, 2010 photo shows DeEtte Sauer, 69, as she poses before a swimming workout in Houston. Sauer remembers a vacation when _ at 5-foot-5 and 230 pounds _ she couldn't make it onto a small boat for a day out with her family. She got busy, slowly shedding the weight through sensible eating and exercise. She began to walk around her Houston neighborhood, then she discovered the pool. Now 69, the woman who once had a supermom complex is a competitive, medal-winning senior swimmer. (AP Photo/David Phillip)

At 45, DeEtte Sauer was a dead woman walking.

She was morbidly obese, her heart disease so serious a doctor warned her to expect "an event at any time." Eaten up by her marketing career, struggling to raise three kids, she smoked, drank and never, ever exercised.

Sauer remembers a vacation when at 5-foot-5 and 230 pounds she couldn't make it onto a small boat for a day out with her family.

"That's when it hit me. I was an elected cripple. I had done it to myself."

Monday, January 3, 2011
WANTED: Your original recipes!

It's time to put away those Christmas decorations and take out the old recipe box as the TIMES NEWS 24th Annual Cookbook and Recipe Contest is about to get under way. Share your recipes and show your friends and family what a terrific cook you are, and win a great prize while you're at it! Up to $900 in prizes are up for grabs.

We're looking for original recipes in the following seven categories: Appetizers, Casseroles, Desserts, Main Dishes, Salads & Sides, Sandwiches, and Soups & Stews.

Every entrant will receive a TIMES NEWS pizza cutter.

Friday, December 31, 2010

It's not New Year's Eve without a little sparkle. Why not bling in the New Year?

Designers are offering glitz and shine at all prices, and you don't have to put the twinkly looks away for next year's party.

"Shimmer never goes out of style it's as classic as lipstick," says Jen Ford, fashion news director for Lucky magazine.

Meredith Paley of the women's fashion chain Talbots agrees.

"Every woman wants a touch of glamour, and holiday is the best time of the year to add sparkles, sequins, gold accents and shimmer," she says.

Friday, December 31, 2010
Lee Hopkins and Kerri Marcin

George and Susan Marcin of Lehighton have announced the engagement of their daughter, Kerri, to Lee Hopkins, son of Lee and Jeanette Hopkins of New Egypt, N.J.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Palmerton Area High School and The Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in education.

She is employed by Wells Fargo at its corporate center in Raleigh, N.C.

The prospective bridegroom is a graduate of New Egypt High School in New Jersey and West Chester University, where he played football and completed a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.