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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.

Friday, December 31, 2010
William Dale III and Kyra de Lodzia

Kyra de Lodzia and William E. Dale III, both of Tamaqua, have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Dr. Georges de Lodzia of Kingston, R.I.; and Mimi de Lodzia of Narragansett, R.I. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and a graduate of the University of Coimbra, Portugal.

She is currently employed by the United Parcel Service.

The prospective bridegroom is the grandson of William E. Dale Sr. and Dorothy Dale of the Hometown section of Tamaqua.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
This product image courtesy of InternetSafety.com shows the Safe Eyes product. Dan Nainan can't trust himself to work at his computer without clicking on distractions, so he uses Safe Eyes, an Internet-blocking program, to shut down his Web access for two-hour blocks twice a day so he can get his work done. (AP Photo/InternetSafety.com) NO SALES

NEW YORK (AP) – Dan Nainan can't trust himself to work at his computer without clicking on distractions, so he uses an Internet-blocking program to shut down his Web access twice a day.

"I'm sorry, but try as I might, I could never, ever do this on my own," said the New York City comedian who's struggling to finish a book. "I wish I could, but I just don't have the discipline."

Nainan's system of two, two-hour blocks is one example of how Americans are trying to control their impulses using technology that steps in to enforce good behavior.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The new year is a great time to brush off your money-saving skills and start the year with a fresh attitude.

While I pride myself in being frugal, the holidays are a tough time for us. We eat too much, spend too much, and buy odd things at the grocery store because I'm in such a hurry.