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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The first thing Joyce Maynard will tell you when you ask for her pie recipe, is that she doesn't use one.

A writer for over 40 years and the author of 11 books, Maynard is almost as well known for her pie as for her novels.

"It's not about the recipe," she insists. "It's the handling of the dough. The only way to learn was standing at the elbow of my mother, while the pie crust is being made, and that's the way I like to teach pie-making, with someone at my elbow."

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Using Joyce Maynard's directions, I created a Peach Blueberry Pie. I've always been a good pie maker myself, but I think I've fallen in love with a new crust.

For a 10-inch pie

3 cups flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup shortening (approximately), or lard

7-8 tablespoons butter, (approximately), cut into small pieces

7-8 tablespoons ice water, (approximately)

6 cups sliced peaches

2 cups blueberries

Sprinkle of Minute tapioca (maybe a tablespoon)

Sprinkle of cinnamon, maybe 1/2 teaspoon

1/2 cup sugar (or less)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Stacey Solt/Times News Dr. Roderick M. Quiros, MD, FACS, speaks during a recent breast cancer program sponsored by St. Luke's University Health Network. Quiros is a surgical oncologist with St. Luke's Cancer Center.

Advances in science and technology have vastly improved the way doctors detect and treat breast cancer.

These breakthroughs will lead to more personalized, effective treatments for the thousands of women diagnosed with breast cancer each year, said Roderick M. Quiros, MD, FACS, a surgical oncologist with St. Luke's University Health Network, who spoke recently during a short program in Jim Thorpe.

"This is about the ways that cancer is attacked or cured. It's not one big thing, but a lot of little things," said Quiros.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Carbon County Art League welcomes the public to a presentation by artist Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 11 at Penn Kidder Senior Center, located in Bear Creek Plaza, Route 903, Jim Thorpe. The program and refreshments are compliments of the art league.

Alao is an artist who recently represented his country, Nigeria, and became the first-place winner of the United Nations International Art Competition among 61 countries.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
@$:Mollie Eskin

Mollie Eskin, originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., recently celebrated her 103rd birthday. A resident of Brookmont in Effort for the past five years, she was born on Aug. 10, 1910.

She wed Murray Eskin on Jan. 18, 1930. They had two daughters and two granddaughters, and now are blessed with six great-grandchildren.

Mollie has always been a very elegant woman and continues to wear fine clothes. She says she misses the days when she was able to throw lavish dinner parties.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Q. What happens when you have a heart valve that leaks?

Valves can malfunction and strain the heart. If a valve doesn't close properly, blood will flow backward. This is called regurgitation. If valve flaps don't open correctly, they prevent blood from flowing through them. This is called stenosis.

Advanced valve disease can cause blood clots, stroke or sudden death from cardiac arrest.

Monday, September 9, 2013
COURTESY OF PICADor

It has been a big year for author Joyce Maynard.

Not only did she see the publication of her 11th book, she married her soulmate this summer, and her book, Labor Day, has been turned into a movie to be released later this year.

She is also celebrating the re-release of her memoir At Home in the World. The book, which came out last week, features a new preface by Maynard.

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group (GLVWG) will hold its September meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Palmer Branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Joyce Maynard frequently weaves food into her tales, both fiction and non-fiction, and has become well-known for her pie making.

It's a skill she learned at her mother's side, and one she professes to have taught to at least a thousand people thus far, including Halle Berry and Josh Brolin.

Be sure to check this week's Comfort & Joy column on Wednesday when Joyce tells lifestyle editor Karen Cimms how she makes pie.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group will meet from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Community Room at the Gnaden Huetten campus of the Blue Mountain Health System, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

The meeting is geared for women who have been diagnosed with cancer sometime in their lives. The format is informal. Contact Mary Ann Hazel at (610) 824-6490 for further information.