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Friday, January 3, 2014
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Christina Tomsic

When visitors to the Pennsylvania Farm Show stop by this weekend's baked goods contests, they'll be treated to a taste of Carbon County's finest pies and cakes.

Among the dozens of entries of pies, cakes, cookies and more are four entries from the Palmerton and Lehighton areas. This year's local participants are Tracy Lyn Junglas (Blue Ribbon Apple Pie) and Nolan Wentz (PA Preferred Youth Chocolate) of Lehighton, and Christina Tomsic (PA Preferred Chocolate Cake) and Kyle Strohl (Angel Food Cake) of Palmerton.

Thursday, January 2, 2014
AP Photo/Matthew Mead Chicken saltimbocca with roasted cherry tomatoes

This simple, one-skillet dinner needs neither much time nor skill to deliver rich, deep flavors.

And it all starts with that most ubiquitous of American meats – the boneless, skinless chicken breast.

Traditional saltimbocca often is made with veal cutlets, which are pounded thin, then topped with fresh sage and prosciutto before being wrapped into bundles and seared. My version is equally delicious, but swaps chicken for the veal. And while my version starts on the stovetop, it finishes in the oven.

Thursday, January 2, 2014
This Dec. 2, 2013 photo shows salmon that has been baked in a bag with citrus, olive and chilies in Concord, N.H. The bag keeps the flavor and moisture trapped inside during cooking, allowing the juices from the fish and the other ingredients to mingle and become a wonderful sauce. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Fish en papillote is the elegant-sounding name of a staple recipe of classic French cuisine. Translated into English, it becomes the much less elegant-sounding "fish in a bag." By any name, however, this method of baking fish is a smash.

Typically, the fish is combined with vegetables and herbs, some butter or oil, and often some wine. All of this is wrapped up in a piece of kitchen parchment and baked. The parchment keeps the flavor and moisture trapped inside during cooking, allowing the juices from the fish and the other ingredients to mingle and become a wonderful sauce.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers will provide free assistance with filing federal, state and local tax forms for seniors and low to moderate income taxpayers in our local communities.

Persons interested in this free service should bring their current tax documents, plus a copy of last year's tax returns to one of the following locations on the days listed below.

These locations will be open from 9 a.m. until noon beginning Feb. 3 through April 15.

Ÿ Salem United Church of Christ, Route 209, Gilbert Road, Gilbert; Mondays and Thursdays

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Q. What is St. John's Wort?

St. John's Wort also known as hypericum herb, klamath weed or goat weed is a plant with yellow flowers that are used to make teas and tablets. For centuries, the plant has been considered a remedy for mental problems, including depression and anxiety.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis J. Serfass

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis J. Serfass recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Dec. 21, 1963 at Grace Lutheran Church, Lehighton by the Rev. Allen Hanson.

Mrs. Serfass is the former Doris Blose, daughter of the late Melvin and Irene (Koch) Blose of Parryville. Her husband is the son of the late Russell and Lorraine (Clay) Serfass of Lehighton.

They have two children: a daughter, Lisa Haydt of Palmerton, and a son, Judge Steven R. Serfass, and his wife Jenny Cheng Serfass of Palmerton.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System will host an Alzheimer's Caregiver's Support Group from 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 7, in the third floor conference room at the Palmerton Hospital Campus, 135 Lafayette Ave. Palmerton. After Jan. 7, the meetings will be held every other Tuesday at the same time and location.

Catherine Miller, community liaison for Behavioral Health at BMHS, will facilitate the group. The intent will be to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.

Friday, December 27, 2013
Patrick Danielson and Virginia Chapman

Diane and Rodger Danielson of Palmerton announce the engagement of their son, Patrick, to Virginia Chapman, daughter of Michael and Deborah Chapman of Doylestown.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, where she received her bachelor of fine arts degree in photography. She is employed as a photographer at an online consignment shop.

The prospective bridegroom is a graduate of Tyler School of Art, where he earned his bachelor of fine arts degree in painting/illustration. He is employed as a warehouse manager at Planet Aid.

Friday, December 27, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hallowich

SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Tamaqua was the setting for the Sept. 7, 2013 wedding of Rebecca Sincavage, daughter of Charles and Denise Sincavage of Lake Hauto, and Daniel Hallowich, son of MaryGrace Hallowich of Mayfield and Stanley Hallowich Jr. of Jermyn. The double ring ceremony was conducted by the Rev. William Linkchorst. Susan Baddick presided at the organ.

Friday, December 27, 2013
Julia Rose Frace

A daughter, Julia Rose Frace, was born to Nicole and Theodore Frace of Walnutport at 1:21 a.m., on Dec. 18, 2013, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. She weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 19.5 inches.

The new baby was welcomed home by her two siblings, Joslyn, 4; and Jordan, 2.

Maternal grandparents are Kate Lueders of Coaldale and Joe Otto of Tamaqua.

Paternal grandparents are Rodney Frace and Julie Ann Frace of Kunkletown.