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Thursday, April 21, 2011
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There are so many ways to color an egg, and more than one kind of egg to color.

Much depends on the decorators' ages, time constraints and motivation. Do you want to try something new and different this year, or fall back on standard reliable egg-dyeing kits?

Even when using an egg-coloring kit, there are dozens of ways to kick the process up a notch.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
This March 15, 2011 photo shows an apricot-peach and gingersnap crusted baked ham in Concord, N.H. Here, the bright flavors of apricot-peach jam spiked with some Dijon mustard and brown sugar provide the glue, if you will, for a spicy crust of gingersnap cookie crumbs, all of which combine to create a perfect balance to the salty ham. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

The prepared ham has become so ubiquitous honey baked and spiral cut, anyone? at Easter, many cooks assume they can just heat and eat, leaving all their culinary creativity for the rest of the meal.

To be sure, cured and smoked pork legs are tasty as is, but there's little reason not to give it an exotic treatment, as with this apricot-peach and gingersnap crusted baked ham.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

More than any other meat, pork is an amiable partner with fruit. Chops with apples. Roast pork with dried fruit stuffing. Pork tenderloin with mango salsa.

And then there's ham, the anchor of many Easter brunches and dinners. Brush the cured meat with a fruity glaze and you've added your spin to a fully cooked ham.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
This March 15, 2011 photo shows a honeydew-blackberry tart in Concord, N.H. This tart offers a nice balance between light and luxurious. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

What with its focus on a hefty ham or robust leg of lamb not to mention all those chocolate bunnies Easter dinner can be a heavy affair.

So consider serving a lighter dessert, such as this fresh honeydew-blackberry tart that offers a nice balance between light and luxurious.

As with any good tart, the crust is crispy and rich, but made from healthful ingredients such as white whole-wheat flour, ground almonds and some reduced-fat cream cheese. There's also just enough butter to add that familiar flavor you'd expect in a crust.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mary Kocher

Mary Kocher, a well-known local artist, recently celebrated her 90th birthday at a surprise party, given by her friends in the Carbon County Art League, and held at the home of Bill and Penny Allison.

The celebration was a first for Kocher.

"I couldn't believe it. It's the first party I've had in my 90 years," Kocher said. "We were matter of fact about such matters. We didn't have birthday parties. We were just busy with our lives."

Kocher grew up in Morgantown, W.V. As a child, she was immersed in art, as it was an interest of her parents and siblings.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Q. Is there a magic bullet for back pain? I could use one.

There is no magic bullet for everyone. However, like millions of people who suffer back pain, I rely on the methods developed by Robin McKenzie, a physiotherapist in New Zealand. Because back problems are almost universal, I'm going to do two columns on McKenzie.

When I was 30 years old, I strained my lower back carrying bundles of newspapers. With a week of bed rest, I got better. A few years later, I reached for a backhand on the tennis court and ended up in bed again.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Former winners of the Ms. Pennsylvania Senior America crown and the current queen recently met in Harrisburg with state Sen. Jeffrey Piccola, an advocate for seniors.

Four former queens, Shirley Karinch, Barbara Ann deLeon, Doris Ulrich, and Willetta Silva, along with the current Ms. Pennsylvania Senior America, Marie E. Tennant, met with their senators to discuss support for senior women across the state. Sen. Piccola, Dauphin County, asked the Senate during an April session to recognize the role and contributions of women involved in Ms. Senior America Inc.

Monday, April 18, 2011
File photo The Passover Seder plate contains various symbolic foods that will be eaten or referred to during the course of the meal.

Passover, the Jewish festival in celebration of the Jews' freedom from slavery and the flight from Egypt, begins this year at sunset on April 18.

Although traditions vary throughout the world, the basics are as follows: The holiday lasts seven or eight days (depending on where it's being celebrated), and the first night of Passover begins with a ceremonial dinner, called a Seder, where the story of the Exodus is told.

The food and wine customs of a given Seder are elaborate, and differ between regions and families, but some factors remain constant.

Monday, April 18, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Panther Valley Golden Agers show off their Easter bonnets at a recent meeting at St. Joseph's Church in Summit Hill. Left to right seated are Irene Hudasky and Dolores Becker. Standing, Tootsie Orsulak, Shirley Pavlick, Sue Dopira, and Mary Ciganek. Everyone paraded around the room with their Easter bonnets.

Monday, April 18, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Joshua C. Smale

Jodi Lee Arner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Arner, Palmerton, became the bride of Joshua Cory Smale, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Smale, also of Palmerton, on Oct. 9, 2010 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Palmerton.

The Rev. Jody Neifert performed the double ring ceremony. Randall Perry, Jim Thorpe, was the organist, while Yvonne Caton of Slatington and Lauren Strohl of Palmerton, were the vocalists.