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Thursday, January 13, 2011
Add about a teaspoon of vanilla. You may want to add more, according to taste, or add a different flavor extract.

Looking for something to do with all the white stuff in your yard, other than plowing it or shoveling it?

How about eating it?

Snow cream is a simple and fun treat to make with the kids, and you probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen (and yard!)

All you need is some sugar, heavy cream, vanilla and snow. If you want to be a little more adventurous, try a little chocolate or maple syrup, some crushed candy canes or ice cream toppings, or any type of flavoring extract that suits your fancy.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
AP Photo/Larry Crowe  A simmering pot of stew is just right for a cold winter night and this Black Bean and Spicy Sausage Stew over Brown Rice will heat you up without taking too much time in the kitchen.

A nice pot of chili or stew, slowly simmering on the stove is a heartwarming thought. But it's a dinner that requires forethought.

What about the wintery day you walk in late from work but still want a meal that will take the chill off?

We've got you covered with this black bean and sausage stew served over brown rice.

The most complicated thing you need to do is brown some chorizo. And if you want to cut the calories, feel free to substitute chicken sausage.

Also try andouille sausage, or even a garlicky kielbasa for a slightly less spicy stew.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Courtesy of The Culinary Institute of America Cream of Mushroom Soup with Parmesan Foam prepared by Chef Brad Barnes at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

A bowl of warm mushroom soup is the perfect antidote to bracing weather and nipping winds during the cold winter months.

It's velvety texture and delicate hues are comforting reminders of childhood for many, and serving this simple soup in a glass mug with a Parmesan Foam makes it a sophisticated part of any meal.

The CIA's recipe for cream of mushroom soup is made lighter by cutting back on the amount of butter and cream, and then relying on the pureed vegetables to add texture to the soup.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Q: Do healthy cooks make as many mistakes in the kitchen as those who cook up unhealthy fried foods and heavy meals?

A: Cooking isn't rocket science, but there are mistakes many folks make that keep their foods from being as nutritious as they could be. Here is a sampling:

Ÿ Buying turkey burgers in place of 93 percent lean beef without reading the fat content. If the turkey burgers contain the skin, then they are often higher in fat than a beef patty.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
This Dec. 14, 2010 photo shows handmade fleece neck gaiters in Concord, N.H. These gaiters are a great alternative to unwieldy scarves, especially for kids, and can be customized with two different colors or patterns. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

Save the scarves for snowmen this winter. Active kids (and adults) will appreciate the ease of pulling on a soft, fleece neck gaiter that will keep them warm without the fuss of arranging a scarf and without the fear of getting tangled up while sledding, skiing or skating.

These gaiters consist of a double layer of fleece, with no exposed seams. They take just minutes to make, even with the extra step of using two colors or patterns to make a reversible version.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Q. I get the winter blues every year. I was wondering how many people suffer the way I do.

The medical term for winter depression is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Symptoms usually begin in late fall or early winter and go away by summer. A less common type of depression occurs in the summer. SAD has been linked to a biochemical imbalance in the brain prompted by shorter daylight hours and a lack of sunlight in winter.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group meets for the first time in 2011 in the Community Room at the Gnaden Huetten site, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18.

It is an informal setting for women with cancer-related issues. Interested women are invited to attend.

Call Mary Ann Hazel, (610) 824-6490, for more information.

Monday, January 10, 2011

"Find your dream and go after it!" That was the message two local Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania learned as they attended the 2010 PA Governor's Conference for Women recently.

Erienne Galvin of Albrightsville and Samantha Miller of Jim Thorpe were among 20 Ambassador Girl Scouts who made the trip to Pittsburgh with adult volunteers for the seventh annual conference.

They were exposed to several renowned speakers from various career paths.

Monday, January 10, 2011
This undated handout photo provided by the journal Science shows a donor woman watching sad films in isolation, using a mirror to capture tears into a vial. If a crying woman's red nose isn't a big enough turnoff to a man, a surprising experiment found another reason: Tears of sadness may temporarily lower his testosterone level. (AP Photo/Science)

WASHINGTON (AP) – If a crying woman's red nose isn't a big enough turnoff to a man, a surprising experiment found another reason: Tears of sadness may temporarily lower his testosterone level.

Those tears send a chemical signal as the man gets close enough to sniff them – even though there's no discernible odor, say researchers from Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science.

It's the first such signal to be found in tears, and it's probably not unique to women's. Theirs just were the first to be studied.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Monroe County Penn State Cooperative Extension's Strong Women classes, a strength training program for women over 40, are available in Brodheadsville and Trachsville. Classes meet twice a week for 12 weeks. Registration information is available on their website or call (570) 421-6430 for a brochure.

Three locations have been scheduled:

Ÿ Western Pocono Community Library, Brodheadsville, Jan. 11-March 31, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m.

Ÿ Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Trachsville, Jan. 10-March 30, Mondays and Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.