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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
n this image taken on Oct. 15, 2012, corn bread stuffing mushrooms are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

You don't need a turkey to have stuffing on your Thanksgiving table. Many Americans long ago abandoned the fuss of cooking the stuffing in the bird. In addition to cutting the time it takes to get the turkey on the table, this also frees up the side dish to be enjoyed by vegetarians.

Rather than simply spoon the stuffing into a casserole dish, we took it a step beyond. We spooned a savory cornbread stuffing into portobello mushroom caps. The result is as attractive as it is delicious.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Squash Bisque with Pan Roasted Corn Salsa

There's little question about it butternut squash belongs on the Thanksgiving table. But that shouldn't lock you into the two tried, true and overdone means of preparing it mashing and roasting.

For something a little different this year, we decided to turn our Turkey Day butternut into a rich and creamy bisque. It comes together quickly and even can be prepared a day ahead. To do so, follow the recipe except for adding the cream. When ready to reheat, do so over low heat, then stir in the cream.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
n this image taken on Oct. 15, 2012, a roasted vegetable quiche is shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Start to finish: 1 hour 30 minutes (15 minutes active)

Servings: 8

1 red bell pepper, cored and diced

1 small red onion, diced

1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced

1 medium zucchini, diced

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 prepared raw 9-inch pie crust

cup shredded gruyere cheese

6 eggs

1 cup half-and-half

Heat the oven to 400 F.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
AP Photo/Matthew Mead A vegetarian dinner celebrates Thanksgiving and a bountiful harvest.

Vegetarians have long known a Thanksgiving secret the rest of us are reluctant to admit – it's all about the side dishes.

Think about it. Once you've taken the obligatory slice of turkey, a dutiful spoonful of gravy and maybe haggled a bit over the dark meat, what you really want is more stuffing. More mashed anything. More syrupy sweet potatoes. And definitely more pie. Pie of any kind.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Clara Moyer pins a corsage on Anna Moser at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Albrightsville Sunday. Moser was honored for her nearly 60 years of service to the church.

The congregants at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Albrightsville gathered together Sunday morning to celebrate Anna Moser, who has served the small parish as a worship leader/organist for nearly 60 years. Sunday's service was dedicated to Moser.

One of nine children, Moser attended the same church with her family. On Sunday, many family members were present, which helped to fill the church to capacity.

After the service the Rev. Doug Holtz, pastor, asked Moser to point out her family members. She pointed to someone in almost every row.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

On the eve of Thanksgiving, the Claddagh Keepers, a newly-formed community service group, will collect nonperishable, canned goods on the front porch at the West End Saloon, 1129 Mauch Chunk Road, Palmerton. The items will be donated to the Palmerton Food Bank.

While all are encouraged to contribute, those who will be entering the facility and who bring a donation will get a discount off the cover charge.

Suggested items include: canned spaghetti, ravioli and vegetables; Spam; rice; instant potatoes; canned fruit; peanut butter; applesauce; etc.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Q. My 40-year-old son was just diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. What can he expect from this as he gets older?

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) was identified in 1886 by three physicians: Jean-Martin Charcot (sharr-KOE) and Pierre Marie in France, and Howard Henry Tooth in England. CMT is also known as hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy (HMSN). CMT is a group of related conditions all caused by inherited mutations in genes.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., Nov. 19 at Blue Mountain Health System, Lehighton Campus, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton.

The sessions are free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the sessions, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Monday, November 12, 2012
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One of Jim Thorpe's most popular residents was honored Saturday as hundreds gathered to help raise money for her battle with cancer.

The Chinese auction, which took place at Jim Thorpe's Memorial Hall, was surprisingly, also a surprise for Peggy Sue O'Donnell.

"Peggy Sue is like the unofficial mayor of this town," said her roommate Shari Beers.

"She is a fixture in this town. Always involved in something," said Kathi McCauley, one of the people who worked tirelessly to bring Saturday's event to fruition.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Panther Valley Elementary School has announced the recipients of the Student of the Month Awards for September and October.

Certificates of Achievement were presented to students in grades 1-5. In addition, each student also received a Student of the Month Magnet and a "Kids Are Special" bumper sticker.

September Students of the Month

First grade: Valerie Kruslicky, Sebastian Cabrera, Stephen Hood, Mikayla Yuricheck, Mercedes Reynolds, Ashlee Zimmerman, Brandon Nunemacher.