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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
PHOTOS COURTESY OF BIANCA TANG Cupcake enthusiast Bianca Tang baked a batch of rainbow cupcakes, an idea she found on a blog. The batter is divided into separate bowls and colored a different shade of the rainbow. The different colors are then layered together to create a rainbow effect.

They're taking over television, bake shops, blogs, cookbooks and even weddings.

Cupcakes are everywhere.

The cupcake trend that started in the early 2000s is now hotter than ever. In fact, thefoodchannel.com lists cupcakes as the hottest mainstream trend for desserts in 2011. Like it or not, the cupcake is everywhere.

Despite the growing trend, the cupcake is nothing new. In fact, a recipe for a cupcake can be found in a 1796 cookbook called "American Cookery," by Amelia Simmons.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
@$:Chef Emeril Lagasse speaks to the media at a preview luncheon in June at his newest restaurant, Emeril's Italian Table, at The Sands Casino in Bethlehem. Hallmark Channel recently announced the iconic chef will star in a new daytime television show, "Emeril's Table," scheduled to debut Sept. 26.

Hallmark Channel's new daytime entry, "Emeril's Table," featuring Chef Emeril Lagasse, will debut Monday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m.

The announcement was made last week at the annual gathering of television critics in Los Angeles.

A culinary icon whose warm take on food television has been followed by adoring fans of all ages, Lagasse's new series (the newest addition to the Hallmark Home branded block of originals) is a celebration of family and friends around the dinner table.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Q. I've noticed that food labels list sodium content, but the numbers mean nothing to me. How much is bad?

Diet experts recommend a daily consumption of less than 2,400 milligrams (mg), which is the amount of sodium in a teaspoon of table salt. If you have high blood pressure, your doctor may advise limiting yourself to 1,500 mg of sodium a day.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Barbara S. Witkus and Albert Q. Weaver, 838 Lizard Creek Road, Andreas, West Penn Township.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The 79th Annual Reunion of the Strohl Family will be held Sunday, Aug. 7 at the Palmerton Memorial Park beginning at 1 p.m. Family members are asked to bring a covered dish. Sodas and hot dogs will be available for purchase.

A brief business meeting will be held immediately after lunch. Bring cakes for the cakewalk and a small prize for bingo.

Please bring old family pictures and other Strohl mementos for discussion.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The 32nd annual reunion of the descendants of George and Lillie (Eaches) Walck will take place at the Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club, beginning at 11 a.m. Aug. 28.

The business meeting will begin at 1 p.m.

Guests are asked to bring a covered dish or dessert and an item for the Chinese Auction or the cakeWalck, as well as recipes for inclusion in the family cookbook.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Michael Allen Hadzick, 906 E. Main St., Weatherly, and Leann Kling, 900 E. Main St., Weatherly.

Joshua Andrew Hermann and Kimberly Ann Campeggio, 14007 Fairway Court, San Antonio, Texas.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
ABBY MASENHEIMER/TIMES NEWS Lutheran Church of St. John in the Heights clothing giveaway volunteer Miram Borosh helped fold and sort all of the donations for this year's free clothing drive for the needy.

The basement at the Lutheran Church of St. John in the Heights, Jim Thorpe, has enough clothing, shoes and other goodies to rival Macy's, but better yet, it's all free and it's to help a good cause.

The church's annual clothing giveaway for the needy will begin Thursday, Aug. 4 and will run for three weeks.

The church's makeshift clothing store will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4, 11 and 18; from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 5, 12 and 19; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 6, 13 and 20.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A free community luncheon will be held at Parryville UMC, Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.

Monday, August 1, 2011

The 69th annual Marsh Family Reunion will be held on Aug. 14, at Indian Trail Park, Pavilion 1. The meal will begin at 12:30 p.m. A business meeting will convene at 1:30 p.m.

Families attending are asked to bring either a salad or dessert for the event. Family members with the last name beginning with A through M should bring a salad; N through Z should bring a dessert.

Prizes for youngest male and female, oldest male and female, traveling the farthest, the most recently married couple, longest married couple, and the largest family present will be awarded.