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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

'Tis the season to scream at your television, pace back and forth, throw your hands up and yell "That's a horrible call!"

That's right, its football season!

Football, especially in the Coal Region, brings families and friends together from the Friday night lights of high school until the end of the NFL weekend on Monday night. It's a way for all of us, no matter how big a fan you are, to unwind after a long week and act like a kid for four quarters.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
El Monterey Breakfast Burritos can be an excellent source of protein for kids this school year. (PRNewsFoto/El Monterey)

A whopping 91 percent of Americans eat breakfast for dinner according to a survey by Krusteaz, makers of pancake, waffle and baking mixes.

Ÿ 67 percent of respondents with children say they serve breakfast for dinner at least once a month or more.

Ÿ 43 percent cite the ease of prep as one of the main reasons they serve breakfast for dinner.

Ÿ 77 percent of breakfast for dinner items are made with items from the pantry or fridge.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In each episode of "Hungry Games," which premieres at 8 p.m. Oct. 20 on Food Network, hidden camera experiments and man-on-the-street taste tests will reveal surprising facts about the inner-workings of the brain that will change the way you think about food.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This week I'm sharing the spotlight with Marlene Urban, who works in our Tamaqua office.

Marlene is sharing her recipe for a delicious chili that includes lots of beans, meat, spices and wait for it cocoa powder! She also shares some fun tips for taming the beast (aka the rabid fan): Good food and plenty of it!

I also have a recipe for chili this week. It's also hearty and flavorful, but unlike Marlene's, this one is vegetarian style.

If you think being a vegetarian means eating nothing but rabbit food, think again.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Quick tips for the kitchen

Here are some recent tips from @Fooddotcom to help you in the kitchen:

Ÿ Sauce too thin? Mix in a cornstarch slurry: For every cup of sauce, mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water, stir into sauce to thicken.

Ÿ Like white wine to stay ice cold, but not all watered down? Freeze green grapes and pop a few in your glass instead of ice.

Ÿ Like shrimp? Stop overcooking it. Slightly curved = undercooked, curled into a C = perfect, twisted O-shape = overcooked.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Not only are the holidays just around the corner, but it's time to submit your original recipes for our annual cookbook and recipe contest. Our committee can't wait to see all the great recipes from our terrific area cooks. Seated from left, reporter Amy Miller and Lifestyle editor Karen Cimms; and standing, advertising

representatives Donna Hall and Darlene Hentosh. This year's

categories include Tailgating, Main Dish & Sides, Holiday

Cookies and Candy, Desserts,

Edible Gifts, and Beverages and Smoothies. A winner will be

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

For those wondering about the changing health care requirements for hospital, doctor, prescriptions, home health care and long-term care needs, a free Medicare workshop will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at SS. Peter and Paul School Hall, 307 Coal St., Lehighton.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The program is to help people entering Medicare for the first time, and their caregivers, to better understand this comprehensive health care program.

The program will conclude with a question-and-answer period. Free refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Q. Do you get more heartburn when you are older?

More than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month, and more than 15 million Americans experience heartburn daily. Heartburn is more common among the elderly.

Heartburn two or more times weekly may be caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. See a doctor if you have heartburn too often. The doctor can test for GERD.

In the upper GI series, you swallow a liquid barium mixture.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
METROGRAPHICS Known as the "silent killer," ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. If identified and treated early, patients have a five-year survival rate of 93 percent.

September is National Ovarian Cancer Month.

Known as the "silent killer," ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system because symptoms usually do not cause concern until the disease has reached advanced stages.

Fortunately, however, when identified and treated in its earliest stages, patients with ovarian cancer have a five-year survival rate of 93 percent.

Nicholas Taylor, MD, has three suggestions to improve your odds.

Get annual pelvic


Monday, September 15, 2014

One in three students under the age of 18 report experiencing some form of abuse, Break The Cycle, a national nonprofit organization working to provide dating abuse prevention programs, reports.

That means that little Suzie, the shy girl who tenses up when a person comes near her, or Jeffery, the loud boy who has outbursts for no reason, could be a victim.

On college campuses, one out of every four college-aged women will be a victim of an attempted or completed rape during their academic career.