Saturday, January 31, 2015


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Jim Thorpe High School Class of 1965 will meet for lunch at noon on Jan. 15 at the Boulevard Drive-In, 50 Blakeslee Blvd. in Lehighton.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
AP Photo/Matthew Mead French lentil salad

When I was in high school, my parents took my sisters and me to Paris. That trip shaped me in so many ways, most of them culinary. So many of the dishes I make even today were inspired by that trip.

One night, we went to a small, rustic restaurant in the heart of the city. The meal started with hunks of cheese, sausages, cornichons and a bowl of "country caviar." The bread, cheese and meat were as delicious as you would expect, but it was that last item that blew us away.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Pennsylvania Farm Show kicks off Saturday and Carbon County will be well represented with four local residents showing off their baking skills.

Competing this year will be:

Ÿ Sarah Schweitzer, Lehighton, in the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest

Ÿ Christina Tomsic, Palmerton, in the Angel Food Contest

Ÿ Connie Wentz, Lehighton, in the PA Preferred Chocolate Cake Contest

Ÿ Maya Schweitzer, age 9, in the PA Preferred Chocolate Cookie/Brownie/Bar Youth Contest

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Cream of Mushroom Soup

When the weather outside is frightful, I think soup is most delightful.

That was certainly the case this past Saturday, and the next few days promise more of the same.

This mushroom soup is another one of my favorites. It's a very rich soup, so we don't eat it too often, but when we do, it pairs well with some nice, crusty bread and a salad with lightly dressed, flavorful greens, such as chicory or arugula.

If you're looking for a more substantial meal, however, you can always have it as your first course.

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hosts and judges Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli lead eight talented kid bakers through tasty challenges designed to find the most impressive and creative young baker on "Kids Baking Championship," premiering at 8 p.m. Feb. 2 on Food Network.

In each challenge, the contestants (ranging in age from 10 to 13) will be tested on their baking skills and originality, as they whip up delectable desserts.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Bach and Handel Chorale will be holding open auditions on Jan. 12 and Jan. 19.

Rehearsals/auditions are held at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Jim Thorpe (in the Heights).

All voice ranges welcome, especially tenors and basses

If you can read music, sing on key, carry a tune and are looking for a challenge, this is your chance.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Q. What can you do to keep the hair you have?

Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. Androgenetic Alopecia, or pattern baldness, is the most common type of alopecia; it affects about one-third of us, including me.

Men start to get pattern baldness at the hairline and crown. This can lead to complete baldness. Women's hair loss is usually limited to thinning; they rarely go totally bald.

There are a few steps you can take to preserve your hair:

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The women's cancer support group meets on the third Tuesday of the month.

The next meeting is 3:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Blue Mountain Health System, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton, in the community room on the ground floor.

The format is informal and ideal for people who are looking for personal, mutual support for cancer-related issues.

For more information please contact Karen at 610-377-6279 or Gerry at 484-629-3522.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Thrivent Financial representative Susan Lovejoy will be hosting a workshop event titled "Prepare Wisely: End of Life Strategies," from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 826 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton.

Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

As the year came to a close, many employers were reviewing 2014 expenses to help plan spending for the new year. One of the main expenses for many organizations is the cost of employees' health care. These costs seem to go up every year, but why?