Thursday, November 26, 2015


Wednesday, November 25, 2015
A delicious solution for a dry cake.

If you’re planning to entertain at home this holiday season, you’d be wise to bear in mind the words of Julia Child: “Never apologize. Never explain.”

Because something is going to go wrong. But that doesn’t mean you need to tell the world. Her philosophy was simple. Embrace the disaster, do what you can to fix it, but tell nobody. Just serve it as is and chances are good no one will notice or care. Did your souffle fall? Call it a pudding cake instead. Are your cookies overcooked? Crumble them over ice cream.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Parmesan Creamed Spinach, a recipe from LongHorn Steakhouse. PHOTO COURTESY LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE

The turkey may be the star, but the sides are the supporting players on our Thanksgiving table.

Here’s a recipe you may want to try this year, Parmesan Creamed Spinach inspired by LongHorn Steakhouse’s Fall Peak Season Menu.

Parmesan Creamed Spinach

Serves 4.

4 cups of fresh spinach, chopped

1/2 cup of heavy cream

2 cups of homemade breadcrumbs

1 teaspoon of fresh garlic

1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese

2 teaspoons of butter

Olive oil

Chopped parsley



Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Congratulations, Vera Nederostek of Northampton. Vera shared her favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipe.

Vera wins a copy of “American Profile: Hometown Recipes for the Holidays.” Thanks to everyone who shared their favorite side dish.

Here’s Vera’s recipe.

Garlic Roasted New Potatoes

Yield: 4 servings

1-1/2 pounds new potatoes, quartered

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/8 teaspoon pepper

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Q. The report on the blood tests for my annual physical included “C-Reactive Protein, Cardiac.” What is this?

C-reactive protein is made by the liver. Elevated CRP in your blood indicates that you have inflammation or a bacterial infection. CRP levels do not always change with a viral infection.

The CRP in a healthy person is usually less than 10 milligrams per liter. Most infections and inflammations produce CRP levels more than 100 mg/L.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

If Medicare and Medicaid confuse you, welcome to bureaucracy.

Millions of people are puzzled with the programs and unless you’re a long-term care expert, understanding the differences can be like looking through mud.

Even today, I admit to being lost when reading all the parts that make up the insurance plans. And since they create a lot of mystery and confusion for many Americans, I’ll make an attempt to clearly address them and try to make some sense of it all.

Hopefully, we’ll both gain a better understanding.

Medicare and Medicaid are government-sponsored.

Monday, November 23, 2015
The Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe is hosting an ongoing art gallery, featuring local artists and themes. The current display highlights pencil and ink drawings by Edward Benjamin, the artist and author of “The Architectural Heritage of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.” Benjamin, left, and library director Mariann Kmetz recently launched the gallery with an open house.

If you stop by the Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe, you might notice something different: New artwork scattered throughout the library’s main floor.

The library is hosting an ongoing art show featuring local artists or artists with local themes. The first exhibit, running now through the middle of January, will feature Edward Benjamin, the author of “The Architectural Heritage of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.”

Monday, November 23, 2015

Black Friday is the official kickoff to the holiday shopping season.

According to Steve Siebold, author of “How Rick People Think, last year Americans spent a whopping $50.9 billion over Thanksgiving weekend. This year, Americans plan to spend even more money during the holidays, according to new research from the consulting firm Accenture.

For many consumers, this means more debt and higher monthly credit card payments.

Monday, November 23, 2015

The annual Snowflake 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk will take place Dec. 12 in Lehighton.

The course begins and ends at Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron streets.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. start.

The event is hosted by Dylan and Gavin’s Rainbow Ministry, which was established in memory of brothers Dylan and Gavin Krum, with the mission to reach out to families who are dealing with a serious illness of a child, as well as families who have experienced a child’s death.

Sunday, November 22, 2015
Grant John William Kitchko

KITCHKO — A son, Grant John William Kitchko, was born at 11:13 a.m. Aug. 14, 2015, at Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, to Michael and Saunsanie Ramos Kitchko of Feasterville.

He weighed 7 pounds, 2.8 ounces, and measured 20.5 inches long.

He was welcomed home by his older brother, Bennett, who is 2 years old.

Maternal grandparents are Sally Graves of Dunkirk, New York, and John and Maria Ramos of Silver Creek, New York.

Paternal grandparents are Sam and Michele Kitchko of Nesquehoning.

Maternal great-grandmother is Alba Ramos of Dunkirk.

Sunday, November 22, 2015
How far can monarch butterflies fly?

Roarna, 9, New Zealand, asks. “How far can monarch butterflies fly?”

Dear Roarna,

When cold winters come around, thousands of monarch butterflies begin a long journey in search of warmer weather. Some will fly more than 2,200 miles to find it.

That’s what I found out from my friend David James, a scientist here at Washington State University who is studying where monarch butterflies go.

So far, it appears that many monarchs that start their journey in Canada or the Northern U.S. head down to Mexico.