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Thursday, December 31, 2015

In case you indulge a little too much this evening, LabDoor.com has a few tips to survive the morning after.

MYTHS: How NOT To Treat a Hangover

1. Hair of the dog

Drinking more alcohol when you have a hangover only works temporarily by raising your BAC (blood alcohol concentration). A hangover will return once BAC begins to drop.

2. Simple sugars

Glucose or fructose taken after intoxication produced no change in hangover symptoms in a clinical study.

3. Activated charcoal

Thursday, December 31, 2015
Nic East of Jim Thorpe will be the featured artist at the next gallery showing at the Tamaqua Community Art Center. An artist meet and greet will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at 125 Pine St., Tamaqua. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Jim Thorpe artist and craftsman Nic East will have his work featured beginning Jan. 7 at the Tamaqua Community Art Center.

East grew up on a farm in Delaware County and began dabbling in art at an early age. After earning a degree in industrial and graphic design from the Philadelphia University of the Arts, he started his own design business, NE Design Consultants.

He also began creating sculptures by welding scrap metal together. This led to the birth of a second company, Iron Men Ornamental Metalsmiths.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

The date for the concert by the Eric Mintel Quartet at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, has been changed from Jan. 9 to Feb. 6.

Mintel formed his quartet in 1993 and has accumulated a host of accolades since then. His Mauch Chunk Opera House concert will feature classic television scores.

His band includes Nelson Hill on sax, bassist Jack Hegyi and drummer Dave Mohn.

What’s coming up in January?

Thursday, December 31, 2015

“God with us, Emmanuel,” a Christmas musical, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Evangelical United Methodist Church, 824 Catawissa Road in Tamaqua.

For more information, call 570-617-2702.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

“I am Trying to Illustrate All This,” the life and work of artist Laszlo Matulay, will be on exhibit at Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road in Bethlehem, from Jan. 8 through Feb. 10.

A reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21 in Communications Hall Gallery at the Bethlehem campus.

A lecture will be given from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in the College Center 146, by Lindsey Jancay, curator of Collections and Exhibitions of Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites, who is also a Laszlo Matulay collection historian.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Scranton Brass Orchestra will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in The University of Scranton’s Houlihan-McLean Center. Admission is free, and the performance is open to the public. Doors open at 6:45.

The orchestra is under the direction of co-founder and director Cheryl Y. Boga and is presented by Performance Music at The University of Scranton.

Joining the performance will be Ken Luckey of Albrightsville, who plays the Bb trumpet/cornet.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

For its first exhibit of the new year, the ARTSPACE Gallery, 18 N. Seventh St., Stroudsburg, will attempt to break up the winter doldrums with an exhibit of floral and botanical art: June in January. An artists’ reception is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 9.

Also, on exhibit during January will be the work of Dee Huxster in the studio gallery.

The rest of the 2016 schedule of exhibitions is as follows:

February: Abstraction Exhibition

March: Annual Student Juried Exhibition

April: The Earth Speaks II: A Juried Exhibition on the Environmental Crisis

Wednesday, December 30, 2015
This Dec. 3, 2015, photo, shows sparkling orchard grove cocktails, which spike sparkling wine with an apple cider-orange juice reduction, amaretto liqueur and a sprig of fresh rosemary in Concord, N.H. The New Year’s Eve cocktail can be prepared ahead of time. (AP Photo/J.M. Hirsch)

All the best holiday cocktails start with drinks you make for your 11-year-old, right? Or is that just me?

The boy was craving what is known in our house as a “special drink.” Which basically means anything with sugar. Except we rarely have soda in the house, so special drinks usually are homemade concoctions combining some blend of seltzer water, juice and whatever else inspires me in the moment.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The best New Year’s Eve party I ever attended was a progressive graze of one appetizer after another all evening.

When a dish came off the grill or out of the oven, we nibbled on it until we were ready for the next course. What a great vibe.

For my own offering that evening, I took inspiration from my favorite steakhouse ingredients — beef, mushrooms and bacon — and turned them into a sizzling steakhouse kebab. Because there is nothing as festive as food on a stick! And this kebab is extra special and easy.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

When I was a kid and my mom was throwing dinner parties, I noticed that one of her go-to appetizers was stuffed mushrooms.

The fungi in the spotlight were plain old white cultivated mushrooms stuffed with a mixture of buttery chopped mushroom stems, onions, breadcrumbs and a little dried thyme or cheese. Those button mushrooms seem pretty ho-hum to us today, but back then they were downright exotic, if only because they were the only mushrooms in the store and they fetched a correspondingly serious price.