Friday, June 23, 2017


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Here are some fun facts, courtesy Entenmann’s, to get you ready to celebrate National Doughnut Day, which is June 2.

The bakery, located in Carlisle, is the largest doughnut bakery in the U.S., churning out 100,000 doughnuts every hour.

• At the Grand Canyon’s narrowest point, you would need to put 253,440 doughnuts on a string to connect to the other side. (4 miles)

• Road trip: Driving from Portland, Maine, to Key West, Florida, is the equivalent to almost 34 million doughnuts in a line (1,744 miles)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
BLT Chicken Salad with Basil Dressing Sandwiches SARA MOULTON VIA AP Copyright - Sara Moulton

Chicken salad, that summertime classic, often suffers from Chewy Chicken Syndrome, a pitfall that requires a tightrope walk to avoid.

You want to build the recipe around white meat chicken — the perfect foil for its mayonnaise-based sauce — but you don’t want to overcook it, an easy thing to do given white meat’s leanness. (And if you do happen to overcook it, you might as well kiss it goodbye. It’ll end up about as tender as a pencil eraser.)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Choosing a side dish often comes down to a gut feeling: do these items “go together?” When pairing sides with a main course, students at The Culinary Institute of America are taught to consider the balance of the overall menu.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Brodhead Watershed Association’s annual Native Plant Sale, featuring beautiful and environmentally responsible flowers and shrubs, will be held June 9-10, at Pocono Township Fire Company’s “carnival building” on Route 611 in Tannersville.

The Friday sale, held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., is for members only. (Members receive a 10 percent discount; new members can sign up at the sale.) Saturday’s sale will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“This will be an exciting sale because we have 65 different perennials to offer,” said Deb Mattie of Paradise Township, plant sale organizer.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Light green crunchy salad AP PHOTO

This salad is light, vibrant and refreshing.

Light Green Crunchy Salad

Serves 6 as a side dish

Start to finish: 15 minutes

1 small kohlrabi, trimmed and peeled (optional)

10 ribs celery

3 hearts romaine lettuce

3 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Kosher or coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 cup pea shoots (optional)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Circuit 1: Lateral raises, using a 3- to 5-pound weight. Start with your arms at your side. KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS

Want to get in shape for bathing suit season?

Now is the perfect time — to get ready for next year. But that doesn’t mean you can’t feel better about yourself in a bathing suit this year, even if you might not be as toned as you might like.

“Exercise makes you feel better about yourself,” says Cassie McSparin, a personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist at Pyramid Sports Performance Center in Lehighton.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Geisinger Health Plan and Carbon County Area Agency of Aging is offering a six-week program, “Live your best life with diabetes,” for people living with diabetes or those who are at risk of developing diabetes. This interactive group is open to the public and offered at no cost. Participants 18 years or older meet once a week to learn how to improve their health. Caregivers, friends and family are welcome to attend.

Monday, May 22, 2017

A workshop on making jam and jelly, conducted by Penn State Extension, will be held at the Berks County Agricultural Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 19.

Topics covered include: making cooked and freezer jams, pectin use for a proper set, how to process in a boiling water bath and why certain ingredients are essential.

Cost is $15 and the registration deadline is June 14. Register online at (choose Home Food Preservation in the gray box on the left) or call the Berk County Extension office at 610-378-1327.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living and AccessCheck will host a movie night on June 3 at Palmerton Borough Park.

The movie will be Disney’s “Moana.” The night will start with yard games and playground fun at 7 p.m., and the movie will begin at 8:30 p.m. Rain date is June 5.

This project is supported by a grant from the PA Developmental Disabilities Council.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Millbrook Village, located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Hardwick Township, New Jersey, is hosting its spring fling from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Volunteers will demonstrate their crafts, but the focus will be on the leisure activities of a bygone era in a rural community. Bring a picnic lunch. There are no food vendors or vending machines. All activities are free and family-oriented. Rain or shine. Restroom facilities and picnic area are available.