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Thursday, March 10, 2016
Bobbie Ann Craigie sings for the crowd during open mic night in Jim Thorpe.

The sounds of steel guitar, ukulele, strong melodies and good-natured cheering have been filling up Jim Thorpe’s Stone Row Pub and Eatery from 7 to 10 p.m., every other Thursday.

The Race Street restaurant hosted an open mic night for the second month where local artists can come and show off their creative skills.

“It’s offering a place for people to display their artistic talents,” organizer John David Ambrose said. “If you’re having a good time that’s the point.”

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Scott Stapp. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Grammy Award winning artist Scott Stapp, the founder and lead singer of Creed, will perform at the Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg, at 7:30 May 29.

Stapp chronicled his quest for answers, and his dreams and personal journey to fatherhood in chart-topping hits like “My Own Prison,” “Higher” and “With Arms Wide Open,” which dominated the sonic landscape of the 1990s-2000s.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Crowded Kitchen Players will present “A Shropshire Lad” for three performances at the Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St. in Bethlehem. The play, written by A.E. Housman, is adapted and directed by Ara Barlieb.

The Welsh folk dances have been created and adapted by Sarah Thomas. The set background is created by renowned faux art painter Nora Oswald.

Show time will be 8 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. March 18 and 2 p.m. March 20.

For tickets or for more information, call 610-395-7176 or email ckplayers@rcn.com.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Mussels and Shrimp Marinara

A study conducted by “The Journal of Consumer Marketing” has found that snapping and posting a photo of your food before you eat it enhances the experience and may actually make that Instagrammed meal a little tastier.

That momentary delay in the time it takes to capture a photo “increases the savoring associated with consumption of pleasurable foods and ... increases attitudes and taste evaluations of the experience when consumption actually takes place.”

The same applies whether you’re capturing a healthy bowl of fruit or a slice of caramel apple pie a la mode.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Chef Daniel Goulet

The public is invited to a cooking demonstration with tastings by Chef Daniel Goulet at Northampton Community College at 6 p.m. April 4 at Lipkin Theatre, Kopecek Hall, Bethlehem Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township. The demonstration is a part of the Robert C. Wood Chef-in-Residence program held biannually at NCC.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Baked polenta with mushrooms. At its most simple, polenta requires exactly two ingredients: cornmeal and a liquid. AP PHOTO/MATTHEW MEAD

We call it cornmeal mush. The Italians call it polenta. And they’ve been making it since shortly after Columbus introduced corn to the Old World upon his return from America.

At its most simple, polenta requires exactly two ingredients: cornmeal and a liquid. Sometimes fat or seasonings are added. Traditionally, it is prepared by bringing the liquid to a boil in a saucepan, adding the cornmeal in a slow, steady stream, then simmering the resulting mush, stirring constantly until it thickens. The whole process takes 30 to 40 minutes.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

If you have trouble remembering to change the filter inside your Brita pitcher, not to worry. Amazon and Brita have created a Wi-Fi-enabled pitcher that will automatically order a new filter from Amazon when it’s needed. The filters sell for $5.99 each and last for 40 gallons of water.

The Brita Infinity Smart Water Pitcher, which includes one filter, retails for $44.99. It holds 8 cups of water. The pitcher is part of Amazon Dash Replenishment, which tracks usage and automatically orders its own replacement filters.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
This Feb. 1, 2016 photo shows Chocolate Cherry Slow Cooker Pudding Cake in Concord, N.H. This chocolate cake combines the best attributes of brownies and pudding. The result is tender and cakey, but also richly moist and even gooey. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

This chocolate cake is more delicious and more indulgent than any dessert has a right to be. And you will thank us for that.

The goal was a chocolate cake that combined the best attributes of brownies and pudding. Which is to say, we wanted it both tender and cakey, but also richly moist, even gooey. And the best environment for cooking such a cake turned out to be the slow cooker. It heats the cake slowly and gently while retaining all the moisture.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
A black fly as seen through a microscope. Black flies bite and can cause allergies. They are also known to swarm a person who is unprotected. PHOTO COURTESY PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Last summer seemed particularly buggy. In fact, it was pretty hard to mow the lawn or even stay outside very long without being swarmed by gnats. And unlike other years, these “gnats” didn’t go away in the summer heat. In fact, they got worse as summer wore on.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Q. Over the years, I’ve been buying larger shoes. Could it be that my feet are getting bigger, or is it that I’ve gradually begun to prefer shoes with more room in them?

Feet do get bigger over decades of pounding. Some people over the age of 40 can gain half a shoe size every 10 years. I know my feet are larger than they used to be. I’ve gone from a 10½ shoe when I was a young adult, to a 12 in my geezer years.

The foot is a complicated machine. It contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments.