Friday, September 30, 2016


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Penn State Extension Services will conduct a ServSafe course for anyone interested in becoming certified in food safety.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are 48 million cases of food-borne illness in the United States every year. The majority of these are caused by poor food handling practices, such as time-temperature abuse, cross-contamination and poor personal hygiene.

In addition to proper food handling basics, the Penn State Extension course will cover relevant topics such as pest control, proper storage, cleaning and sanitation and more.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Chicken and Spinach Tortellini Soup Copyright - Zubek-Miller Photography

The Times News Cookbook and Recipe Contest is heating up. Have you submitted your original recipe yet?

Categories this year are: Appetizers; Salads, Sides, Vegetables; Main Dish; Cooking with Kids; Health Conscious; and Desserts. There will be a winner in each category. A grand prize winner will be selected from those six winners.

Send recipes to Times News, P.O. Box 239, Lehighton, PA 18235, Attn: Donna Hall; or email Deadline is 11:59 p.m. Oct. 2.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Mexican Tortilla Chicken Soup is from a recipe by Katie Workman. TODD COLEMAN VIA AP Copyright - Todd Coleman/Katie Workman

I find it a source of great comfort that pretty much every culture, every cuisine has its own interpretation of chicken soup.

The Mexican version in particular speaks to me, scented with chilies and spices like cumin and coriander, riddled with slightly softened tortilla chips.

In Mexico, whole chilies may be used, often toasted and then crumbled into the soup. I rely on dried chili powder, pure ancho if you can find it, but in this recipe, regular blended chili powder also works just fine.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Cherry Tomatoes with Burrata. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. KATIE WORKMAN VIA AP Copyright - Katie Workman

If you want to end the summer with a bang and be reminded how the best and simplest ingredients produce the most magical results, then this is the dish to make before the leaves change and thoughts turn to stew.

Burrata is a semisoft, white Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream. Imagine the softest, creamiest fresh mozzarella ever, but the inside is filled with buttery cream that runs out when you cut it open. It’s like the cheese version of a molten chocolate cake (a brownielike cake with warm chocolate sauce in the middle).

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Following a recall by Kellogg Company, Giant Food Stores has removed from sale Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles (2.3 oz.; 10-ct Carton; UPC 3800040370; with best before dates of Nov. 21 and 22, 2017) due to the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Panther Valley High School Class of 1971 will meet at 6 o’clock this evening at the Coaldale VFW. This is the final meeting before the reunion, so please plan on attending.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

For Childhood Cancer Awareness month, SWAT Environmental, a leading radon mitigation service provider, has compiled key facts and advice about radon risks for concerned families.

Since its discovery as a cause of lung cancer among uranium miners, scientists have found that the risks of radon gas are widespread and can be increased by modern housing trends.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
The risk of contracting hand, foot and mouth disease can be reduced by careful hand washing and avoiding close contact with others who have the disease. PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS

A recent outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease among college students in Florida has surprised many people, since it typically affects small children. However, a Baylor College of Medicine expert says anyone — even adults — can get the disease and that it’s most common at this time of year.

Dr. Gail Harrison, professor of pediatrics at Baylor and Texas Children’s Hospital and an expert on infectious diseases, offers more information on hand, foot and mouth disease in this Q&A:

What is hand, foot and mouth disease?

Monday, September 19, 2016

Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on Aug. 26, 1910, in Macedonia to a financially comfortable Albanian family. Her father died when she was 8, ending her family’s financial security. She took her vows as a nun in 1931, choosing the name Teresa to honor Saints Therese of Lisieux and Teresa of Avila.

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Summit Hill class of 1951 will hold their 65th class reunion at 4 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Park View Inn. The address is 204 W. Ludlow Street, Summit Hill.

Respond to Mary Scapanda at 570-645-5816 or Joe Mustacchio at 610-377-0145 to confirm attendance.