Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Schuylkill County Fair has been chosen to be featured in a documentary series titled “Skook Tales: Written By You.”

The fair was chosen for its diversity that melds various cultures and historical significance which make the Schuylkill County Fair so unique.

The fair embraces those residents who enjoy calling themselves “skooks” or “skookers.” They are unique and have many stories to be shared about how the fair has impacted their lives.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

D.G. Yuengling & Son of Pottsville has partnered with Schuylkill County to bring a new contest to the Schuylkill County Fair. Baking with Brew will take place at 6 p.m. Aug. 2 in the PA Preferred Culinary Connection area of the fairgrounds.

The contest is limited to one entry per person. Entry must be a baked good that will serve a minimum of six people, and it must contain a minimum of 4 ounces of any Yuengling beer in the recipe. Exhibitors must be 21 years or older to compete.

Entries will be judged on appearance, originality and flavor.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The 13th annual Wine on the Mountain wine festival returns to Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe, July 23-24. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. both days.

The festival features samples and sales from eight Lehigh Valley wineries, local artisans selling wine-related arts and crafts, light fare and live music. It is a rain-or-shine event.

Advance tickets are on sale online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-on-the-mountain-by-the-lehigh-valley-w.... Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

There’s nothing like a fresh strawberry, and now’s the time to find them locally. Thanks to the Monroe County Seniors’ Express Times, here are 10 ways to enjoy strawberries.

1. Balsamic & Berries: Reduce balsamic in a sauce pan by bringing to a boil then simmering over low heat until it has a syrup consistency. Top low-fat frozen yogurt with fresh strawberries and finish with a drizzle of the balsamic reduction.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Galen Glen Winery, 255 Winter Mountain Drive, Andreas, will welcome award-winning author David Joachim for a book signing event from noon to 3 p.m. July 9 and July 10.

His latest book, “Williams-Sonoma Grill School,” will be available for purchase and Joachim will be autographing copies.

The winery will be offering a pairing of award-winning white wine with a recipe from the book. No reservations are required.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Baking potatoes are higher in starch than boiling potatoes and fluffier in texture. Boiling potatoes, by contrast, hold their shape when cooked. AP PHOTO/SARA MOULTON

Chicken wings are wonderful, but Buffalo Chicken Wings are on another level — and that’s thanks to the sauce. Defined by blue cheese, celery and hot sauce, Buffalo sauce could glorify any number of dishes. (Imagine how luscious it would be on a steak!) Looking ahead to the Fourth of July and its picnics, I wondered what would happen if I Buffalo’d some potato salad.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Pennsylvania Taste of Elegance competition, hosted by the Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council, open to full-time chefs, provides an opportunity for them to highlight their establishment and culinary creativity with pork. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Quick pickles can be made in minutes, not days, so the veggies stay crisper than store-bought versions. Plus, you can customize them to be as tart, sweet, sour, spicy or salty as you want. AP PHOTO/MELISSA D’ARABIAN

In the world of summer barbecues, the pickle hardly plays a starring role.

Truth to be told, “hold the pickles” is my standard order, as I am not a fan of pickles on a cheeseburger, nor do I particularly care for pickle juice leaking onto my sandwich bread at a deli.

But homemade quick pickles made from a variety of fresh veggies, not just cucumbers, are a completely different story!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Weight loss dangers

It’s surprising how many common diet trends can cause serious harm. If you’re tempted to quickly drop some pounds in time for summer beach season, here are 6 diets to avoid:

Unverified weight loss pills

Diet pills have gained popularity since the 1800s despite being notorious for toxicity and accidental deaths.

• The FDA has already cited 300-plus dangerous weight loss, bodybuilding and sexual enhancement products.

• Unsafe supplements cause 23,000-plus emergency room visits a year.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Lehighton Class of 1976 reunion committee is looking for the following classmates:

Michael Bowser, Joseph Dobosh, Gerald Elsasser, Kim Heydt, Linda Hilbet, Sheryl Hosier (Solomon), Ricky Meinhart, Anita Otto (Long), George Rausch, Ricky Rehrig, Thomas Tessitore, Wanda Walck and George Wyniawsky.

Anyone with information may contact Ann at 610-826-5703.