Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Chicken Mole served with a side of wild and brown rice. Mole is a style of Mexican sauces often served with meats. It usually is made from ground nuts, chocolate or cocoa and a variety of seasonings. AP PHOTO/MATTHEW MEAD

Don’t be fooled into thinking mole (pronounced mole-EH) is just a Mexican chocolate sauce. To start with, though it is rich and decadent, it is savory, not sweet. In fact, depending on how it is made, it can pack significant heat. Most varieties involve some sort of ground nuts or seeds, which give these sauces a stick-to-your-ribs thickness that begs to be paired with hearty meats.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The delicious crust on these petite steaks is made from freshly grated horseradish, mayonnaise, mustard, breadcrumbs and crushed potato chips. AP PHOTO/J.M. HIRSCH

Horseradish — a member of the mustard family native to Eastern and Central Europe — has been enjoyed by people since antiquity. Even so, when Peter Kump, one of my mentors, wrote in praise of the root in 1992, he argued well that horseradish remained vastly underappreciated.

Sure, we know it as a key ingredient of cocktail sauces and as one of the five bitter herbs served at a Passover Seder. But fewer people know it for how well it complements roasted meats, poultry and fish, he said.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Carrot, Cabbage and Kohlrabi Slaw with Miso Dressing. Instead of the more traditional mayonnaise-based dressing, this recipe uses a ginger-miso mixture inspired by Japanese recipes. AP PHOTO/J.M. HIRSCH

I love all kinds of coleslaw, or just “slaw” as many people call it. I even like the sometimes mediocre, very creamy slaw served in those little paper cups alongside a sandwich at the deli or diner.

But I like to change up the notion of slaw, too, from the traditional All-American mayo-based types to this version, which is based on the salads we get when we go to Japanese restaurants. My older son, Jack, craves this gingery-miso dressing and I figured it would be great tossed with a jumble of crunchy shredded vegetables.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Naomi Snyder, of Palmerton, celebrated her birthday with friends and family on Saturday. She’ll turn 100 years old on Wednesday. KRIS PORTER/TIMES NEWS

It’s amazing how fast 100 years can go fly by.

“I never thought I’d be this old,” said Naomi Snyder, of Palmerton. “I wish I was 50 again.”

Snyder will turn 100 on April 27. She celebrated it recently with friends and family at the high-rise in Palmerton.

“When she turned 99 last year, she told me ‘I’m going to have a birthday party next year,’” said her friend, Judy Kresge, who organized the party.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Q. I have vivid memories of my mother’s dentures in a glass next to her bed. As I enter my 70s, is this what I have to look forward to?

Let’s start with a definition. “Dentures,” also called “complete dentures” or “plates,” are for people with no teeth. Dentures cover your entire upper or lower jaw. There are removable partial dentures, too; these are made of replacement teeth attached to plastic bases, which are connected by metal framework.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The spiritual directors of the Greater Lehigh Valley and Next Step will host a program on “Spirituality and Humor” from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Francis Center for Renewal, 395 Bridle Bath Road, Bethlehem.

For more information contact Cathy Campanaro at catherinecampanaro@verizon.net or at 610-217-5993.

The program is free, but a love offering of $15 is suggested.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Heritage Hill invites families to join them for a special celebration at 2 p.m. May 8 in honor of the wonderful women who have touched our lives in so many ways. Mothers and their families will be treated to a lovely afternoon of food, fun, prizes and entertainment.

This event is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. Please RSVP to Rachael or Toni by calling 570-427-4500.

Heritage Hill Senior Community is a unique Personal Care and Memory Care community located at 800 6th St. in Weatherly, PA.

For more information, visit www.heritagehillsenior.com.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Marian High School Class of 1962 will hold its annual reunion picnic on June 11 at the West Penn Grove. The picnic will be begin at noon and end at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Ann Miller McGlinchy at 570-952-8398 or Tom Versailles at 570-386-2202.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

As a society, our older population is living longer. If you make it to 65, data suggests that an individual can potentially live 20 more years.

That sounds good, right? But for people living another two decades, well into the mid-eighties, they will likely develop at least one chronic condition.

Even today, the National Council on Aging says 92 percent of older adults (65-plus) have at least one.

Monday, April 25, 2016

The free-credit-score website WalletHub recently released its 2016 Credit Score Fun Facts, which are based on a nationally representative survey that revealed a number of crazy correlations between our credit standing and our likes, dislikes and lifestyles.

Here are the highlights:

• Celebrities: 88 percent of people with excellent credit prefer Taylor Swift to Kanye West.

• TV Hosts: Charlie Rose has the most fans with excellent credit (66 percent), while James Corden has the most fans with bad credit (41 percent).