Lifestyle

FROM THE GROUND UP: Vacation, tides, and the rhythms of life |Aug 17, 2017

I just got back from our annual family vacation on the coast of Maine. There is something about the quantity and the quality of all the blue and green — the ocean and the forests — that keeps calling us back.

Ivan Stolzfus of Honey Brook returns home from second cross-country tractor ride |Aug 16, 2017

Ivan Stolzfus of Honey Brook returned home from his second drive across the country on his 1948 John Deere Model A Tractor benefiting Across America for Wounded Heroes.

FOOD: Zounds, me hearties! It’s National Rum Day |Aug 16, 2017

Forget “yo-ho-ho.” When the women behind Full Spirited Flavours need rum, they don’t buy a bottle. They import 55-gallon drums.

Breweries of the Philadelphia suburbs |Aug 15, 2017

Everybody loves a good beer, and the Philadelphia suburbs is home to many breweries that could be the creator of your next favorite. The list below features a range of breweries across the suburbs.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Step out of the box with this berries and cake treat |Aug 15, 2017

Want something a little out of the ordinary? This “communal” summertime dessert is perfect as is or have some real vanilla bean ice cream for your friends and family to scoop right on top of this fantastic dessert.

COMMUNITY: Local 4-H members place in horse championship show |Aug 15, 2017

The 4th annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Junior Horse Championship Show was held at the Centre County Grange Fairgrounds in Centre Hall. More than 150 4-H members from across Pennsylvania exhibited horses in performance and in hand classes, totaling over 500 entries for the weekend.

TASTE-OFF: Trader Joe’s best — and worst — chocolate cookies |Aug 15, 2017

Cookies are a magical food — especially when they’re studded with chocolate chips or chunks. They’re an instant pick-me-up and all-around great snack. You can make them at home, of course, but another option is to leave the measuring and mixing to Trader Joe’s.

TRENDING: Safely celebrating the upcoming Great American Eclipse |Aug 15, 2017

It’s not going to be your average Monday.

FROM THE GROUND UP: ‘A Hole In the Wind’ is an engaging ride |Aug 10, 2017

In the spring of 2011, David Goodrich dipped the front tire of his bicycle into the Atlantic Ocean at Lewes, Delaware. The next symbolic ocean dip would be in the Pacific, on the Oregon coast. In between oceans, Goodrich would pedal his bike, solo, across prairies and mountains, through driving rains and moisture-sucking heat, buck stiff headwinds, and make the most of the occasional tailwind.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Tangy cake with sweet summer flavor |Aug 8, 2017

I have been experimenting and trying various combinations to get a pound cake to taste just like lemonade for quite some time now. At the same time, I wanted to reduce the amount of sugar without affecting the taste.

FOOD: Well-traveled sandwiches for backpacks, beach bags and baskets; local chefs share recipes |Aug 8, 2017

Imagine hiking a sun-dappled trail through the woods. Around a bend, you spot a sparkling lake and stop to enjoy the view. You reach in your backpack and pull out … a protein bar? Make that a hearty sandwich instead.

Watermelons, cantaloupes are summer treats. Enjoy these three refreshing recipes |Aug 1, 2017

One by one, they knocked. At Pete’s Produce Farm in West Chester, shoppers tapped “Sugar Babies,” cantaloupes, red and yellow seedless watermelons — listening for a good one, leaving satisfied they’d found the best.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Fruity treat features Asian pear |Aug 1, 2017

If you have never tried an Asian pear, you are in for a treat. Although more expensive than either apples or pears, this delicious fruit is a combination of both flavors. Here is a recipe that involves the same taste but with a Yankee touch.

FOOD: Heavenly hummus |Jul 25, 2017

In parts of the Middle East, there is a topic that garners hours of lively debate at the table. Not politics. Not soccer, either. It’s hummus, that creamy staple of pureed chickpeas mixed with sesame paste, olive oil and lemon juice.

American Red Cross seeks blood, platelet donations; locations announced in Bucks, Delco, Chesco and Montco |Jul 25, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage.

THE YANKEE CHEF: This sandwich recipe is packed with flavor |Jul 25, 2017

Nothing fancy, but crazy tasty! And you don’t need to use a slow cooker to wait for something this good. By softening the spices in this pulled chicken recipe and relying on the great taste of White Barbecue Sauce, you will be pleasantly surprised that you won’t miss classic barbecue at all.

Pottstown Half Marathon returns on Saturday to make champions for third year |Jul 13, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> Runners will once again get their shot at glory as the Third Annual Pottstown Half Marathon hosted by The Sly Fox Track Club returns to the borough Saturday.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Not your regular fried ‘rice’ |Jul 12, 2017

A fantastic alternative to fried rice but with celiac disease in mind. I adore this dish in the summer served all by itself. Don’t be dissuaded by the odor of cooking cauliflower. It has a less desirable “enticement” than rice, but is packed with flavor.

LIGHTEN UP: Savor healthier fries and gourmet dips |Jul 12, 2017

Adore fries, but abhor the fat? In honor of National French Fry Day tomorrow (July 13), here’s the skinny on skinny fries, aka oven fries. Ditch the guilt and dig in!

Lisa See explores motherhood, adoption in new book |Jul 7, 2017

The lives of two characters — Li-yan, who picks tea in China, and Haley, who grows up comfortably in Pasadena, Calif. — are at the core of Lisa See’s new novel, “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.

THE YANKEE CHEF: A colorful salad for a summertime picnic |Jul 5, 2017

One of the few plants that contain all 9 amino acids, quinoa (yes, it is still pronounced keenwa) is a great gluten free substitute for that usual pasta salad everyone craves during summer months. Using this “mother of all grains” with a ton of vegetables and juice is exactly what your body needs.

FOOD: DIY frozen desserts from kid-friendly to gourmet |Jul 5, 2017

Ever notice that when it comes to ice-cream trucks, kids boast bionic hearing?

BOOKS: Suggested titles for kids’ summer reading |Jul 3, 2017

We asked librarians and booksellers for summer reading recommendations for children, and here’s a list to keep young readers busy.

EXPERTS PICKS: Books for your kids to read this summer |Jul 3, 2017

For many children, summer is the ideal time to read.

FLAVORFUL FOURTH: Easy recipes for a sparkling good time |Jun 28, 2017

Let freedom ring this July Fourth — the freedom to think beyond the hamburger bun and serve something new like “zinful” flank steak. That’s zin as in zinfandel.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Take barbecued chicken wings up a notch |Jun 28, 2017

There are so many ways to prepare these chicken wings with each having their own unique quality, it is difficult to choose. But because I am partial to the smoky flavor of outdoor grillin’, I must offer you chicken wings with a slightly blackened texture and an intense flavor and aroma that will surely be a favorite wing recipe for the summer.

THE YANKEE CHEF: This summertime treat is a peach |Jun 21, 2017

Give this sweet, crispy, hot and loaded-with-flavor treat a try. I waiver on mentioning ice cream topping for this delicious, summertime treat because. ... well, I don’t know why actually. So have at it and mound some real vanilla ice cream right on top of this dessert.

Don’t forget da’ dip: New ways to upgrade your apps |Jun 21, 2017

The heat is on – time for backyard barbecues, picnics in the park and beachfront bashes. So, grab some crackers, chips or veggies and dip into summer!

FROM THE GROUND UP: When you just don’t love gardening |Jun 15, 2017

This could only happen to my friend, Amanda. Amanda lives in East Whiteland Township, in Pennsylvania. Last Sunday, she went outside “just to pull a few weeds” from her walkway. No need to put on shoes for that! But she managed to stub her toe on one of the pavers and cut her foot.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Another sauce for your grilling repertoire |Jun 14, 2017

Never had Gochujang paste before? For the heat aficionados, this is the perfect Asian (Korean to be precise) condiment for all your grilling days. Combining the intense flavor of chile powder with the subtly sweet addition of rice vinegar and fruited preserves makes this baste great on chicken wings as well.

UPPER CRUST: Healthy foundations for pizza or quiche |Jun 14, 2017

Love pizza, but want to cut calories? Choose an alternative … crust, that is.

Morgantown brothers, ages 14 and 15, convert bus into RV for home school project |Jun 8, 2017

Editor’s Note: Zachary, 15, and Dominic Starzmann, 14, from Morgantown area, converted a bus into an RV. They have been asked to display the bus and speak at the Tiny Home Festival in New Jersey.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Deer: Love them, hate them |Jun 8, 2017

On October 2, 1959, the white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) was adopted as the state animal of Pennsylvania. No wonder: it is a beautiful, graceful animal and has played an important role in our forests for as long as there have been people living in them.

NEW TO STREAMING AND VOD: Revenge is at the core of ‘The Assignment’ |Jun 7, 2017

Something of a bookend to Walter Hill’s pulp classic “Johnny Handsome” starring Mickey Rourke, “The Assignment” is an outrageously entertaining thriller which boasts a humdinger of a plot.

FOOD: Berry good — 3 savory ways to use strawberries |Jun 7, 2017

Shortcake’s sublime. Pie’s pleasant. And trifle’s terrific. But this season, sample strawberries’ savory side, starting with spaghetti.

THE YANKEE CHEF: A dish to ‘put a smile on your face’ |Jun 6, 2017

A super quick and spicy Asian-style bistro bowl with textures and flavors that will instantly put a smile on your face. You can substitute beef or chicken easily enough, as well as vary the vegetables.

Cone-y Island comes to St. Francis Academy |Jun 5, 2017

Dairy Day at St. Francis Academy on June 2, featured new and trendy looks for ice cream cones.

St. Francis Academy holds ‘Penny Wars’ for a cause |Jun 5, 2017

Students at St. Francis Academy, Bally, held a walk to raise awareness of cancer. The walk kicked off their week-long ‘Penny Wars.’ Each grade had a jar to collect pennies. Any silver or paper placed in their jar was subtracted from the grade’s total amount.

Photos: Birdsboro Memorial Day parade |Jun 2, 2017

The Birdsboro Memorial Day Parade was held Monday, May 29, starting at West 1st Street & Monroe St. and continuing to Birdsboro Cemetery.

FROM THE GROUND UP: ‘Pet’ plant turns into kitchen science project |Jun 1, 2017

Quite unexpectedly, I have a new pet, one that appeared on my doorstep just a week or so before Memorial Day. It’s easily been seven years since there were any animals in the house, so I’ve gotten out of practice in including pet care in my travel plans.

NUTRITION: How to help cut down on food waste |May 31, 2017

Despite living in a state where one in eight, or nearly 5.4 million people, struggle with food insecurity — the occasional or ongoing lack of access to food needed to support a healthful, active life — food waste is more rampant than ever.

FOOD: Serve these seasonal chicken dishes |May 31, 2017

“What’d you get?” a woman asked, squinting in the sun as she approached the Heart Food Truck parked outside her Exton office.

Twin Valley Fifth-Graders visit Joanna Furnace |May 30, 2017

The rustic scent of Joanna Furnace’s campfires greeted 252 students from Twin Valley Middle School May 17 as they disembarked from seven buses. Twin Valley’s fifth-grade students visited the historic iron-making community for the fourth year in a row for a fun-filled day of educational programs.

Boyertown Area Multi-Service holds 7th Annual Basket Raffle |May 30, 2017

The 7th Annual Basket Raffle fundraising event, supporting the ongoing programs and services provided by Boyertown Area Multi-Service, was a great success.

Boyertown, Pottstown can get their hands dirty with local Home Garden Contest (photos) |May 26, 2017

Boyertown and Pottstown residents can win money for playing in the dirt with the 5th annual Home Garden Contest.

Twin Valley Fire Department’s first BBQ competition smoking hot |May 24, 2017

Twin Valley Fire Department’s first professional barbecue competition, Twin Valley Fire & Smoke, attracted hundreds to Morgantown to support the fire department.

Lindsay Adam inducted into Hamburg Fine Arts Hall of Fame |May 24, 2017

The Hamburg Area School District is proud to announce Lindsay Adam as the 2017 inductee into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame. Members of the Hall of Fame are recognized for distinguished service to community art programs as well as contributions to the fine arts programs throughout the district.

FROM THE GROUND UP: The upside of tent caterpillars |May 24, 2017

Right now, they’re everywhere — those white, webby, Halloween-y things in the crotches of tree branches. Inside the webs are hundreds of wriggly, leaf-chomping Eastern Tent Caterpillars.

FOOD: Tasty spring salad recipes to try tonight |May 23, 2017

Faced with six types of lettuce on display, a woman wondered aloud which to buy.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Get the grill ready for dessert |May 23, 2017

Time to fire up the grill for this sweet treat. Melba classically uses peaches but nectarines are almost the same fruit. The difference between the two? Fuzzy skin! Many authorities will have you believe that the nectarine is slightly firmer and sweeter, but this is untrue.