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    Satisfy your appetite with baked beans

    Recently on a trip that took me to Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, I walked a small stretch of the Appalachian Trail. It made its way across the town and onto the towpath of an old canal toward faraway Maine. I learned that following the 2-inch-by-6-inch vertical rectangles that are painted white on trees, rocks and sign posts will keep you on the trail instead of lost in the woods. (I’m sharing this in case you are ever lost in the woods along the trail.)

    Stay cool this summer with icebox pie

    Too hot to turn on the oven? Understood. But if you’re craving something sweet that’s homemade, the high temperatures might be a real letdown. How can you have your cake and not heat it, too? Got it. “Bake” an icebox pie or cake. Assemble the ingredients, then refrigerate or freeze. Fresh berries in season now can help to make some delicious desserts for summer.

    Boyle calls for Nabisco boycott

    On Thursday, July 9, U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives, called for a boycott of Oreo cookies and other Nabisco/Mondelez products as a result of the parent company’s recent closing of its 60-year-old bakery in Northeast Philadelphia, a result of which about 350 employees were laid off.

    NE dietitian offers a guide to health and wellness

    Here is a guide that covers a few health and wellness topics for you or the men in your life.

    Savor the flavor this barbecue season

    In Summertime, Smokey the Bear increases his vigilance. But he need not fear every whiff of smoke. After all, it’s barbecue season. As we move into July and August, the smell of grilled goodies fills the air. Many celebrations and picnics over the summer include foods cooked outdoors. It’s the time to get out of the kitchen.

    The power of plums

    Confucius wrote about them. Alexander the Great and then Julius Caesar brought them to the Mediterranean region through trade. Early settlers brought them to the New World. Luther Burbank, the “Plant Wizard” botanist, horticulturist and pomologist (cultivator of fruit trees), grew, studied and documented plum trees grown in California, and produced new hybrid varieties. 

    Luscious lemons

    “When life hands you a lemon … make lemonade.”

    Food column: Garden radishes and basil

    Donna Zitter Bordelon shares her radish recipe. 

    St. Christopher School raises money for childhood cancer research

    The first graders at St. Christopher School in Somerton organized an Alex’s Lemonade Stand at the school on June 3. 

    Goo-ing for Gold

    Over 90 sliders helped raise over $22,000 at the American Heritage and Kids-N-Hope Foundation’s 22nd Annual Gelatin Olympics on June 10. 

    Casino Trips: June 3, 2015

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    The big salad

    Although the first day of summer is a few weeks away, the month of June can be humid. Seinfeld’s Elaine knew what to eat on hot days -— eat “The Big Salad,” of course. With minimal effort, some fresh vegetables, and some leftover meat, it’s easy to beat the heat, and serve a real meal on a hot summery day.

    It’s the season for asparagus

    Spring is synonymous with the beginning of daylight savings time, little league baseball games, the Phillies, robins, the promise of summer, young love and asparagus. Each year around this time, asparagus is plentiful at the market, a seasonal vegetable ready to enjoy. Asparagus is a member of the lily family, and is an excellent source of vitamin K along with other vitamins and minerals. It is low in calories.

    Casino Trips: May 27, 2015

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    A taste of Moussaka

    Contrary to a once-popular belief, eating eggplant does not cause insanity. Eggplant, once referred to as “mala insane” or the raging apple, was thought to cause a host of ailments. Grown first in India and Pakistan 4,000 years ago, eggplants are members of the nightshade family, along with tomatoes, potatoes and peppers.  Thomas Jefferson loved his vegetables. Disregarding the eggplant’s bad reputation, he introduced it into his Monticello garden.

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