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When Stroke Strikes

When Stroke Strikes

We all notice certain things when we’re out on the road.  For Doris Hunsicker, one of those things was Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) Mobile Stroke Unit. It was summer 2021, several months after her husband Tom’s first stroke, in November 2020. She saw the stroke unit on Route 309 and recalled being pleasantly surprised it existed. It stuck with her. Playing cards w... »

Cooking 101: Putting Your Best Pasta on the Plate

Cooking 101: Putting Your Best Pasta on the Plate

Cooking doesn’t get much easier than dropping pasta in boiling water, right? Well, yes, if adequate attention is paid to details. Otherwise, the resulting product can be mushy and under-flavored instead of chewy and flavorsome. Your mouth will appreciate the difference. “I like a good semolina pasta,” says Shawn Doyle, chef and owner of Savory Grille, where all pastas are ... »

A Custom Micro Wedding with Local Flavor

A Custom Micro Wedding with Local Flavor

On the way to creating a photo shoot about micro weddings – one that would highlight local resources – this art-imitating-life replication morphed into an actual marriage ceremony for Beth Anna Raynock. As the chef and owner of Bethlehem-based Local Mama Catering, she had seen requests for downsized weddings gain traction in recent times and wanted to promote this option. ... »

Your Time Is Valuable,  Your Health Is Priceless

Your Time Is Valuable, Your Health Is Priceless

Busy professional was able to take care of all his health care needs in just one day While operating multiple business organizations both in the Lehigh Valley and the Midwest, Jim Palmeri admits his schedule is often full. However, he makes his health a priority. “I started my career working in transportation, which is all about preventive maintenance. I think of my body t... »

Creating  Smiles in a Stress-Free Zone

Creating Smiles in a Stress-Free Zone

Photos by Scott Westgate An appointment for, say, a massage or pedicure can serve as an eagerly awaited highpoint of a busy day. Anticipation of a dental appointment, though, is far less likely to lift the spirits – unless the destination is the Bethlehem office of Keystone Dentistry, which has been recently revitalized and re-envisioned by Dr. Fayez Baki. Understanding th... »

Picture Yourself Baking Bread (and loving It)

Picture Yourself Baking Bread (and loving It)

Baking bread is more about the journey than the destination. The path that’s followed might wind and wander a bit with each loaf, but lessons will be learned along the way. Long-time home bread baker and professional photographer Ryan Hulvat documents his yeasty efforts with the zeal of a proud parent – both when fragrant golden loaves are pulled from the oven and througho... »

Cooking 101:  How to Upgrade Cranberry Sauce

Cooking 101: How to Upgrade Cranberry Sauce

Whether the centerpiece of a Thanksgiving dinner is roasted turkey or tofurkey – or perhaps both – cranberries remain the essential sidekick to this holiday meal. Since family members cling to certain favorites, chances are good that at least one guest will maintain a strong attachment to straight-from-the-can jellied cranberry sauce (with hallmark indentation rings as the... »

George Paxos: Culinary Entrepreneur Par Excellence

George Paxos: Culinary Entrepreneur Par Excellence

Across a career that spans more than four decades, George Paxos – founder and owner of paxos restaurants – has dispensed gracious hospitality to a wide swath of local residents. His current Lehigh Valley restaurants include blue grillhouse and event center, Melt, Torre, and Top Cut Steakhouse, which cover a broad spectrum of atmospheric styles and enticing cuisines.  Most ... »

Best I Ever Had: Shrimp Skewer Tacos at Uno Taqueria

Best I Ever Had: Shrimp Skewer Tacos at Uno Taqueria

The only difficult part about scarfing down easy-eating authentic Mexican tacos at Uno Taqueria may be deciding which mouthwatering variety to try. Pork, chicken, fish, vegetarian, and beef versions – including tender beef tongue stew (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!) – all clamor for attention.  However, if your taste buds are set for shrimp, a pair of options includ... »

Cooking 101: How to Fry an Egg

Cooking 101: How to Fry an Egg

Few foods are as simple and satisfying as a flawlessly cooked fried egg. However, the process requires a certain amount of finesse, and this guide should provide the tips needed for the spot-on execution of a breakfast icon – which also plays well with lunch and dinner items. Slide one on top of a cheeseburger, a Caesar salad, a bowl of Texas red chili or a few hundred oth... »

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