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Best I Ever Had: the Big Mick burger at Drip: The Flavor Lab

Best I Ever Had: the Big Mick burger at Drip: The Flavor Lab

Let’s face it: The burger is part of America’s gastro-cultural DNA. And all too often this dietary staple is consumed with negligible engagement of critical faculties. Ho-hum hamburgers, eaten from habit and/or convenience, dull expectations. Fortunately, Drip: The Flavor Lab—a casual Hellertown bistro offering indoor, outdoor, and takeout dining—reinvigorates the palate w... »

Mushroom Hunting

Mushroom Hunting

After having survived the long cold winter of 2020 and as the Pennsylvania earth warms, our bodies crave the outdoors. This is the time of year when an elusive treasure, morel mushrooms, are breaking through the surface. One would think that scouring the woods to find a mushroom to eat seems like a desperate attempt at survival, but it is really more about nourishing the s... »

Best I Ever Had: Steak

Best I Ever Had: Steak

A steak dinner is as much a statement as a meal. And where this epicurean declamation takes place matters—for instance, superbly flavorful dry-aged côte de boeuf at Minetta Tavern, a vaunted French bistro in Greenwich Village, arrives palpably enhanced by the Old New York vibe that once attracted such luminaries as Ernest Hemingway and E. E. Cummings. Closer to home, the q... »

Spring Into Fitness

Spring Into Fitness

Springtime is known as a time of new beginnings and a great time to get back into shape or to reinvigorate your workout routine. Let the warmer weather motivate you to work on your goals — whether it is to lose weight, gain flexibility, train to run a 5k, build muscle or gain endurance. In a perfect world, we all would have time to achieve these goals. But realistically, o... »

Just Say Om

Just Say Om

the Health Benefits of Yoga Before settling in to read this story, get comfortable. Close your eyes for a few moments. Take a few deep breaths. Let the day’s stressors ease out of your body. Feel better? You’ve just had a taste of the ancient tradition of yoga. Yoga is the centuries-old practice of aligning a person’s physical, mental, and emotional energies through a seri... »

homeschool desk

The Truth About Homeschooling

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, homeschooling has been on the rise. With bullying, teacher strikes, and the idea that one learning style fits all, it’s understandable that some parents might want to take their child’s education into their own hands. The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that nearly three percent of the school-age populati... »

vegan Mac and Cheese

Best I Ever Had: Vegan Mac + Cheez

at Greentruth Plant-Based Kitchen I have a secret: this food photographer is a huge fan of cheese and also lactose intolerant. It sucks. I’m often left with the painful choice if eating the dish before me is worth the pain it will mostly likely inflict. (Now, if it’s a cage-aged cheddar from Lancaster County, for example, then the pain is worth the experience.) While... »

From  Failure to  Fastnachts

From Failure to Fastnachts

The Search For The Perfect Homemade Recipe “Fastnachts, or Raised Doughnuts” reads the title in the “breads” section of my Mennonite Community Cookbook. After spending two sleepless nights trying to both make and understand fastnachts, I’m not quite sure if it was a title or a question. My first fastnacht was at a church sale I happened upon more than 15 years ago on a coo... »

Home is Where the Heart Is

Home is Where the Heart Is

If you aren’t looking to go out this year for Valentine’s Day, consider having your own sweet and romantic Valentine’s Day celebration in the comforts of your home. You can go all out or keep things relaxed and low key—it’s up to you to decide what kind of date suits you and your love as a couple. You can craft a memorable Valentine’s evening at hom... »

The Star of Bethlehem

The Star of Bethlehem

Driving around the Lehigh Valley, you’ve doubtlessly noticed a handful of towns with names straight out of the Bible: Egypt, Nazareth, Emmaus, and (Mount) Bethel, for example. But perhaps the best known is the little town of Bethlehem, also known as “Christmas City USA.” It was founded on Christmas Eve 1741, when David Nitschmann and Count Nicolaus Zinzendorf established a... »

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