December 2020

Serving the Underserved

Serving the Underserved

Volunteerism During the Pandemic Helping people has never been more challenging. As the COVID pandemic has unfolded, Lehigh Valley food pantries and soup kitchens have seen a shift in need and numbers concerning the pool of people they serve, while struggling to meet the shifting dynamics of doing so. Retiree Bob Hintze has served as a volunteer at Bethlehem Emergency Food... »

Tre Scalini

Tre Scalini

Tread three shallow steps – the eponymous Tre Scalini – of this stately Federal townhouse ristorante located on East Broad Street, Bethlehem to enter a sanctuary of warmth and calm, an environment well suited to relaxing over a meal of beautifully crafted Italian fare. While crisp white tablecloths make a clear fine-dining statement, rustic ladder-back farmhouse chairs and... »

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... »

Roasting Garlic for the Holidays

Roasting Garlic for the Holidays

I grow lots of garlic. A fetish with growing different varieties in my garden – more than 600 exist from around the world – grew into a vocation as a part-time farmer, with around 40,000 cloves planted at the peak of that experiment. Garlic is planted in the fall for harvesting in mid-summer. So, by the time the holidays rolled around, I had next year’s crop in the ground ... »

Home Office Success

Home Office Success

Do you have a home office? Most households do, and it’s even more prevalent now, with many more people working remotely either full- or part-time.  The ‘office’ can be as instant as wherever you sit down if you use a laptop computer, as your lap travels with you wherever you go!  It can also be space that’s shared with others (e.g. kitchen counter, dining table), a specifi... »

Italian Christmas Eve: The Feast of Seven Fishes

Italian Christmas Eve: The Feast of Seven Fishes

The Feast of Seven Fishes has historical and religious origins that trace back to southern Italy. Many Roman Catholics traditionally avoid red meat on Christmas Eve, some avoiding food altogether and breaking their fast only after midnight mass. As the name implies, the Italian meal consists of (at least) seven seafood dishes, although some families go overboard (pardon th... »

Best I Ever Had: Vatican Vichyssoise

Best I Ever Had: Vatican Vichyssoise

Vintage Recipe Quest With the Wayback Machine set for 1993, we’re on a mission to recover a fondly remembered – and oddly named – recipe from yesteryear. The warm and soothing soup first appeared on the menu at the original iteration of The Shanty, when it occupied a notable historic hotel in Trexlertown. Tracking down the chef at that time, Mark Prostko – currently servin... »

Holiday Gift Guide: Warner Art Glass

Holiday Gift Guide: Warner Art Glass

Experience the wonder of glassblowing with a hands-on Make It & Take It workshop. Participants learn about the materials, tools, and skills needed to transform raw, molten glass into a work of art. The glassblowers at Warner Glass Art will work with your group to create your own one-of-a-kind piece that you can take home or gift. Stop in for a gift card, shop a variety... »

Holiday Gift Guide: Skin Clinic

Holiday Gift Guide: Skin Clinic

The Skin Clinic Wellness & Waxing Boutique prides themselves on being a cozy, approachable shop that assists clients in achieving their skin care goals. Their comprehensive at-home care line is comprised largely of natural and organic ingredients, making great gifts for the upcoming winter months. Pick up any individual products to implement into your facial skin care ... »

Holiday Gift Guide: Stravino’s Italian Market

Holiday Gift Guide: Stravino’s Italian Market

Stravino’s Italian Market is the place to go for imported Italian meats, cheeses, and home goods. While you’re grabbing some ingredients to take your holiday meals to the next level, don’t forget to pick up some indulgent, authentic gifts for your food-loving friends and family members. 269 5th St Whitehall 610.432.2551 stravinositalianmarket.com »

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