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Defining the Hybrid Kitchen

Defining the Hybrid Kitchen

The Northeast’s custom kitchen remodeling company, Kitchen Magic, outlines the combinations homeowners are choosing and the many reasons why a customized hybrid kitchen is the perfect solution for their next home remodeling project.  Today hybrids are everywhere, from hybrid automobiles, trucks, and bicycles, to plants, puppies, people, and sports. Indeed, hybrids combine ... »

Cooking 101: Pancakes

Cooking 101: Pancakes

Ditch the Mix and Go For Scratch Pancakes, the iconic comfort food of the American breakfast table – based on my personal preferences and observations at diners, not a Gallup poll – combine friendly familiarity with ever-evolving variations based on batter enhancements and multitudinous toppings. They also offer home cooks numerous advantages: Easy-going preparation elimin... »

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 ... »

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