November 2010

Energy Efficiency

By Nancy Moffett As we head into the heart of winter in the Lehigh Valley, thoughts turn to keeping our homes comfortable while the winds howl and the snow falls. At the same time, we’re all trying to maximize the dollars we spend to keep the home fires burning. We know that good windows and insulation play key roles in energy efficiency, but let’s concentrate on the bigge... »

Staying Stress-Free Through The Holidays

By Maureen Sangiorgio I remember when I was about 12 years old, I just HAD to have this new bike. I saw it at Kresge’s department store during back-to-school shopping with my mom, and I couldn’t think of anything else. I even dreamed about it. It was fuchsia, had a banana seat, and a high sissy bar in the back. My parents knew how excited I was about it, so we went to pick... »

Cheers! Holiday Spirits

By Melanie Gold There are several things we look forward to as the holidays approach. In the Lehigh Valley that might mean a drive through a holiday lights display, seeing the “putz” or Moravian nativity scenes or shopping at a craft fair. And great holiday traditions almost always include great at-home parties with family and friends. As the days shorten and winter approa... »

The Joys of Crock Pot Cooking

By Carole Gorney To take liberties with the lyrics of Sammy Cahn’s famous seasonal song: Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but a hot meal is so delightful. Let it cook. Let it cook. Let it cook. There is no better meal when the weather turns cold than succulent Yankee pot roast or steaming hot vegetable soup, and there’s no easier way to cook these and many other nouri... »

Baking Basics

By Melanie Gold Some of our favorite holiday food memories come hot out of the oven. Maybe your favorite is the smell of pumpkin bread or still-warm oatmeal-raisin cookies, or maybe it’s the sight of a beautifully decorated cake, rosettes and all. Baking can be a tricky business, more akin to a science experiment than cooking. We tracked down three of the region’s eminent ... »

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