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Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Overlooked but valuable antiques |Jan 22, 2017

Ever wonder what valuable antiques are hiding in your house? There are many antiques, works of art, and collectibles that have significant value which many people want you to just toss out with the trash or put out on your front lawn at a low market priced yard sale.

THE YANKEE CHEF: This cake spreads some sweetness |Jan 18, 2017

One taste of that deliciously creamy spread — Nutella — and I was hooked. It wasn’t long before I made one of the best coffee cake-like desserts using this hazelnut spread. This recipe is a sugar cookie dough with an additional egg.

Have a tea party: January is National Hot Tea Month |Jan 18, 2017

Debbie Heth smiled and chatted as she poured Earl Grey à la crème from a green teapot in a cozy room decorated with royal photos.

NUTRITION: Turmeric should take root in our diets |Jan 17, 2017

Every year a new superfood emerges as the next must-have ingredient for good health. Such nutritional powerhouses as kale, quinoa and acai build in popularity until it seems like these once exotic ingredients become household names, found in many mainstream restaurant menus.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Gluten-free cake is a ‘chocolaty delight’ |Jan 11, 2017

This is a ‘Yanked’ recipe because I have cut the amount of fat and sugar as well as creating a gluten-free cake that is exceptional, moist and delicious. Honestly, you will not be able to taste or feel the lack of gluten in this chocolaty delight.

THE BREWHOLDER: Karamoor Estate teams up with Goose Island for farmhouse style beer |Jan 11, 2017

Collaboration brews — when 2 or more breweries work together to brew a single beer — have become more and more common over the past decade. What is less common is when a winery and a brewery come together to create a beer; but that is exactly what happened recently when Chicago-based Goose Island Beer Co.

Creativity, celebrity tips and more at the Philly Home Show |Jan 11, 2017

What’s your home improvement resolution this year?

Through My Kitchen Window Banana muffins for breakfast, for dessert |Jan 7, 2017

The best moment for me in the kitchen is to get that inspired feeling. Most days, this feeling escapes me, but a day off left a window of opportunity wide open.

Pottstown-area native, KU alum Kyle Klaus on Showtime’s ‘Homeland’ |Jan 6, 2017

Pottstown-area native and Kutztown University alumni Kyle Klaus heads to the TAC Team for the Season 6 premiere of the award-winning Showtime thriller “Homeland,” airing on Sunday, Jan.

THE YANKEE CHEF: A cake that speaks of childhood memories |Jan 4, 2017

Anyone remember the children’s show “Doodle Bops”? My children loved it! So this cake is now a standard in my home not only in title but because the flavor is reminiscent of a snickerdoodle cookie as well — which every child loves.

Sacred Oak of Oley Valley inspires local artist |Jan 3, 2017

The Sacred Oak of the Historic Oley Valley, a non-native Chinkapin Oak, is more than 500 years old. It is located below Oley Valley Middle School along Friedensberg Road. The area opens to the public twice a year.

FOOD EVENT: PBS cooking show — America’s Test Kitchen— brings special event to WHYY Philly |Jan 3, 2017

Making last-minute substitutions in the kitchen can be a high stakes gamble.

Through My Kitchen Window: Baking with children, challenging but fun |Dec 29, 2016

When I think about this column entitled Through My Kitchen Window, I envision people looking through my kitchen window while I bake. I wonder what they would see.

THAT’S A WRAP: Wonton wrappers make easy New Year’s apps |Dec 28, 2016

When Christy Denney thinks of wonton wrappers, one word comes to mind: possibilities.

Colebrookedale Elementary second-grade students share holiday traditions (Ms Mitchell’s class) |Dec 28, 2016

Each year, The Boyertown Area Times asks students about their favorite holiday traditions. These students are in Kimberly Mitchell’s second grade class at Colebrookdale Elementary.

Colebrookedale Elementary second-grade students share holiday traditions (Ms Cronin’s class) |Dec 28, 2016

Brice Bierbach: Opening presents is so fun. I am so excited for Christmas! The presents I want the most are Monster Jam Trucks. I really hope I get some!

NUTRITION: Resolve for a healthy workplace makeover in 2017 |Dec 27, 2016

Now that 2017 is nearly here, many have started thinking about New Year’s resolutions. While we’re often well-intentioned during this time of self-reflection and goal-setting, very few of those who make resolutions will actually reach their goal in the new year.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Two holiday hot toddies to enjoy |Dec 21, 2016

Sip on these on a cold winter’s night.

’Tis the season for bubbly drinks |Dec 21, 2016

This holiday season, wow guests with festive, bubbly drinks that are sure to please. Whether you’re hosting brunch, cocktails or dinner, local experts have you covered, starting with a Champagne Mojito.

FOOD: Go ape for monkey bread |Dec 14, 2016

Editor’s note: Scroll down for the classic brioche, caramel drizzle glaze and Monkey Dunkey Bread recipes.

In her latest PBS special, Lidia Bastianich explores the lives of American veterans |Dec 14, 2016

In her latest one-hour PBS special, Chef Lidia Bastianich demonstrates that it doesn’t have to be Veterans’ Day or Memorial Day to honor members of the American armed services — any holiday will do.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Want to make a Christmas Puff? This recipe will help |Dec 13, 2016

Yes, I do realize the both puff pastries and eclairs are one and the same, but many differentiate them by how they are ultimately formed and baked. That is why I am giving you a foolproof recipe that can be used for the classic eclairs as we know them and a special Christmas Puff to enjoy while family and friends can be there to see you gloat over a perfectly soft and crispy treat.

Nothing says the holidays like ugly sweaters |Dec 12, 2016

Outside a tiny storefront on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, Calif., Chealy Jean is picking through a few rolling racks of holiday sweaters for something “retro funky” to wear to a work party.

Seniors stitch holiday stockings for deployed soldiers |Dec 8, 2016

While many of us have been getting ready for the holiday season, for the past month seniors at the TriCounty Active Adult Center (formerly the Pottstown Area Seniors’ Center) have been busy stitching nearly 1,000 holiday stockings to be sent to deployed service members through Operation Christmas.

Frozen! Chefs’ freezers ... revealed |Dec 6, 2016

This holiday season, save yourself some hassle and put your freezer to work. Need inspiration? Area chefs share a glimpse inside their iceboxes.

THE YANKEE CHEF: A cheesecake pie full of holiday flavors |Dec 6, 2016

Yes, I have taken a shortcut here with the use of prepared whipped topping. Does anyone object to spending less time in the kitchen and more time with family during Christmas? I agree!

Sweet swap: Host an old-fashioned cookie exchange |Nov 29, 2016

Sitting at a table in the Downingtown Area Senior Center, Frances Delcontie and friends smiled as they shared sweet memories of Christmas cookie exchanges, beginning around 1956.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Crispy or fluffy, gingersnaps are sure to please |Nov 29, 2016

There are two different types of people. Those who love crispy, delicate gingersnaps, and those who love pillow soft, fluffy gingersnaps. Here are directions for both! If you want darker cookies, use light or dark brown sugar in place of granulated in cookie dough.

NUTRITION: Limit kids’ screen time to increase physical activity |Nov 29, 2016

Across the nation families are being encouraged to pursue a more active lifestyle.

Holiday House Tour features historic Mount Penn home |Nov 28, 2016

The Woman’s Club of Exeter Township is getting ready to host its 19th Annual Holiday House Tour.

FOOD: New ways to remake Thanksgiving leftovers |Nov 22, 2016

Too much turkey? Mountains of mashed potatoes? Copious cranberry sauce? Area chefs share their favorite recipes for enjoying the best of what’s left.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Scottish apps with a Yankee twist |Nov 22, 2016

Served in Scottish Shortbread “cups,” these appetizers are sticky, salty-sweet and delicious, especially during the holidays. Shortbread has been around for many centuries, thought to have originated in Scotland as a specifically designed biscuit using yeast.

Food: Let the good pies roll |Nov 21, 2016

You can call it Thanksgiving, but around here we know it as National Pie Day. And that means one thing: The pressure to produce the flakiest, butteriest crust and swoon-worthy filling is on. Gulp.

Veterans Day at Amity Elementary Center |Nov 17, 2016

AMITY >> On Friday, Nov. 11, Amity Elementary Center held a Veterans Day program attended by 72 veterans.

Hamburg High honors October Students of the Month |Nov 17, 2016

Congratulations to the October Students of the Month at Hamburg Area High School: freshman Julie Harbonic, sophomore Kaitlyn Carl, senior Jacob Metcalfe.

Salem EC, Wyndcliffe House residents share Thanksgiving meal |Nov 17, 2016

Residents of Wyndcliffe House Apartments in Hamburg enjoyed an early Thanksgiving meal on Saturday, Nov. 12. Members of Salem EC Church, Lenhartsville, loaded up roasters full of turkey, stuffing and gravy and bowls of cranberry sauce to share in a communal meal.

Strausstown Legacy Lions honored |Nov 17, 2016

At meeting number 3,147 of the Strausstown Lions Club, the club greeted Lions District 14-P District Governor Gus Meyer III. He lauded the club for its many good works and Lions for their years of service.

Douglassville choir invited to 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade festivities |Nov 17, 2016

Thanksgiving Day will a memorable one for several students from Immaculate Conception Academy.

THE YANKEE CHEF: A sweet treat that speaks of New England |Nov 16, 2016

A tremendously fall-flavored, New England treat that many have thought was a dessert of the past. But with a few delicious additions and substitutions, along with the best tasting caramel sauce you will ever have, this classic is transformed into a superb recipe whose stature among desserts should be elevated.

Easy as ... slab pie! |Nov 16, 2016

Feeling overwhelmed this Thanksgiving? Simplify your dessert strategy with a slab pie. Baked in a rectangular pan, this fine finish can feed a crowd with less fuss.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Chrysanthemums: flower of the month |Nov 10, 2016

In autumn, it’s the bright-colored trees that get top billing. No surprise there; it’s virtually impossible to not keep looking up at one brilliant tree or vista after another. And when the sun hits at just the right angle .

Daniel Boone High School students present ‘The Spirit of Life’ |Nov 10, 2016

Daniel Boone High School students recently took part in a heavy-hearted performance of “The Spirit Of Life.”

On the Record with Carol: Every day is Veterans Day for Ivan |Nov 10, 2016

Every day is Veterans Day for Ivan Stoltzfus of Honey Brook, who left Oct. 15 on his cross-country tractor ride Across America for Wounded Heroes 2016. His goal is to raise $1 million for veterans, especially those diagnosed with PTSD.

Crock stars!: Three slow-cooker recipes to try now |Nov 9, 2016

As the leaves change, do you crave comfort food like stew and chili, but feel too swamped to stand at the stove? Then these slow-cooker recipes are for you.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Surprise your diners with a holiday teaser |Nov 8, 2016

Want a first course that encompasses all the flavors that will be adorning you holiday table this year? From ham to poultry, this teaser is hearty and a great compliment to the classic Cordon Bleu as well as what you are preparing for family and friends.

Celebrating Veterans Day with 102-Year-Old WWII Veteran |Nov 8, 2016

Reading >> Veterans Day is a day to honor military veterans and all they have done for our country. It’s a time to show respect for heroes who served in the United States Armed Forces and fought for our freedom.

Poetry reading held at Walnut Woods |Nov 7, 2016

Jennifer Hetrick of Boyertown has launched a three-year poetry project focusing on manufacturing history in Berks County.

Berks Encore and Reading Public Library announce Annual Senior Poetry Contest |Nov 4, 2016

Are you looking for a creative outlet? Do you see beauty in words? Then harness your creativity through poetry! Each year, Berks Encore hosts its Senior Poetry Contest and invites local seniors (anyone over the age of 50) to submit their poems for a chance to win a prize.

Boyertown High alum transitions to life as artist with new record deal |Oct 28, 2016

Having coffee is usually taken as a casual activity, but for Josh Hish, an invitation for coffee from the Silverado Records CEO meant everything was going to change.

Photos: Daniel Boone Optimist Club holds Halloween Parade |Oct 27, 2016

The Daniel Boone Optimist Club of Douglassville held its annual Halloween Parade on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The Daniel Boone High School Marching Band, local fire companies and other organizations participated as a part of this event.