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THE TABLE: Sardinia — island off the Italian mainland |Aug 17, 2017

Located south of the French island of Corsica, the Italian island of Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Cagliari is the capital and the largest city on the island. The island is divided into four provinces.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Vacation, tides, and the rhythms of life |Aug 17, 2017

I just got back from our annual family vacation on the coast of Maine. There is something about the quantity and the quality of all the blue and green — the ocean and the forests — that keeps calling us back.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Aug. 20 |Aug 17, 2017

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FOOD: Zounds, me hearties! It’s National Rum Day |Aug 16, 2017

Forget “yo-ho-ho.” When the women behind Full Spirited Flavours need rum, they don’t buy a bottle. They import 55-gallon drums.

TASTE-OFF: Trader Joe’s best — and worst — chocolate cookies |Aug 15, 2017

Cookies are a magical food — especially when they’re studded with chocolate chips or chunks. They’re an instant pick-me-up and all-around great snack. You can make them at home, of course, but another option is to leave the measuring and mixing to Trader Joe’s.

Breweries of the Philadelphia suburbs |Aug 15, 2017

Everybody loves a good beer, and the Philadelphia suburbs is home to many breweries that could be the creator of your next favorite. The list below features a range of breweries across the suburbs.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Step out of the box with this berries and cake treat |Aug 15, 2017

Want something a little out of the ordinary? This “communal” summertime dessert is perfect as is or have some real vanilla bean ice cream for your friends and family to scoop right on top of this fantastic dessert.

TRENDING: Safely celebrating the upcoming Great American Eclipse |Aug 15, 2017

It’s not going to be your average Monday.

FROM THE GROUND UP: ‘A Hole In the Wind’ is an engaging ride |Aug 10, 2017

In the spring of 2011, David Goodrich dipped the front tire of his bicycle into the Atlantic Ocean at Lewes, Delaware. The next symbolic ocean dip would be in the Pacific, on the Oregon coast. In between oceans, Goodrich would pedal his bike, solo, across prairies and mountains, through driving rains and moisture-sucking heat, buck stiff headwinds, and make the most of the occasional tailwind.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Aug. 13 |Aug 10, 2017

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THE TABLE: Explore cuisine from Cancun in the Gulf of Mexico |Aug 10, 2017

The Gulf of Mexico is an ocean basin surrounded by the North American continent. This includes Mexico, Cuba and the United States. The United States bordering it are Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Tangy cake with sweet summer flavor |Aug 8, 2017

I have been experimenting and trying various combinations to get a pound cake to taste just like lemonade for quite some time now. At the same time, I wanted to reduce the amount of sugar without affecting the taste.

FOOD: Well-traveled sandwiches for backpacks, beach bags and baskets; local chefs share recipes |Aug 8, 2017

Imagine hiking a sun-dappled trail through the woods. Around a bend, you spot a sparkling lake and stop to enjoy the view. You reach in your backpack and pull out … a protein bar? Make that a hearty sandwich instead.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Aug. 6 |Aug 4, 2017

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THE TABLE: Maryland — Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay |Aug 3, 2017

Annapolis is the capital of Maryland as well as the seat of Anne Arundel County. Named after the wife of Lord Baltimore, the city is ideally located about 50 miles south of Baltimore and 50 miles east of Washington, D.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Fruity treat features Asian pear |Aug 1, 2017

If you have never tried an Asian pear, you are in for a treat. Although more expensive than either apples or pears, this delicious fruit is a combination of both flavors. Here is a recipe that involves the same taste but with a Yankee touch.

Watermelons, cantaloupes are summer treats. Enjoy these three refreshing recipes |Aug 1, 2017

One by one, they knocked. At Pete’s Produce Farm in West Chester, shoppers tapped “Sugar Babies,” cantaloupes, red and yellow seedless watermelons — listening for a good one, leaving satisfied they’d found the best.

Take steps to cool down when being active in outdoor heated weather |Jul 28, 2017

Summer brings longer days, opportunities for outdoor fun and more; but the season also comes with some extremely hot temperatures. Getting active outside has its advantages but there are precautions people should take in heated conditions.

THE TABLE: Staying home — no bathing suits at the dinner table |Jul 27, 2017

Today, for something different, we are going to stay home. For almost two years now, we have been checking out countries, cities and areas throughout the world. The new thing is a “daycation” — instead of one big trip, we go on day trips of nearby places or visit friends and relatives.

FOOD: Heavenly hummus |Jul 25, 2017

In parts of the Middle East, there is a topic that garners hours of lively debate at the table. Not politics. Not soccer, either. It’s hummus, that creamy staple of pureed chickpeas mixed with sesame paste, olive oil and lemon juice.

American Red Cross seeks blood, platelet donations; locations announced in Bucks, Delco, Chesco and Montco |Jul 25, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage.

THE TABLE: Guam ... American citizens by birth |Jul 25, 2017

Guam was one of four territories under United States jurisdiction before World War II. Just after the attack on Pearl Harbor, it was captured by Japan. The island was occupied for about 30 months before it was liberated in July 1944 by American forces.

THE YANKEE CHEF: This sandwich recipe is packed with flavor |Jul 25, 2017

Nothing fancy, but crazy tasty! And you don’t need to use a slow cooker to wait for something this good. By softening the spices in this pulled chicken recipe and relying on the great taste of White Barbecue Sauce, you will be pleasantly surprised that you won’t miss classic barbecue at all.

THE TABLE: Jim Thorpe to the North, Lancaster County West |Jul 16, 2017

Jim Thorpe, because of its picturesque and mountainous location is called the “Switzerland of America” as well as the “Gateway to the Poconos.” Originally named “Mauch Chunk” -- meaning “Bear Place” or “Sleeping Bear,” it was the area inhabited by the native people of the Munsee-Lenape-Delaware nation.

LIGHTEN UP: Savor healthier fries and gourmet dips |Jul 12, 2017

Adore fries, but abhor the fat? In honor of National French Fry Day tomorrow (July 13), here’s the skinny on skinny fries, aka oven fries. Ditch the guilt and dig in!

THE YANKEE CHEF: Not your regular fried ‘rice’ |Jul 12, 2017

A fantastic alternative to fried rice but with celiac disease in mind. I adore this dish in the summer served all by itself. Don’t be dissuaded by the odor of cooking cauliflower. It has a less desirable “enticement” than rice, but is packed with flavor.

THE TABLE: ETHIOPIA – Millennia of History |Jul 11, 2017

Ethiopia is located on the Horn of Africa with more than 100-million inhabitants. This country covers 420,000 square miles that is the most populous landlocked country in the world. Only 0.7% of the area is covered with water.

Lisa See explores motherhood, adoption in new book |Jul 7, 2017

The lives of two characters — Li-yan, who picks tea in China, and Haley, who grows up comfortably in Pasadena, Calif. — are at the core of Lisa See’s new novel, “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.

FOOD: DIY frozen desserts from kid-friendly to gourmet |Jul 5, 2017

Ever notice that when it comes to ice-cream trucks, kids boast bionic hearing?

THE YANKEE CHEF: A colorful salad for a summertime picnic |Jul 5, 2017

One of the few plants that contain all 9 amino acids, quinoa (yes, it is still pronounced keenwa) is a great gluten free substitute for that usual pasta salad everyone craves during summer months. Using this “mother of all grains” with a ton of vegetables and juice is exactly what your body needs.

THE TABLE: ALDERNEY – Finding of a ‘Sun Stone’ |Jul 5, 2017

The island of Alderney lies 60 miles south off the coast of Great Britain. It is considered to a part of Bailiwick of Guernsey. The distance between Alderney and Guernsey is about 20 miles of water – both are islands.

BOOKS: Suggested titles for kids’ summer reading |Jul 3, 2017

We asked librarians and booksellers for summer reading recommendations for children, and here’s a list to keep young readers busy.

EXPERTS PICKS: Books for your kids to read this summer |Jul 3, 2017

For many children, summer is the ideal time to read.

PHOTOS: Families celebrate Olympic Day at Pottstown’s BMX Trilogy Park |Jun 29, 2017

The wheels were spinning at Pottstown’s Trilogy Park when cyclists from youngsters to adults celebrated Olympic Day with BMX.

FLAVORFUL FOURTH: Easy recipes for a sparkling good time |Jun 28, 2017

Let freedom ring this July Fourth — the freedom to think beyond the hamburger bun and serve something new like “zinful” flank steak. That’s zin as in zinfandel.

THE TABLE: |Jun 28, 2017

State Route 1 runs along the Pacific Coast of the state of California, it is the longest route in the state. It is broken down into stretches: Pacific Coast Highway – Cabrillo Highway – Shoreline Highway and Coast Highway.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Take barbecued chicken wings up a notch |Jun 28, 2017

There are so many ways to prepare these chicken wings with each having their own unique quality, it is difficult to choose. But because I am partial to the smoky flavor of outdoor grillin’, I must offer you chicken wings with a slightly blackened texture and an intense flavor and aroma that will surely be a favorite wing recipe for the summer.

THE TABLE: VIENNA – Not Just A Waltz |Jun 26, 2017

Vienna is the capital and largest city in the country of Austria. It is the 7th largest city in the European Union. Vienna is close to the northeast part of Austria – near Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic on the Danube River.

THE YANKEE CHEF: This summertime treat is a peach |Jun 21, 2017

Give this sweet, crispy, hot and loaded-with-flavor treat a try. I waiver on mentioning ice cream topping for this delicious, summertime treat because. ... well, I don’t know why actually. So have at it and mound some real vanilla ice cream right on top of this dessert.

Don’t forget da’ dip: New ways to upgrade your apps |Jun 21, 2017

The heat is on – time for backyard barbecues, picnics in the park and beachfront bashes. So, grab some crackers, chips or veggies and dip into summer!

FROM THE GROUND UP: When you just don’t love gardening |Jun 15, 2017

This could only happen to my friend, Amanda. Amanda lives in East Whiteland Township, in Pennsylvania. Last Sunday, she went outside “just to pull a few weeds” from her walkway. No need to put on shoes for that! But she managed to stub her toe on one of the pavers and cut her foot.

UPPER CRUST: Healthy foundations for pizza or quiche |Jun 14, 2017

Love pizza, but want to cut calories? Choose an alternative … crust, that is.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Another sauce for your grilling repertoire |Jun 14, 2017

Never had Gochujang paste before? For the heat aficionados, this is the perfect Asian (Korean to be precise) condiment for all your grilling days. Combining the intense flavor of chile powder with the subtly sweet addition of rice vinegar and fruited preserves makes this baste great on chicken wings as well.

The Table: CALGARY, CANADA – aka Cowtown |Jun 11, 2017

Not too far across the Canadian border in the province of Alberta is the city of Calgary. It is located about 50 miles east of the base of the Canadian Rockies where the Bow and Elbow Rivers flow through the area.

The Table: LITHUANIA’S ‘The Ponary Massacre’ |Jun 8, 2017

Throughout history European countries have had their borders and land areas changed. The Baltic country of Lithuania is no exception. In 1918, the Republic of Lithuania was established. During World War II it was occupied by the Soviet Union and then by Nazi, Germany.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Deer: Love them, hate them |Jun 8, 2017

On October 2, 1959, the white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) was adopted as the state animal of Pennsylvania. No wonder: it is a beautiful, graceful animal and has played an important role in our forests for as long as there have been people living in them.

FOOD: Berry good — 3 savory ways to use strawberries |Jun 7, 2017

Shortcake’s sublime. Pie’s pleasant. And trifle’s terrific. But this season, sample strawberries’ savory side, starting with spaghetti.

NEW TO STREAMING AND VOD: Revenge is at the core of ‘The Assignment’ |Jun 7, 2017

Something of a bookend to Walter Hill’s pulp classic “Johnny Handsome” starring Mickey Rourke, “The Assignment” is an outrageously entertaining thriller which boasts a humdinger of a plot.

International flavor, special performances,free readings highlight this year’s West Chester Poetry Conference |Jun 7, 2017

WEST CHESTER, PA — The president of a writers’ group at the United Nations, an opera free and open to the public, and free readings are just a few of the highlights of this year’s West Chester Poetry Conference, June 7 – 10.

THE YANKEE CHEF: A dish to ‘put a smile on your face’ |Jun 6, 2017

A super quick and spicy Asian-style bistro bowl with textures and flavors that will instantly put a smile on your face. You can substitute beef or chicken easily enough, as well as vary the vegetables.