Election stress — it’s a real thing now |Oct 24, 2016

With this presidential race, one thing’s clear: There’s nothing united about the states we’re in.

Colonial Cooking Workshop at Pottsgrove Manor set for Nov. 5-6 |Oct 22, 2016

Learn about colonial hospitality at historic Pottsgrove Manor on Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, during “At Table with Mrs. Potts: A Georgian Dining Experience.” Historic foodways expert Niel V.

the table: ROUTE 30 in Pennsylvania |Oct 20, 2016

Route 30 in Pennsylvania takes a southern route across the state. The road spans from the borders of New Jersey to Ohio. PA Route 30 parallels and at times is part of the transcontinental Lincoln Highway which runs from coast to coast.

Chefs share tips to reduce food waste |Oct 19, 2016

Want to spend less on groceries and help the environment? Area chefs are sending out an SOS, asking home cooks to “save our scraps.”

THE YANKEE CHEF: Make time for this sweet treat |Oct 19, 2016

Just like the classic cocktail flavor, these muffins are easy, delicious and will give you a natural high after one bite.

the table: WESTERVILLE In The Middle of Ohio |Oct 18, 2016

Westerville is a suburb of Columbus Ohio located in the center of the state and is a truly a quintessential small town. Historical events and occurrences, as well as the people of the town make for a charming place to live and visit.

The Table: BARCELONA, Spain— On the Iberian Peninsula |Oct 18, 2016

Barcelona is one of the provinces of Catalonia in the Kingdom of Spain. It is the capital and largest city in Spain. Located on the Mediterranean Sea on the northeastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, between the Besos and Llobregat Rivers.

Upcoming fall and Halloween events have a healthy twist |Oct 14, 2016

From fruit picking to costumed fitness dance classes, the community can celebrate the season while staying fit at the same time. Area events include fall festivals as well as Halloween activities that keep it happy and healthy.

Talking trash ... fish: Area chefs champion former cast-offs |Oct 11, 2016

Dogfish, drum, sea robin — embrace the idea that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and sample some so-called “trash fish.”

NUTRITION: Dealing with stress, and the appetite that comes with it |Oct 11, 2016

With the relaxation of summer days now a hazy memory and school and work schedules in full swing, you might notice your stress levels are up.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Warm up with a rustic lentil stew |Oct 11, 2016

If you have never pureed cooked carrots as a thickening and flavor agent to a stew, you are in for a treat. With the addition of some slight sweetness in the way of dried fruit, this hearty stew is a great entree by itself .

The Table: Antarctica — The coldest continent on Earth |Oct 11, 2016

Antarctica is the Earth’s southernmost continent. It is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. It is the Earth’s fifth largest continent covering 5,400,000 square miles. It is twice the size of Australia with 98% covered by ice that is 6,000 feet thick.

The Table: Louisville, Kentucky— Unbridled Spirit |Oct 11, 2016

Louisville is pronounced “L u evel” or as most of us say (in the French manor) LOUIEVILLE. It is the largest city in the state of Kentucky. Founded in 1778 and named after King Louis XVI of France.

MAP: Halloween events, attractions across the Philadelphia region |Oct 10, 2016

Halloween is just around the corner, and there are plenty of spooky — and some not-so-scary — events across the Philadelphia region to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve.

Upper Pottsgrove teen with hair-pulling disorders uses pageants for mental health advocacy |Oct 10, 2016

It’s not unusual for 18-year-old Sarah Pennington, of Upper Pottsgrove, to use makeup to fill in her thinning eyebrows, put on fake eyelashes to replace the ones she doesn’t have or wear wigs to cover the bald patches on her head.

Outdoor ovens are hot — it’s time to make some backyard pizza |Oct 6, 2016

Neighbors often see smoke rising from behind Steve and Carol Kirton’s Chester Springs home. But don’t worry. It signals good times with family and friends enjoying their backyard pizza oven.

Eat, drink and be healthy at Dining with Diabetes classes in Pottstown |Oct 6, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> Penn State Extension is inviting people to pull up a chair and learn how to dine healthy with a diabetes program that starts Monday.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Make this salad for a tasty serving of Brussels sprouts |Oct 5, 2016

Here’s a great way to introduce children to Brussels sprouts. All you need to do is boil the Brussels sprouts in plenty of water until soft, but not mushy. Immediately drain and set aside. See Note 1.

FROM THE GROUND UP: What is it about pumpkins? |Oct 5, 2016

As I was eyeing a heap of pumpkins at a garden center the other day, a thought came to me that pumpkins are the puppies of the plant world. Think about it: there’s something about pumpkins that makes us happy when we look at them; and if we get up close to these squash it’s hard to not want to take one home with us.

‘More-with-Less’: Iconic cookbook celebrates 40th anniversary |Sep 28, 2016

Cara Longacre Hurst remembers testing many, many recipes. She was just a kid when her mom wrote the “More-with-Less” cookbook, celebrating “simple, joyful eating.”

YANKEE CHEF: A sweet treat to enjoy on a fall evening |Sep 28, 2016

Here is a dense, creamy and luscious pie that is my version of a baked Indian pudding, but much tastier. As you can see, it has some milk foam, but don’t be alarmed. I will show you how to make 1 minute foam just like the celebrity chefs make on television, but without special equipment.

Communities can get schooled in fitness by using district facilities |Sep 23, 2016

School grounds are no longer just for students and staff but are often open to the community for fitness opportunities.

Ride for the river to Reading and end at Sly Fox Can Jam Festival |Sep 22, 2016

POTTSTOWN >> People can come along for the ride along the Schuylkill River Trail to Reading then end at a festival filled with food, beer and music.

Township and church come together for community fun in Upper Frederick |Sep 22, 2016

Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church and Upper Frederick Township will both have community days on Saturday right across the street from one another.

Tickets for Norristown Garden Club’s Holiday House Tour go on sale Oct. 1 |Sep 22, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The leaves on the trees haven’t even turned to red and orange yet, but some folks are bypassing fall altogether and heading straight for the mistletoe and holly.

The Table: Moscow, Russia |Sep 18, 2016

Moscow is the crown jewel of Eastern European cities, has a long and involved history in the country of Russia. Located on the Moska River which translates to “a river at a wetland” or a marsh.

THE TABLE: Boston, Massachusetts |Sep 14, 2016

It was in Boston that the American Revolution erupted with the Boston Tea Party. The British retaliated for this event with the colonists feistily fighting back.

Phys. Ed. for parents: Moms and dads can involve kids to find time for fitness |Sep 9, 2016

Schools are back in session and that can mean pretty hectic schedules for parents with all the drop-offs, pick-ups and extracurricular activities. It’s no wonder that some moms and dads have a difficult time finding an opportunity to excise.

Amore for Amatrice: Chefs aid earthquake relief |Sep 6, 2016

Earthquake-ravaged Amatrice and its namesake pasta, bucatini all’Amatriciana, hold a special place in Gianluca Demontis’ heart. So he and fellow chefs are cooking up donations, hoping you dine in to help out.

YANKEE CHEF: Pasta dish with a touch of the Sunshine State |Sep 6, 2016

Such a simple and surprisingly different pasta dish that reminds you of Florida. The crisp flavor of orange juice cuts into the chicken broth perfectly. If you use fat free chicken broth, you have dramatically altered the fat content of this dish, which only enhances the allure of this great summertime dish.

Jump for fitness with ropes and games |Sep 2, 2016

Jumping rope isn’t just a childhood game for recess but a fun fitness activity that can be enjoyed by adults as well.

FROM THE GROUND UP: ‘Meeting’ a traveling tomato |Sep 1, 2016

“Eccentric” is not a word I ever expected to see in a description of a tomato. But then, I hadn’t expected to come across a tomato like “Reisetomate.” Its German name translates to “travel tomato.

COOKBOOK: Lucy Buffett’s ‘LuLu’s Kitchen’ — carefree cooking approach |Aug 31, 2016

Here on the West Coast, Jimmy Buffett’s laid-back anthems are famous. There is no one who doesn’t know “Margaritaville.” But on the Gulf Coast, it’s his sister, chef and restaurateur Lucy Buffett, who draws crowds for her margaritas — all seven versions of them.

Havertown baker returns to Food Network for ‘Cake Wars’ appearance |Aug 31, 2016

Havertown>> Havertown resident Dan Langan is going to war on the Food Network.

FOOD: Area chefs cook up corn six ways |Aug 30, 2016

This Labor Day weekend, give “a salute to the kernel.” That’s what chef Art Roman calls the class he teaches all about corn. So take a page from his cookbook, think beyond the cob and celebrate some new recipes like sautéed corn, onion and zucchini with fresh mint.

COCKTAILS: Make the perfect ‘Ti Punch |Aug 30, 2016

Thad Vogler is an imposing figure in every sense of the word, respected among the upper bartender echelons, as well as among chefs — his Bar Agricole in San Francisco’s SoMa district has chalked up multiple James Beard award nominations.

YANKEE CHEF: Sweet treat with European flair |Aug 30, 2016

Yes, I agree! The directions look long and tedious but trust me on this. My recipe gives you the same great taste as the Sicilian original, but far FAR less ingredients and the prep time is halved. If desired, replace the orange juice with Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur.

Access Sports Experiences offers opportunities for at-risk, special needs youth |Aug 29, 2016

During the 1930s, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt saw his New Deal as an attempt “to construct a more inclusive society ... a country in which no one is left out.” Decades later, inclusion-related issues are still making headlines, and reformers are still doing their best to address them.

Prepare healthful, nutritious back-to-school lunches |Aug 26, 2016

It’s that time of year again. Fading are the days of summer vacation fun and on the horizon are parent-teacher conferences, homework and packed school lunches.

GRAPHIC: Celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service |Aug 25, 2016

The Organic Act, establishing the National Park Service, was signed into law 100 years ago today.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Aug. 28 |Aug 25, 2016

Event Submissions: Send to a week prior to publication. Note “Phoenix Calendar” in the subject.

THE TABLE: Savannah, Georgia |Aug 25, 2016

Savannah, Ga., is considered the most historical area in the United States. It is the oldest city in Georgia and is the county seat of Chatham.

YANKEE CHEF: Make room for this sweet, spicy recipe |Aug 23, 2016

What would summer be without the stickiness that is barbecue and the smell of sausages literally floating overhead? Try this sweet, yet spicy, recipe that pairs well with anything you can lug to the picnic table .

FOOD: Five takes on late-summer pies |Aug 23, 2016

Piles of peaches, tons of tomatoes, buckets of blackberries — savor the flavors of summer … in a pie.

Educators learn the ABCs of school wellness at Pottstown institute |Aug 22, 2016

Right before students are due to return for the fall session, tri-county area educators learned how to incorporate play into the school day during a wellness seminar at the Pottstown Middle School.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Aug. 21 |Aug 19, 2016

Event Submissions: Send to a week prior to publication. Note “Phoenix Calendar” in the subject.

THE TABLE: Saratoga Springs, N.Y., lays claim being birthplace of the club sandwich |Aug 18, 2016

Saratoga Springs has been a popular destination for over 200 years due to the area’s natural mineral springs. The Saratoga Fault allows the water trapped beneath the surface to rise. The springs can be found throughout the town.

Youth cyclists explore fitness connection between area trails and waterways |Aug 18, 2016

The Greater Philadelphia region is full of not only trails but also extensive waterways where people can enjoy a variety of recreational activities from bicycling to kayaking. Many times, the water and trails go hand-in-hand making it easy to bike to a location then jump into a boat for some paddling fun.

YANKEE CHEF: Potato salad combines veggies, crabmeat |Aug 17, 2016

I remember so well one of my parents’ first restaurants in Maine. It was the Canaan Country Kitchen. It was there that I first learned his recipe for cole slaw dressing that I have never had since.

East Pikeland Township Historic Walking Tour |Aug 14, 2016

The Middle Pickering National Register Historic District along Pickering Creek is featured as the annual historic walking tour site in East Pikeland Township on August 18. The Middle Pickering District is home to buildings and people who define the transformation of early industry in Chester County to the towering urban achievements of mid-20th century Philadelphia.