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AT THE TABLE WITH: Ryan Conroy |Oct 19, 2017

Ryan Conroy was born in Phoenixville after his parents moved from Royersford to his great-grandparents’ house on High Street. He graduated from the Phoenixville Area High School in 2000. He belongs to the new millennium of “go-getters.

FROM THE GROUND UP: What’s wrong with this picture? |Oct 19, 2017

My friend Pam Smyth made a poignant post to Facebook last week. Along with a photo of some of the beautiful Coatesville fields and woodlands near her home, she wrote,

FOOD: These loaded potatoes pack a healthy punch |Oct 18, 2017

Piled high with toppings, stuffed potatoes qualify as classic comfort food. But with a few easy changes, chefs transform them into nutritional powerhouses. And so can you.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Cooler temperatures demand a ragout |Oct 17, 2017

Peppery Sausage Ragout INGREDIENTS

AT THE TABLE WITH: Nancy McGuigan |Oct 12, 2017

Nancy McGuigan’s smile lights up the world, as do her genuine grace and insight.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Area garden destination, Chanticleer, is a treat |Oct 12, 2017

If you’re looking for a garden destination while there are still some warm-ish fall days to enjoy, I can’t recommend a better place than Chanticleer. Located in Wayne, PA, the garden occupies thirty-five of the forty-seven acres of the former estate of Adolph Rosengarten Jr.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Taming the spice level on a unique lamb dish |Oct 11, 2017

Oh the spiciness of Mongolian Lamb is what keeps the shepherds from overheating in the summertime. Honestly! Those wanderers in Eastern Asia of old knew how to cook with spices.....hot spices, that is.

FOOD: Step aside pumpkin spice, maple pecan flavor is here |Oct 11, 2017

Is pumpkin spice passé? This fall, follow a certain coffee shop’s lead and make the most of maple pecan… in lattes and so much more.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Russell Mitman |Oct 10, 2017

His full title is the Rev. Dr. J. Russell Mitman — but to his parishioners he is just “Pastor.” He came to Parkside United Church of Christ in Phoenixville, PA in 2011 to fill in until a new minister was found for the church.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Richard Devaney |Oct 10, 2017

If you don’t recognize the name, he is also known as “Gump”; he is a popular icon in Phoenixville.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Garden ‘weed’ turns out to be native plant and might be growing in a garden near you |Oct 6, 2017

Last week I noticed a new flowering “weed” in my garden. It’s tall, with notched, opposite leaves and branching heads of tiny white flowers. It’s also trying to take over.

FOOD: Tasty ways to try pears now |Oct 4, 2017

After stopping to greet customers, Ed Weaver continued checking the pears on display in his farm market — straightening boxes, occasionally grabbing a ripe one.

THE YANKEE CHEF: This simple bread makes a statement |Oct 3, 2017

There really isn’t anything I can say about Maine Black Bread. It is simple and sweet but without being too sweet. Reminiscent of Russian black bread, but with a Yankee flair.

‘It’s five o’ clock somewhere.’ Here are five unique tiki cocktails to enjoy |Sep 28, 2017

There’s something irresistible about a great tiki bar. Whether you’re off in the tropics or here at a local tiki joint, you’re soon overcome by sensations of sun-kissed languor and vacation ease.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Adding more tang to a favorite dish |Sep 26, 2017

One of my favorite Asian dishes has got to be Tangerine Beef. But I wanted something with more flavor and tang. Here is the best Yanked recipe with Tangerine Beef in mind, but with a tweek.

FOOD: Local producers offering specialty mushrooms |Sep 26, 2017

“We still handpick all of our mushrooms,” said Linda Phillips Steller, leading an impromptu tour of the family business, Phillips Mushroom Farms in Kennett Square. “We grow shiitake mushrooms in those houses down there.

PHOTOS: Stretch it out to help decrease daily pain in the body |Sep 22, 2017

Many people experience pain in the body on a regular basis whether it’s in the back, neck, shoulders, knees or other areas. Pain is caused by a variety of different reasons such as tension, stress, overuse, injuries or bad posture.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Sept. 24 |Sep 21, 2017

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AT THE TABLE WITH: Chris and Xerlin Deery |Sep 21, 2017

Chris Deery is an original “Phoenixville Guy.” He and his brother Andrew grew up in the town. He joined the Navy to see the world and ironically got stationed in landlocked Oklahoma. He settled in the area, married and divorced — rearing his three boys in Oklahoma.

FROM THE GROUN UP: Pawpaws bring garden club members, friends together |Sep 21, 2017

Last Saturday, my friend Sharon Richardson reached out to several master gardeners and members of her garden club who live nearby. She also reached out to me. The email subject line read, “The sweet smell of success.

FOOD: Kiwi berries pack a big taste |Sep 20, 2017

Years ago, when Ed Weaver of Weaver’s Orchard in Morgantown considered adding kiwi berries, he offered samples to test the market. Many customers had never seen them before, but the response “was phenomenal,” and “the ‘wow factor’ was there.

THE YANKEE CHEF: This fruity treat will satisfy any sweet tooth |Sep 20, 2017

Pineapple Peach Danish Need I say more?

AT THE TABLE WITH: Paul Gurcules |Sep 14, 2017

Paul Gurcules was born and grew up in the outskirts of Phoenixville in nearby Cromby — an area north-northwest of town. He has left the area and has returned several times. His most recent return — and seemingly permanent one — was around 1999.

FROM THE GROUND UP: The sweet smell of fall |Sep 13, 2017

One of my favorite things to do during the week is to put on my knapsack and walk into Kimberton to check my mail at the post office and shop for groceries at a local store. It’s a nice break from my desk and is reasonably good exercise — three miles round trip and some up-and-down to the landscape.

THE YANKEE CHEF: This hearty salad hints of autumn |Sep 12, 2017

This is one of those “salads” that tastes and satisfies as a hearty side dish. Wonderful flavor, filling without feeling guilty and perfectly suited for all times of year. Just a hint of protein is all this recipe needs to accomplish all this and more.

At The Table With ... Carol Berger |Sep 7, 2017

When I walked in to Pthe ACS (Phoenixville Area Community Service) facility on Church Street at Gay Street in Phoenixville, it was like entering a grocery store. The mission statement of PACS is that it “strive[s] to end poverty in our community by connecting people in need with resources for food security, financial stability and better health” PACS, a 501(c)(3) organization, is always in need of volunteers, so if you have some free time, contact them.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Sept. 10 |Sep 7, 2017

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FOOD TRENDS: Shakshuka ... the new brunch darling |Sep 6, 2017

When chef John Gorham put shakshuka on the menu at Portland’s Tasty n Sons when it opened in 2010, the dish was virtually unknown in the United States. You might spot this breakfast entree of poached eggs nestled in a savory, not-too-spicy tomato-pepper stew at an Israeli or Middle Eastern restaurant, but shakshuka was far from a weekend brunch staple.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Here’s another way of using butternut squash |Sep 5, 2017

This dish is a gorgeous blend of colorful cabbage, carrots and squash and mixed into the tastiest blend of flavors you can add to coleslaw. A must serve at that final get together of the summer.

FROM THE FROUND UP: Nature’s pinhole camera |Aug 31, 2017

On Aug. 21, millions of people in the United States, including many of us here in the Delaware Valley, turned eyes skyward to watch our portion of the phenomenon of a total solar eclipse.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Sept. 3 |Aug 31, 2017

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At The Table With ... Cheryl Robinson Thornburg |Aug 31, 2017

For the past two years, The Table has shared with you countries, cities, towns and areas along with recipes from those areas.

THE YANKEE CHEF: A pudding that would make ancestors proud |Aug 30, 2017

The original Hasty Pudding, or Indian Pudding, is probably the very first dessert ever made on New England shores by our European ancestors. Don’t listen to other so called culinary historians when they note that Indian Pudding should be baked in order to be classic.

Family-owned business gives back to its employees |Aug 29, 2017

Since 2011, Allied Wire and Cable has provided a college scholarship for the children of its employees. For the employee’s child to be considered for the scholarship, the employee must be with Allied for at least three years, the child must have at least a 3.

TRAVEL: St. Augustine: The Oldest City in America revitalizes with fountain of youth and a shot of bourbon |Aug 25, 2017

Florida and history are often viewed as mutually exclusive.

THE TABLE: Returning home again to Phoenixville, Norristown |Aug 24, 2017

After two years of featuring places and events throughout the world, we are coming home.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item Community Calendar: Week of Aug. 27 |Aug 24, 2017

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FROM THE GROUND UP: Blooming now in a garden near you |Aug 24, 2017

You’ve probably seen them — the big masses of bright, frilly flowers blooming now on tall shrubs with exfoliating bark. These are crepe myrtles and it’s been impossible not to notice them lately.

‘Lilypalooza’ in Mont Clare to benefit little girl with cancer |Aug 23, 2017

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> A 6-year-old Red Hill girl battling stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma will be the princess of a party in her honor Sunday at St. Michael’s picnic grounds in Mont Clare.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Craving some ribs? These are easy to prepare |Aug 22, 2017

Want ribs? Want simple to prepare ribs? Want some good ol’ tasty, simple to prepare ribs? This is your recipe. What a great flavor and you most likely have everything in your fridge or pantry already.

FOOD: Let veggies take center stage on the grill |Aug 22, 2017

In honor of Pennsylvania Produce Month, lighten up the grill and let veggies take “center flame.”

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.