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Deer season underway in Chester County |Nov 29, 2016

Monday was the opening day of shotgun hunting season in Chester County. For Ken Gordon, founder of Gordons Sports Supply in Upper Uwchlan, it was an average day for his hunting and fishing business.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

The Table: Soup’s on ­— Part 2 |Nov 20, 2016

So, tell me – did you try any of the soups from last week? Well, keep your stock pot on top of the stove – here are a few more to add to the collections. As we know soup is a very popular winter meal, it is both hearty and tasty.

Tea party, Santa and ‘Nutcracker’ ballet presented by Valley Forge Dance School |Nov 17, 2016

UPPER MERION>>Does Santa love to sip English breakfast tea while munching on delectable pastries?

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.

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.

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: China Tips for your Thanksgiving Table |Nov 13, 2016

In the autumn of 1621, the Plymouth community and the Wampanoag Indians celebrated a harvest feast. A longstanding event in Native American culture, the harvest feast was also known as the Thanksgiving celebration.

Get fit with roller-skating and skateboarding |Nov 11, 2016

People looking for a fun fitness activity should get a set of wheels — of roller blades or on skateboards that is. Whether it’s at a skate park, roller rink or outdoors in general; skating and skateboarding is an activity that both kids and adults can enjoy while getting physical at the same time.

From Your Kitchen: Soups On – Part 1 |Nov 11, 2016

This week we have to go no further than your kitchen. With the season change and the weather getting nippy … soup comes to mind. Soup seems to be most popular during the colder months, though summer soups are enjoyed as well.

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 .

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.

THE TABLE: Harriton House — Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania |Nov 6, 2016

Not far from the hustle and bustle of downtown Bryn Mawr, PA on Philadelphia’s Main Line is the restored estate of Harriton House. The house was built in 1704 by Welsh Quaker, Rowland Ellis. The house and its outer buildings are a unique 18th Century stone complex.

OJR Elementary students get a taste of cross country running |Nov 3, 2016

WARWICK >> Hundreds of Owen J. Roberts School District elementary students sprinted from the starting line at they raced through Warwick County Park for an annual run.

Photos: Boo at the Zoo in Norristown |Oct 31, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Elmwood Park Zoo’s monthlong Boo at the Zoo Halloween celebration continued Saturday with music, games, trick-or-treat stations, crafts and a costume contest. The festival ends Sunday, Oct.

Bewitched!: ‘Fangtastic,’ healthy Halloween meals |Oct 26, 2016

What’s scarier than a zombie, ghost or vampire? A hungry kid who wants to devour every piece of Halloween candy. So before the little goblins hit the streets, fill their bellies with a hauntingly healthy dinner they’ll love.

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.

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 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 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: 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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.