RSS Feed from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: The latest news from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: website: all stories The Phoenix Reporter and Item Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:56:58 -0400 60 <![CDATA[The many uses of vinegar and vanilla]]> Vinegar >> comes to us from the French meaning "sour wine."

Vinegar is the result from a natural fermentation process. You can trace its history for thousands of years back to Ancient Egypt.

There are many types of vinegar, both natural and infused. As with many foods these days, vinegar has become upscale and pricey.

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<![CDATA[Fun and haunted legacies continue to grow at Pennhurst]]> Spring City >> Fans of the macabre seeking a frightful adventure need search no further than Spring City -- Pennhurst Asylum has opened its gates for its 5th annual Halloween season.

Open to all ages and featuring a multitude of gore-filled fun activities, the attractions run through Nov. 2.

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<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Oodles of udon noodles]]> UNSWEETENED CHOCOLATE - Is also called bitter, baking or cooking chocolate.

The cacao tree produces a pod, which looks like a lumpy melon. The seed from the melon is what we know as cocoa bean. Two steps later it becomes what is called "chocolate liquor." The name has nothing to do with alcohol; it is a technical term for chocolate in its most natural state with no additives.

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<![CDATA[Wedding Announcement: Giebler and Peterson to marry in Ann Arbor]]> Brian Louis Giebler and Jordan David Peterson are to be married Saturday, Oct. 18, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Mr. Giebler, a classical tenor, is a member of the Grammy-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street in New York City. As a freelance singer, he has soloed at Carnegie Hall and regularly performs with the Grammy-nominated choral ensembles Conspirare in Austin, Texas, and Seraphic Fire in Miami, Florida.

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<![CDATA[Ukrainian Day Festival brings folk culture to Phoenixville]]> Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church held a Ukrainian Day Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27, on the church grounds at Fairview and St. Mary's streets in Phoenixville.

The Festival included homemade Ukrainian pyrohies, stuffed cabbage and other traditional dishes, as well as American food, baked goods and refreshments.

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<![CDATA[Polish Club event supports Alex's Lemonade Stand]]> The Polish American Citizens Club of Phoenixville held a fundraising benefit Sept. 20 for Alex's Lemonade Stand. The event included music, food and beverages, face painting, basket raffles and arts and crafts. The funds raised will go to supporting local families through Alex's Lemonade Stand.

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 18:56:23 -0400 2014-10-03T18:56:23-04:00 2014-10-03T18:56:32-04:00
<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Tomatoes - the most popular home garden crop]]> TOMATOES - Are the most popular crop grown in home gardens.

Tomatoes were first grown in the Andes Mountains of Peru. They were taken to Europe for decoration - no one ate the "fruit."

Yes, they are actually in the "fruit family" due to the seed structure, and they have a lot of vitamins.

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<![CDATA[Upper Schuylkill Valley Park hosts monarch butterfly release]]> Upper Schuylkill Valley Park hosted its annual monarch butterfly release Sept. 13. The event includes educational programs and allows visitors a chance to interact with the monarchs. Once released, the butterflies migrate south for the winter.

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<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Sugar and Spice and everything Salt?]]> SUGAR - was originally considered a luxury. Eventually it became cheap, common and widely used.

Refined sugar on grocery shelves comes from either sugar cane or sugar beet. There is little difference between the two, and it's difficult to determine by taste alone. The primary job is to sweeten.

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:21:07 -0400 2014-09-25T11:21:07-04:00 2014-09-25T11:21:15-04:00
<![CDATA[Royersford cancer survivor rides to help others conquer the illness]]> A Royersford resident fought a tough battle against cancer, and won. She is now going to give back to the doctors who helped to save her life.

Deborah Pannebaker will be participating in the 2014 Ride to Conquer Cancer this October. The proceeds will benefit Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:24:16 -0400 2014-09-19T16:24:16-04:00 2014-09-19T16:24:18-04:00
<![CDATA[New Name, Same Mission: University of Valley Forge celebrates name change]]> As of Tuesday, Valley Forge Christian College has officially changed its name to the University of Valley Forge (UVF). The Pennsylvania Department of Education (DOE) approved the name change on Aug. 27, but state processes appointed the formal recognition date as Sept. 16.

President Don Meyer, Ph.

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<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Rice - the main staple in cooking around the world]]> RICE - Is the main staple in cooking around the world.

There are an estimated 40,000 varieties of rice. Brown rice is considered the most nutritional of all. It has the ability to reduce the amount of cholesterol produced by the body, though we often forget that our body needs some cholesterol every day.

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<![CDATA[Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy holds open house for Children's Discovery Room]]>

PERKIOMEN TWP. - A 3-foot-tall caterpillar was found counting yellow, mellow fishbugs at the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy's Children's Discovery Room Open House Monday.

Dressed in costumes of mice, caterpillars and other furry creatures, children ages 3 to 6 experienced the full gamut of educational experiences offered by the conservancy's environmental education department.

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<![CDATA[Upper Providence program gives an assist to volunteer firefighters]]> Upper Providence - Flames and smoke leaped from the engine compartment of a 2008 grey Chevrolet Silverado parked on the parking lot of an apartment complex on Meadowview Lane in Upper Providence Township shortly after noon on a recent Friday.

Six minutes after the alarm was sounded, a fire engine - which had been stationed at the Upper Providence Township administration building on Black Rock Road - arrived on scene.

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:15:41 -0400 2014-09-08T15:15:41-04:00 2014-09-08T15:15:45-04:00
<![CDATA[ABC to XYZ in Foods: Cooking and baking made easy with quinoa and quick breads]]> QUICK BREADS - Are just like their name suggests. Quick breads use baking powder and/or a combination of baking soda as a leavening agent, which requires no time for the batter to rise, whereas yeast bread takes a long time to rise and needs to rest between the risings.

Make sure that the baking powder and baking soda and your yeast are used within the date indicated on the container for excellent results.

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