Lifestyle

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.

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!