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AT THE TABLE WITH: Mark Pinto |Nov 17, 2017

Mark Pinto is a familiar site to patrons of the Phoenixville Public Library. He has been with the library for 20 years, now as the director of adult services.

Thanksgiving all-stars: Recipes from chef Jose Garces, Lisa Thomas-Laury and Philly native Frankie Avalon |Nov 15, 2017

This holiday, add some star power to your meal with celebrity recipes that will have guests giving thanks.

Newly discovered painting shows Washington’s wartime tent. Will go on view at Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia |Nov 15, 2017

PHILADELPHIA >> Philip Mead was online late one night in May, looking for possible artifacts from the American Revolution, when a painting up for auction caught his eye and got his heart racing.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Nate Kubasko |Nov 15, 2017

Nate Kubasko is the youngest person I ever featured in one of my interviews. He is 11 going on 42. No matter his age, he is very accomplished.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Bringing the outdoors in |Nov 15, 2017

It took just that one night last week when the temperature dropped to somewhere around twenty degrees. Bam! That was it. The active growing season is over. Mother Nature has closed up her summer shop and moved it farther south.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Family vineyards hold fast in line of fire |Nov 9, 2017

The first time I went to Santa Rosa, California it was just a pop-up visit. In San Francisco on business, I rented a car for a day and drove north up Route 101 to visit my aunt in the senior-living facility she had moved into, and to see my cousin Lauren and her husband John, who live a little farther up the road near Calistoga.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Barbara Burns McCann |Nov 9, 2017

Barbara Burns McCann is my oldest friend in terms of length of time. We met in Sunday School when we were about 4 or so at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Church Street in Phoenixville. Between church, parties and school, we bonded and were in the same graduating class at Phoenixville Area High School.

FOOD: Colorful pomegranates pack a punch |Nov 8, 2017

What ingredient works equally well in a smoothie, salad, hummus or vodka? It’s pomegranate, a superfood in season now. In fact, November’s National Pomegranate Month.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Mystery caterpillar reveals nature’s intricacies |Nov 2, 2017

I’ve been on the planet for more than six decades and out and about in nature for much of that time. While I’m still often awe-inspired by a new place or plant I come across, I’m rarely surprised anymore.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Patricia Jones Nogar |Nov 2, 2017

In today’s over relaxed way of living, may I introduce Patricia Jones Nogar. Pat’s is a lifestyle expert, sharing her grace and the best way to enjoy life.

Bountiful Brassicas: Don’t miss these fall veggies |Nov 1, 2017

“What IS that?” asked a skeptical shopper at the West Chester Growers Market, pointing to a spiky, lime-green cruciferous veggie.

Phoenix, Reporter & Item community calendar: Week of Oct. 29 |Oct 26, 2017

Event submissions: Send to editor@phoenixvillenews.com a week prior to publication. Note “Phoenix Calendar” in the subject.

AT THE TABLE WITH: C. Donald Howard |Oct 26, 2017

At 6 weeks old, baby Donny Howard and his family moved into the house next to us. For over 45 years, the Howards and our family shared a common wall. The Howards were the most Irish-Catholic family I have ever known, even with George Howard not being Irish and a Baptist to boot.

Barto native pens book on history of scrapple |Oct 24, 2017

“For a long time, anytime I had the opportunity to write about Pennsylvania Dutch culture and the food of my culture – I would,” said Amy Strauss, food and drink writer. Her first book, “Pennsylvania Scrapple: A Delectable History” hit bookshelves on Monday, Oct.

CHEERS! Scare up some Halloween cocktails |Oct 24, 2017

This Halloween, area mixologists are putting the b-b-b-boo in boozy with positively “defrightful” cocktails. And they’re sharing those howl-raising recipes, so you too can get in the spirit — starting with a Blood Orange Margarita.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Try this pineapple- and coconut-flavored delight |Oct 23, 2017

We have all had coconut cream pie and by adding the ultimate in sweet fruit to it, you have a tremendously flavored pie that is simple and such a treat!

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

Event submissions: Send to editor@phoenixvillenews.com a week prior to publication. Note “Phoenix Calendar” in the subject.

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

Event submissions: Send to editor@phoenixvillenews.com a week prior to publication. Note “Phoenix Calendar” in the subject.

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

Event submissions: Send to editor@phoenixvillenews.com a week prior to publication. Note “Phoenix Calendar” in the subject.

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.