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AT THE TABLE WITH: Helena Deegan |Jul 12, 2018

Helena Pribula Deegan grew up on Bridge Street near Prospect Street in Phoenixville. It was at a time when life moved by at a slower pace than today.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Libby Mills |Jul 5, 2018

If you don’t recognize her picture, you may recognize her voice. That is if you tune into West Chester radio station WECH 1520 AM to “Libby’s Luncheonette.”

Siriously Delicious food blogger Siri Daly shares recipes in her debut cookbook |Jun 20, 2018

Like most former Girl Scouts or Brownies, Siri Daly has positive memories of selling her favorite cookies — and mixed feelings about those stiff uniforms.

Area native shares recipes, advice in the ‘The Ultimate New Mom’s Cookbook’… |Jun 13, 2018

One of the biggest challenges new moms face: feeding the whole family. When Lansdale native Aurora Satler welcomed a son, she made “wonderful purees for him” but sometimes forgot to nourish herself.

FOOD & DRINK: Everything’s coming up rosé! |Jun 6, 2018

As visitors sipped wine under a shade tree on a sunny afternoon, Raechel Kuehn poured a glass of Moscato Rose at Penns Woods Winery in Chadds Ford, smiled and said, “Rosé is kind of having a moment right now.

FOOD: Let’s hear it for strawberries! |May 30, 2018

With a name like Historic Strawberry Mansion, “naturally, we have strawberries,” said Connie Ragsdale, president of the Fairmount Park landmark. “In the 1880s and 1890s, people would come to pick wild strawberries.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Chris Green |May 24, 2018

Chris Green, with a love for food and culinary arts, originated and is the administer for the Facebook page Phoenixville Phoodie Phoundation.

QUICK COOK: Mini croque monsieurs make grilled cheese even better |May 23, 2018

In France, croque monsieurs are served in cafes and bars as a snack. Every food seems to taste better in its French derivation and these grilled ham and cheese sandwiches are no exception. The difference is a rich bechamel, a white sauce made from a roux base (a cooked butter-and-flour paste) and flavored with nutmeg.

Potluck salads: New recipes in time for Memorial Day |May 23, 2018

With the unofficial start of summer just days away, wondering what to bring to that next potluck, picnic or pool party? These tasty salads will have friends and family asking for seconds … and the recipes.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Dr. Bruce Menkowitz |May 17, 2018

We had to juggle his busy schedule for this interview, so we met at 7 a.m. in his office before office hours.

FOOD: Throw a royal wedding watch party |May 16, 2018

Royally excited – that describes the mood at A Taste of Britain in Wayne just days away from when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot.

Area cancer survivors raise their voices to help Race for the Cure |May 11, 2018

Two area mothers who are breast cancer survivors are among women who are working to encourage and educate other women all over this area to be aware of this disease and to support the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure organization.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Connie Rainis |May 10, 2018

For Connie Rainis, singing is as easy as breathing. It fills every pore of her body. Her greatness joy is to share her music with others. Her specialty is jazz and the blues, but she sings it all.

Don’t overlook the small but mighty shrimp. Here are succulent recipes to try |May 9, 2018

Andy Gadaleto pulled two trays from a display case and set them on the counter. They’d just arrived fresh from Florida.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Edwin Soto |May 3, 2018

At a very young age, Edwin Soto’s family moved from New Jersey to New York City. This Brooklyn household was headed by his maternal grandmother. The neighborhood had a close-knit ethnic heritage.

FOOD: Pamper your pet with homemade treats |May 2, 2018

Doggone good. That’s one way to describe Stephanie Rossino’s creations.

FOOD: Craving a Green Goddess salad? |May 1, 2018

In 1923, a silent adventure movie called “The Green Goddess” was released. And San Francisco’s grand Palace Hotel debuted its own invention, the Green Goddess salad, at the same time.

QUICK COOK: Satays and peanut sauce conquer all |May 1, 2018

Right out of college, back in 1982, Thai food was gaining momentum in the U.S. I remember working out hard, so I could pig out on delicious chicken satays with spicy peanut sauce at Chicago’s Star of Siam.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Robb Cadigan |Apr 26, 2018

Recently, Robb Cadigan and I had a chance to meet and chat. Robb is the acclaimed author of the novel “Phoenixville Rising.”

FOOD TECH: App may change the way you cook |Apr 25, 2018

At the Smart Kitchen Summit in October, celebrity chef Tyler Florence made a bold statement. “Recipes are dead,” he told the Seattle audience. “They’re dead the same way paper maps are dead.

FOOD: Saluting victory gardens |Apr 25, 2018

This spring, an idea rooted in the past sprouts again in backyards like Kathy Pelczarski’s, where she’ll tend tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers and more. Call it a modern-day victory garden, 100 years after World War I.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Laura Vernola Simpson |Apr 19, 2018

Laura Vernola grew up in Northport, N.Y. Along with her mother and sister, she moved to New Mexico when she was 14 years old.

FOOD: Use your noodle with help from the pros |Apr 18, 2018

It’s late. You’re hungry, tired. You reach for a take-out menu, but have second thoughts. Colu Henry knows the feeling. In fact, it inspired her to write “Back Pocket Pasta.”

AT THE TABLE WITH: Joan Beregi |Apr 12, 2018

Joan Beregi is a strong woman who gathers her strength from battling a seizure condition her entire adult life.

FOOD: Go nuts for pecans. Area chefs share some recipes |Apr 11, 2018

In the kitchen of Malvern’s Strawberry Bakery, French chef Jean-Pierre Bournazel multitasked — prepping a 12-foot piece of puff pastry for Napoleons, cutting lemon squares and creating Instagram-worthy praline chocolate cakes.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Mark Szilagyi Jr. |Apr 5, 2018

Mark Szilagyi Jr. is one of your “local good neighbor pharmacists” at the Gateway Pharmacy. Over the years, he was my mom’s pharmacist via the telephone. We spoke often; as the Gateway delivers, we seldom saw each other.

Coconut-Chocolate Almond Tart is perfect for any occasion |Apr 4, 2018

Put away the matzo meal. Bay Area blogger Andrea Potischman of Simmer + Sauce has bestowed upon us the secret to delicious Passover from-scratch baking: almond flour.

This vibrant green pea soup gets added brightness from fresh lime juice and a hint of jalapeño |Apr 4, 2018

Spring is here and so are all those delicious spring vegetables, including sweet peas. This recipe is a great starter for your next celebration, whether it’s a bridal or baby shower or any spring party.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Lou Beccaria |Mar 30, 2018

It has been a 46-year journey for a young boy from the blue-collar neighborhood of Tioga in Philadelphia to being the president and CEO of Phoenixville Community Health Foundation. He is Lou Beccaria.

Easy Easter cocktails: Sip sangria, martinis, or even a mocktail. How about a Peeps Cocktail |Mar 27, 2018

Hop to it! This Easter pour some fun and colorful cocktails like a Bubbly Bunny or white chocolate Peter Cottontail.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Teresa O’Neill Haag |Mar 22, 2018

Teresa O’Neill Haag coming to Phoenixville was a true gift to the community.

QUICK COOK: Pita goes fresh and elegant |Mar 21, 2018

I recently had this salmon sandwich at a San Francisco restaurant and I have to say, it’s a dish worth copying. I raced to the market, then to the kitchen to develop my own twist on it.

FOOD: Make matcha your go-to green tea |Mar 14, 2018

This St. Patrick’s Day, get your green on with matcha — an intense, vibrant green-tea powder enjoyed in everything from lattes to cupcakes to avocado toast.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Richard Moyer |Mar 14, 2018

Richard Moyer was an entrepreneur before there was such a word.

Hosts of ‘America’s Test Kitchen’ share tips on how to make the ultimate corned beef |Mar 13, 2018

Sure, you could buy a plastic-wrapped corned beef at the supermarket, in all its drippy, strangely pink hues. Or you could make it yourself. If you can shop and you can brine, you can corn, say Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison, the TV hosts of “America’s Test Kitchen” and authors of “Cooking at Home with Bridget & Julia” (America’s Test Kitchen, $35).

AT THE TABLE WITH: Carole Pepe |Mar 8, 2018

If you are lucky enough to be a Facebook friend of Carole Pepe, you will receive an inspirational or uplifting post from her each day. Inspirational and uplifting best describe Carole’s life.

QUICK COOK: These potatoes are truly smashing |Mar 7, 2018

I’m just back from Chicago, where I was helping to care for my 85-year-old mother after she had a knee replacement. Usually when I’m home, I’m too busy seeing friends to cook. This time was different.

FOOD: Local artisanal collaborations to try now -- drinks, cheese and more |Mar 7, 2018

“Share the spirits!” So goes the saying at Five Saints Distilling in Norristown, where fans also can share the caramels thanks to a collaboration with chocolatier Gail Warner.

ART: ‘Touch of the Future’ puts students’ art in the spotlight |Mar 6, 2018

The original artwork of talented students from high schools in Bucks and Montgomery counties is being showcased in the 31st annual “Touch the Future” art show being held at Arcadia University in Glenside.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Get ready to DineKOP Restaurant Week, OJR’s craft show and much more |Mar 2, 2018

Good tastes DineKOP Restaurant Week: Twenty-eight restaurants will be participating in the fourth DineKOP Restaurant Week from March 5-11, offering special three-course prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Kim Howard |Mar 1, 2018

Facebook has its advantages and its disadvantages. A good advantage is that it connected me with Kim Howard. Kim and I have been “friends” for quite some time. We seem to like and share many of the same posts.

FOOD: Local chefs offer Flower Show-inspired recipes |Feb 28, 2018

The dish screamed “springtime” — pansies and borage blooms dancing like butterflies through blackberry puree in a deconstructed crab cocktail. Call it a tribute to the Philadelphia Flower Show as edible flowers take “center plate.

Try these Indian-inspired meatballs |Feb 27, 2018

Whether you call them albondigas, polpette or klopse, meatballs are undeniable crowd pleasers. But chicken — or turkey — meatballs can be a little tricky. They tend to be a little dry, bland or both.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Beth Burckley |Feb 22, 2018

Beth Burckley hails from the Cherry Hill/Collingswood, N.J., area. It was there that she met Brian Howell, an Alabama native. The couple moved to Phoenixville after Beth spent a year commuting to the area for work.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Japanese red maple trees still holding on to their leaves |Feb 22, 2018

My friend Jane Antley lives in the borough of West Chester. She emailed me last month with a question about leaf drop. “I’ve been meaning to write to you for several weeks about something that has me perplexed this year: the Japanese red maples.

HOME COOK: Make the ultimate Korean bibimbap at home |Feb 21, 2018

Every country has a distinctive comfort food. For Korea, it’s bibimbap, the rice bowl topped with grilled beef, a veritable veggie rainbow and a fried egg, drizzled with spicy gochujang and mixed with a spoon.

Local chefs compete with cookie-inspired dishes to benefit Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania |Feb 21, 2018

Thin Mint S’mores, anyone? How about a Lemonade Icebox Pie or Toffee Takeover cocktail?

Spay and Save: This grey tabby loves to cuddle |Feb 18, 2018

Krissy is a female, spayed, 1 to 2 years, grey tabby found starving in Roxborough. She is loving and vocal, loves people and is good with both cats and dogs. Please give her a forever home where she will never be on the streets again.

AT THE TABLE WITH: John Sakos |Feb 15, 2018

John Sakos lights up the room when he enters. He overflows with a joy for life and food.

FOOD: Two trendy kitchen gadgets to try now |Feb 14, 2018

It’s Valentine’s Day. And while kitchen gadgets don’t rate high on the list of romantic presents, here are two you’re bound to love — an air fryer and an electric multicooker like an Instant Pot.