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Food and Fun

  • Partnerships grow arts education

    The Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is designed to assist arts organizations such as as the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.

    Throughout the nation, these programs develop or expand educational partnerships with their local school systems and other community-building organizations; the primary purpose of which is to promote learning by teachers.

  • Chocolate Mousse Pie With A Touch o’ Irish

    Sweet or savory – the ultimate snacking question.
    Recipe creator Scott Anderson has the answer with his Chocolate Moussecarpone Pie.
    Anderson layers a chocolatey Irish liqueur mousse made of chocolate chips and mascarpone (a mild, creamy cheese) on top of savory crunched up pretzels with divine results. Now, the only question is one slice or two?
    See step-by-step photos of Anderson’s recipe plus thousands more from home cooks nationwide at www.justapinch.com/mousse

  • Go green this St. Paddy's Day

    It's more important than ever to go green in the kitchen. Why? Because it's St. Patrick's Day, of course. This time of year at justapinch.com we love to embrace new and traditional Irish recipes alike, but darn it if all of those dishes don't taste a wee bit better when they're served up green.

    Kick off your dream green meal with a big bowl of Laura Davis's Jalapeno Dip. While this recipe's roots may lay a little further south than the Emerald Isle, it serves up a freshness of flavor that sets the perfect tone to any party.

  • Eat right, live right, do right

    GREAT FALLS  – Willie Locke Bell was at a movie theater in Lancaster when her boyfriend, Derry Tidwell, and his cousin came to the theater for Tidwell to sweep her off her feet.

    Tidwell purposed to find the young girl he wanted to make his wife.

    He was successful in his Saturday, July 11, 1934, endeavor.

    Bell, then 17, and Tidwell had been romancing one another for a while.

    They didn’t get to date but they’d write love letters to express their intimate feelings.

  • Daddy sure was right about Main Street

    Now I know times and customs have changed, but I’m at a loss to guess what today’s teenagers look forward to on the weekends as warm weather approaches.

    Take the spring of my senior year of high school for example. Lancaster was a hopping place, despite downtown merchants closing at noon every Tuesday for the day.

    We were making news for several reasons. My classmates in the textile and home economics classes had come together an sent the state superintendent of education a box of handkerchiefs they had made.

  • Here come the cookies

    Forget birds, blossoms and longer days, perhaps the most significant harbinger of spring is the annual arrival of Girl Scout cookies.

    Since 1922, the Girls Scouts of The United States America have been distributing cookies in some way or form.

    Cherie Ellis, who has worked with Lancaster’s Girl Scouts for 15 years, is community development manager for Girl Scouts of South Carolina in Lancaster County. She says preliminary numbers from cookie presales are already 370 boxes more than last year.

  • The history of Valentine's Day

    “Valentine’s Day is a sham created by card companies to reinforce and exploit gender stereotypes,” Liz Lemon, Tina Fey’s cynical character on NBC’s sitcom “30 Rock,” tells her co-worker, Pete.

    Lemon’s view on the commercialization of Valentine’s Day has become one commonly shared by those who feel the holiday is just another way greeting card companies and retailers get customers to spend money and put a monetary value on love.

  • Busy mom wins big with game day snacks

    Who’s going to win the big game this year? You are. After all, the key to a winning party is in the company you invite and the snacks you serve.

    I’ll leave the invite list up to you, I sure can help with the snacks. At www.justapinch.com, we’ve been cooking up a sporty storm in search of the best game day eats.

    Thanks to all of the entries we received in the Third Annual Sporty Snack Showdown contest – there was no shortage of tasty candidates.

  • Blanton completes Eagle project

    Bryce Blanton, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 72, recently completed his Eagle project. Blanton’s project was to renovate the outdoor fish pond at North Elementary School and build a pergola to shade the pond. He also performed landscaping and general repairs to improve the school’s natural classroom area. Overall, 20 volunteers spent more than 120 hours to complete this project. As a scout, Branton has held leadership positions of scribe, quartermaster and librarian, and has earned 29 merit badges.

  • Addison publishes book on mental illness

    Mental illness is a subject that has become less taboo in recent years, and a Heath Springs man has written a book on the topic, in the hopes of helping others who struggle with it.

    At 67, this is Mike Addison’s first published book, and is entitled “The Life Boat – One Man’s Journey with Mental Illness.”

    It chronicles Addison’s 50-year struggle with a chemical imbalance, depression/anxiety disorder and severe obsessive compulsive disorder.