The gifts that cancer gave me

By Nancy Plummer, Columnist, The Times My Dear Readers, Well, I’ve been looking forward to writing to you all with good news…and of course, I was always having to prepare myself that that day may never come… However, miracles do happen every day, and I am one of them. I am in remission from my Ovarian Cancer!

On Your Table: Top 10 food trends for 2017

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times According to the National Restaurant Association, local foods will be a hot choice in 2017. This is no surprise to Aimee Olexey of Talula’s Table in Kennett Square. When asked if this was a new trend or a current way of eating, Aimee said that her mission of serving local food with a focus on seasonal products has been a long-standing tradition....

Happy 2017 – let’s make it a healthy year.

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times With each passing year one thing is undeniable, we are a year older.  Let’s be a year wiser too. With the advent of great preventive care and good oral hygiene we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people who get to middle age with little or no need for extensive dentistry. Let’s not get complacent, teeth are like a classic car,...

All About Connecting: Taking stock of 2016

By Nancy Plummer, Columnist, The Times Happy New Year 2017! Wow…so many possibilities, so many unknowns. You’ve probably already thought about your New Year’s resolutions. However, to help you get the most out of your resolutions, I have created my easy All About Connecting “Quick Year End Review” worksheet. It quickly sums up all the good, bad and ugly from last year, but with a positive...

On Your Table: simple suppers to start the New Year

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Roasting chicken thighs and accompanying savories on a sheet pan makes for a simple supper. Whew – we made it through the holidays, with plenty of rushing about and cooking. So now, it’s time to relax and to prepare simple, easy suppers. But make no mistake in underestimating such simple dishes. They can be bursting with flavor. I think of simple...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: The art of moving on

A new year means an opportunity for positive change  By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times As we go through our lives, from even before we can remember, we are faced with trials and tribulations, as well as joy and accomplishments. We are faced with change and choices, from a baby, to cry when our diaper is wet, to an adult, to choose the right people to be around, who will encourage us and...

On Your Table: Easy finger foods for the holidays

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times While cheese balls conjure up images of mom and dad’s cocktail parties, they are now much in the rage and so easy to serve or take as gifts to holiday parties. As the height of the holidays approach, many of us will either host or go to festive gatherings which are all about lots of food and drink. And with the mad dash of shopping, decorating and...

On Your Table: Christmas time means cookies

Holiday recipes are a big part of most family celebrations By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times These traditional ricotta cheese cookies are the star of a selection of Italian and sugary treats. Photo courtesy of Jim and Betty Bonavita At this time of year, friends share holiday treats and stories of their family food traditions.  Their recipes hold long-treasured memories kept alive...

A small gift to those we love

By Nancy Plummer, Columnist, The Times Dear Readers, I’ve promised to keep you updated on my Ovarian Cancer journey…and I’m doing great considering this is indeed a marathon. Sadly, though, my father has cancer too, and he is not fairing as well. In fact, he must have an operation on December 9th. For someone who has had to grapple with the idea of death just around the corner, I felt so inspired...

How to handle hazardous holiday goodies

Here’s what to do when the joy of the season bites back By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times It’s that time of year again, we run around, stressing over the perfect gift for that special someone. Then we bake. We eat plenty of holiday treats, sometimes those delicious morsels, bite us back. The Holiday Guide to Dental Emergencies. Infection – If you have pain, redness...