To paraphrase Tolystoy, "It was the best of times for history buffs, it was the worst of times." The best because there are three great history programs this week. The worst because they are all on Wednesday at 7 p.m. so you'll have to pick just one! So here's next Wednesday's selection:
At the Ashland Area Historic Preservation Society, The Station House, 501 Chestnut Street, Ashland: "Clara Barton: Founder of the American Red Cross" portrayed by Maureen Costello. Enjoy the fun of having history, and it's participants, come alive!
At the Orwigsburg Historical Society, 109 E. Mifflin Street, Orwigsburg: "History of Public Auction" by Raymond Stumpf. Don't just be a member of the audience, be a part of the presentation. Bring family artifacts and photos.
At Schuylkill County Historical Society, 305 N. Centre Street, Pottsville: "Shenandoah: the Community and its History" by Andy Ulicny, author of My Shenandoah 1966. Celebrate the sesquicentennial of Shenandoah by learning more about the town in its heyday.
I've been cooking for my family for 25 years and, although I started out as a "strictly by the book" cook, over the years I've tweaked the recipes to fit my family's preferences (no to mushrooms, yes to cheese, medium on the spicy range to name a few). Of course it was daughters that really gave me the push to transform some of my dishes to healthier versions. Did you know you could use cauliflower as a healthy substitute for potatoes or rice? Just this week the newspaper had a brownie recipe (my son LOVES brownies) that uses black beans. I'm sort of on the fence about trying this one but think I might. Stay tuned for my son's review. If you'd like to know where to start in making some of your recipes more healthy don't miss "Switcheroo" on Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mahanoy Senior Community Center. Bring a few favorite family recipes and learn how simple substitutions can make your family healthier.