Kennett truly is a staycation destination

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times Who else is excited that the un-official start of Summer 2017 is HERE?! You can be sure that I have my arm raised. I think we live in the coolest town (EVER)…especially when the weather cooperates and we can spend time outside. There are so many fun things to do in our little slice of Chester County. The Creamery of Kennett Square is a 30,000 square...

On Your Table: Get the most from local farmers’ markets

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times One of the joys of shopping at farmers markets is picking out your own produce. As farmers market season kicks off again I am excited to reconnect with the farmers whose produce graces my summer dinners. A trip to one of these markets can yield nearly all that’s needed to make a spring dinner – fresh vegetables, local meats, tender herbs...

Graduating again stirs many emotions

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times On Friday night I walked in my third (and final) graduation ceremony. As I crossed the stage to accept my diploma, I felt a strange mixture of emotions. I was elated to be finished, but, wistful that it was really over. Going back to school at this stage of my life was no easy feat. It had been almost two decades since I had written a paper or studied...

The Tooth Fairy Index – a leading economic indicator?

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times We all know the tooth fairy. That wonderful fairy who trades recently lost baby teeth for a monetary gift. I remember as a child always being concerned that the carefully wrapped tooth under my pillow would be lost and the tooth fairy would not be able to find it. As a child, my reward was often a shiny new fifty cent piece. Yes, this really...

Some motherly advice for Mother’s Day

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times Every once in awhile I like to pose questions on my Facebook page to entice my friends to (essentially) write my article for me. Listen, I’ll cop to it. My brain is old and crowded and sometimes it’s hard to be creative on a weekly basis. Give a girl a break…especially since it’s Mother’s Day. So, I asked “OK gals and guys, what is the...

On Your Table: You can’t beat brunch for Mother’s Day

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Mini quiches satisfy a crowd for brunch Whether it’s for Mothers’ Day or just because, a brunch is a no-fuss way to entertain a crowd. As we emerge from the hibernation of winter, there’s no better time to celebrate spring. Buds are greening and tulips are bursting. Spring is full of so much beauty; the tulips peaking through the dirt and...

A Super Six worthy of Mother’s Day

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times Mother’s Day is next Sunday, May 14th! Thankfully, this Super Six will solve all of your problems regarding what to get that special lady. I’ve done the homework. Here we go…

Don’t retire, ReFire!: It all starts with you

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times The main focus of every article that I’ve written, centers on taking positive steps towards being the best version of ourselves. It’s about knowing who we are, which is easier said than done in many cases. In my case, this is something that was never brought up, when I was growing up. It wasn’t a conversation that my parents had with me and wasn’t...

All About Connecting: Love is in the air

By Nancy Plummer, Columnist, The Times Ok…so, it’s been a baffling few months weather-wise, but let me assure you now that Spring is definitely here, and love is in the air! From tulips, azaleas, and pink dogwood trees painting our landscape with such romantic colors and aromas, and seemingly every animal in the Kingdom chasing females around to procreate, it’s no surprise we mere mortals...

On Your Table: Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with Mexican and Italian flare

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Mushrooms are the star in these Italian style enchiladas. Cinco de Mayo is a significant Mexican celebration, originating as a commemoration of the defeat of Napoleon III in 1862 when Mexican soldiers, greatly outnumbered and poorly armed, prevailed versus the forces of France.  In honor of that holiday, many folks plan a Cinco de Mayo fiesta...