Thursday, March 26, 2015
     
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  The daffodil, the flower of spring, appears to have brought a season of hope as volunteers gathered at the Hiles Bros. warehouse in Summit Hill on Monday to distribute daffodils in preparation for the 2015 Northeast Pa. and Greater Lehigh Daffodil Campaign to Fight Cancer. Front, from left, are Lisa Hiles, Susie Bortnick, Cary Sinclair and Rose Marie Mikulski. Back, from left, are Charlie Whitehead, Darlene Fetterman, Judy Midas and Nancy Whitehead.

Daffodil Day Sales for the 2015 Northeast Pa. and Greater Lehigh Daffodil Campaign to Fight Cancer are underway.

Event organizer Lisa Hiles said the volunteers who organized the 2015 Daffodil Campaign are the same volunteers who have produced the annual American Cancer Society Telethon for 36 years.

Many have volunteered for the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit for decades, and many are the same people who made the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days campaign such a successful tradition in the area, Hiles said.

TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  The daffodil, the flower of spring, appears to have brought a season of hope as volunteers gathered at the Hiles Bros. warehouse in Summit Hill on Monday to distribute daffodils in preparation for the 2015 Northeast Pa. and Greater Lehigh Daffodil Campaign to Fight Cancer. Front, from left, are Lisa Hiles, Susie Bortnick, Cary Sinclair and Rose Marie Mikulski. Back, from left, are Charlie Whitehead, Darlene Fetterman, Judy Midas and Nancy Whitehead.

Daffodil Day Sales for the 2015 Northeast Pa. and Greater Lehigh Daffodil Campaign to Fight Cancer are underway.

Event organizer Lisa Hiles said the volunteers who organized the 2015 Daffodil Campaign are the same volunteers who have produced the annual American Cancer Society Telethon for 36 years.

Many have volunteered for the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit for decades, and many are the same people who made the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days campaign such a successful tradition in the area, Hiles said.

Lillian Sally Popek
Lillian Sally Popek of Jim Thorpe celebrated her 90th birthday last month. She was born on Feb. 8, 1925. Lillian was the guest of honor at a birthday party given by her children at Dom 'n Ali's Steak and Seafood Restaurant. Lillian is the wife of Theodore S. Popek Sr. Together they have five children: two daughters and three sons. On her special day Lillian was surrounded by her family, daughters Mary Katherine McHugh and Cyrillia Gavornik, and sons Ted Jr., Tim and Terry Popek and spouses.

Q. Who are the people most liable to be bitten by a dog?

More than 60 percent of the people who are bitten by dogs are children. The elderly are second. And people such as mail carriers and meter readers are third.

Children often don't know how to act around dogs and frighten them into aggressive behavior. Older people are more prone to being bitten by an aggressive dog because they tend to be slower and weaker than younger adults. Mail carriers walk onto property the dogs consider their domain to defend.

Q. I usually get a bit lightheaded when I stand, but this feeling is much worse when I get up from the dinner table. I don't drink. Any ideas?

There's a possibility you have "postprandial hypotension," or, in layman's language, low blood pressure after a meal. This is a senior malady; few younger people experience this. Other possible symptoms include dizziness, blurred vision, nausea and fainting. I recommend going to a doctor to have your symptoms checked.

Q. I get a lot of gas and someone told me it would help if I stopped chewing gum all the time (ex-smoker).

That sounds like bunk to me. What do you think?

It's not bunk. When you chew gum, you swallow more often and some of what you're swallowing is air.

In addition, artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol that is found in some gums can give you gas.

But, what exactly, is gas?

Most people produce between a pint and a half-gallon of gas each day. Oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen from swallowed air make up a large part of gas or "flatus."

Q. Are older people more anxious than younger people?

Because the stresses of health problems, losses and and other major life changes build up as we get older, we tend to become anxious. Some surveys suggest that one in five older adults suffer anxiety symptoms that require treatment.

AP Photo/Matthew Mead Welcome spring with Brown Butter Asparagus with Pecans.

Remember the days when you knew spring was coming by the arrival of asparagus at the grocer?

These days, fresh asparagus is available almost all year. But still, my heart leaps with joy the first moment I see asparagus for less than $3 a pound. Then it is officially spring!

When asparagus is in season, I buy it weekly, both because it's so cheap and because it's incredibly versatile.

Go green for St. Patrick's Day

It's easy to be green with help from McCormick.

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here are a few recipes to help you celebrate.

The best part? You don't even need to be Irish!

Easy Green Velvet Cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Makes 24 servings

1 package (2-layer size) German chocolate cake mix with pudding

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup water

cup unsweetened cocoa powder

cup vegetable oil

1 bottle McCormick Green Food Color

3 eggs

2 teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract

AP Photo/Matthew Mead Rotini with Creamy Burger Sauce

Sure, we're all trying to lose those pesky 10 or 15 or whatever pounds, but that's no reason to not keep a pint of heavy cream in the refrigerator.

Truth is, a little fat like that can go a long way to turning a basic dish into one that is exceedingly comforting.

Steak, for example, is dramatically improved with a cream-based pan sauce. Pureed vegetable soups taste like indulgences with just a bit of cream.

And don't even get me started about what it does for mashed potatoes and baked sweet potatoes.

KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Southwestern Sweet Potato Chowder has just the right amount of zing.

As we head into our second week of Lent, we have more recipes from Rhianna Cenci, retail dietitian at the ShopRite of Brodheadsville.

We tried the first offering, Southwestern Sweet Potato Chowder, and let me tell you, it's good.

I love sweet potatoes, so this was one I definitely wanted to make. My husband, on the other hand, is not a fan, not even of those ooey-gooey-covered-in-sugar-and-melted-butter versions that grace the Thanksgiving table.

Surprisingly, he tried this chowder, and he loved it.