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With warmer weather on the horizon, it's time to think about all those great outdoor gatherings that will pop up during the next few months.

In addition to holidays, like Memorial Day and Fourth of July, there is usually a host of graduation parties, bridal and baby showers, church picnics, family reunions and just good old get-togethers.

With that in mind, it's a good idea to always have a tasty, crowd-pleasing recipe on hand that's easy to make and feeds a lot of people.

This salad, which was another of my mom's great recipes, fills the bill.

KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS

With warmer weather on the horizon, it's time to think about all those great outdoor gatherings that will pop up during the next few months.

In addition to holidays, like Memorial Day and Fourth of July, there is usually a host of graduation parties, bridal and baby showers, church picnics, family reunions and just good old get-togethers.

With that in mind, it's a good idea to always have a tasty, crowd-pleasing recipe on hand that's easy to make and feeds a lot of people.

This salad, which was another of my mom's great recipes, fills the bill.

Nellie Johnson
Nellie (Greenwood) Johnson, a resident at Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, will celebrate her 97th birthday on April 24. Born in Halifax, Yorkshire County, England, in 1917, Nellie has also resided in Cregah, Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Union, Newark, Irvington and Branchville, N.J. Nellie was married to her loving husband, Horace, on April 27, 1946. They both came to America on the Queen Mary in 1955 searching for those streets of gold. They were married for 49 years until his death in 1995.

The U.S. Administration on Aging found that more than a half-million people over the age of 60 are abused or neglected each year.

About 90 percent of abusers are related to the victims. People older than 80 years suffer abuse and neglect two to three times their proportion of the senior population.

Almost four times as many new incidents of abuse, neglect and/or self-neglect were not reported as those that were reported and substantiated by public authorities.

Q. What is the definition of constipation?

The clinical definition of constipation is any two of the following symptoms for at least 12 weeks (not necessarily consecutive) in the previous year:

Ÿ Straining during bowel movements

Ÿ Lumpy or hard stool

Ÿ Sensation of obstruction or incomplete evacuation

Ÿ Fewer than three bowel movements per week.

Those reporting constipation most often are women and adults age 65 and over.

Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in the United States.

(This is the second of two columns about changing your appearance. The first was on plastic surgery. This one is about cosmetic procedures.)

Cosmetic procedures are used to make the skin look more youthful. Many dermatologists perform cosmetic procedures. Here are some examples:

Microdermabrasion uses tiny, fine particles or a very hard diamond-tipped wand to slough off cells from the top layer of the skin and encourage new skin growth.

Laser resurfacing uses high-intensity light to zap and improve the look of wrinkles and scars by tightening loose skin.

Q. What is the most common type of cosmetic surgery?

(This is the first of two columns on changing your appearance.)

I was surprised by the answer to this question. I guessed facelift and was wrong.

My wife, Gale, answered correctly without hesitation. Breast augmentation is the leader. She talks to more women, I guess.

Women outnumber men by about 9 to 1 for undergoing cosmetic surgery.

This Mar. 3, 2014 photo shows spiced hazelnut ingberlach in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Candy making can confound even the most careful home cook.

Luckily, Passover gives us an excuse to make a simple candy that is delicious and requires little fuss. And you don't need to celebrate Passover to appreciate it.

Ingberlach is a traditional Jewish candy flavored with ginger and honey. It also can contain nuts and other ingredients and is reminiscent of a sticky, chewy caramel popcorn cluster.

This March 3, 2014 photo shows herbed matzo stuffed roasted chicken in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Why is it that we only stuff poultry one day a year?

Let's face it, stuffing takes an already delicious dish roasted poultry and makes it even more so by adding flavorful, fat-soaked carbs to the mix.

Yet outside of Thanksgiving, few of us ever think to stuff and roast a bird. Admittedly, most of us don't have the time to prepare a stuffed turkey on a weeknight. But why not try a chicken?

The beauty of a roasted chicken is that aside from about 15 minutes prep, nearly all of the time is hands off.

This March 3, 2014, photo shows zucchini crab cakes with lime aioli in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

To help get us in the mood for spring, we've given a seasonal makeover to the classic crab cake.

We started by adding the fresh flavor of shredded zucchini. It melts into the bolder flavors of the other ingredients, yet still keeps the crab cakes tasting light.

For a binder, we skipped the usual bread and instead used mashed potato, which gives the finished crab cakes a light and fresh texture.

For a topping, we created a simple lime aioli, which lends a vibrant tang.

This March 3, 2014, photo shows spring corn soup in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

The warm days and cool nights of spring can make for challenging dinners.

During the days, we want to be outside enjoying the sun, but the evenings call for something warm and comforting. Trouble is, warm and comforting dinners require time at the stove.

Our solution? A quick and easy soup that is jammed with fresh vegetables and comes together in about 30 minutes.

We combine seasonally perfect asparagus with the sweet taste of frozen corn and a heap of fresh thyme. The result is light, yet fresh and filling.