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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Dutch Meatloaf is easy to make and a perfect weeknight meal. A side of mashed potatoes is another way to enjoy the tasty sauce.

I own an obscene number of cookbooks. Some were very pricey with beautiful, full-color photos that could easily be mistaken for a coffee-table book.

They fill three full shelves on the bookcase in my dining room, as well as two other shelves in my kitchen.

My favorite cookbooks, however, are your standard, everyday, spiral-bound cookbooks created by local churches or organizations trying to raise a few bucks. These books are loaded with great family recipes from local cooks.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Q. I'm a Baby Boomer who still loves rock concerts, but sometimes I worry if the noise is hurting my old ears.

Sound volume is measured in decibels. You risk hearing loss when you are exposed to sounds at 85 dBs or more. The louder the sound and the longer the exposure, the greater the risk.

Here's the bad news: rock music is on many lists as an example of a dangerous sound. Here's one of those lists:

30 dB = library

50 dB = rain

60 dB = conversation (apolitical)

70 dB = vacuum cleaner

80 dB = busy street

90 dB = shop tools

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Crumb Bum Cake

When I was a kid, if my father wanted to speak disparagingly of someone, he called them a "crumb bum."

This was somewhat confusing for me, a small child, because on Sundays after church, we often went to the bakery where he would purchase an entire box of "crumb bums" and eat them, slathered with butter, much to my mother's chagrin.

My mother, "The World's Greatest Cook," hated butter and used it sparingly, if at all.

In regard to the great butter debate, I took after my father; nothing beats butter.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Q. What is acetaminophen and why do I see it listed on so many products in my medicine cabinet?

Acetaminophen is the most widely used pain-reliever and fever-reducer in the world. It is contained in more than 100 products. Tylenol is the best known over-the-counter acetaminophen product.

It is also a component of well-known prescription drugs such as Darvocet and Percocet. Acetaminophen also is known as paracetamol and N-acetyl-p-aminophenol.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Summertime is the perfect time for Fresh Bruschetta.

Although the essential ingredients are always the same bread, tomatoes, garlic and basil there are probably as many recipes for bruschetta as there are cooks who create it.

With an abundance of red, ripe tomatoes at our fingertips this time of year, there's no better time to treat yourself.

I had a lovely version on Sunday while visiting with a friend and her family. Fresh ripe tomatoes, fresh basil and lots of garlic.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Q. I'm 70 and I'm starting to see a blurred area in the middle of my vision. Any ideas?

Have this checked immediately by an eye care practitioner. What you describe is a symptom of age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older.

The macula is at the center of the retina in the back of your eye. The retina transmits light from the eye to the brain. The macula allows us to perform tasks that require central vision such as reading and driving.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS A batch of Sweet Zucchini Relish may take a little while to make, but it's worth the effort.

I don't know what it is with zucchini, but I've yet to come across someone who complains that the vegetable doesn't grow well for them.

Instead, they can usually be seen most of the summer lugging a half dozen wherever they go, trying to foist them off on friends and co-workers without a garden of their own.

When we had our first garden in the Garden State no less we had more zucchini than we could ever hope to give away. I made zucchini bread, zucchini soup, zucchini with eggs I was getting pretty sick of zucchini to be honest.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
@$:KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Pork Roast with Apple Jelly Glaze

For this week's recipe I have to give a nod to Times News reporter Amy Miller.

A few years ago I made a couple batches of apple jelly. One batch didn't want to jell and remained rather runny. I had the option of reprocessing it, but after all that work, I really didn't want to bother.

It tasted fine delicious in fact and other than running out the sides of my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, it was good jelly.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Q. I'm 68 and thinking of taking testosterone. Will it help me to feel younger?

There is some controversy about whether testosterone therapy should be used in men who have naturally lower testosterone levels because of aging. It remains unclear whether restoring earlier testosterone levels benefits older men.

For example, studies found that healthy men who took testosterone medications got bigger muscles, but in most studies the men weren't stronger. And, if you suffer from erectile dysfunction, taking testosterone may not relieve your condition.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Roasted Garlic Onion Jam Pizza

Whenever we go to Maine I usually make a pilgrimage to a number of favorite places, such as the Portland Head Light (my favorite place) and L.L. Bean's in Freeport.

I also make an annual pilgrimage to the Old Port in downtown Portland, where I always visit the Stonewall Kitchen Company Store.

I make a lot of my own jams and jellies, but there are some that they offer that I just can't reproduce.

They also have delicious salsas and sauces, not to mention a host of kitchen and cooking-related items.