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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Veggie Chili

This week I'm sharing the spotlight with Marlene Urban, who works in our Tamaqua office.

Marlene is sharing her recipe for a delicious chili that includes lots of beans, meat, spices and wait for it cocoa powder! She also shares some fun tips for taming the beast (aka the rabid fan): Good food and plenty of it!

I also have a recipe for chili this week. It's also hearty and flavorful, but unlike Marlene's, this one is vegetarian style.

If you think being a vegetarian means eating nothing but rabbit food, think again.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Q. Do you get more heartburn when you are older?

More than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month, and more than 15 million Americans experience heartburn daily. Heartburn is more common among the elderly.

Heartburn two or more times weekly may be caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. See a doctor if you have heartburn too often. The doctor can test for GERD.

In the upper GI series, you swallow a liquid barium mixture.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Blue Cheese Dressing

As promised last week, in this week's column I'm sharing a recipe for homemade Blue Cheese Dressing.

Rich and tangy, this salad dressing is super simple to make. Drizzle it over some crisp fresh greens and add a few healthy twists from the pepper mill, and you have yourself a winner.

Want to amp up the flavor a bit? Toss on a few extra crumbs of blue cheese.

Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

6 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

1 pint mayo

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

3 tablespoons chopped chives

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Q. Is it possible to donate your own blood to yourself?

Yes you can. This is called "autologous" blood donation. It's done in the weeks before nonemergency surgery. The blood is stored until the operation. Autologous donation is most often employed in surgery on bones, blood vessels, the urinary tract, and the heart, when the likelihood of transfusion is high. This form of blood donation is good for the patient, but it's beneficial to society, too.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Homemade French Salad Dressing is better than anything you can buy in a bottle.

Our "salad days" aren't yet over, so this week and next I'm sharing a couple recipes I adapted from one of my old church cookbooks.

Although I like salad dozens of ways, my favorite is a simple mix of oil and vinegar or lemon juice, and with little more than a pinch of other seasonings.

I simply eyeball it and taste until I like it. It's the way my mother always did it and my kids like it that way as well.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Q. I'm considering having a hip replaced. What are the odds that this operation will work?

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says joint replacement surgery is successful in more than 9 out of 10 people.

And replacement of a hip or knee lasts at least 20 years in about 80 percent of those who have the surgery.

In the procedure, an arthritic or damaged joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint called a "prosthesis."

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.