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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Kalua Pork

Ever been to a luau? Me neither. My husband, however, lived in Hawaii for many years and as a result we often use recipes he brought back to the mainland with him.

This dish is called Kalua Pork, and is an indoor version of the popular Kalua Pig, which is usually an entire pig buried into a deep pit and cooked underground.

I have no time or patience for that kind of thing, and I know for a fact that if I saw an entire pig cooking, I wouldn't eat pork for quite some time.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Q. I've got problems with several joints and I heard low-impact exercise is something I should try. What is low-impact and can you suggest some exercises?

Warning: If you want to begin a new exercise program, you should consult your physician and request a list of exercises that are best for your age and physical condition.

As you age, your body becomes less flexible and more vulnerable to injury. Low-impact exercise does not place excessive pressure on your body. There are many low-impact activities that can give you a good, relatively safe workout.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS ABOVE: Still hot and bubbling right from the oven, Chicken Parmigiana is an easy weeknight dinner that's also perfect for company. BELOW: Our grandson Kyle is the latest family chef in a long line of cooks.

All of the men in my family are wonderful cooks.

My dad was a professional chef, my husband learned at his mother's knee and my son began making traditional family dishes when he was only 10 years old.

It's no surprise then that with our grandson Kyle visiting us for a few weeks, he would want to learn how to cook.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Q. My brother told me he has a macular pucker. Is this the same thing as macular degeneration?

First, a bit of biology ...

The lens in the front of your eye focuses light on the retina in the back of your eye. The lens is like the one in a camera, and the retina is like film. The space between the lens and retina is filled with the vitreous, a clear gel that helps to maintain the shape of the eye.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Q. Any suggestions for dealing with tinnitus?

Most tinnitus a symptom, not a disease comes from damage to the microscopic endings of the hearing nerve in the inner ear.

People who suffer from tinnitus hear phantom noises that include not just ringing but whistling, hissing, buzzing, roaring and clicking. Tinnitus is most common in people over 65.

Besides treatments such as hearing aids, drugs and therapy, there are techniques for dealing with tinnitus. Here are some:

Music: Many people find focusing on music helps them ignore their tinnitus.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Q. How serious is angina?

Angina pectoris or simply angina is the medical term for chest pain or discomfort usually caused by coronary artery disease. Angina is a sign that someone is at increased risk of heart attack, cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death. If you get angina, you should get medical attention immediately.

Angina (pronounced "an-JI-nuh") hits when the heart doesn't get enough blood. This usually happens when there is a narrowing or blockage in one or more of the vessels that supply blood to the heart.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Grown-up Egg Cream

When I was a kid we would visit my mother's family in Bayonne, New Jersey, several times a month.

One of the things I looked forward to was visiting my Aunt Francie, because if I was really good, my cousin Grace would often take me across the street to the corner luncheonette for a chocolate egg cream.

I can still picture the lunch counter where we would sit on the tall metal stools with their thick padded seats, standing on our tiptoes to reach the tops of our straws.

Every few sips we might take a spin around on our stool until we were almost dizzy.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Mimi's Hot Fudge Sauce

When I was in my early teens, my best friend Toni and I would often take the bus from New Brunswick, New Jersey, into Manhattan where we would go and visit her grandparents Mimi and Pampaw.

We'd arrive around suppertime on a Friday evening, and as soon as dinner was cleared away the ingredients were always waiting for us to make hot fudge sauce. In the freezer there was always a half-gallon of vanilla ice cream.

Never in my life have I had an ice cream topping that was this delicious.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Q. Is it true that licorice can interfere with some medications?

Some forms of licorice may increase the risk for digoxin toxicity.

Digoxin is used to treat heart failure and arrhythmias. Licorice may also reduce the effects of blood pressure medications or diuretic drugs (water pills).

These are just a few of many drug-related interactions that can occur in your body.

Drug interactions fall into three categories. There are drug reactions with foods and drink, dietary supplements and with other drugs.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Oven-Roasted Vegetables are super easy and super tasty.

We love vegetables, so figuring out ways to serve them so that my kids would eat them was never an issue.

Boiled, baked, fried, sautéed it didn't matter.

Which makes me wonder how it is, that up until a couple years ago, I had never had them roasted.

I don't know exactly why roasting vegetables makes them taste even better, but it does. They are sweeter and the flavors are just more intense. All you really need is a splash of olive oil, salt and pepper, and you have a terrific side dish.

This is perfect for feeding a crowd because it goes a long way.