Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Wednesday, June 10, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS This recipe for Burgundy Beef may not be as fussy as Boeuf Bourguignon, but it's still pretty tasty.

My mother entertained a lot. Friends and family were always clamoring for a seat at her table. Simple weeknight dinners often included a new face or two.

As good a cook as she was, her meals were rarely fussy. I have no doubt she could whip up a Chateaubriand or a Boeuf Bourguignon if she wanted, but she didn't.

To her, it was the end result that mattered. Not the process, or the degree of skill involved. It was the look on someone's face when that fork hit the tongue.

A true Boeuf Bourguignon requires almost twice as many ingredients as called for in this recipe.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Q. Isn't a fractured bone less serious than a broken bone?

This is a common misconception. A fracture and a break are the same thing.

For several reasons, seniors are in danger of breaking a bone. As we age, the power of our senses, reflexes and coordination diminishes.

Maladies and the medicines we take for them can contribute to balance problems, which can lead to falls. Then there's osteoporosis a disease that makes bones more likely to snap.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Q. My wife has complained of being short of breath while shopping in the mall. She says it's just a sign of age, but I'm concerned about her.

The likelihood of suffering shortness of breath or "dyspnea" (disp-nee-ah) becomes greater the older we get. As we age, our air passages get smaller, chest muscles weaken, and our lungs become less flexible. These changes reduce our air flow.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Apricot-glazed Carrots

This week I dipped into my mother's recipe box, which I promise, is filled with treasures.

I don't think I ever met a carrot I didn't like, and glazed carrots often have a place on my dinner table.

I'm featuring some rhubarb recipes this week, so I thought this recipe might be a good fit. It's great with the apricot preserves, but you could easily substitute rhubarb preserves, and it would be just as delicious.



2 pounds carrots, sliced

1-and-one-quarter teaspoon salt, divided

3 tablespoons butter

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Q. I'm a geezer and I believe in herbal products because they're natural and I think you should tell your readers how wonderful they are.

I get a kick out of people who are big on "natural" and "organic." Poison ivy is natural and organic. So is cobra venom.

You have to be very careful when you use herbal health products and dietary supplements, especially if you are a senior. Always consult a doctor before taking any of these products, which I like to label "alternatives."

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS  A Nacho Burger is an unexpected start to the summer grilling season.

When I told my husband the other day I wanted to come up with a recipe for Memorial Day, he suggested Nacho Burgers. I looked at him like his sombrero was on backward.

Now, don't get me wrong. I love nachos. I would eat them every night if I could; or at least every other night. But nachos on a burger?

It took a little convincing, and the promise that there would be no actual nacho chips on the burger.

We batted the idea around.

Actually, he batted. I clung to the belief that he had lost his mind.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Q. A friend who uses a lot of psychobabble described a new woman in our retirement community as having a "personality disorder." I would call this woman a pain in the neck. What's the difference between a personality disorder and just a lousy personality?

People with a personality disorder are more than just pains in the neck. They have serious trouble getting along with others. They are usually rigid and unable to adapt to the changes life presents to all of us. They simply don't function well in society.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Q. I've heard the worst pain you can experience is from passing a kidney stone. True?

I had a friend who served in the Royal Air Force in World War II. On a bombing run over Germany, his co-pilot started to pass a kidney stone.

The pain was so bad that the poor guy wanted to jump out of the plane. He had to be knocked unconscious.

Kidney stones have been inflicting extreme pain for at least 7,000 years; evidence of them was found in an Egyptian mummy.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Q. I suffer from hemorrhoids and I suspect a lot of other people do, too, because I see a lot of remedies in drugstores. But this is not a topic you bring up at parties. How many people have hemorrhoids, anyway?

By the age of 50, about half of the population both men and women have hemorrhoids. However, not everyone suffers from the nasty symptoms hemorrhoids can inflict.

Hemorrhoids are inflamed and swollen veins around the anus (external) or in the lower rectum (internal).

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Q. I may have to undergo bypass surgery and I heard that it can really mess up your mind. Is that true?

If you have coronary bypass surgery, you could suffer from what some in the health care professions call "pump head."

During traditional surgery, a patient is put on a heart-lung bypass pump to oxygenate and circulate blood. This machine may create clots that could harm the brain. In addition, a surgeon handling the aorta the main heart artery can free bits of accumulated plaque and they can block blood vessels in the brain.