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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Q. I've never been a smoker and I just don't get why people do it. What's the attraction?

Only a non-smoker could ask that question. Every smoker, chewer and sniffer knows how wonderful tobacco can be. I know it's probably not politically correct to say anything nice about tobacco, but it's the truth.

All tobacco products contain nicotine, which is an addictive drug. According to the American Heart Association, the "nicotine addiction has historically been one of the hardest addictions to break." Nicotine is up there with heroin and cocaine.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Cover photo courtesy of TIME For Kids

There's no better way to have fun in the kitchen then to spice up your recipes with a couple of kids -- especially grandkids.

That's exactly what I did when I was sent a copy of Kids in the Kitchen Cookbook, a TIME For Kids book. I called my daughter and asked to borrow my grandchildren for the weekend.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Q. I am 83 years old and I am very afraid of falling down stairs. My mother broke her hip that way, and I think of her every time I am on stairs.

If you think about falling while you are on a staircase, you increase the risk of falling. You have to learn how to redirect your attention away from your troubling thoughts and let your body take you up and down the stairs.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Barbecue Burgers spice up that plain, old everyday burger. Top them with Barbecued Onions and your favorite barbecue sauce for a tasty alternative to Plain Jane burgers.

A couple weeks ago I got an email from a reader who asked for a recipe to spice up hamburgers on the grill. I'm always pretty Plain Jane with my burgers, and do little more than shape ground beef into a patty and grill or fry it, but Bob H. from Tamaqua got me thinking.

Since tomorrow is the Fourth of July, I wanted to come up with a recipe that wouldn't require a lot of shopping or preparation. This is pretty easy, and if you were already planning on serving burgers at your picnic, you probably have all of the ingredients in your kitchen.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Q. My doctor ordered a TSH test. What is that?

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the middle of the lower neck. It produces hormones that control metabolism, which are the chemical processes cells in the body perform to keep us alive.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

When I'm planning a dinner party, I have several go-to recipes that can be either made or prepped ahead of time. This way, my guests aren't greeted with a sink-full of dishes and I have more time to fuss with my tablescape.

One of my favorite make-ahead foods is Twice-Baked Potatoes. Not only are they something you can make in advance, you can tailor the recipe to fit your guests' tastes or be creative with what you have on hand.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Q. It seems like a lot of my friends are watching TV with the volume way up, and accusing everyone of mumbling. How common are hearing problems among seniors?

About one in three Americans over 60 suffers from loss of hearing, which can range from the inability to hear certain voices to deafness.

There are two basic categories of hearing loss. One is caused by damage to the inner ear or the auditory nerve. This type of hearing loss is permanent. The second kind occurs when sound can't reach the inner ear. This can be repaired medically or surgically.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Baked Italian Chicken is a simple dinner. Toss everything into one dish, bake and serve.

If you're a regular reader of this column, you know that my mother was an exceptional cook.

Many of the recipes we grew up with were her own creations. Some were from cookbooks or clipped from newspapers or magazines, but those were often tweaked until they met with her approval. We were always happy to be her guinea pigs, and to be honest, I can't remember any flops coming from my mother's kitchen.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Q. If you want to control your weight, is it better to eat three meals a day, or should you eat more, smaller meals?

There is no scientifically proven answer to this question. Until there is, I'd suggest simply reducing your total food intake for each day until your weight goes down.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
@$:Banana Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

A few weeks ago, while staring down some ripe bananas, I got a hankering for a banana cupcake with a cooked white icing that a friend used to make.

I searched high and low and could not locate that recipe anywhere. I lost touch with the woman who gave me the recipe about 25 years ago, so there was no way I could follow up and get it again.

I was disappointed but not dissuaded.

I decided to try and recreate the recipe. In that respect, I would have to say I failed. My cupcakes taste nothing like my friend's, but they are delicious.