Saturday, September 20, 2014


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The U.S. Administration on Aging found that more than a half-million people over the age of 60 are abused or neglected each year.

About 90 percent of abusers are related to the victims. People older than 80 years suffer abuse and neglect two to three times their proportion of the senior population.

Almost four times as many new incidents of abuse, neglect and/or self-neglect were not reported as those that were reported and substantiated by public authorities.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
@$:KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS  Margherita Pizza ready to go into the oven.

With Good Friday this week, I thought this was the perfect time to unveil my mother's secret weapon.

If she wanted to see any of us, she usually just had to say one word, and we'd all come running.


She didn't order from the local pizzeria, or pick up some premade crust and a jar of sauce.

Everything was made from scratch and it was, in my humble but biased opinion, the best.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Q. What is the definition of constipation?

The clinical definition of constipation is any two of the following symptoms for at least 12 weeks (not necessarily consecutive) in the previous year:

Ÿ Straining during bowel movements

Ÿ Lumpy or hard stool

Ÿ Sensation of obstruction or incomplete evacuation

Ÿ Fewer than three bowel movements per week.

Those reporting constipation most often are women and adults age 65 and over.

Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in the United States.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

This week we go easy-peasy with Cheesy Peas. (Sorry. I couldn't help myself.)

This is another of my mom's recipes. It's so simple yet flavorful, I have to wonder why I don't make it twice a week. And it is also one of the recipes that most reminds me of my mother.

It is simple, delicious and loaded with memories which is exactly what comfort food is all about.

Cheesy Peas

2 cans green peas, drained

1 small onion, sliced thin

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Black pepper

One-eighth cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
TOP: Finished Taralli Dolci, fresh from the oven. LEFT: Start with clean countertops and clean hands; no bowl necessary. TOP RIGHT: Very few ingredients are needed for the taralli.

There are certain foods that scream tradition, and this, for me, is one of them.

Easter Sunday morning isn't the same unless I have a batch of my mother's homemade taralli to go along with my colorful, hard-boiled eggs. And while I will continue to eat them after the holiday, until they are gone, we only make them once a year.

My mother would make taralli several weeks before Easter, and then freeze them. We weren't allowed to touch them until Easter Sunday.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

(This is the second of two columns about changing your appearance. The first was on plastic surgery. This one is about cosmetic procedures.)

Cosmetic procedures are used to make the skin look more youthful. Many dermatologists perform cosmetic procedures. Here are some examples:

Microdermabrasion uses tiny, fine particles or a very hard diamond-tipped wand to slough off cells from the top layer of the skin and encourage new skin growth.

Laser resurfacing uses high-intensity light to zap and improve the look of wrinkles and scars by tightening loose skin.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Here's a dish that achieves the fancy quotient for company, but is easy and quick enough for a weeknight family dinner.

We've enjoyed both components of this separately. The chicken is adapted from a recipe my husband saw on a TV show several years ago. With a nice crunchy coating of pecans, it's good all by itself.

The maple reduction (that's just a fancy word for cooking a liquid or sauce at high heat until it boils down to a thicker consistency, intensifying the flavor), is adapted from a recipe I use over the holidays as a glaze on root vegetables.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Q. What is the most common type of cosmetic surgery?

(This is the first of two columns on changing your appearance.)

I was surprised by the answer to this question. I guessed facelift and was wrong.

My wife, Gale, answered correctly without hesitation. Breast augmentation is the leader. She talks to more women, I guess.

Women outnumber men by about 9 to 1 for undergoing cosmetic surgery.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I am a creature of habit. When I go into a new restaurant, I'll usually order something I'm pretty sure I'll like, and if I do, every time I go back, I'll order it again.

I'm not terribly adventurous. When meeting friends at a Thai restaurant last year, I stared at the menu for a long time, and asked about a million questions, until the waitress pointed out a beef dish that was similar to Sweet & Sour Chicken, which I love.

She tried to discourage me, however, and suggested I be adventurous and try something else.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Q. Is a TIA dangerous?

TIA stands for "transient ischemic attack." A TIA is an interruption in the flow of blood to a part of your brain.

Its symptoms are the same as for a stroke. A TIA lasts anywhere from minutes to many hours. It goes away and leaves no apparent permanent effects.

If you have a TIA, your chances of having a stroke are increased nine times. Treat a TIA like an early warning and get to your doctor immediately for a checkup.

A stroke, which is also called a "brain attack," is caused by a blood problem in the brain.