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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Lemon Burst Cookies, tinted with a wee bit 'o the green for St. Patrick's Day.

I have to be honest here. This week's recipe is nothing like what it was supposed to be.

My intention was to make a yummy delicacy my mother was known for Lemon Burst Biscuits.

She made them often when she was serving brunch or just as a treat with a midday cup of coffee.

They were light and flaky and very popular.

I have the original recipe on a large index card in my mother's handwriting, stained and faded from many years of use.

It's so faded, as a matter of fact, I had a hard time reading it.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Q. Is it true that pesticides are responsible for people getting Parkinson's disease?

Although genetics is very important in Parkinson's disease, environmental exposures also increase a person's risk of developing the disease. Scientists have known for some time that farm workers who used pesticides, or people who lived or worked near fields where they could inhale drifting pesticides, have an increased risk of the disease.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Pork Chops, Potatoes and Sauerkraut

I have to be in the mood to eat pork, and even then, there are only a few ways I actually like it.

This is one of them.

The pork is highly seasoned with lots of salt, pepper and garlic powder.

The potatoes cook along with the pork, and the sauerkraut is added at the end. However, if you prefer, you can add the sauerkraut after you turn the pork.

When the pork has finished cooking, remove it and the potatoes, and give the sauerkraut a good stir to pick up all of the flavor at the bottom of the pan.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Q. What can I do to avoid lead exposure?

Lead exposure can cause anemia, make you irritable, affect your memory and ability to concentrate, and it can increase blood pressure, particularly in older people.

Lead can also lead to digestive problems and cataracts. Exposure to high lead levels can be fatal.

The following are some significant sources of lead exposure: tap water, lead-based paint that was used before it was banned from housing in 1978, soil, household dust, lead crystal or lead-glazed pottery.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
@$:KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Secret Recipe is an old family favorite too good not to share.

Shhhhhh!!!!

Can you keep a secret? I can't, because I'm about to share an old family recipe that was so well-kept, it's only name is "Secret Recipe."

Since the name doesn't give it away, I'll also tell you it's a dessert.

My mother made this for years. I don't know where it came from or who it came from, but since she made it from as far back as I can remember, and I'm over 25 years old (ahem) I figure the statute of limitations has run out on this particular secret.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Q. Are there some good ways to control anxiety without resorting to medications?

You can control anxiety by employing relaxation techniques. When your body is relaxed, breathing slows, blood pressure decreases, and you feel better. This is called the relaxation response, which is the direct opposite of the stress response.

Relaxing can counteract the effects of long-term stress, which may contribute to depression, digestive disorders, headaches, high blood pressure, and insomnia.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS  Chicken Tarragon Salad

Here's a quick recipe that's great for a fancy luncheon or a way to use up last night's leftovers. Tarragon Chicken Salad comes from my friend Meg.

She made it for a baby shower we hosted for our friend Mary, and it was such a huge favorite of mine, we've been making it ever since. If we have leftover chicken, this is my favorite way to enjoy it.

While you can used any type of bread, I find that the stronger taste of the dark pumpernickel works well with the sharpness of the red onion and tarragon.

This is really simple and very, very tasty.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Q. Do we lose our sense of taste as we get older?

In general, sensitivity to taste gradually decreases with age. But there are some whose taste isn't affected by getting older.

The ability to taste food and beverages means a lot to seniors. Let's face it; we lose a lot of the pleasures of our youth, but eating well isn't usually one of them.

Taste also has a major impact upon our physical and mental health. Our sense of taste is especially important if we have to stay on a diet.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Chocolate Mocha Frosting is yummy on yellow or French vanilla cake.

When I think of Valentine's Day and food, my first thought is an obvious one chocolate.

The thing about me, however, is that I like chocolate as more of an enhancement. My favorite ice cream flavor? Vanilla. Favorite cake flavor? French vanilla.

That being said, I love my ice cream with a good homemade hot fudge sauce (stay tuned, that recipe will be coming in the near future) and my cake with homemade chocolate frosting.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Q. What is the value of taking hormones for menopause?

To help control menopause symptoms, there is Hormone Therapy (HT) or Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).

The most comprehensive evidence about taking hormones after menopause comes from the Women's Health Initiative Hormone Program sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Cancer Institute.

The WHI Hormone Program involved two studies the use of estrogen plus progestin (a synthetic progesterone), and the use of estrogen alone.