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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

One of my all time favorites is Caesar Salad.

While the kind served in most restaurants is fine some chopped romaine lettuce topped with a drizzle of creamy "Caesar" dressing and a few sad croutons you can't beat a traditional Caesar Salad, prepared tableside at a fine restaurant.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Q. Are hallucinations reason enough to see a doctor?

Hallucinations can be a symptom of a variety of problems both physical and mental. They can be caused by schizophrenia, dementia, depression, Parkinson's disease, stroke, fever, drugs, and alcohol. You should see a doctor immediately about this symptom.

Visual loss is a common cause of hallucinations, too. About one in 10 people with vision problems has hallucinations. It is suspected that this phenomenon is underreported because victims fear they are losing their minds and don't want their doctors to know.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Oma's Potato Salad

Since the unofficial start of summer has arrived, I am officially declaring "Picnic Season" now open. That means it's time for all of those yummy seasonal staples, such as hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob and my all-time favorites potato salad and baked beans.

I have several potato salad recipes, and I enjoy them all, but this version is on the top of my list. It comes from my former mother-in-law, Gerda, who I am blessed to still have in my life.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Q. My daughter heard that grapefruit juice can be toxic for some people. Is that true?

The juice, itself, is not toxic, but you should be careful taking medicine with any grapefruit.

Grapefruit juice can raise the level of some medications in the blood. The effect of grapefruit was discovered after using juice to mask the taste of a medicine. So, be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist if it is safe to have grapefruit with your medications.

Taking medicine can be hazardous to your health. You have to know what you're doing.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Many years ago, while attempting to double a favorite muffin recipe, I was briefly called away from the kitchen. I can't remember why, but I'm going to assume some child was doing something to bother another child.

When I returned, I picked up where I thought I'd left off. It seems, however, I forgot where I was and ended up changing the amounts on some of the ingredients, but not others.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Q. If you have high blood pressure, aren't you better off just taking old-fashion water pills instead of all these fancy drugs?

Water pills (aka diuretics) are the oldest and best studied of the drugs used to treat high blood pressure (aka hypertension). Diuretics help the kidneys flush extra water and salt from your body and decrease blood volume to lower pressure.

There are three types of diuretics: thiazide, loop and potassium-sparing. They work in different parts of your kidneys

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS

In addition to lots of bulky amplifiers, guitars and other stringed instruments, my husband brought a little bit of Hawaiiana into our marriage. Before we met, he lived on the island of Oahu for about 10 years. He embraced the lifestyle there, which celebrates not only the culture of the Hawaiian natives, but those of Japanese and Portuguese descent, as well as other Pacific islanders.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Q. What kind of glasses should you get for low vision?

Low vision is a significant reduction in visual function that can't be corrected by regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery. Low vision can range from moderate impairment such as tunnel vision or blind spots to almost total blindness.

One out of every 20 people has low vision. About 135 million people around the world suffer from this impairment.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Serve a stylish and yummy breakfast

Last week, in honor of Cinco de Mayo, we featured several recipes from Jim Thorpe innkeeper Sheila O'Neil, owner of The Gilded Cupid Bed & Breakfast.

Earlier, I had spent a fun afternoon with Sheila, who cooked a few different breakfasts for me to sample, and generously provided all of her recipes so that I can share them with our readers.

If you enjoyed last week's column, you're going to love this one!

Cake for Breakfast

Makes six cakes

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Q. My wife insists on buying nothing but crunchy brown bread because she says it is good for us. I'm a bit skeptical about this and suspect we are victims of hype to sell this kind of bread. What do you think?

I'm presuming that your wife wants to get whole grain bread to put more fiber into your diet. Whole grains are cereal grains that include the bran, the germ, and the core of the kernel known as the endosperm. Bran is a tough, fibrous outer layer, which is a source of fiber.