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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day.

Instead of heart-shaped, we're going heart-smart with Ted and Lori Larizzio of Jim Thorpe. The fact that this pair is the sweetest couple I've ever met (they were high school sweethearts and have known each other since kindergarten!), makes it a slam dunk.

When I came up with the idea for this food column, Lori was one of the first people I wanted to feature. After meeting her and Ted when I did a story about them in May of 2011 (http://www.tnonline.com/2011/may/06/keeping-his-memory-alive), we became Facebook friends.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Q. I'm a baby-sitting grandparent I think I'm getting more colds because of it. Am I right or is this my imagination?

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases reports that schoolchildren get as many as 12 colds a year. Put those kids near their grandparents and it doesn't take a scientist to know that those colds are going to spread.

My personal physician also a grandfather says that one of the problems is that these walking petri dishes come home from school with new germs for which older people haven't developed antibodies.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My mother used to make the best doughnuts -- light, airy and delicious. With "Doughnut Day" just around the corner, I searched high and low for her recipe, but could not find it.

Not to be deterred, and with his heart set on some homemade doughnuts, my dad continued to search through hundreds of mom's handwritten recipes.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Q. What are "blue blockers" and are they worth getting?

There's a controversy over the possible harm done by blue light. There is blue light in the bright glare from snow or water. Lenses that block all blue light are usually amber colored. This color is supposed to help you see distant objects more easily. Amber sunglasses are used by many pilots and hunters.

But, if you are shopping for sunglasses, the most important feature to look for is the ability to protect your eyes from invisible ultraviolet (UV) light, which also causes sunburn.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Paired with a loaf of crusty bread, "What to do with that hambone" Soup is an easy and inexpensive weeknight dinner.

After a long, hard day at work, it's a joy to come home to the intoxicating aroma of a soup that's been simmering on the stove all afternoon.

I love to cook, but I'll be the first to tell you that this "three times a day, seven days a week" thing never sat well with me. I did it for years, especially when my children were growing up and I was a stay-at-home mom, but once I started working full-time and the kids were older and then out of the house, cooking during the week was one of the first things to change.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I received an email that was labeled Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins. I found it so interesting that I was planning to write about the information included in this email.

The email begins with this statement: "After years of telling people chemotherapy is the only way to try to eliminate cancer, Johns Hopkins is finally starting to tell you there is an alternative way."

Intriguing. But first I made a mandatory visit to Snopes.com, the Internet's premier debunker. Sure enough, the email was a phony. It was not from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

With the bitter cold temperatures outside right now, a warm bowl of soup is the ultimate comfort food, and this soup more than fills the bill.

Zuppa Rustica is the result of several reincarnations of a soup from a famous restaurant chain. The soup is one of my husband's favorites, and one he orders often. A few years ago, I found a copy cat version of the soup online, and gave him the recipe.

Never one to follow exact directions, he made a couple alterations, and his version was richer and tasted better than the original.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Q. I'm 68. Should I get the shingles vaccine?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says adults 60 and older with normal immune systems should get the shingles vaccine.

Shingles is a painful skin disease caused by the chickenpox virus awakening from a dormant state to attack your body again. Some people report fever and weakness when the disease starts. Within two to three days, a red, blotchy rash develops. The rash erupts into small blisters that look like chickenpox. And it's very painful.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The first time I made French Onion Soup it was for one of my very first dinner parties. I really wanted to impress these friends, so I decided to give the soup a practice run.

Using a recipe with pictures and step-by-step instructions that I had found in a magazine, I sliced several pounds of onions (stopping every now and then to rinse my burning eyes with cold water). I sautéed and stirred, and patiently waited until the onions were the perfect shade of brown (as shown in the directions), and then let my soup simmer for what seemed like hours.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Q. I just turned 77 and I was wondering what my chances are of getting to 100. What do you think?

If you want some idea about your life expectancy, you can check out a table provided by the U.S. Social Security Administration. It is located at http://www.ssa.gov/oact/STATS/table4c6.html.

The table indicates that someone who is 77 today can expect to live another 11.26 years. Of course, if you are a healthy geezer, you can do better than the average.