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Wednesday, May 7, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Chicken with Vegetables

Since I started this column I've included many recipes from my mother, lots of my own, and several from friends and readers.

I've also included many from my husband who enjoys getting adventurous in the kitchen. Sometime he comes up with great dishes that we will make over and over. Other times, he creates some real stinkers. (Last week's franks and beans with mushrooms, garlic and sweet-hot mustard and his deconstructed guacamole salad come to mind.)

A couple weeks ago, however, he came up with this chicken dish, and I'm more than willing to give credit where credit is due.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Q. Does wine have real health benefits?

There is evidence that wine has health benefits, but here's an important statement from the American Heart Association:

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Nachos Grande is a fun way to make any day Cinco de Mayo.

I don't have one drop of Mexican blood. No matter. I would eat Mexican food every day of the week if I had the choice. And not just the Americanized versions either. I've eaten in authentic Mexican restaurants I remember one particularly excellent one in Princeton, N.J. and have truly loved the food.

The dish I'm featuring this week is so easy, it's hardly a recipe. You pretty much just assemble it.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Q. Do older people get dandruff more often?

No. Dandruff affects people of all ages across all ethnic groups. Dandruff often occurs after puberty and is most common in people in their early 20s. It continues into middle age. However, it does also affect many seniors.

Dandruff is a common, non-contagious skin condition that causes flakes of dead skin to appear in the hair. It is estimated that half of all people will be affected by dandruff at some point in their lives.

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.

Pizza.

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
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Cheesy Peas

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.