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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

When my husband would be out of town and I had just myself to worry about for dinner, I'd often stop at the grocery store on the way home and pick up a turkey pot pie. They are one of my favorite go-to quick dinners.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find them lately. Not to worry. I have a much better solution.

On Sunday we had a turkey breast for dinner (I had been dreaming about turkey sandwiches). Since it was just the two of us, and it was a pretty meaty turkey breast, there were plenty of leftovers. I decided to make homemade turkey pot pie.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Q. I'm 79 and I've taken a couple of spills in the last few months. I'm concerned that I might not be as steady on my feet as I used to be. What should I do about this?

About one in 10 people over 65 experience difficulty with balance. More than 40 percent of Americans will go to a doctor complaining of dizziness. Getting older is only part of the problem. Inner-ear disturbances are the primary cause.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Porcupine Balls have been my daughter Margaux's favorite food for about as long as I can remember. It's a recipe she makes often for her own children now, and one I will frequently make if she and her family are coming to visit.

It's a recipe I also made a lot when Margaux was in Girl Scouts, as every time there was some type of dinner meeting or pot luck supper, she would volunteer me to make Porcupine Balls.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Q. What exactly is a medical family tree and is it worth doing?

A medical family tree is like the ones genealogists prepare, but it also includes all the maladies suffered by members of the family. A medical tree can reveal patterns and help a family choose medical tests.

Many of the causes of our illnesses are inherited from our ancestors. Almost a third of known diseases have family links. These include colon cancer, heart disease, alcoholism and high blood pressure.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Creative Kielbasa is an odd dish to make, but it's very tasty.

I've taken to calling this dish "Creative Kielbasa," because it's shorter than its original name, which is "What to make when there is nothing in the house to eat casserole."

Credit for this dish goes to my husband, Jim. He first made it about 28 years ago. It was a late Sunday afternoon, and we had just driven home from upstate New York.

Back in the "old" days, grocery stores would close around 2 o'clock in the afternoon, and other than a corner pizzeria and a seedy bar, there was little in the way of fast food in our rural town.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Q. Is it safe to buy medicine online?

Only if you are very careful. There are many fraudulent operators on the Internet.

According to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), the professional organization that represents the state agencies that license pharmacies, only 3 percent of online websites reviewed appear to meet state and federal pharmacy laws.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns you to beware of online pharmacies that:

Ÿ Offer very low drug prices that seem too good to be true.

Ÿ Are located outside the United States.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

This recipe comes with a warning: If you eat this homemade version of manicotti, it is very unlikely you will ever be able to enjoy the store-bought variety that comes frozen in an it-all-tastes-exactly-the-same tube again.

With that being said, my mother's manicotti (pronounced mon-e-gotta in my house) takes time, and a little bit of effort, but it is easily achieved by just about any cook.

In my opinion, this is Italian cooking at its finest.

Yes there are many steps, especially if you make your own homemade sauce (and of course you should!), but it is worth it.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Q. I'd like to be able to do CPR, but I'm squeamish about doing mouth-to-mouth on a stranger. Any suggestions?

There is an emergency technique called Hands-Only CPR. This is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It consists of two easy steps: Call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast in the center of the victim's chest. That means 100/minute uninterrupted compressions until paramedics arrive.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine offers this helpful video of Hands-Only CPR at this website: http://ahsc.arizona.edu/node/730

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Fettucine Primavera Alfredo goes together quickly. If you don't have fettucine on hand, spaghetti works just as well.

I had every intention of making homemade pizza for dinner last Friday.

I set out the ingredients for the crust, prepared the yeast, and then combined it all and began kneading. I can't tell you exactly what went wrong, but that pizza dough was just not happening.

We don't eat meat on Fridays during Lent, so that meant no leftovers. I was too tired and too hungry to give the pizza dough another try, so I pouted for awhile, considered take out, and then stood in front of the refrigerator, looking for some inspiration.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Q. I have found that I don't sleep as well as I used to when I was younger. How common is this?

Many people believe that poor sleep is a normal part of aging, but it is not. Sleep patterns change as we age, but disturbed sleep and waking up tired every day are not part of normal aging.

Seniors need about the same amount of sleep as younger adults seven to nine hours a night.