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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Q. Does caffeine bother you more the older you get?

Sensitivity to caffeine the pick-me-up in coffee tends to increase as you get older. Children metabolize caffeine quicker than adults.

About 90 percent of Americans consume caffeine daily. More than half of all American adults consume more than 300 milligrams of caffeine every day, making it America's most popular drug.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Chicken with Pineapple and Vegetables

This recipe is a creation from my husband, with whom I'm happy to share kitchen duties.

Jim enjoys being creative, and here's a simple recipe he came up with earlier this week.

My favorite part is the sweetness from the pineapple.

Serve it on a bed of rice, and it's practically a one-dish meal.

Chicken with Pineapple

and Vegetables

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 cup flour

Half teaspoon salt

Quarter teaspoon black pepper

Quarter teaspoon garlic powder

1 medium sweet onion, chopped

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Q. Does fiber in your diet reduce cholesterol?

There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is acted upon by the normal bacteria in your intestines. Insoluble fiber is not digested by the body and promotes regularity and softens stools. Wheat bran, whole grain products and vegetables are good sources of insoluble fiber.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Leftover Hash

It's been a busy week and I did a lot of cooking, but all of it was for recipes I've already shared here, like my homemade meatballs and spaghetti sauce. We also had our annual cookbook judging, so time was pretty short and so was my imagination, not to mention my energy level.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Marta's marvelous meatloaf

My search for the perfect meatloaf continues, and this one is a definite contender.

This recipe comes from Marta Gouger, Times News Editor in Chief, and I have to tell you, my kitchen smelled good before I even got this in the oven!

Although it seems like a lot of ingredients, the recipe went together quickly. It makes two loaves, so a small family could eat one now, and freeze one for later.

This is a recipe I'll be making again. Enjoy!

Marta's Meatloaf

2-and-a-half to 3 pounds ground beef

One-half cup onion, finely chopped

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Q. How dangerous is secondhand smoke? My son smokes in the house and it is annoying.

Secondhand smoke also called environmental tobacco smoke is made up of the "sidestream" smoke from the end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar, and the "mainstream" smoke that is exhaled.

Nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke absorb the same 4,000 chemical compounds that smokers do. More than 60 of these compounds are known or suspected to cause cancer.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Chicken a la George's

When my husband turned 40 I surprised him with a trip to Bar Harbor, Maine, and a coupon for all the lobster he could eat.

While Jim seemed to be attempting to break some kind of lobster-eating record (and it wouldn't surprise me if he did), I don't eat seafood, so we needed to find restaurants with a wider variety.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Q. Are vitamins worth taking?

It's very important to talk with your doctor before you take any vitamin and mineral pills, especially if you take prescription medicines, have any health problems or are elderly. Taking too much of a vitamin or mineral can cause problems with some medical tests or interfere with drugs you're taking.

Vitamins and minerals are "micronutrients" your body needs in small but steady amounts. Your body can't make most micronutrients, so you must get them elsewhere.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Weeknight Stroganoff

Just about everyone I know who has school-age children is running themselves ragged about now.

If it's not football or hockey practice, it's dance lessons, Scouts, religion classes, youth groups, not to mention homework.

Summer's carefree days are over!

With all the running around, it's hard to find the time to sit down and eat a meal, let alone cook one. Here's an easy weeknight dinner that takes almost no time to prepare and is ready in just a little more than a half-hour (and most of that is the time it needs to simmer).

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Q. Is it dangerous to take a beta blocker for high blood pressure?

There was one study that found that beta blockers may increase the risk of having a heart attack or stroke if you are using them to treat high blood pressure alone. If you are taking a beta blocker, discuss it with your doctor. Warning: Don't stop taking the drug on your own.