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Wednesday, September 25, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Spinach Quiche

It's finally cool enough that I don't mind turning on the oven for awhile. Last weekend I was in need of a quick supper so I whipped up a spinach quiche. This recipe is perfect for a company lunch or, with a side of soup or salad, it's just fine for dinner.

The nice thing about this recipe is that it is very versatile. While I used spinach, you could just as easily use fresh or frozen broccoli. If you use broccoli, parboil it for a few minutes. You could also use fresh zucchini. In that case, I suggest you sauté the zucchini when you cook the onions.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Q. Is it true that sleepwalkers can't be hurt when they walk in their sleep?

This is a common misconception. Sleepwalkers (aka somnambulists) are often injured when they trip and fall in their sleep.

Another myth is that you should not wake up a sleepwalker. It is not dangerous to awaken a sleepwalker. In fact, it can be quite dangerous not to wake a sleepwalker. The only problem with rousing a sleepwalker is that the person will be disoriented for a while.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Aunt Gerry's Italian Fried Chicken and a side of Noodles and Fruit.

Many years ago, while living and working in northern New Jersey, more than an hour away from my parents, I was lucky enough to be "adopted" by my Aunt Gerry, who at the time was married to my mother's brother, and their children.

My husband was a full-time student who also worked a full-time job. I would have been alone a lot if it weren't for my Aunt Gerry, who lived just a few miles away, in Teaneck.

I spent so much time there, my uncle may have begun to think he had six kids instead of five. I ate dinner there two to three times a week at least.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

It's that time of year again. The flu vaccine is available. Getting vaccinated every year is the best way to protect against the flu.

There are two types of vaccines: the flu shot and the nasal spray.

The flu shot is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The flu shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months, including healthy people and those with chronic medical conditions.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The first thing Joyce Maynard will tell you when you ask for her pie recipe, is that she doesn't use one.

A writer for over 40 years and the author of 11 books, Maynard is almost as well known for her pie as for her novels.

"It's not about the recipe," she insists. "It's the handling of the dough. The only way to learn was standing at the elbow of my mother, while the pie crust is being made, and that's the way I like to teach pie-making, with someone at my elbow."

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Using Joyce Maynard's directions, I created a Peach Blueberry Pie. I've always been a good pie maker myself, but I think I've fallen in love with a new crust.

For a 10-inch pie

3 cups flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup shortening (approximately), or lard

7-8 tablespoons butter, (approximately), cut into small pieces

7-8 tablespoons ice water, (approximately)

6 cups sliced peaches

2 cups blueberries

Sprinkle of Minute tapioca (maybe a tablespoon)

Sprinkle of cinnamon, maybe 1/2 teaspoon

1/2 cup sugar (or less)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Q. What happens when you have a heart valve that leaks?

Valves can malfunction and strain the heart. If a valve doesn't close properly, blood will flow backward. This is called regurgitation. If valve flaps don't open correctly, they prevent blood from flowing through them. This is called stenosis.

Advanced valve disease can cause blood clots, stroke or sudden death from cardiac arrest.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Autumn Apple Cheese Soup garnished with Sauteéd Apple Slices.

The aroma of onions sautéing in butter offers so much promise you could go anywhere from here. Today, we're going to leap into fall with an apple and cheese soup.

Sounds a little crazy? I thought so too.

A few weeks ago I saw a photo on Pinterest for a soup that featured cheddar cheese, apples and brandy. My first reaction was to wrinkle my nose in distaste.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

(Our last column was about dry eyes. Today, we go over some treatments for the condition.)

Tears are necessary for overall eye health and clear vision. Dry eyes are common in people older than 50. A lack of tears is more common among women, especially after menopause.

The treatment for dry eyes depends upon the cause.

First, physicians have to determine if a disease is the underlying cause. Then the disease is treated.

If a medicine you're taking for another condition is causing dry eye, your doctor may recommend switching to a different drug.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
@$:KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Fried Zucchini with Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce

A few weeks ago I got a little carried away buying zucchini at my favorite farm stand.

After making the usual dishes, I still had some left, so I tried to come up with something different. I recalled having a fried zucchini appetizer at a restaurant once, and really enjoying it.

I played around with a couple different methods until I had something that was crunchy on the outside and soft, but not mushy, on the inside.

Panko breadcrumbs, and a method of "double breading," helped create the perfect combination.