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The conundrum with carrots

Carrots seem so simple but I’m having a hard time cooking them. They come out mushy and limp. They taste bad. They look bad. It’s all bad.
I’ve learned a few things in my effort to cook this most simple side dish.

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Don’t wash your turkey (anymore)

Wow, I looked away for one minute and everything changed.  I remember very distinctly being told in no uncertain terms that I needed to wash my poultry before cooking it (and then ultra sanitize every surface in my kitchen afterward).

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The 411 on minerals and why they aren’t vitamins

This week I celebrated Halloween by cooking a mild yellow curry with coconut milk, lemon grass and ginger. 
If you pay attention to health news, then you probably know that coconut milk has many strikes against it. It has a lot of calories and much of its fat is of the dreaded saturated variety.

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When your friend loves you, she brings beets

My college friend Tina is staying with me this week and because she’s nutty like I am, she brought a suitcase full of fresh beets to me from her father’s farmette in her hometown of Seattle. 
I love beets. My daughter loves beets and she isn’t exactly a big foodie. But so many people dislike beets. It makes me feel fortunate that my mother never inflicted canned beets or other flavorless, vapid variations on me. I came to adulthood ready to accept the delights of a well-cooked beet.

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The hows, whens and whys of getting a flu shot

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has just released information on the 2017-18 season of flu vaccines. To no one’s great surprise, the CDC thinks everyone should get a flu shot this year. 
There is some variation in the recommendations this year, however. They are recommending against using the nasal spray flu vaccine; “only injectable flu shots are recommended for use again this season.” 

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Apples, custard and inner peace

The delicate early apples that come in late summer are pretty much gone. Now is the time to pick and buy the heartier late summer/early autumn fruits that are less transient and will stay tasty and firm through the winter.
In something that I read recently, a novel about children during World War II, possibly by Kate Atkinson, I became aware of something described as apples in custard. 
That sounded kind of good, so I did some research in the 85-degree heat this week on baking custard and baking apples.

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Electrolytes and nocturnal leg cramps

I’ve had numerous conversations in the past week with women my age (over 50) who are having leg and foot cramps, especially at night in bed. 
My feet were such a mess I consulted a doctor, podiatrist Andrew Schwartz in Sharon. He sensibly recommended increasing my potassium intake and also advised me to work out the muscles on the back of my legs and not just the front. This advice seems obvious and yet it’s not.

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Planning now for a safe old age

NORTH CANAAN — Helping seniors prepare for their own future and their families’ future was the focus for a Wednesday, Sept. 13, seminar at Geer Village, sponsored by Salisbury Bank and Health Pathfinder, an area health services consulting firm.

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When your zucchini requires its own wheelbarrow

Just for the record, I am not the one who grew the giant zucchini in the photo, right (I added the mini Tintin toy for scale). It was given to me by my friend and colleague, Libby Hall-Abeel, and I am not going to ask her where she got it because I don’t want to know.

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Helping hands and more for seniors

WINSTED — Eighteen organizations and businesses took part in a healthy aging fair at the Blanche McCarthy Winsted Senior Center in Winsted on Wednesday, Sept. 13.
Participants were able to get free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, learn about resources available to them, and even take part in a fitness and dance class.

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