How to Get and Keep Your Doctors Attention

                  Does this sound familiar? Doctor:     I want to get to the bottom of your complaint, identify it, understand it and treat it. Patient:    I don’t want to be seen as hysterical or “stressed out”. Doctor:     I want patients to present themselves clearly and Confidently. Patient:     I am afraid of sounding aggressive,…

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Is Laughter the Best Medicine?

Yesterday I was surrounded with great friends and family. We ate like it was an Olympic event, and laughed ourselves silly. After the mess was cleaned up, and everyone went home, I took time to reflect on how I felt…both physically and mentally. The best way to describe it is…calm and peaceful. I really had…

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Candy Cane Cocoa

Ingredients 4 cups milk 3 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, chopped 4 peppermint candy canes, crushed 1 cup whipped cream 4 small peppermint candy canes Directions In a saucepan, heat milk until hot, but not boiling. Whisk in the chocolate and the crushed peppermint candies until melted and smooth. Pour hot cocoa into four mugs,…

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Soft Christmas Sugar Cookies

Ingredients 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup margarine, softened 1 1/2 cups white sugar 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Directions Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together, set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the…

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Tips for Winter Blues

Tips to get us past “The Winter Blues” Seasonal Affective disorder (SAD): I’m sure you all have heard of it before. It comes with many names: winter blues, cabin fever, winter rut. It’s characterized by the mild depression, lack of motivation, and low energy that many people experience during this cold season. It’s that time…

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Hanukkah Potato Pancakes – Latkes

INGREDIENTS 2 1/2 pounds peeled russet potatoes 1 peeled onion 2 tablespoons matzo meal 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon baking powder Vegetable oil, for frying Applesauce and/or sour cream, for serving (optional) DIRECTIONS Shred potatoes first using the shredding blade and then the metal blade of a food processor (or…

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Bluenana Nut Oatmeal

Bluenana Nut Oatmeal 1/2 cup quaker oats 1 cup water (use milk for added calories) 1/4 cup frozen blueberries 1/2 cup sliced banana 2 tbsp chopped walnuts, for easy chewing, put them in the coffee bean grinder! Directions Heat the water to boiling; stir in oats. Cook oats on medium low heat for 3.5 minutes,…

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O’Charleys Loaded Potato Soup

Ingredients 3 lbs red potatoes 1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup flour 8 cups half-and-half 1 (16 ounce) packages Velveeta cheese, melted white pepper garlic powder 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce 1/2 lb bacon, fried crisp 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded 1/2 cup fresh chives, chopped 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped Directions Dice unpeeled red potatoes…

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Apple Cheese Wrap Appetizers

1 tablespoon butter 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 3 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples 1/4 cup golden raisins 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed 1/3 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese TOPPING: 1/2 teaspoon sugar Dash ground cinnamon 10 tablespoons reduced-fat whipped topping…

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Eggnog Cheesecake

INGREDIENTS 1 1/3 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick), melted, plus more for coating the pan 1 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 4 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon fine salt 1/2 cup eggnog 1 large egg…

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