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Speedy Ham-and-Bean Soup

marthaschueneman January 15th, 2014, 7:14 AM
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ham_bean_soupOne of my most cherished possessions is a cookbook my mother gave me shortly after I was married. It’s a handwritten collection of the dishes she made when I was growing up. Many of these recipes are ones her mother made.

My mom’s recipe for navy bean soup—my grandmother’s, probably—requires dried beans, a hambone, and days to make. First, it takes two people a long, long time to eat enough ham to get to the bone. And the beans are better if they’re soaked overnight. And then the soup improves if…

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Speedy Soup for Cold Weather

marthaschueneman January 7th, 2014, 9:02 PM
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You’d think, because I work at home, I’d take advantage of the situation and would make long-simmering pots of soup on a regular basis. I must not be that smart because I’ve yet to look at the clock in the morning and think, “I’m going to start a pot of soup.”

Instead, 5:30 or 6:00 would find me scrambling to get dinner on the table before karate, PTO meetings, scouts, or a night at the movies.

As a result, I acquired an arsenal of canned and packaged foods that I use for…

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10 Ways to Make Your Favorite Meal a Healthy Meal

guest February 27th, 2013, 11:10 AM
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This guest blog was written by Theresa Brereton, Visiting Nurse Service of New York Regional Nutritional Manager.

Looking for easy ways to make your favorite meals a little healthier? Try these 10 simple tips—you won’t have to give up the things you love when you learn a few heart-healthy cooking skills.

Roast
Try it for meats and vegetables. Use a rack so meat/poultry does not sit in its own drippings. Baste with fat-free, unsweetened liquids like wine, or salt-free or low-sodium tomato juice or lemon juice.

Bake
Add a little extra liquid to meats and vegetables,…

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Pork Chops with Apples

marthaschueneman October 8th, 2012, 10:57 AM
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porkchopWhen my son was little, we’d have conversations that went like this:

“Which would you rather eat, black beans and rice or candy?”

“Black beans and rice.”

“How about black beans and rice or ice cream?”

“Black beans.”

“How about black beans and rice or apples?”

“Um….. both?”

As a result, we ate a lot of black beans and rice (my secret recipe: heat up a can of beans and dump over rice that’s been cooked in chicken broth), and we ate a lot of apples.

This, as you might suspect, is one of his favorite meals. I…

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Ten iPhone Apps for Creative Caregivers

adrouin June 20th, 2010, 10:00 AM
Amy Dixon, BSN, RN, After Hours Supervisor, Customer Care Center
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(photo by Bonnie-Brown)

(photo by Bonnie-Brown)

In an effort to highlight the benefits of technology and blend it with health & wellness, I’ve comprised the following list of ten iPhone Apps that may be helpful for caregivers:

  1. PillMinder — a visual pillbox medication reminder for you or your loved one (but unfortunately not both) where you can keep track of daily medications. You enter your medication, dose in pill amount, description, and pill count. You highlight the pill, press TAKE PILL and it archives that you took it and counts down the pill amount. Cost: FREE
  2. Dosecast —…
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