On Your Table: Nothing says Spring like asparagus

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Delicious asparagus Chowder makes for a great spring dish. Nothing screams spring more than asparagus, well maybe peas. Even though it’s available all year long, asparagus is most perfectly cooked when locally available. That’s when it tastes the best. Steamed, boiled, sautéed, roasted, grilled — asparagus takes on different qualities however...

The dentist’s guide to Easter candy

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times As many of the folks who read my column know, I am not in favor of denying our children the occasional sweet treat. Holidays are special and to steal a chocolate bunny out of the hands of child is just no fun. However, in light of the supersized world we live in and the prevalence of 4 and 5 pound packages of jelly beans, I felt obligated to say...

All About Connecting: Live like you are dying

“The best way to deal with death is to live in a fully conscious, compassionate, loving way. Don’t wait until you’re on your deathbed to recognize that this is the only way to live.” – Morrie Schwartz  By Nancy Plummer, Columnist, The Times Are you bored with life? Are you feeling unfulfilled in your relationships, career and hobbies? Are you anxious about your future? Do you...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: A look at relationships

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times What gives us all the greatest joy in life is to love and be loved. Although it may sound cliché, it truly is one of those few facts in life. “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead,” — Oscar Wilde. The word “love” encompasses many things and comes in many forms and through many ways.

On Your Table: Spring soups perfect for quick suppers

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Creamy Roasted Carrot Soup is both colorful and delicious Soup is one of my favorite foods and I love to make these kind of recipes all year long, because they are so easy to make and so appetizing/nutritious for the family. Spring soups are among my favorites, because they show off the flavors of favorite produce.

No really, 10 easy hacks for oral health

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times While you’ve probably seen linkbait around the Internet on “10 easy hacks to…” on everything to weight loss to dating, many of which are of dubious quality, there really are a few simple things you can do to improve your dental health (and keep your family happier and maybe save you a few bucks). So here’s an easy...

On Your Table: Lighten up and deconstruct

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Lightening up familiar favorite dishes is a great way to please the family while serving healthier dishes. If the recent spate of springtime weather (this week’s crazy winter weather notwithstanding) has started you thinking about summertime and bathing suits, now is the time to start lightening up food choices. And, by the way, this doesn’t...

New month, new Super Six for your Sunday

It’s the first Sunday in March….so, that means it is time for the Super Six! This monthly article is a “Kelly hodge podge” of ideas/stream of consciousness/ window into my personality. I must confess that I don’t really have any rhyme or reason for my selections. They are (literally) what I have been perseverating about since last month’s rendition. So, without further ado… ● humble...

All About Connecting: Online dating quiz

By Nancy Plummer, Columnist, The Times This month, a quiz to kick off the column (don’t worry about studying!): ALL ABOUT CONNECTING’S ONLINE DATING QUIZ Do you find that the people you write through online dating sites and apps don’t write you back? Do you find that the people that reach out to you are the ones you are not interested in? Do you wonder if there are any new people on these...

On Your Table: Gumbo is for Mardi Gras

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Mardi Gras, the New Orleans celebration of Fat Tuesday which is marked by eating, drinking and parading. The raucous event preceding the start of Lent will soon be upon us. Let’s face it, Mardi Gras is an excuse to party, or at least host friends over for a festive dinner. And gumbo in its many variations is at the heart of Mardi Gras celebrations. So...