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SALISBURY — The arthritis in Richard Block’s hand is not only painful; it also keeps him from enjoying his favorite musical instrument, the bass guitar. 
“I can’t practice the scales on a guitar” with a stiff forefinger, said the Lime Rock resident, motioning with his arthritic left hand. 

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Walnuts, the anti-Alzheimer’s food

I guess by now we all know that nuts are good for our bodies. Here’s some extra information on the weird and wonderful ways that walnuts are healthy.
Most memorable: An article about walnuts online at www.medicalnewstoday.com (which seems like a mostly legitimate website) claims that men who eat walnuts see a significant  increase in the vitality of their sperm. Anyone interested in starting a family might want to keep that in mind. 

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Christmas fires and steps to take to avoid them

Most people associate the winter holidays with warmth and light; hard-bitten journalists have the same association but, sadly, we see that warmth and light coming (too often) from house fires.
It isn’t just our perception. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website says that the top three days of the year for household fires started by candles are Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day. 

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Cashmere and other luxuries for the holidays

I went online to order some smoked salmon and bagels to ship to my brother in California and discovered that it’s so expensive, I could just as easily ship him some caviar and champagne. 
That led me to thinking about luxurious edible gifts for the holidays and whether there are any health benefits that we could use to justify the purchase and consumption of foods we don’t need.
The short answer is basically no. 

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Why romaine is the deadliest lettuce

I was surprised when I went to the produce department of three local grocery stores and couldn’t find lettuce mixes in bags or boxes. 
It should not have been a surprise. I knew that romaine lettuce had been cleared off of store shelves because of an E. coli outbreak. I realized that of course those lettuce mixes have some romaine in them.
I had assumed, though, that heads of romaine were the most dangerous; but in fact, according to an article in the Washington Post, it was the pre-cut lettuce mixes that sickened so many people.

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Dangerous vegetables, part 2: Brussels sprouts

It’s amazing how many ways we have found to make Brussels sprouts not just unhealthy but downright dangerous. 
Take one popular Brussels sprouts recipe from the internet: it features shaved sprouts cooked with bacon. Just use a mandoline to shred those little green balls of cruciferous goodness!

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Earning our just desserts

This is a sad story. I found a recipe for an interesting cake in the Denver Post Sunday magazine. I lived there from 1955 to 1959. I don’t have a date written on the recipe. It looks complicated, but isn’t. You make a two-layer cake and when you put it together you put the bottom layer upside down, put a simple frosting in the middle and top with the second layer.

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Going nuts over pecans

There is a debate raging with great heat in The Lakeville Journal newsroom at this moment about how to pronounce the word “pecan.”
But something about which there seems to be no debate: Pecans are really good for you. 
The Georgia pecan growers’ association does not shy from hyperbole when speaking of these mighty little bites, calling them “nutrition in a nutshell.”

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The ladies who cooked, and their cornbread

In the summer of 1964, my then husband, who was a naval aviator, received orders to report to the Naval Auxiliary Air Station near Meridian, Miss. 
I was nervous about moving there as the three civil rights workers had been murdered in the area in June. However, we drove from California and arrived in Meridian in August.

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A truly, astoundingly magnificent pulled pork recipe

As I’ve said before, I grew up in the 1970s in a somewhat Jewish household so I didn’t eat much pork when I was a youngster. 
Since moving here to the Northwest Corner, I seem to be constantly being offered pork at dinner parties; and I’ve recently begun to cook and enjoy it on my own. 
My latest favorite dish is an 8-hour slow-cooked pork roast that is magnificent and very easy to make.

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