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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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Charlotte Hungerford breaks deal with Winsted Health Center

WINSTED — Charlotte Hungerford Hospital has announced plans to move out of the Winsted Health Center to a new location on South Main Street.
Charlotte Hungerford has operated an emergency department and offered additional services out of the Health Center on Spencer Street since the Winsted Memorial Hospital shut down in 1996.
Winsted Health Center President Douglas Brand said he was taken aback by the news.

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Long-term care plans can be complex

KENT — A talk on preparing for future care by learning about long-term care insurance drew a small audience to the Kent Memorial Library on Wednesday, Oct. 24.
It was presented by financial planner and CPA Katrina Luca of Danbury, Conn., and Flushing, N.Y., and Theresa Kung, senior marketing director at the World Financial Group office in Flushing. The business partners described Medicare/Medicaid coverage, what it will do and what it will not do. Other insurance plans were presented as options for financial and long-term health-care security.

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Janelli bowing out of medical care — for now

NORTH CANAAN — Dr. Bruce Janelli has announced that he will no longer practice medicine at his office in North Canaan, at least for now. 
His building will be rented to Hartford Healthcare and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and APRN Dawn Lidstone, who works for Hartford HealthCare, will provide medical care from Janelli’s former office in the center of North Canaan. 

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Ain’t no cure for the common cold

At first I thought (hoped) I was experiencing an allergic reaction to moldy leaves and other wet, mucky autumn stuff.
But by this morning I knew it was a cold. As a test, rather than go straight to Alka Seltzer Plus, my preferred cold-fighting potion, I decided to try some Boiron homeopathic ColdCalm (because why not?).
It might have helped but probably it didn’t. Here’s why I think so: I spent the afternoon studying the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) many web pages about the common cold.

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