(Culinary.net) Some of the best memories throughout life stick with you forever as you play them over and over in your head and smile, thinking fondly of those times.
A lot of these good memories are centered around laughs, great conversation and irresistible, mouthwatering food. Family events such as wedding showers or Mother’s Day, or the first day of spring after a bitter winter, can be reasons to celebrate and indulge in something out of the ordinary.
This Dreamy Chocolate Mousse can make those special memories just a little bit sweeter. It’s rich, decedent and full of scrumptious chocolate flavor. Topped with whipped cream and shaved chocolate, it’s the perfect addition to almost any special occasion.
It works as a dessert after a meal or just a special treat. It can be served at a big event or simply a Sunday afternoon at home.
To start, add chocolate, marshmallows and heavy cream to a mixing bowl. Microwave until melted, about 2 minutes. Let cool for 1 hour.
Pour additional heavy cream into a mixer and whip until soft peaks form. Take 1/2 cup of whipped cream and refrigerate for later.
Fold half of the soft whipped cream mixture into the cooled chocolate. Once combined, add the rest of the whipped cream.
Spoon the mousse into serving bowls or ramekins and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Once chilled, add toppings or reserved whipped cream and shaved chocolate, if desired.
It’s easy and requires minimal ingredients, and the results are something smooth, rich and luscious.
Your sense of taste will take you right back to that happy place once you take a small bite. Memories are some of the greatest gifts you get to keep forever.
Talk with your children about the dangers of the internet……
From Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost:
As screen time increases during the COVID-19 pandemic, online predators are seizing opportunities to connect with youth. It’s all the more crucial for parents to heed their kids’ online activity and talk about the dangers of the internet.
You can cut gluten from pizza, and delicious desserts, too…..
(Family Features) Time available to cook, your family’s preferred dishes, ingredients you have in the pantry – there are plenty of considerations that may limit your options for an at-home menu. Add in a gluten allergy, or simply a desire to avoid it, and it may feel impossible to appease everyone.
However, all it takes is simple ingredient swaps to turn a family favorite into a gluten-free recipe. From pizza at dinnertime to a chocolatey dessert, these dishes offer easy, flavorful ways to make your menu gluten-free.
A Healthier Homemade Pizza Creating a gluten-free dinner can be as easy as tweaking some of your loved ones’ favorite meals. Even pizza can offer a gluten-free solution when you rethink the ingredients included.
Satisfy your family’s needs with an option like Toufayan Gluten-Free Wraps in place of traditional crust in this Gluten-Free Barbecue Skillet Pizza. Made from wholesome, all-natural ingredients with no cholesterol or trans fats, these easily foldable wraps are available in four flavors, making them perfect for homemade pizza.
Heat cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add 1-2 teaspoons olive oil; spread to cover bottom of skillet.
Place wrap in skillet, brush with barbecue sauce and add sausage, Mozzarella and green onion.
Fry 2-3 minutes, or until bottom of wrap is golden and crispy.
Place skillet under broiler until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 2 minutes.
Remove from broiler, place on cutting board and sprinkle with Parmesan, fennel fronds and crushed red pepper, if desired.
Season with salt and pepper, to taste; drizzle with remaining olive oil, cut and serve.
Dish Up a Dynamic Dessert
Going gluten-free isn’t just for meals from breakfast to dinner – you can cut gluten from delicious desserts, too.
This Cookie Brownie Supreme calls for layers of cookie dough, cookies and brownies for a taste bud tempting way to round out a meal with those you love. One of the key ingredients is Goodie Girl Chocolate Creme Sandwich Cookies, made with real cocoa and a sweet cream filling between two chocolate wafers. They’re made without artificial flavors, colors or preservatives for a gluten-free, vegan and peanut-free treat.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare 9-by-9-inch cake pan with parchment paper.
To make cookie dough layer: In large bowl, combine softened butter, brown sugar, sugar and vanilla. Mix with handheld mixer until combined and creamy. Add egg and beat until combined.
In small bowl, combine baking soda, salt and flour. Beat flour mixture gradually into sugar mixture. Once completely combined, fold in chocolate chips. Add cookie dough layer to bottom of prepared pan and spread evenly.
To make cookie layer: Layer cookies on top of cookie dough layer.
To make brownie layer: In saucepan, melt butter, sugar and salt until completely combined. Remove from heat and transfer to large bowl. Add vanilla, cocoa and eggs; mix. Slowly add flour and baking powder. Mix until completely combined.
Pour brownie mixture over cookie layer. Spread evenly.
Top with crushed cookies and chocolate chips.
Bake 50 minutes. Let cool completely before removing from pan. Slice and top with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup, if desired.
(BPT) – This Earth Day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is celebrating climate action, partnering with companies and organizations that are leading the way to a clean energy future and a healthier planet by investing in energy efficiency with ENERGY STAR and green power with the Green Power Partnership. Companies that partner with EPA through these programs make investments that are good for their bottom line and good for the communities they serve. Earth Day is the ideal time to follow their example and join the celebration by exploring ways you and your family can make a difference.
Purchasing renewable energy, choosing ENERGY STAR certified products, or driving an electric vehicle (EV) are three ways you can make smart energy choices that help the environment. Learn more at energystar.gov/earthday.
1. Tap into green power
Green power has never been more available with options expanding every day. Wind power provides the largest renewable generation capacity in the United States today, creating enough electricity to offset the energy consumption of 29.5 million average American homes. There is currently enough solar power installed in the U.S. to power over 12 million average American homes.
Because green power has become increasingly accessible nationwide, many homeowners can now make the choice to switch to renewable, sustainable energy sources. Interested in tapping into green power for your home? Research local green power options or contact your utility provider directly. Even if nothing is available, you will have taken an important step in voicing your interest in future options, which supports investment in expansion.
ENERGY STAR certified products include not only kitchen and laundry appliances, water heaters and HVAC systems, but also doors and windows, consumer electronics, ceiling fans and light bulbs. You can search for certified products at energystar.gov/productfinder and purchase many online or at local retail stores.
3. Explore electric cars
In the market for a new vehicle? An electric vehicle is Mother Nature approved. Thanks to technological advances, the number of plug-in EVs on the road in the United States is rapidly increasing — as are charging stations nationwide. Fully electric cars produce no tailpipe emissions, plus for every mile driven, the average cost to drive an EV is typically less than half the cost of driving a standard gasoline vehicle.
In addition to saving on fuel, fully electric vehicles also have fewer moving parts, so typically require less maintenance — and no emissions testing. All-electric vehicle driving ranges are increasing, with some models able to drive over 300 miles on a single charge. Depending on your driving needs, you may be able to rely completely on plugging in only at home. And when you do plug in at home, make sure you have an ENERGY STAR certified electric vehicle charger for even more cost savings and environmental benefit.
What you do now will impact the wellness of the planet for generations to come. Make your energy choices count this Earth Day and every day.
BVHS Announces the Construction of a New Inpatient and Community Pharmacy….
The Blanchard Valley Hospital (BVH) inpatient pharmacy, along with the Center for Medication Management, the outpatient pharmacy for our community members, are currently under construction. They are being moved to a more convenient location within BVH, located at 1900 South Main Street in Findlay, on the main floor adjacent to the Healing Grounds coffee shop. The innovative project will offer more convenience to customers as well as additional services.
“This project aligns with our mission of ‘Caring for a lifetime.’ We strive to bring the very best service and quality to our community, and the new state-of-the-art pharmacy will keep the program strong long into the future,” said Myron D. Lewis, president and chief executive officer of BVHS.
BVHS associates also had the opportunity to provide input into the development of the layout and design of the pharmacy. The team, comprised of subject matter experts from across the health system, used a mock 3D layout to evaluate workflow and processes.
“This has been part of our long-term space planning efforts,” shared Ryan Shoemaker, the director of facility and support services. “Patients will begin to see the construction mobilize on-site and the new pharmacy should be operational by fall.”
Another part of the innovative project will be sizeable sterile compounding rooms for hazardous and non-hazardous medications. As regulations for pharmacies have changed, the way medications need to be handled have also changed. The new compounding rooms will allow for best practices.
“We look forward to the opportunities the new pharmacy will bring to BVHS,” concluded Mark Johannigman, the director of pharmacy. “We hope this new venture will improve quality and service for both associates and patients when they visit the Center for Medication Management and BVH inpatient pharmacy.”
For more information, please call 419.429.7002 or visit bvhealthsystem.org.
(Family Features) Adding delicious, new flavors to your homecooked meals this spring may be easier than you think. A secret ingredient like cooking wine is a simple way to add a boost of flavor to all kinds of recipes.
During the spring months, few people would prefer cooking in the kitchen for hours rather than enjoying the outdoors. Make spending time with family and friends even more special by sharing a quick, delicious, spring-inspired meal together. Time-saving dishes at home begin with an option like Holland House® Cooking Wines that add an extra boost of flavor to recipes like Chicken Gyro Bowls. Perfect for a weeknight meal, the recipe combines pantry staples and enticing seasonings for an easy-to-make dish using a slow cooker.
Featuring savory chicken gyro meat atop a scoopful of rice, crisp and vibrant veggies, and garnished with crumbly feta and tangy tzatziki sauce, the bowls are bursting with flavor and perfect for the season.
Cooking wines are flavor-enhancing ingredients that can quickly transform an ordinary meal into an extraordinary one. Available in four flavors – Marsala, Sherry, White and Red – Holland House Cooking Wines are made with fine grapes and perfectly blended seasonings, aged to perfection, to offer bold flavor to your springtime cooking. Consider these uses for each variety:
Sherry cooking wine works equally well in dessert recipes, main dishes, sides, soups and sauces. One example is these delicious Chicken Gyro Bowls, which you can leave cooking in the Crockpot™ throughout the day. The remaining preparation is fast for a weeknight meal that’s ready in next to no time.
Best known for its use in chicken marsala, marsala cooking wine lends flavor to other preparations, too. Marinate sliced meat in marsala cooking wine before grilling, roasting or sauteing, or swirl it into gravies and soups to add delicious, savory flavor.
Stir red cooking wine into gravies and red sauces, or try marinating less-tender cuts of beef, lamb or pork in the refrigerator (for up to 24 hours) to boost flavor and tenderness.
White cooking wine pairs well with fish and lighter fare like chicken and turkey, as well as rice dishes.
BVHS: In some cases, PTSD hinders the building and nurturing of interpersonal relationships….
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that directly affects one’s mental health and disrupts daily activities. PTSD may arise from a wide variety of contexts, such as natural disasters, motor vehicle-related accidents, sexual assault and assault. It is also commonly associated with wartime activities like direct combat.
Although traumatic events impact individuals differently, the general, core symptoms of PTSD include invasive memories, avoidance of certain situations, ongoing negative mood and thinking processes, and undesired changes in physical/emotional reactions. Symptoms of PTSD can also consist of vivid flashbacks and persistent nightmares, which directly interrupt the healthy sleep cycle. The uncontrollable, post-traumatic thoughts revolve around the event that took place, and the recurring pattern can eventually lead to severe anxiety. In some cases, PTSD hinders the building and nurturing of interpersonal relationships, and this may result in depression and/or a profound sense of social isolation.
Even when safe and far-removed from the initial traumatic event, the complications from PTSD can intrude into many integral and unrelated facets of a person’s life. While some have difficulty maintaining previously established relationships, others find themselves unable to take comfort in the everyday activities they once loved. Some find it challenging to exist and thrive in common occupational environments. In severe cases, all of the above are manifested in the post-traumatic period.
The formal diagnosis of PTSD looks for specific criteria: the person must have directly experienced, or witnessed, an event that included an actual (or possible) encounter with death, violence (including sexual assault) or serious bodily harm. One possible example is when a person witnesses the death of a child, loved one, or friend. Other examples involve the repeated exposure to traumatic events. Such scenarios are experienced by our first responders and active combat veterans, many of whom have borne witness to tragic accidents and/or gunfire on a regular basis.
Since much about PTSD is still unknown, and since its manifestations are so variable, treatment options vary. The most common, primary treatment is psychotherapy (also known as “talk therapy”). In some cases, the sufferer of PTSD will receive medications to help them regain a greater sense of control over life events. As current research suggests, however, trauma-focused psychotherapy leads to the most-optimal results. For combat veterans, group therapy sees the greatest benefit, as it connects survivors with each other and enables them to share and validate their past experiences.
While certainly not universal, medications are also employed in conjunction with psychotherapy. PTSD medications are prescribed by qualified mental health providers, and they include a variety of commonly used antidepressants, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Mental health professionals may also recommend the qualified administration of anti-anxiety medications and sleeping aids to help promote healthier patterns of daily living.
Among the other treatment options for PTSD, Prolonged Exposure Therapy is designed to help a person gain control over negative feelings and mindsets. Another trauma-focused therapy approach is called Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). CPT teaches an individual to reframe their thought patterns. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment option that helps one achieve an increased sense of awareness while working through the aftermath of a traumatic event.
As I am currently serving in the military as an officer, and with past service experience as an enlisted member, I take pride in understanding its complexity as well as helping PTSD survivors. While Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is indeed a challenging condition, there is hope for relief. With a comprehensive plan based on individual needs, it is possible for PTSD survivors to look forward to a healthier life!
James Legge III, APRN-CNP, Certified Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Center of Northwest Ohio
Blanchard Valley Health System provides a total continuum of care to more than 100,000 households in an eight-county area