Candied Sweet Potatoes

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Classic Candied Sweet Potatoes

From: Betty Crocker

This is the classic made-from-scratch sweet potato recipe. It’s easy and can be completely cooked on top of the stove.

Servings: 6 servings
Prep: 15 mins
Total: 50 mins
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6 medium  sweet potatoes or yams (2 pounds)
1/3 cup  packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons  butter or margarine
3 tablespoons  water
1/2 teaspoon  salt
1. Scrub sweet potatoes, but do not peel. Place potatoes in 3-quart saucepan. Add enough water just to cover. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Drain; cool slightly. Slip off skins. Cut into 1/2-inch slices.
2. Heat remaining ingredients in 10-inch skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly. Add potatoes. Gently stir until glazed and hot.
Nutrition Facts
Calories 185 (Calories from Fat 55 ); Total Fat 6 g (Saturated Fat 1 g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 260 mg; Total Carbohydrate 34 g (Dietary Fiber 2 g); Protein 1 g. Daily Values: Vitamin A 100 %; Vitamin C 22 %; Calcium 4 %; Iron 4 %. Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 1 Fat.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Spa Tip Thursday: Hair Lotions

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The many benefits of custom setting lotions offer are volume, hold and luminous shine, as well as control from fly-away hair while you set, blow-dry or style your hair.

Using these homemade Hair Lotion recipes, you can make your own lotions using ingredients from the kitchen.
By doing this, you can choose exactly what goes into your lotions, and make sure that your lotions do not contain anything you are allergic to. Also, for the purist, you can have preservative free lotions.

Wash your hair and let partially air dry or blow dry it until just slightly damp. Apply setting lotion sparingly yet evenly, using a spray bottle. Comb the lotion carefully through your hair, and then style as usual with the dryer.

Olive Oil Hair Lotion


• Olive oil
• Honey


1. Combine 4 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons honey in a glass jar with a lid
2. Shake until well blended
3. Let mixture sit for 3 to 4 days, and shake it occasionally
4. Rub mixture evenly into dry hair
5. Wrap hair in plastic wrap, letting set for at least an hour
6. Shampoo as usual.

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Think Pink Tip of the Week: Breast Cancer in Men

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When people think about the term “breast cancer” many times they associate it with women. Although women are ten times more likely to get breast cancer than men, there are still cases in which men contract breast cancer.  The most obvious difference in women and men is the size of the breast tissue. Men have less breast tissue and therefore it is much easier to diagnose a lump in a man’s breast. However, men are much less aware of the symptoms of breast cancer and are therefore less likely to seek help. Also, because men do not have much breast tissue, the cancer does not have to grow very far to reach the skin covering the breast or the muscles underneath. This allows the cancer to often times spread beyond the breast. Because mammograms are part of a woman’s wellness exam, women are often checked for breast cancer more often. Men, on the other hand, are often embarrassed to ask for these tests because they are associated with feminity. Sometimes genetic testing can also check for breast cancer in men by finding out if they carry the BRCA mutation gene. If they have a family history of cancer, this can be helpful in finding out if the cancer gene is present. Nevertheless, these tests can be expensive and should not be performed if there is no reason for suspicion. The most important thing to remember is that if you are a man or you know a man who is afraid to go see a doctor after finding a lump, please seek medical help. You will find out that there are more men out there with the same problem. There is no reason to be ashamed of the diagnosis. It is much more important that you stay alive!

Mango Chicken

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For a great meal in no time at all, check out this recipe for Mango Chicken.


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 lb total)

For coating:

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil

2 cups of whole-wheat bread crumbs

1/2 cup chopped, seedless, green and black olives

3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (for top of chicken just before going into oven)

1 dash garlic powder

1 dash coarsely-ground sea salt to taste

Fresh herbs for garnish (curly parsley, sage, rosemary-any or combined)

Mango salsa:

1/4 cup chopped red onion

1/4 cup chopped cucumber

1/2-1 cup chopped ripe mango

2 tbsp lemon juice


The first step is to make the olive coating. Make a mixture of whole wheat bread crumbs and black and green olives with a pinch of garlic powder.

Pound the chicken and flatten it. Dip it in a combined mixture of olive oil and lemon juice. Spread the coating on the chicken breast. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 400 ° F. Add mango salsa garnish.

Serve with 1 cup of whole wheat couscous, cooked in low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth, and grilled asparagus

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Think Pink Tip of the Week: Advice for women regarding breast cancer

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After shepherding her mother through breast-cancer diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Tracy Halme has this advice for women:

— Women at high risk for breast cancer (due to factors such as family history and genetic predisposition) should be screened annually with mammography and MRI imaging, which is more expensive but also a more sensitive test. If you have a mother or sister who had breast cancer, you should begin screening 10 years before their age of diagnosis.

— The risk of breast cancer increases with age. Most cases are diagnosed in women over 50, causing some experts to say that if a woman has no other risk factors, annual mammograms aren’t needed until that age. Halme and other experts, including the American Cancer Society, however, strongly recommend annual mammograms for all women beginning at age 40.

— If you’ve lost your job or health benefits, check with your screening center to see if they can provide a free or low-cost mammogram. “We’ve seen this a lot in the last year. There are sometimes county funds or grants available to cover the cost. It’s worth a call,” Halme says.

— Don’t assume you’re going to lose your hair. Halme says, “As long as the tumor isn’t aggressive, most postmenopausal women like my mother won’t need chemotherapy or radiation.”
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“The Pink Ribbon Dance”

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Watch as Providence St. Vincent Medical Center dances to Jay Sean “Down”

Chunky Potato Soup

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Servings: 5 side-dish servings
Total: 35 mins

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3 medium  potatoes (1 pound), peeled and cut up
1 cup  water
1 cup  finely chopped onion (1 large)
2 tablespoons  chopped celery
1 teaspoon  instant chicken bouillon granules
1/4 cup  non-fat dry milk powder
2 tablespoons  all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon  ground black pepper
2 cups  fat-free milk
2 tablespoons  snipped parsley
1. In a saucepan, combine potatoes, onion, water, celery, and bouillon granules. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Mash potatoes slightly (don’t drain).
2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine dry milk, flour, and pepper. Gradually add milk, stirring until smooth. Stir into potato mixture. Cook and stir until bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more.
3. Ladle into soup bowls. Garnish with parsley. Makes 5 side-dish servings.
Nutrition Facts
Calories 149, Total Fat .5 g, Saturated Fat .5 g, Cholesterol 2 mg, Sodium 252 mg, Carbohydrate 30 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 7 g. Daily Values: Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 0%.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet