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By SARA MOULTON
Barbecue chicken is one of my favorite summertime dishes. I like every part of it — the tomato-based sauce (the spicier the better), the crispy skin, even the bones.
And taste aside, it’s also relatively healthy, at least as compared to such sundry first cousins as grilled and/or smoked ribs, brisket or pulled pork. It’s chicken, after all, and it wears that lean protein halo. Unfortunately, when it’s prepared with its skin and bones, and slathered with a sugary sauce, barbecue chicken is very nearly as caloric as its brethren. Know why chicken skin is so delicious? It’s high in fat.
So I set myself the task of coming up with a recipe for a leaner version of barbecue chicken that somehow still boasted the most lovable aspects of the classic version — a mouth-watering sauce and an element of crunch.
I started by enlisting the usual lean poultry suspect, the boneless, skinless chicken breast. The one problem with this virtuous ingredient is that it’s tough to cook just right. Undercook it and you risk getting sick. Overcook it and you’re faced with a slab of protein as dry and tough as cardboard.
And then, as I discovered while developing this recipe, there’s another problem — chicken breasts come in all different sizes and thicknesses. Generally, if it’s labeled “cutlet,” it’s fairly thin. If it’s labeled “chicken breast,” it’s rather thick. But there’s a range of thickness within these categories, too. I tried both and opted for the latter because the thicker breasts were simply harder to overcook.
By AMY LORENTZEN
Making a pretty chain for Mom’s eyeglasses can be a simple, personal and practical Mother’s Day gift. Depending on your skill level, you could make anything from a basic beaded lanyard to something more elaborate and embellished.
Traditional chains connect to both arms of the glasses, while newer styles offer a center loop on which you hang the glasses by one of their temple pieces.
“Eyeglass chains are a great way to accentuate your personality while also providing a utilitarian use,” keeping glasses safe and handy, says Michelle Sacia, a craft specialist with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.
“Just like jewelry, eyeglass chains can be created to match your everyday style while showcasing your glasses,” she says.
Lori Bergmann, who creates glass beads and custom jewelry at her studio in Maple Valley, Wash., says supplies for making eyeglass chains are readily available online and at craft stores. And depending on the style you choose, it can take only minutes to put together.
By MIKE STOBBE
AP Medical Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Parents are reporting more skin and food allergies in their children, a big government survey found.
Experts aren’t sure what’s behind the increase. Could it be that children are growing up in households so clean that it leaves them more sensitive to things that can trigger allergies? Or are mom and dad paying closer attention to rashes and reactions, and more likely to call it an allergy?
“We don’t really have the answer,” said Dr. Lara Akinbami of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the senior author of the new report released Thursday.
The CDC survey suggests that about 1 in 20 U.S. children have food allergies. That’s a 50 percent increase from the late 1990s. For eczema and other skin allergies, it’s 1 in 8 children, an increase of 69 percent. It found no increase, however, in hay fever or other respiratory allergies.
Already familiar with the trend in food allergies are school nurses, who have grown busier with allergy-related duties, like banishing peanuts at school parties or stocking emergency allergy medicine.
Sally Schoessler started as school nurse in 1992 in New York state, and didn’t encounter a child with a food allergy for a few years. But by the time she left school nursing in 2005, “there were children in the majority of classrooms” with the disorder, said Schoessler, who now works at the National Association of School Nurses in Silver Spring, Md.
By KIM COOK
Kids who balk at the idea of wearing head protection for outdoor activities might find it harder these days to argue that helmets aren’t cool.
From dry-erase helmets to ones shaped like animals and bugs to others in bright colors, many of today’s helmets are designed to make kids want to wear them long after the bike is parked or the snowboard stowed.
“We’ll lay out 10 different character helmets at a skate park and let 20 kids try them on and play with them. We’re able to see immediately which designs resonate with them,” says Brad Blankinship, a spokesman at Los Angeles-based C-Preme, which makes helmets and other skate and bike gear.
Some of what’s new:
C-Preme’s helmet line Raskullz has a wide range of styles shaped or painted like dinos, sharks, ladybugs and pussycats complete with appendages like fins, antennae and ears. There are lightning bolts, zebra stripes and a Mohawk trim. A new toddler Miniz version of the lineup was added this spring, and in May the Raskullz line adds additional 3-D animal attachments like raccoon tails and feathers. www.raskullz.com
It’s spring, which means all the little critters of the world hatch and come out … and that makes pediatricians think of pinworms. That’s what you were thinking of, right?
Pinworms, or Enterbiasis Vermicularis, are a parasite for which humans are the only host. This means you cannot get them from the dirt, your cat or your dog. You can, however, get them from your children and your friends. Infection occurs most commonly in children ages 5-10 and does not discriminate among race or socioeconomic backgrounds.
You become infected by ingesting (eating, swallowing, breathing in) eggs or larvae. These eggs are most commonly found in the fingernails and bed linens of an infected person. At night, the female worms migrate from the small intestine, outside of the body to the anal skin folds. They do this to lay their eggs (our body temperature would kill the eggs if laid inside and, like a good mom, she is just protecting her young). The eggs become “infective” within a few hours and when they do, they become very itchy. The infected person scratches, gets the eggs under their fingernails and on their fingers, touches their mouth or eyes and — just like that — the life cycle of the pinworm has been propagated.
The eggs are able to survive for several hours on surfaces and linens (several weeks in cool, humid environments). This means that an unsuspecting family member or friend can then acquire them on their fingers and infect themselves.
Savvy little things, aren’t they?
The No. 1 symptom of infection is a very itchy bottom at nighttime. This affects sleep and can even lead to skin infections from scratching. While most pediatricians will make the diagnosis based on history alone, you can confirm the presence of pinworms by doing a “Scotch Tape test.” This is performed by taking a clear piece of tape and pressing it against the anal skin folds, thus picking up the eggs on to the tape. The tape is then placed under a microscope, where it is very easy to see them and confirm the diagnosis.
Contemporary Ballet of PA (COBALT) will present an original dance program featuring the music of Beethoven, Bach, Vivaldi, and Saint-Saens at the Winter Center for Visual & Performing Arts on the campus of Millersville University, Saturday May 18 at 7:30 pm and Sunday May 19 at2:30 pm.
The latest works from Artistic Director Shari Vegso-Wilson and choreographer Kristin Pontz, both of Lancaster, are presented in a program of classical and modern dance titled “Viridiana.”
The program will include “Prism,” a new work by Vegso-Wilson that evokes the changing
patterns of daylight crossing a room and is danced on-pointe to the passionate first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B Flat, known as “The Archduke.” It will feature 11 dancers, four of whom are graduating company seniors. Bach’s lively Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G, Saint-Saens’ playful “Carnival of the Animals,” and Vivaldi’s glorious “The Four Seasons” round out the program of music and dance choreography.
When summer paid us a visit earlier this month, I was so excited to cook outside. There is something so relaxing and enjoyable about a meal centered around the grill. This recipe ranks high on my list of all-time grill favorites, is perfect for a quick weeknight meal and absolutely worthy of company.
Typically, I bypass recipes with a laundry list of ingredients. As much as I love to cook, life gets busy, and I know I can cook delicious meals that don’t have 14 ingredients! This spice rub, however, is different. Taking a few minutes to mix a jarful of this rub will reward you with an incredibly fast and flavorful dinner. What’s more, there will be plenty left over for several more meals. (I now make double batches because I use it so often.) Simply sprinkle the mixture over the chicken minutes before grilling. No need for an extended marinade. No need for advance planning. That’s the beauty of a good rub.
The accompanying sauce is my “everything sauce” because it complements so many foods. The spice-rubbed chicken is wonderful without it but reaches new heights when drizzled with the tangy blend of vinegar, honey and Dijon. This recipe has evolved over the years, from a thin vinegar sauce to a light and tangy dressing with a hint of sweetness. The use of Greek yogurt creates a creamier sauce with loads of flavor and little fat.
A helpful tip is to pound the chicken for grilling. You can do this easily by placing the chicken between two pieces of wax paper or plastic wrap and pounding with a rolling pin or the bottom of a heavy jar. If you want to avoid this added and somewhat messy step, any butcher will do it for you, creating an even thickness that allows the chicken to cook evenly without becoming dry.