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Food, Health & Fitness Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, January 23, 1997 25 Sexually transmitted diseases Molly Williams, RN Pahrump Valley Home Health The term sexually transmitted disease (STD) is used to describe diseases that are almost always transmitted through direct sexual contact. It is estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO) that 250 million cases of STD occur each year in the world. The incidence and increase in STDs are attribut- $11111111is Aids Slow cooked dinner party puts fun back in winter entertaining In keeping with a growing trend in food entertain- ment, The Rival Company has developed the 'Slow Cooker Dinner Party' for hosts to dazzle their guests this winter. With hosts winding down from the hectic holiday season, they will welcome simple get togethers for football weekends, and progressive dinner parties will once again be a popular choice this year. Whether it is among neighbors, friends or relatives; guests at these mobile smorgasbords move from house to house and enjoy different slow-cooked courses at each stop, start- ing with appetizers and ending with desserts or, have everyone bring their crockpot dishes to the one house with the best T.V. for football entertainment. The benefits of slow-cooked dishes are self-evident: food preparation and cleanup chores for each host are re- duced. You just fill it and forget it. No stirring or supervision is necessary. Entertaining has never been easier! Best of all, hosts spend time enjoying the party, instead of slaving in the kitchen. With the lights on many people's video recorders still flashing 12:00... 12:00... 12:00, more cooks than ever are enjoying the ease and dependability of a slow cooker-it is the ultimate in plug 'n play. Instead of a Ph.D. in computer science, food preparation with the Crock-Pot requires nothing more than the ability to choose between the hundreds of published recipes by food authors, such as Mable Hoffman. "A slow cooker is ideal for entertaining and regular family cooking. Its versatility and ease of use frees me up to do other things, knowing a delicious dish will be ready to serve in a few hours," says Mable Hoffman. Among Hoffman's latest cookbooks is Mable Hoffman's Crockery Cookery Revised Edition. Here are crockpot recipes for five courses and a delicious hot spiced wine. Hot Spiced Wine 2, bottles dry red wine 3 apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced 3 whole cloves 2 cinnamon sticks 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon lemon juice Combine all ingredients in Crock-Pot; stir well. Cover and cook on Low for 4 to 12 hours (on High for 1 to 2 hours). Serve hot, in punch cups or mugs, Serves 6 to 8 (about 2 quarts). Course #2 Mariners' Fondue 2 cans (10 3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of celery soup 2 cups grated sharp process cheese 1 cup chunked cooked lobster 1/2 cup chopped cooked shrimp cup 1/2 chopped cooked crab meat 1/4 cup finely chopped, cooked scallops dash paprika dash cayenne pepper 1 loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes Combine all ingredients except bread cubes in lightly greased Crock-Pot; stir thoroughly. Cover and cook on High for 1 hour or until cheese is melted. Turn to Low for serving. Using fondue forks, dip bread cubes into fondue. About 1 1/2quarts. Course #4 Chicken Parmesan 1 package onion soup mix 2 cans (10 3/4 ounces each) cream of mush room soup, undiluted 1 1/2 cup milk 1 cup white cooking wine 1 cup uncooked converted white rice 6 chicken breasts, bonesless and skinless 6 tablespoons margarine or butter salt to taste, pepper to taste grated Parmesan cheese Mix onion soup mix, cream of mushroom soup, milk, cooking wine, and rice in a small mixing bowl. Spray Crock-Pot with cooking spray. Lay chicken breasts in Crock-Pot. Place one tablespoon margarine on each chicken breast. Pour soup mixture over chicken breasts. Salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on High for 4 to 6 hours. Serves 6. Course #1 Old-Fashioned Onion Soup 3 pounds large onions, peeled and thinly sliced 1/2 cup butter, melted 6-8 slices French bread, cubed 4-5 cups chicken broth Place sliced onions in Crock-Pot; pour butter and mix to coat onions thoroughly. Stir in cubed bread. Add chicken broth to cover; stir well. Cover and cook on Low for 10 to 18 hours or on High for 4 to 5 hours, stirring occasionally. Stir well during last hour. Serves 6to8. Course #3 Carrots Lyonnaise 1 chicken bouillon cube 1 cup boiling water 2 onions, sliced I/4 cup butter or margarine 1 tablespoon flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 6 carrots, pared and cut into julienne strips 1-2 tablespoons sugar (optional) Dissolve bouillon cube in boiling water; set aside. In large skillet, saute onions in butter, stirring to separate rings and prevent browning. Stir flour and salt into slightly cooked bouillon; add to onions and cook until thickened. Combine carrots and onion sauce in Crock-Pot, stirring to coat carrots. Cover and cook on High for 1 hour, then turn to Low for 2 to 6 hours. Before serving, add sugar to taste. Serves 6 to 8. Course #5 Pineapple Bread Pudding 1 cup margarine or butter, softened 2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon ' 8 eggs 2 cans (15 I/4 ounces each) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained 5 cups toasted bread cubes chopped pecans, optional whipped cream, optional In a bowl, beat margarine, sugar and cinnamon with an electric mixer. Add eggs and beat until fluffy. Fold pineapple and bread cubes into the creamed mixture. Pour into the Crock-Pot. Cover and cook on Low for 6 to 7 hours or on High for 3 to 4 hours. Before serving top with chopped pecans and whipped cream topping if desired. Serve warm. Health Briefs I Laser Surgery Americans spent an estimated $13.8 billion on eyeglasses and contact lenses last year, but advances in refractive surgery techniques are reducing this figure. During photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), an excimerlaser is used to alter corneal shape and refractive power and can eliminate a patient's need for eyeglasses or corrective lenses. In a recent FDA study, 95% of eyes treated with-PRK had vision of 20140 or better. Currently, PRK is considered an elective procedure, and, of the approximately 70 million Americans who suffer from various degrees of myopia, only 8-9 million Americans qualify for the surgery based on affordability, level of myopia, and other factors. As technology advances and PRK becomes appropriate treat- ment for a wider range of vision disorders, more individuals will be able to leave their glasses at home. Baby boomers and the aging eye FACT:One out of three individuals at age 65 is affected by vision-reducing eye diseases. Since the 1940s, the health care requirements of the baby boomer population have tremendously impacted U.S. soci- ety. Loss of vision in an older person can be emotionally and financially devastating. Because a third of new blindness is preventable using existing treatments and available technol- ogy, providing education and adequate eye care to the baby boomer populations is an important goal.