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8 Thurlay, May 8, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Food Health and Fitness I II I Sweet Onions Now a Winter Treat Sweet onion lovers rejoice. You don't have to wait until Spring or Summer anymore to enjoy delicious sweet on- ions. They're now available throughout the Winter months. Sweet onions are incredibly mild, easy on the stomach, and won't cause tears. Studi have shown that eating onions regularly can reduce the risk of some forms of cancer and heart disease; onions Or try this easy and satisfying Southwestern pasta dish, a sure way to take the chill out of long Winter days. Enjoy this Southwestern-style pasta as a first course, side dish or entree. For variation, try adding a bit of grated dry Monterey Jack or Parmesan instead of the goat cheese. can help lower LDL cho- lesterol (the bad stuff), lower blood pressure, and stop dangerous blood clot- ring. No other type of onion shows as well in its natural state than a true sweet on- ion. They're great on sand- wiches, burgers or hot dogs; in salads, relishes - or try them with dips like guacamole, instead of chips. Sweet Onions retain their texture, shape and intense, rich flavor in cook- ing better than regular on- ions. Boil, bake or micro- wave with herbs or add to stir frys, soups or stews. 00;weet Southwestern Pasta 3 large Sweet onions (about 2 1/4 lbs.) 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, or more to taste 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder, or more to taste 1 1/2 cups fresh or canned diced tomatoes 3/4 teaspoon salt Dash of cayenne pepper 3/4 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels 2 jalapeno or serrano chili peppers, seeded and finely chopped 1 1/2 cups chicken stock or reduced-sodium canned chicken broth 12 ounces fettuccine or other pasta, cooked as packag e directs 6 ounces goat cheese or feta cheese, crumbled Fresh cilantro sprigs for garnish Peel sweet onions and cut into slices about 1/4 inch thick; separate slices into rings. In a large deep skillet, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Add onions, cumin, chili powder, salt and cayenne and cook, stir- ring occasionally, until onions are soft and golden, about 25 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, corn and chiles and cook 2 minutes longer. Pour in the chicken stock and increase heat to high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens slightly, 5 to 10 minutes. Combine the sauce, cooked pasta and goat cheese, stirring and tossing to soften the cheese. Serve on warm dishes and garnish with cilantro. Makes 4 to 6 servings. Heart Walk Health Fair Cardiovascular Disease is the number one killer of people over the age of 45. However many of these deaths are avoidable. On Saturday, May 10, starting at 8 a.m. the Southern Nye County Division of the American Heart Association will hold its annual American Heart Walk and Health Fair. The walk is a 5K fun walk starting and stopping at Wheeler Plaza. Some of the sponsors for this event are Summit Family Health Care, Wheeler Plaza, Tom Terry Homes, Preferred Equities Corp., and Longstreet Inn & Casino. "A Heart For MoflC will be held on Saturday, May 10, at Wheeler Plaza. The 3-hour training session will be offered free to the public starting at 10 a.m. At "A Heart For Morn', you will have the opportunity to watch videos, hear lectures and practice CPR on training manikins in small groups. The Nye County Ambulance Service, Pahrump Training Center and the Pahrump Volun- teer Ambulance Association have teamed up with other area CPR Instructors for this special event. For more information call 727-0724. To register for the CPR-A Heart for Morn, call 727-4411. Help for trimming thickened toenails Thickened toenails are a common condition - particu- larly if you're older - and one of the most frequent reasons people see a podiatrist. Causes can include injury, tight shoes, fungal infections and psoriasis. If you're having trouble, try these tips: *Soak your feet - Soften your toenails first by soaking them for 10 minutes in a tub of warm water. *File with an emery board - After you towel off, gently stroke the thickened part of your toenail with an emery board. Filing may help thin the nail by taking off upper layers. *Use the right clippers - Mayo doctors recommend the long-handled toenail clippers that resemble pliers or wirecutters. The long handles give a better grip and more control. *Take small "bites" - Cut off a small piece at a time. *Make a straight cut - Be sure to cut straight across your toenail to help keep it from becoming ingrown. *Wear roomy shoes- Leaving enough room for your toes may prevent some of the friction and wear that can cause a toenail to thicken. Toenails affected by psoriasis or fungal infections may also flake, have pits or become discolored. Your doctor can help you decide the best way to treat these conditions. !