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Tire Maintenance

A Key Component of Spring Check-Up


hen warm weather arrives, many people enjoy a collective sigh of relief. Just as people welcome the end of the cold, snow and ice, cars and trucks also can benefit from more moderate temperatures. Salt, grime and pot holes can take a toll on tires over the course of a typical winter. Drivers will not get far this spring and summer without tires in good repair, which is why tire maintenance should be part of any seasonal repair checklist. Inflation levels Now is the time to use a tire pressure gauge to see if tires are at the ideal inflation levels. Many tires indicate the recommended PSI (pounds per square inch) on their sidewalls. Cold temperatures may cause tires to deflate a little. Esurance states that winter weather can cause tire pressure reduction at about one PSI for every 10 degrees the temperature drops. Driving on improperly inflated tires can be dangerous, potentially affecting handling and braking distances. Check tires when they are cold for the most accurate reading. Properly inflated tires also will improve fuel economy, so drivers may even save a little money by inflating their tires. Tire rotation/realignment Examine the tires for tread wear. Any uneven or abnormal tread wear could indicate that the tires need to be rotated and the wheels realigned at the very least. Take the vehicle to a qualified mechanic to get their opinion on how to remedy the situation.

Mechanics may recommend rotating tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles, or about every six months for the average driver. Wheel realignment may be necessary after a season of driving over potholes and other irregularities in the road. Misaligned wheels can cause handling problems, like the car “pulling” to one side. Tire replacement Drivers may discover extreme tread wear, bulges or even cracks in the sidewall during a tire inspection. These signs indicate that it’s time to replace the tires. Failing to replace old, worn down tires can increase the risk of automobile accidents. Thorough cleaning Once tires are inspected and possibly serviced or replaced, treat the car or truck to a washing and thorough detailing. This will help tires shine and get the vehicle road-ready for spring trips.

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The Roads We Travel

(From Sid Boyd’s April 7, 1969 Times-Gazette Article)


Phillips, Ashland contractor, had 80 horses for use in hauling stone and rolling it down with wooden rollers. Phillips constructed a road eight feet wide from Ashland to the Mansfield corporation line. The present U.S. 42 from Ashland to Mansfield was not usable for autos until the early 1920s because of the deep bogs in the Blackfork Creek bottoms and the gullies between the hills spanning that area. The road to Cleveland was not connected up as a through hard-surface road until the mid 20s. Drivers of cars had to find hard-surface roads in a roundabout way. February 5, 1907 was a big day in Ashland. Citizens learned that the first transcontinental hard-surface road would pass through this part of Ohio. A mass meeting was held at the Opera House for the purpose of planning an application for this new road to be called the Lincoln Highway. The Ashland Military

o many older people, May is remembered as the month to get out of the mud, and if they had an automobile, to be able to get it out and run it. No one could operate a car from November to May before the 1920s in most parts of Ohio. The paving of roads came along slowly because there were no gasoline taxes to pay for them. Local governments had to provide the money in most instances. The first paved road in Ohio was the old National Road (U.S. 40), which had been a macadam (crushed stone) pike since the 1820s. This writer was present at the laying of the last brick in the National Road on November 20, 1918 when Governor James Cox came to New Concord for the ceremony. The next paved road was the 3Cs (ClevelandColumbus-Cincinnati), now Ohio 3 through Loudonville and Hanover Township. It was paved about 1922. Roads leading to Ashland were hard-surfaced slowly. At first, eight-foot widths were laid using crushed stone and light filler and sand for topping. The road to Wooster was paved with one eastbound lane to the county line beyond Rowsburg; then one lane westbound. Anybody could use the one lane; but at a meeting, one car forced the other vehicle to take to the dirt. The same was true of the road from Ashland to New London until the mid 1920s. The present road from Savannah to Fitchville was laid out for the new U.S. 250 in the late 20s and parts of these roads were paved with brick, one way. Early owners of automobiles could go to Mansfield Before rural areas could get out of the mud, all longdistance travel was made by train or interurban electric through the ‘teens only by way of Olivesburg. D.A. trolley car.

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Street and named after a millrace which stood nearby on the creek beside a brewery. Main Street was filled in with stone. Kellogg Square was the ancient name for the crossing of Main and Center Streets. Black’s Alley ran from Main to Second. Diamond Alley is now South Street. Tanbark Alley is now Jennings Avenue between E. Third and Fourth Streets. Before the rural areas could get out of the mud, all long-distance travel was made by train or interurban electric trolley car. Time came when the roads were paved. The trolley cars which came through Ashland County first in 1907 The paving of roads came along slowly because there were discontinued in 1936 when buses put them out of were no gasoline taxes to pay for them. business. Band under the direction of Jake Heitz was there and But many people remember the mud roads and are J.L. Clark was elected chairman. quite happy about the paved ones of today. Resolutions were passed and committees appointed to try to get this highway to pass through Ashland. Many people can remember the poles along Lincoln Way West (now the extension of Claremont Avenue) bearing the blue “L” to show that Ashland was on the highway map. U.S. 30 was laid out later, and it was found more practical to route it from Wooster to Mansfield by way of Hayesville. Main Street in Ashland was first paved with cobblestones brought from Polk on flatcars on the new Atlantic and Great Western Railroad (Erie) in 1865. Orange Street was paved with brick in 1892, Center Street in 1894, and Main and Cottage Streets in brick in 1898. Could you find your way around in Ashland by some of these old street names: Old Bank, Pine, Cass, Market, Cemetery, Lincoln Way West, and ‘Pious Row?’ And how about Tanbark Alley, Black’s Alley, Diamond Alley, and Kellogg’s Square? Old Bank became College Avenue, the new Bank established farther east. Pine became E. Liberty when the fire departments got mixed up on calls to Vine. Cass became W. Fourth Street between Cottage and Sandusky. ‘Pious Row,’ really Church, had at one time four churches and three saloons. In the early days of the automobile, funeral processions could not travel through the low-lying dirt road of W. Main Street. Cars going to the cemetery had to go to Sandusky Street and come down Cemetery Street to the creek, then make a turn on a slant to the cemetery gates. Later, this street was straightened to become Race

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Health Expression

Local Caregivers Learn the Benefits of Journaling at Workshop Story by KRISTI SCHWEITZER ASHLAND TIMES-GAZETTE STAFF WRITER



“Journaling provides you an option for writing down what you’re hearing from others, what you’re thinking and feeling, to vent about what you’re going through,” Spore said. “And thinking through have I done the best that I can, could I have done anything differently? And to consider how to draw boundaries with other family members so that relationships continue to grow and thrive, be healthy, rather than becoming toxic.” Judy McLaughlin, who has a background as a mental health professional and educator, shared about her personal journey caregiving for her mother during the last years of her life. Working with her siblings on best practices for her mother, she found journaling and creative writing as a way to facilitate personal care and keep track of everything that happened. “It’s a very practical way of using a creative expression,” McLaughlin said. Counselor and author JoAnn Shade shared how journaling can be a form of free expression compared to writing for a newspaper or a paper for school. “What I really like about journaling is there aren’t any rules … we can write freely and we can keep writing,” Shade said. “We can write honestly.” Journal entries can vary in forms of writing prompts and recording events of the day. Writers can make lists such as gratitude lists, a reward list for once something is accomplished or a “stop doing” list, like “stop judging yourself.” Other forms of writing include writing letters, regardless if they are sent to the addressee or not; writing essays, such as JonAnn Shade speaks at Mental Health and Recovery a letter to the editor; jotting down your story of the day in six Board’s journaling for caregivers program Monday, April words or writing poetry.

ournaling can be a healthy and powerful form of self expression. That’s what local caregivers learned Monday afternoon at Ashland Public Library. Whether in a personal and professional facet, caregivers can use journaling to de-stress, gain perspective and more. Sponsored by the Mental Health and Recovery Board and Older Adult Behavioral Health Coalition of Ashland County, three caregivers and counselors led a workshop on how personal and professional caregivers can effectively use journaling along their journeys. “Caregiving can be quite meaningful, rewarding, even a joy, but it can also be quite challenging,” Diana Spore, member of the Mental Health and Recovery Board, said. As a caregiver for her 89-year-old mother, she uses journaling for everything from making lists and bulleted notes to sharing with the doctor to her thoughts and feelings of the day.

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“You can write whatever you think and feel,” Spore said. “It’s very self empowering, which is very important when caregivers may feel that so much is out of their control. You don’t have to worry about what someone else might think or feel, that they might think badly of you. You don’t have to explain.” When journaling, it’s also important to think about what brings you joy and to find joy in each day as a way to uplift and get through the journey, the three shared. Participants learned to think long-term regarding use of their journals when the caregiving period is over. They also were reminded to set privacy rules with family, whether hiding journals away or specifically telling others not to read entries. And, lastly, they learned to date each entry. The workshop included a few writing prompts to give caregivers an idea for how to facilitate their own journals. Participants wrote about what they would do if they had a day to themselves, a particular stressful caregiving experience and a fill in the blank “when do I get to …” The three speakers provided a packet of information to help get them started, including Shade and McLaughlin’s book “Creative Expressions for Caregivers.” Workshop-goers appreciated the event, finding several good takeaways. Ashland resident Stephanie Todd, a past personal caregiver and member on the Mental Health and Recovery Board, enjoyed hearing personal stories from the speakers and others in the room. “It lets you know you’re not alone,” Todd said. “And I also took away the different types of journaling to help you in your caregiving and to help you de-stress.” Mary Bright, an Ashland resident and personal caregiver, said she wanted to start getting in the habit of writing things

Judy McLaughlin speaks at Mental Health and Recovery Board’s journaling for caregivers program Monday at Ashland Public Library.

down, specially during the difficult days. “Maybe once after it’s out of my mind and written down I won’t dwell on it anymore, you know,” Bright said. Kristi Schweitzer can be reached at 419-281-0581, ext. 237, or at Follow her on Twitter @ krschweitzer.


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My Daily Life

Granddaughter Enjoys Doing

Demolition Derbies DAVE MIKLA Local Columnist


ere we go again folks. “Back in my day,” boys were boys and girls were girls. We boys would hang around together, play games, ride bikes, sometimes fight and get dirty. Our town had Little League and Cub Scout organizations to keep us out of further trouble. Girls, on the other hand, were supposed to wear little pinafore dresses and play with their dollies. They could occasionally walk their dolls in little baby buggies down the sidewalk so the boys could make fun of them. Their only mission in life was to join Brownie groups, then become Girl Scouts and sell cookies. There was this one girl who wore blue jeans and “Red Ball” tennis shoes that wanted to hang with us guys. I told my mom about this girl named Becky and asked what she thought about this situation. Mom explained to me that Becky was referred to as a “tom boy.” The definition of a tom boy is a girl that exhibits characteristics or behaviors typical of a boy. With that said, we guys still weren’t ready to accept Becky into our gang. Day after day, Becky kept showing up, and showing us up is exactly what she did. She could ride her bike faster, hit a ball further, climb a tree higher and knock a butterfly out of the air with a rock on one shot. Becky might have been an oddity on our block, but growing up I learned there were more Beckys out there. In this time period of the 1950s, Westerns were big on television and in the movie houses. I learned all about Annie Oakley. Annie was another woman standout in a man’s world. She won a sharpshooter match at the age

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Dave Mikla’s granddaughter, Brooke Drouhard, likes to enter this customized 1982 Chevette in demolition derbies.

of 15. She went on to win many a shooting match and then hooked up with Wild Bill to do gun shows through out the country. Annie lived from 1860 to 1926. Amelia Earhart was another woman who interrupted the man’s world. She was born in 1897 and became one of the best woman airplane pilots of her day. She has the distinction of being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Sadly, she lost her life while flying in 1937. An increase in the popularity of woman’s sporting events that were traditionally male-dominated has broadened and lessened the impact of tomboyish. Such as, for one more example, Janet Guthrie, one more lady who saw something and said, “I want to do that too.” Janet was born in 1938 and became the first woman to start in the Indianapolis 500 in 1977. Now let me introduce you to my granddaughter, Brooke Drouhard. Brooke was born in 1996. She has, in my eyes, grown up a typical female. As far as I knew, she never exhibited any tom boy traits. In the summer of 2014, I was told Brooke was entering the Wooster Demolition Derby. “This can’t be true, not our little girl,” I thought. My daughter, September, and her husband, Roger, were completely fine with this. They helped purchase and prepare her a demo car. What they picked out was a 1982 Chevette. “My God,” I thought, I have shoes bigger than that car. In preparation for this automobile bloodbath, they had to remove all glass, lights, dash and chrome on the vehicle. A hole was cut in the hood and bolted. The doors were welded shut. All the interior seats and upholstery

were removed except for a driver’s seat. Also added to the interior of the car was a roll bar, marine gas tank and the battery. Roger installed safety kill switches within Brooke’s reach. No hubcaps or even wheel weights were to be left on the car. One more thing I didn’t know was that they needed to sledge hammer a crease clear across the back of the car right behind the rear window so when the car gets hit from behind the rear end collapses upward. When show time came in September of 2015, Brooke was ready for action. What scared me more was the fact that there was no “Powder Puff” event that night. Only two women had signed up. They were included with the guys. At least she was put into the compact car class. Her Chevette was easy to spot as her mother, September, and Brooke had purchased a case of green paint and turned her car into a dinosaur. With large letters spelling DINO 4 on the side. Dad, Roger, cut and installed fins on the top of her little Chevette. The time had now come. To ease the fears of the watching family, the ground crew was wetting down the track really well that night. Maybe a little too much as I had seen better hits on me when I sat in bumper cars at carnivals. The gun went off and Brooke backed up. The first hit on her car was from the rear end. This guy then shoved her clear across the playing field and up on the pole serving as the boundary line. There she sat teetering up and down like a see saw, neither front or rear wheels touching the ground. She had been eliminated in 20 seconds. Brooke and Dino had virtually escaped unscratched. The show was over and we were relieved. The fork

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Brooke and her mother, September, purchased a case of green paint and turned her car into a dinosaur, with large letters spelling DINO 4 on the side. Dad, Roger, cut and installed fins on the top of her little Chevette.

lift came out and lifted Dino off the pole and Brooke drove across the field and out the gate waving to the crowd. Brooke thought it was a great night. She had been taught a lesson, to cut her wheels the next year. Last September, Brooke put us through it again. Dino was back down on the field and ready to go. She stayed in-bounds this time, but stalled out after a few bumps and bruises then got boxed in by other stalled and banged-up cars. Once the field was cleared to where she could move, she started Dino and drove off again waving to the crowd. Dino had sustained more damage this time around, but is back home waiting for a third go round. As for Brooke, it took three days for her neck and back aches to recover and she’ll be back in 2017 to give it another run. She told me, this time with a tighter bra. You go, girl. Dave Mikla is an Ashland resident and classic car enthusiast. He can be reached at mikla51@zoominternet. net.

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hose of us older than 40 remember the good old days, when Rapunzel was a prisoner in a tower, an apple was red and delicious, mail came with a stamp, not a chirp or chime, and a laptop was the cushion where we cuddled our toddlers. But by the late 1980s, home computers make their presence known, and geeks and nerds began to make their living introducing new uses of words into our vocabulary. While my mother and father may have shared the joy of a bowl of ice cream every night, they had two different views on the home computer. My mother wanted nothing to do with it, not when my dad first purchased one nor when her grandkids wanted to introduce her to Facebook. But oh, how my dad enjoyed his computer. He loved surfing the Internet, and would often pass along the joke of the day so prevalent in the early days of email. I’m not sure he ever fully caught onto the intricacies of the computer, and I can only guess what he might have done had Facebook been around before his death. Unlike our children, those of us in our golden years didn’t grow up using computers, and so we had to learn “on the job,” so to speak. As a writer, I spend a great deal of time at the computer screen, but I feel technologically challenged as I watch my 7-year-old granddaughter, the lovely Madelyn Simone, navigate on her tablet and my laptop and cellphone screens.

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I believe I’ve crossed the line of knowing just enough to be dangerous, but there is such potential in the world of technology that I’m just not adept enough to access. And I’m guessing I’m not alone in this among my over60 friends. So what do we do to catch up? A first step is to acknowledge that we’ll never catch up. An understanding of how to operate a computer wasn’t injected into our DNA at conception. We didn’t learn this in elementary school, so it’s not our fault. I still may not “get” Twitter or LinkedIn, but I’m not the only one. If we appear technologically challenged, we come by it honestly. But we can experiment. Nowadays, the early dangers of losing an entire document are less likely, as there are automatic save and recover functions, not necessarily true in other avenues of life. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. In lieu of paying a real expert, there’s lots to learn on the Internet. Make sure you’re using reputable sites if you’re googling. The “help” function in many programs contains exhaustive information about how to fix page numbers in a document or how to change note values in Finale. And there are limitless videos posted as tutorials or troubleshooting sessions available at our fingertips thanks to YouTube. There are helpful “for Dummies” books out there as well, often found at the library book sale for

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25 cents. As the proverbial saying reminds us, it’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks — it just takes a patient teacher. It also helps to talk with friends. If you’re a photographer, talk with other photographers; if you’re a writer, with other writers; if you’re a grandparent, talk with your grandchildren (they’re much more patient with us than our children are when it comes to computers). Other fellow wanderers may not have all the answers, but at least they can commiserate with our sense of failure. Do you know how good it is to hear: “Gee, I thought I was the only one who couldn’t figure out how to crop a picture, center a column, or edit a Facebook post.” Here are a few helpful hints. Look for reviews that repeat the words, “user friendly.” Beware of “reply to all.” The “find” function in Word is a life-saver. Learn to report offensive content and to block insistent game invitations on social media. Become best friends with the “unsubscribe” click on emails. Spammers are required by law to have a “remove from mail” function, although sometimes it’s hard to find. Be persistent. But don’t sweat it if you get ads for Russian brides or certain medications to improve performances of many kinds. Just delete them and send them on their way back to Russia or parts unknown. When I was an active Salvation Army officer (pastor and administrator), I understood that my job would never be finished. I would never study enough, organize enough, learn enough, visit enough or pray enough. Nor could I please those who saw those deficits in my performance. There is a similar thing going on with technology. We’ll never fully get it, especially those of us who’ve come to the world of computers after high school graduation. When you’re frustrated, remind yourself that even the computer geeks can’t always figure out the technology. I fully understand my mother’s hesitancy toward the computer age, but I’m glad for my dad’s genetic influence and example that encouraged me to befriend Google. It’s no coincidence that the www prefix in websites stands for the “world wide web.” There’s an amazing world out there in the land of computing, available at the touch of a fingertip in the comfort of our own homes. And just think — we can access it all in our pajamas! Happy computing to you. JoAnn Shade can be reached at gracenotes-ministries@

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May Calendar of Events May

12 First Fridays Jam Night – Hand Jam

enforcement for immediate airing to local media and shared with other law enforcement agencies. This FREE service is also available for Seniors who may tend to wander away from home. Any questions please contact Lisa Baldridge at 419989-7735 or

When: 8 p.m. Where: Pump House Catering & Event Center, 400 Orange St, Ashland 14 Hand Jam is an organic percussion group – a Mother’s Day Wildflower Hike musician’s paradise. Cover charge is $5 at the door. Full cash bar available, snacks and appetizers When: 2 p.m. Where: Pine Hill Park, available for purchase. 263 Twp. Rd. 1601, Greenwich Make Mothers’ Day memories last a lifetime by joining us at Pine Hill/Crall Woods for a fun-filled 13 hike as you identify and learn about the beautiful Spring Luncheon & Auction for wildflowers that are blooming.

Ashland Symphony Woman’s League

When: 11 a.m. Where: Bella Bleu’s ~ Water’s Edge Event Center, 160 Summerset Dr, Ashland Silent Auction begins at 11 a.m. Lunch at Noon and Live Auction at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Ashland Symphony Orchestra $25 per person or $200 per table of 8. Order online or call 419-2895115 for more information.

Child & Senior ID Signup at Ashland Moose Lodge Banquet Room

When: 1 p.m. Where: 1112 Cleveland Ave, Ashland The Child ID system electronically fingerprints, photographs, and records pertinent information about your child and burns it all on a CD. Should your child go missing, this CD can be given to law Now & Then • 14

19 Ashland Community Arts League Juried Exhibition When: 6 p.m. Where: Coburn Art Gallery, 401 College Ave, Ashland

19-20 Spring Dance Concert: Cinderella at Hugo Young Theatre When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Hugo Young Theatre Tickets available at AU Box Office, Weekdays noon-5 p.m., 419-289-5125 Featuring students of Opus II Dance Studio, Official School of the Ashland Regional Ballet

22 Greenhouse/Farm Market When: 10 a.m. Where: Honey Haven Farm, 1327 County Rd 1475, Ashland

27 Bird Walk at Byers Woods

When: 9 a.m. Where: 675 County Rd 1754, Ashland Join us for a two-hour hike to gain field experience identifying bird species. All ages welcome.

Free Kayaking & Canoeing Days

When: 3 p.m. Where: 3431 State Route 95, Perrysville Enjoy free use of kayaks and canoes on the lake. Here is your chance to enjoy a short adventure sport. We provide safety instruction, life jackets, paddles, boats, and encouragement. In partnership with: Mohican Outdoor School, ODNR Parks & Watercraft, Pleasant Hill Lake Park, & MWCD. Gate Entry: $5/car daily pass (Unlimited Seasonal Pass $50)


2 Books In The Park

When: 1 p.m. Where: Fire Company Nature Cabin, 1498 State Route 511 South, Ashland Join us at 1 p.m. to discuss and learn about birds. We will also have snacks, a bonfire, puzzles, and preserved specimens to view.

3 Ashland County Relay for Life at Ashland County Fairgrounds

When: 4 p.m. Where: 2042 Claremont Ave, Ashland Annual event to raise money for the American Cancer Society to help fight cancer. Opening ceremony at 4 p.m. followed by the Survivor Lap and team lap. There will be all kinds of fun games and activities: frozen t-shirt contest, baked goods, auction, Cornhole tournament, Silent auction, DJ. At 9 p.m. we will have our Luminary Ceremony honoring and remembering our loved ones who have survived or lost their lives to cancer.

6-7 Antique ID & Center Street Walking Tour When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Ashland Historical Society, 420 Center St, Ashland More information at

Know any events coming up? Contact Now & Then Events at 212 E. Liberty St. Wooster, OH 44691 or email Please include the date, time, contact information and a brief summary.

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Grilled chicken is a great addition to the grill. Whether at a family cookout or a quiet summer evening at home, these tasty sandwiches are the perfect choice .

Grilled Chicken Ciabatta with Romesco and Baby Greens

Ingredients: 2 loaves ciabatta or 4 ciabattini (ciabatta rolls), sliced in half lengthwise Olive oil, for brushing Fine kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a 1⁄2-inch thickness 1⁄2 recipe Romesco Sauce (see right) Small wedge (about 4 ounces) of Manchego or Parmesan cheese, for shaving 2 cups baby greens

Directions: 1. Prepare a hot fire in your grill. 2. Brush the cut sides of the ciabatta with olive oil. Brush the chicken breasts with olive oil on both sides and season with salt and pepper. 3. Grill the chicken, turning once,

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for 5 minutes total. Grill the ciabatta, cut sides down, until it has good grill marks, 1 to 2 minutes. 4. Slather all the grilled sides of the ciabatta with the Romesco. Place the chicken breasts on the bottom half of the bread, shave some Manchego cheese over the chicken, then top with baby greens and the top half of the bread. If you’re using a loaf of ciabatta, you’ll have 2 chicken breasts on each loaf, so cut each loaf in half horizontally. If you’re using ciabattini, you’ll use 1 breast for each roll. Serve immediately. Romesco Sauce Makes 2 cups 1⁄2 cup toasted slivered almonds 2 jarred roasted red bell peppers, roughly chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 slice white bread (crust removed),

Serves 4

toasted and crumbled 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 1⁄2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1⁄3 cup red wine vinegar 2⁄3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1. In a food processor, grind the almonds. Add roasted peppers, garlic, bread, parsley, and hot pepper flakes. Blend until it becomes a paste. Add the vinegar and pulse to blend. With the motor running, gradually pour the olive oil through the feed tube in a steady stream until the mixture thickens like mayonnaise. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. 2. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe This zesty fish dish is a snap to make and full of flavor. Just pop it in the oven and enjoy these flaky fillets. Broiled Chili-Lime-Crusted Tilapia

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for the pan Juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons) 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon dried oregano, rubbed in your palm 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder 1⁄2 teaspoon onion powder 3⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt

1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 4 fresh tilapia fillets Lime wedges Torn fresh cilantro leaves

Directions: 1. Place the oven rack in the top portion of the oven. Crack the oven door and preheat the broiler to high. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly brush the foil with olive oil. 2. In a shallow dish, combine the

Serves 4

olive oil, lime juice, cornstarch, chili powder, coriander, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Whisk to blend. 3. Dip both sides of each tilapia fillet into the spice mixture and use your fingers to coat evenly. Place the tilapia on the prepared baking sheet with the bottom facing up. Broil for 4 minutes, then carefully flip and cook for 4 to 5 minutes more, or until the fish flakes easily. 4. Serve with lime wedges and torn cilantro.

A canapé is a small piece of bread or pastry with a savory topping. This decorative appetizer is easy to whip up and will surely impress hungry guests. Gorgonzola Canapés with Walnuts



11⁄2 cups crumbled Gorgonzola 1. In a medium-size bowl, toss the Gorgonzola and walnuts. cheese When tossing, be gentle, as you 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts don’t want to end up with big 30 sturdy round crackers clumps. 2. Top each cracker with a small 3⁄4 cup dried cranberries mound of the cheese mixture, 1⁄4 cup minced fresh parsley

Makes 30 canapés

pressing the mixture lightly onto each cracker to keep it from slipping off. Top each cracker with 3 or 4 cranberries, and sprinkle a touch of minced parsley on top of each.

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tudies have shown that music can have a beneficial impact on both mental and physical health. In a meta-analysis of 400 studies, researchers at McGill University in Montreal found that music can reduce stress and boost the immune system. That’s because listening to music increases the body’s production of immunoglobin A, an antibody that plays an critical role in the function of the immune system and cells that attack viruses. A 2013 study even found that music can help children during visits to the emergency room. Researchers at the University of Alberta studied 42 children between the ages of 3 and 11, discovering that those who listened to relaxing music while having an IV inserted reported less pain than children who did not listen to music. In addition, children who listened to music during the adminstration of the IV exhibited less anguish than the children who did not listen to music. Healthcare workers even noted the ease of administering IVs to children who were listening to music compared to patients who were not listening to music.

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