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Check it out Go to Galvin’s I can’t tell you how happy I am that Galvin’s Dinner House is up and running again after the restaurant was nearly burned to the ground back in 2010. As far as local eateries go, this home-cooking haven is a St. Joseph institution. Galvin’s prides itself on a quaint, family-style atmosphere just as much as its perfect pan-fried chicken. But, believe me, the mashed potatoes and gravy are just as good. And if you go, make sure you try the baked fudge dessert with ice cream on top. It’s to die for. Galvin’s Dinner House is located at 6802 S. 22nd St. — Shea Conner, St. Joseph News-Press

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A fruit tart prepared by Chef Ralph Filipelli at Luna’s.

SWEET SUMMER Fruit dresses up dessert when the weather turns warm

By ANDREW GAUG St. Joseph News-Press

Einstein was reported to have once said that all he needed was a chair, a table, a violin and bowl of fruit to be happy. One of those things will make many happy as dessert options change in the summer. In summer, fruit is king. There’s not a lot of heavy cream to cover it up or tons of chocolate to help bring spirits up from a dark winter. Granted, you’ll still have your range of birth-

day cakes and pies, especially around the Fourth of July, but there’s a lot more to do with them in terms of fruit. Jeff Keyasko, chef at the J.C. Wyatt House in St. Joseph, is all about produce when it comes to serving up something fresh and refreshing during the summer. “Use fresh, seasonal fruit, whether that be peaches, strawberries, apricots or cherries,” he said in a previous interview. “Something I always try to do is buy local produce versus going

Blackberry and Cherry Cobbler FOR THE FILLING: 12 ounces blackberries 12 ounces cherries, stems and pits removed and halved 1/3 cup sugar 1 tablespoon flour Zest of 1 lemon Pinch of salt For the topping: 1¼ cups flour 1/3 cup sugar 2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 whole egg 1/2 cup buttermilk (I regularly sub fat-free greek yogurt)


to a supermarket.” With his blackberry and cherry cobbler and mini strawberry cheesecakes, Mr. Keyasko creates delicious dishes that require minimal experience and only a handful of ingredients. “These are easy and quite the indulgence,” he says, when describing his mini cheesecakes, which only need about 10 easyto-fi nd ingredients. Ralph Filipelli, owner of Luna’s Fine Dining and Catering, also goes deep into the fruit baskets when summer rolls

around. Recommending people hit up their local farmer’s market or fruit stand, Mr. Filipelli says if the produce is in season, it’s time to enjoy it while it’s good, plentiful and cheap. “In the summer, you’re going to get a little better quality food. Those foods being cheaper mean it’s going to be better. It’s an

inverse rule of economics,” he says. Recipes like a Fruit Tart marry fresh produce and pie. “Think of it as the best yogurt breakfast you've ever had, except it's not yogurt, it's cream cheese and heavy cream,” he says. Filipelli offers these summer dessert recipes to try.

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6 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 teaspoon almond extract Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease a glass pie plate. Stir the blackberries and cherry halves with sugar, flour, lemon zest, and salt in a large bowl until blended. Transfer to the baking dish and set aside. In the same bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt until well mixed. Create a well in the dry ingredients and add the egg, buttermilk (or yogurt), butter, vanilla and almond extracts. Stir, mixing until you get a soft dough. Drop heaping spoonfuls of the dough over the top of the fruit filling. (Don’t worry if the topping doesn’t cover all of the fruit.) Bake until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is nicely browned, about 40 minutes. Please see PAGE 4

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Garden clubs come to town

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Annual convention aims to further garden knowledge

vidual garden clubs in the area, he says Ms. Cooper asked him to speak at the federated convention. “Garden club groups aren’t avid birders but they’re outdoors a lot,” he says. “... What I really wanted to do was to help review birds with them that they already know and motivate them to learn new things and appreciate the other birds more. ... There’s a lot more to enjoy beyond the gardens and vegetation.” For bird enthusiasts and people interested in learning more about birds, Dr. Rushin recommends they go on Midland Empire Audubon Society field trips. These events are advertised in the newspaper throughout the year, and attendance is open to non-members. He says members with more expertise are always willing to share their insights with newcomers, especially because bird populations are important to the natural cycle. “These birds are very, Matt Reid | St. Joseph News- Press Barbara Reyes, center, and Wanda Rasa, right, make their way through the halls of the Holiday Inn during the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri very visible, and whatever happens to them is sort of Convention last week. linked to everything else,” he says. By BROOKE VANCLEAVE The purpose of the con- local peony and water the different kinds of birds Ms. Cooper shares a St. Joseph News-Press ventions is to share and gardens. gardeners might hear and similar sentiment in the enhance garden knowlThroughout the year, see near their yards. importance of extending he Federated edge since each member Missouri garden clubs Although Dr. Rushin gardening knowledge Garden Clubs of might have expertise in a undertake many events doesn’t have a background throughout the state. Missouri, Inc., re- different area. Members and activities related to in ornithology, he’s always “It’s a big circle of helping cently celebrated its 80th listen to seminars and gardening culture such as been interested in birds. your local community, helpanniversary at a convenparticipate in programs creating butterfly gardens, He’s a member of the ing your state and helping tion in St. Joseph. like floral design. bird habitats and bluebird Audubon Society and is the national level,” she says. Members of garden “It’s all about what’s trails. Many districts sup- involved in a local bird clubs throughout the state going on in your yard and port scholarship programs banding station that sends Brooke VanCleave can be reached congregated at the Holigarden and what you can for students entering the information to a national at day Inn Riverfront May do to make it better,” she horticulture and conserdatabase. After giving Follow her on Twitter: @SJNPVanCleave. 14 through 16 to socialize says. vation fields. presentations at some indiand learn about gardenSeminars such as Ms. Cooper says the CROSSWORD ing techniques and tips. “Hot Hostas for the Cool Maryville Garden Club “The convention was Shade” were all about won the Garden Club of fabulous. It was even informing members about the Year award for its better than I expected popular garden trends commitment to promoting it would be,” says Deband ways to take care of gardening in its commubie Cooper, convention specific plants. nity. chairman and Northwest “Hostas are actually The federation also district representative. one of the most popular bands together to support Missouri is split up into perennial plants out there state and national causes. 10 garden club districts, right now. ... (The speakFor instance, Ms. Cooper and each district contains er) presented on all the says the former Missouri several individual clubs. different types of hostas garden clubs president had Cynthia Null, a Northand how they’re creating all the districts join forces west district representanew hostas every year, for a “re-leaf” project to tive from the Maryville and how to care for them,” donate new trees to Joplin, Garden Club, says every Ms. Cooper says. Mo., after it was hit by the district is responsible for The convention also tornado. holding a convention, and makes it a point to proOne of the convention each one sets up a display mote the area and comspeakers this year was at the conventions. munity where the conven- Dr. John Rushin, a retired “Last year we were tion is taking place. This biology professor from in southeast Missouri, year the garden clubs Missouri Western State near Cape Girardeau. took bus tours of notable University. His seminar Next year it will be in St. St. Joseph sites, such as was “Wings Over Our 6. Daily time units (abbr.) CLUES ACROSS Louis,” Ms. Null says. the Missouri Theater and Garden,” a seminar about


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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Check it out A safe way to keep bugs away If there’s one downside to all the outdoor possibilities that come with warmer weather, it’s the accompanying bug bites. But keeping pests away doesn’t have to entail the use of questionable chemicals. Thistle Farms offers an all-natural insect repellent made from geranium oil, citronella and lemongrass. A 4-ounce bottle sells for $14, which benefits Thistle Farms’ mission to help women who have overcome violence, prostitution and addiction. The geranium spray can be purchased at www. thistle-farms-geraniumspray. — Erin Wisdom, St. Joseph News-Press

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Dr. Rick Epp and Joy Wood, associate team leader, use electroconvulsive therapy as treatment for some patients.

Shock therapy in demand at Heartland Mental health treatment improved since its beginnings St. Joseph News-Press


ven Randle McMurphy would have a hard time recognizing electroconvulsive therapy today as the “Shock Shop” treatment depicted in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” The fictional character in Ken Kesey’s novel famously underwent several rounds of the mental health treatment as a punishment for his unruly behavior in the mental health ward. Today, the therapy, revamped and more effective, helps thousands patients per year have who have not responded to other mental health treatments. The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates it’s 90 percent effective in treating patients’ symptoms. Mr. Kesey painted a grim picture of electroconvulsive therapy or ECT, in the 1950s. Though Mr. Kesey dramatized the treatment, providers today say the scenes he described were not far from the truth. Dr. Rick Epp, a psychiatrist with Heartland Health, says that providers first used electroshock therapy in the 1940s without any modifications. As described in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” patients were strapped down, provided a bite block and given an electric stimulus that caused a seizure. “It looked very graphic, and it looked very cruel,” Dr. Epp says. Fortunately for the patients, the induced seizure wiped the memory of the treatment away, so the patients didn’t recall what it felt like, Dr. Epp says. Despite its crude beginnings, providers noticed the treatment carried some benefit for mental health conditions. The induced seizure basically helps the brain “reboot,” Dr. Epp says. Over time, the procedure evolved to limit its negative effects. Patients now undergo anesthesia and receive a paralyzing medication before they have ECT. The paralyzing agent prevents muscle spasms when the provider administers the electric current. Instead of being

placed on either temple, most electrodes are placed on the top of right side of the skull. Dr. Epp says the placement helps minimize memory loss incurred from the treatment. Dr. Epp says the memories the procedure affects tend to be nonemotional ones. He tells patients to write down their passwords and phone numbers. The treatment won’t make them forget the names of their family members. Even with its advancements, ECT’s storied past continues to color its present. Sarah Spiers is looking into getting the procedure in the future to help with her depression symptoms. The Maysville, Mo., woman has rapid cycling bipolar disorder. During a stay at a mental health facility, her roommate had ECT. Within a few hours, her roommate started smiling and laughing, Ms. Spiers says. It seemed to really work for her, so Ms. Spiers started researching about it. She’s still unsure whether she’ll ever go through with it. “For someone who’s looking into it, it’s really a scary deal,” Ms. Spiers says. “It still has a dark cloud over it whether providers want to

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admit it or not.” Dr. Epp knows that the ECT’s storied past gives it a unique, almost mythical status in popular culture. But he sees it as an effective treatment for patients with depression, mania, catatonia and other mental health conditions who do not respond to other forms of treatment. Dr. Epp says the turnaround from the procedure continues to amaze him. “It’s just remarkable to see people who are doing so poorly do so well in such a short time,” he says. In between sessions, patients meet with a provider to score their symptoms. He remembers one patient he met with on a Monday who scored a four on the depression scale. Most people, even those without mental illness, score a five or a six on the scale on Mondays because they’ve just started their work week. “You’re the happiest person in this room,” Dr. Epp remembers telling his patient. Relapse remains an issue for patients who go through with ECT, Dr. Epp says because technology has not yet offered a permanent solution. Patients who have it done

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will continue to take their medications. Some may end up doing only one series of ECT with anywhere from five treatments to 20 treatments. Some, like Star Wars’ Carrie Fisher, may end up on a maintenance plan of treatments every few weeks.

Even with no long-term fix guaranteed and the stigma of the procedure, Dr. Epp says ECT at Heartland remains in high demand. Jennifer Gordon can be reached at Follow her on Twitter: @SJNPGordon.

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Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes For the topping: 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and halved 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice For the filling: 1 1/4 pound cream cheese, at room temperature 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup sour cream 2 eggs, at room temperature 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. To make the topping, in a nonreactive saucepan, combine 1/2 pound of the strawberries with the sugar. Using a fork, gently mash the strawberries. Set the pan over medium-high heat and cook until the strawberries are softened, about three minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining 1/2 pound of strawberries and the lemon juice. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool completely. (The topping can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to two days.) Line two 12-cup miniature muffin pans with miniature

paper or foil liners. To make the filling, in a bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the cream cheese until fluffy, about three minutes. Reduce the speed to low, gradually add the sugar and beat until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and sour cream and beat until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour and beat until combined. Divide the filling evenly among the prepared muffin cups, filling each about threefourths full. Bake until the cheesecakes are just set in the center, about 15 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the cheesecakes cool in the pan for five minutes. Using a small offset spatula, transfer the cheesecakes to the rack and let cool completely, about 45 minutes. Refrigerate the cheesecakes in an airtight container for several hours or up to three days. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the strawberry topping onto each chilled cheesecake and serve immediately.

Margarita Pie For the crust: 8 ounces whole-grain pretzel sticks

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted 1/3 cup agave syrup For the filling: 12-ounce can evaporated skim milk 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder 1/3 cup agave syrup Zest of 1 lime 6 tablespoons lime juice (about 4 large limes) 2 tablespoons orange juice (about 1 orange) 2 tablespoons tequila 1 tablespoon orange liqueur (such as triple sec) 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup heavy cream For the whipped topping: 2 cups heavy cream 5 tablespoons agave syrup 1 tablespoon vanilla extract Pinch of salt Lime slices, for garnish Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Use cooking spray to lightly coat a 9-inch pie pan or a 12-inch tart pan. To prepare the crust, use a food processor to finely grind the pretzels. Add the butter and agave syrup, then pulse to combine. Transfer the pretzel mixture to the prepared pan and press it evenly along the bottom and up the

sides. Bake for five to seven minutes, or until the edges turn slightly golden. Set aside to cool. To make the filling, fill a large bowl with ice and cold water. Set aside. In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of the evaporated skim milk and the arrowroot powder. Set aside. In a small saucepan over medium, combine the remaining evaporated milk and the agave syrup until the mixture comes to a gentle simmer. Whisk in the arrowroot mixture. Stirring constantly, let the mixture thicken slightly. Remove the pan from the heat and place it in the bowl of ice water. Whisk the mixture often until cooled. Pour the cooled filling into a large bowl. Whisk in the lime zest, lime juice, orange juice, tequila, orange liqueur and vanilla extract. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until semi-firm. Use an electric mixer to beat the cream to soft peaks. Fold the whipped cream into the cooled lime mixture. Spoon the filling into the pie crust and freeze until firm, about four hours. To make the whipped topping, in a medium bowl combine the heavy cream, agave syrup, vanilla extract and salt. Use an electric mixer to beat until stiff peaks form, about

two to three minutes. Let the pie defrost for 10 minutes before serving. Top with the whipped topping and lime slices.

Fruit Tart Short dough (for crust) 1 3/4 cups flour pinch salt 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup butter or margarine (cold) 1 egg Mix together all dry ingredients with butter until it has a uniform course meal look. Beat egg, then add to mixture and mix until just combined. Wrap tightly and refrigerate at least 40 minutes (overnight works very nicely). Roll into tart pan or pie tin (tart pan is pictured and presents more nicely). Use a fork to make plenty of holes to let the air escape so the shell is flat. You also may choose to weigh the crust down with dry beans or another pie tin. Bake the shell with nothing in it until golden brown. Let cool in the pan it baked in. For the cream cheese filling 12 ounces cream cheese (room temp and softened) 1/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup sugar (or to taste) 1 tablespoon vanilla extract Beat cream cheese in mixer until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth. Spread evenly in cooled tart shell For the glaze for fruit 1/4 cup orange juice 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch Mix cornstarch and OJ together, add sugar and simmer until thick (five minutes). Let cool. For the fruit filling/topping 2 plums 2 nectarines Slice fruit and mix with glaze. If not ripe enough, simmer with the glaze above to soften and sweeten. Spread over cream cheese mixture. For the berries Raspberries Blackberries Strawberries (sliced) Cherries Arrange over the top decoratively. Optional: Sprinkle with powdered sugar, or drizzle with melted white chocolate for decoration. Andrew Gaug can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @SJNPGaug.

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