Traverse City Record-Eagle

Edna Shaffer: Grandma's Kitchen

June 22, 2008

Grandma's Kitchen: The safety of plastics

As I sit down to write I often wonder what other writers think about as they try to hit upon a topic.

Getting to know so many of you over the last five years has been a real plus. Sometimes I just feel like this is a personal thank you for being so faithful. You've enriched my life in so many ways. I love hearing about your grandson catching his first fish, or your graduate winning a scholarship. I cry with you when your mother goes to a nursing home, or you've discovered your grandchild is autistic. I like it when I hear you've tried a recipe, or want me to find one for you. I appreciate the recent birthday cards and sweet notes, and the many ways you continue to share your life with me.

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We've all heard that music is good for the soul, but did you know it's also good for your blood pressure? The study I read says to listen to 30 minutes of classical music daily, hopefully rhythmic, while doing a slow, controlled breathing exercise. After a month your blood pressure should drop three to four points.This is NOT a substitute for medication. Continue to restrict the salt and alcohol. Above all, avoid stress (unless you are married to it!). I feel better when I do this every day. It's very calming.

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My Mother's Day this year was different and very special. Daughter Molly invited me to her home for dinner. When I arrived, she poured our coffee and led me to the living room and informed me that her husband Ray was cooking our meal.

While we relaxed and enjoyed our coffee he really had some wild odors filling the air. He knows how to produce a feast. He sautéed wild leeks and green peppers to top off our grilled brats, and cooked salt potatoes and delicious golden breaded morels. To finish off the northern Michigan banquet what else but a thick slice of cherry pie.

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