• Still ‘spreading simplicity’

    Lovina Eicher has decided to no longer write The Amish Cook column. I wish her well in life’s challenges and opportunities ahead and feel blessed to have spent so much wonderful time with the Eichers.

  • Few will reveal it, but you are not alone if you are somewhat intimidated by wine.

    Watch that woman there twirling and sniffing and blabbing about the first growths in France. She is insufferable; she wants to dazzle the world with her expert knowledge, while at the same moment the frazzled novice is standing around asking, “Is there any sweet wine on your table?”

  • Got scallops? The Boathouse Restaurant in Crystal River will prepare them to your taste.

    Got kids? The Boathouse has launched its Inspiration Station playground and old-fashioned soda fountain just for them.

    Got a hankering for tasty dishes at affordable prices? Check out the Boathouse menu.

  • In the good old summertime, when the thermometer is pushing 94 degrees, you have to find a way to stay cool and calm.

    A really good antidote to the heat is taking a break with a good book under a shady tree or in blessed air-conditioning.

    Freeze some fresh grapes, and when the icy fruit is ready, arrange the grapes on a plate with a chunk of your favorite cheese (I like Havarti, Gouda or Cheddar) and maybe some crackers or chips for a salty edge.


    Megan Wright Carella

    Chronicle correspondent

    Bad research and Internet myths can be a dangerous combination. In the case of childhood vaccines, this combination led to parents opting out of vaccinating their children, which is causing a resurgence of potentially deadly, and easily preventable, diseases.

    In 1998, Andrew Wakefield, who has since lost his medical license in England, published a small, flawed case study that attempted to link the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism in a prestigious medical journal.

  • Years ago, patients were taking medications only if the doctor recommended and/or directed it. Nowadays, patients are fairly savvy and use the Internet, sources like Wikipedia and go to health food stores and get advice from questionably trained individuals about the benefits of over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, etc.

    For the most part, the information out there is fairly accurate, but I would always recommending reviewing anything you take, whether it is prescription or over-the-counter, with your primary care physician.

  • I was recently invited to Dr. C. Joseph Bennett’s office at The Robert Boissonealt Oncology Institute to speak to one of their support groups. I enjoyed the interaction with the patients and family members, and had the opportunity to answer dental questions they had on their minds. I thought I would briefly mention a few of the questions in today’s column.

    1.  Many people asked about which toothpaste to use. My philosophy on this is to use simple Colgate or Crest. No bells or whistles.

  • Mr. Smith is a 75-year-old gentleman who was diagnosed with CLL, or chronic lymphocytic leukemia, almost 10 years ago.

    CLL causes a slow increase in a certain type of white blood cells called B lymphocytes or B cells. Cancer cells spread through the blood and bone marrow. CLL can also affect the lymph nodes or other organs such as the spleen. CLL eventually can cause the bone marrow to lose its function.

  • During the past few weeks, we have discussed the role of tobacco products, mainly cigarettes, in the development of lung cancer and other related illnesses. Today, we will look at the types of lung cancer and the process of diagnosing this disease.

    Generally speaking, lung cancer starts in the cells which line the bronchi or tubes of the lungs. The effect of tobacco smoke on these cells causes changes in the cell’s DNA and initiates a series of changes and growth abnormalities which leads to the formation of a cancer.

  • Not very long ago, ethnic food was just that, ethnic. Italians ate pasta, Mexicans, tacos, and Jews, bagels and lox. Today in our assimilated cultural milieu, just about anything goes and foods that we once considered “ethnic” have found their way into mainstream American cuisine — much to the delight of us all.


    Chronicle staff

    LECANTO - In many of today’s churches, worship music tends to fall into one of two camps: contemporary songs and choruses or old-fashioned hymns sung the same way for decades.

    But there’s a third camp, a revisiting of the old hymns, leaving the theologically rich texts but tweaking or even completely rewriting the music — and adding drums and electric or acoustic guitars.

  • Red with meat, white with fish: Two of the most tiresome wine adages around — and worst of all, the premise is false.

    Chis Shipley, who ran the wine division at New York’s ultra-plush famous 21 Club, put it like this: “I don’t think about specific flavor matches but about blocks of flavor. If the food is rich, I choose a full-bodied wine. If it’s delicate, I choose a lighter wine.”

  • The Amish Cook

    This is part two of our summer recipe series, answering reader requests for different recipes. The column will return in its usual format next week.

    A reader in Huber Heights, Ohio, asked for a chicken loaf recipe:

    Chicken loaf with peas

    1 cup soft bread crumbs

    2 cups milk

    2 eggs, beaten

    1 teaspoon salt

    1/4 teaspoon paprika

    3 cups cooked chicken, diced

    1/2 cup cooked peas

  • It’s time to celebrate National Hot Dog Month, and hot dogs don’t get much better than those at Lollygaggers Sports Pub & Grill in Crystal River, a bar and eatery with emphasis on good food and friendly service.

    Hot dogs can run the gamut from the traditional wieners in a bun to the various types of bratwurst, knockwurst and smoked sausage sandwiches.


    Angela Maria DeJesus


    The pressure to go to a sterile, big-name gym can be overwhelming, and a person unused

    to the practice of daily exercise might wonder where to begin.

  • As I write this, I’m sitting in church.

    It’s a Saturday night, although at this time during the summer months it’s still daylight outside.

    I’m jotting these notes down on my sermon outline and I’m praying I don’t run out of room. I’m also praying that the pastor will forgive me for writing while he’s speaking. He probably thinks I’m taking copious notes, which I am. But the notes, I think, are on what God is speaking to my heart at this moment.

  • Fresh greens are a must-have at home. Whether in salads, on sandwiches or blended into a smoothie, they’re essential to a well-stocked kitchen. But greens can be pricey, so it’s sometimes hard to keep them around. There are, however, ways to get some leafy goodness while spending next to nothing.

  • Got limp locks? Frustrating frizz? Green where blonde should be? Welcome to summer in Citrus County, the season that wreaks havoc on hair.

    However, don’t despair. There are a few things you can do to keep your ’do from flopping in the heat of summer — without losing your cool.

  • The burgers at Paige’s Root Beer near Citrus Hills may be little, but they are mighty. The sandwiches sizzled to the top of the 2014 annual Citrus County Chronicle Battle of the Burgers competition for a second consecutive win.

  • A sad fact of summertime in Citrus County: Not only does your popsicle melt as soon as you step outside into the summer heat and humidity, so does your makeup.

    But before you resign yourself to sweaty streaks down your face or go bare-faced for the next few months, here are some tips to keep your summer face intact and looking good.