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Artisan Cuisine: Homemade sauerkraut a real treat

This time of year I find myself craving sauerkraut — with sausages or potatoes — or even in a good rueben sandwich on homemade pumpernickel bread.

Having a little German blood in me doesn’t hurt, but also having tasted the difference between fresh sauerkraut and store-bought, I admit to craving the stuff from time to time.  Most people who don’t care for it have only tasted the strongly acidic and bitter-flavored fermented cabbage served up on hot dogs, but the fresh, zingy flavor of the stuff you make yourself might change your perception as well.

There are also many claims that fermented foods can be good for you and your digestive system.  It’s so easy to make that you might as well try it and see if you become a convert. Here’s a simple method for your first time:


 


House Calls: Females have a bigger risk of ACL injury

House Calls runs every other Saturday. Today’s column is written by Sharryn Jones, a physical therapist at Sutter Coast Hospital.

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Sharryn Jones
As basketball season continues, it’s worth noting there are some important differences between the sexes that should be considered during athletic training.

Studies show that females have a higher tendency towards ACL injures for several reasons. First of all, females tend to have a narrower groove in the knee where the ACL passes through. This can equal more force on the ACL, increasing the risk of injury.


Yoga Bites: Here’s how yoga may aid in weight loss

Yoga Bites appears every four weeks.

Folks in the fitness industry know that January brings many people to the gym or yoga class in order to shed unwanted pounds (holiday or otherwise). People often ask me if yoga can help with weight loss.

First of all, we must understand that many factors play into this subject such as age, genetics, lifestyle, individual will­power, and possible food addictions. We also know that in order to achieve and maintain a healthy weight we must eat well, hydrate and regularly raise our heart rate to torch more calories than we take in.

There are as many styles of yoga as there are individuals on this planet. It’s true that more gentle forms of yoga practice won’t do much for your waistline, while more vigorous yoga styles can burn calories that rival most other athletic exercises. Yoga can be a killer workout.


Del Norte People: Golf film jogs memories of fairways past

Editor’s note: Longtime Del Norte County resident Chuck Blackburn’s column appears every four weeks.

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Chuck Blackburn as a teenager with one of the trophies won while he golfed for Jefferson High School in Daly City. Submitted
Recently my wife Missy and I were in town shopping for food and goodies. She suggested that we stop by Spotlight Video for a movie.

I was sure that she would find something of interest, but to my surprise she came up empty. I had seen a cover of a DVD that had a golfer and a fly fisherman on it. I showed it to her and she agreed to renting it for a week. It was called, “Seven Days in Utopia.”

Its stars were Robert Duvall and Lucas Black. Lucas was a young man out on the professional golf tour and was actually leading the tournament going into the final hole. His father was his caddy and mentor and had a disagreement with him on the selection of his club off the tee. His father talked him into a driver when he wanted to use a three-wood to play a safer shot. This uncertainty led to a shot into deep rough. One bad shot after another led to a disastrous 14 on the par 4 hole.


House Calls: Think ahead to prevent falls at home

Editor’s note: House Calls runs every other Saturday. Today’s column is written by Beverly Sutter, physical therapy supervisor at Sutter Coast Hospital.

According to the Center for Disease Control, one in every three adults over the age of 65 and older falls each year.

Falls are the leading cause of injury and death among older adults. Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls. The most common are fractures of the spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm and hand; 90 percent of hip fractures last year were a result of a fall.  The chances of falling and being seriously injured increase with age. Women are more likely to be injured in a fall compared to men. 


CRDN Report: Planning begins for March rally

Editor’s note: CRDN Report appears every four weeks.

As I write this, College of the Redwoods, Del Norte is in the middle of its winter break. Winter break this school year runs from Dec. 17 to Jan. 13, although the first day of on-campus classes isn’t until Jan. 17. The staff didn’t get quite that long of a break and the campus was open as of Jan. 3.

With classes not in session and students not on campus, the student-run clubs at CRDN don’t usually have anything going on during this time other than perhaps some planning about what they are going to be doing next semester.


Artisan Cuisine: Healthy soups homemade with bouillon

Many times when I’m in the mood for a healthy homemade soup I realize I’m out of chicken stock and I really don’t like to resort to using bouillon cubes that have MSG and contain mostly salt.

So, this habit of making a quick vegetable bouillon for flavoring soups is healthy, very handy and much better tasting than buying store-bought stock or bouillon. Here’s how you make it and one of my favorite winter soup recipes to try:

Clean and scrub your veggies well, then chop into 2-inch pieces as necessary to put into a food processor.

1 bunch of celery, including the leaves (about 8 stalks)


Del Norte 4-H: Del Norte County 4-H Christmas happenings

Editor’s note: The Del Norte 4-H column appears every four weeks. To­day’s column was written by Christine Jones and Valerie Machado.

4-H open house is coming up

Del Norte County 4-H will be holding an open house and enrollment day Jan. 21 in the Arts and Crafts Building at the fairgrounds from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be activities and displays. We will also be taking enrollments for members and leaders. Enrollment is open to youth kindergarten through 18. Come and see what 4-H is all about.


Yoga Bites: We regenerate our bodies, why not our minds?

Yoga Bites appears every four weeks.

You are younger than you think you are.

People tend to think of their body as a fairly continual structure, however the majority of your body’s tissues are in a state of constant renewal, as old cells are discarded and new cells are generated in their place. Each type of tissue has its own rate of turnover, some regenerating in a few days, some over many years.

On present evidence, the only tissues that last a lifetime seem to be the neurons of the cerebral cortex, the inner lens cells of the eyes, and a woman’s oocytes (eggs). The average age of the cells in an adult body may be as young as seven years. The entire human skeleton rebuilds approximately every 10 years.


House Calls: Update that list of all the meds you’re taking

House Calls runs every other Thursday. Today’s column is written by Ken Ortman, director of the Medial/Surgical Unit at Sutter Coast Hospital.

Did you ever wonder why the hospital asks you about your medications every time you go there?  Or ask yourself why they don’t remember from the last visit or can’t just get the list from your old records?

Well, according to numerous studies in hospitals throughout the country, medication errors injure and sometimes kill patients in alarming numbers. Nothing is more devastating to physician or nurses than knowing they have injured a patient. The emotional scars from a single incident will last a lifetime.

We as nurses and doctors have a commitment to you, the patient, to provide the best care possible, and that includes ensuring that the medications you’re taking are the ones you need for the illnesses you have. We also have a duty to ensure you’re not taking medications that don’t work with other medications or are no longer needed. A current list of all the medications you are taking is critical to this commitment. Only you know everything you are taking and can provide that information to us.


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