News: Chow Line

  1. ham on holiday dinner table

    Chow Line: Ham probably cooked, but read the label

    We’re having ham for Christmas dinner this year. I believe ham is already cooked, but when I was growing up, I remember my mother always put a glaze on it and baked it in the oven for several hours. Do I have to do that, or can I just warm it up before serving?   
  2. champagne glasses clinking

    Chow Line: With alcohol, stopping at one or two is best

    During the holidays, I have to admit that I tend to drink more alcohol than usual. I think I could use a reality check. When you’re out with friends or at a party, how much is enough?  
  3. grandson with grandmother making a salad

    Chow Line: Healthy eating: The gift that keeps on giving

    My grandchildren are coming for an extended visit over the holidays. I’ve been concerned about some of their eating habits, but as their grandma, I don’t want to make a big deal about it. What are some subtle things I can do while they’re here to encourage them to eat a little better?  
  4. Chow Line: Steel yourself: ’Tis the season for sweet treats

    I don’t usually have much of a sweet tooth, but during the holidays I tend to go overboard on cookies and other baked goods at parties and when people bring treats to the office. This year, it seems to have started already. Any ideas to help me keep in control?  
  5. blood glucose meter with cereal and fruit in the background

    Chow Line: Managing diabetes is not always easy

    My husband has type 2 diabetes, and lately he has been frustrated about his blood sugar. Even though he gives himself the proper dose of insulin according to his carbohydrate intake, his glucose levels often don’t go down as much as they should. He has a doctor’s appointment, but can you shed some light about what’s going on?  
  6. raw turkey on bottom shelf of refrigerator

    Chow Line: Focus on safety with prep for holiday meal

    I host Thanksgiving dinner for extended family every year. I am never as organized as I hope to be and get totally stressed out. Now some older family members are battling serious health issues, and I’m especially concerned about making sure I do everything properly so no one gets sick. Any tips?  
  7. steamed vegetables

    Chow Line: Steam, roast vegetables to retain nutrients

    What is the best way to cook vegetables so nutrients aren’t destroyed?
  8. pumpkin latte next to pumpkins

    Chow Line: What’s behind the taste in pumpkin flavoring

    When I ordered a pumpkin spice-flavored coffee the other day, a friend told me there’s no real pumpkin in the flavoring used in the drink. I told her I didn’t think there was any pumpkin in any kind of pumpkin spice, and she got upset with me. Am I right?  
  9. baby being fed with spoon

    Chow Line: New strategies to combat peanut allergies

    My grandson is just 5 months old, and I noticed that my daughter and son-in-law gave him a small amount of peanut butter recently. I didn’t say anything, but I thought very young children should avoid peanuts to reduce the chance a peanut allergy might develop. Should I speak up?  
  10. out-of-focus image of yogurt in dairy case

    Chow Line: Yogurt: So many choices, lots to like

    There seem to be a lot more kinds of yogurt than there ever used to be. I like it, but is yogurt really that popular?