THE CONSUMER VISION
 
January 2020
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
In this Table of Contents, three asterisks *** are used to separate the title of each article from its author. In the same way, three asterisks *** will be used to separate articles to make using your browser’s search feature easier. If any of you have screen readers that make searching difficult or undoable with asterisks, please let us know not only that, but also if three number signs ### would be easier. If you are a screen reader user for whom neither symbol works, please let us know what works best, and we’ll do our best to accommodate.
 
In columns like Special Notices, Readers’ Forum, and Recipes from Karen Crowder, letters of the alphabet—A, B, C, etc.—are used to separate items.
 
1. HEALTH MATTERS: Personal News, Vitamin D and Omega-3 Supplementation, and More *** by Leonore Dvorkin
 
2. COMMENTARY AFTERMATH: Bad Drugs and Loopholes: A Cautionary Tale *** by James R. Campbell and Michael Anthony Soares
 
3. A WORD ABOUT SPORTS: Baseball Players’ Salaries Approach Size of State Budgets *** by Don Wardlow
 
4. WEATHER OR NOT: A Big Storm in the Northeast Can Be a Hawaiian Punch *** by Steve Roberts
 
5. STATISTICS ON EMPLOYMENT OF THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED NEED SERIOUS UPDATING *** by Dennis Brady
 
6. AUTHORS’ CORNER
 
7. THE HANDLER’S CORNER: Living and Working with Guide Dogs *** by Ann Chiappetta, M.S.
 
8. RECIPE COLUMN *** by Karen Crowder
 
9. CONSUMER VISION TRIVIA CONTEST
 
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1. HEALTH MATTERS: Personal News, Vitamin D and Omega-3 Supplementation, and More
Copyright 12/24/19 by Leonore H. Dvorkin
Email: leonore@leonoredvorkin.com
Leonore welcomes comments on any of her articles.
 
A. Greetings and a little publishing news
 
Hello, everyone, and Happy New Year! David and I hope you had a joyous holiday season, and we wish you all the best for 2020. Our own new year is sure to be very busy. I’m continuing to tutor languages and teach my exercise classes, and David and I already have half a dozen new editing projects lined up for the start of 2020.
 
We send special thanks to our editing clients, many of whom have done or will do multiple books with us. We have just released Mary Hiland’s second book. The title is Insight Out: One Blind Woman’s View of Her Life. An overview of the book is provided in the ad which you will find in Authors’ Corner in this newsletter.
 
B. The happy changes in our home and their good effects on me
 
Many of you know that last summer, David and I found a wonderful couple, Dave Aymami and Marcy Bernier, who did extensive yard cleanup and flower planting for us. After that, we learned that they do all kinds of other work, either separately or together: general handyman work, furniture repair and refinishing, cleaning of all sorts, outstanding painting (both exterior and interior), and even sewing. In short, there seems to be almost nothing they can’t do, and they do it all well.
 
For the past few weeks, Dave has been working primarily on painting various rooms of our house. It’s very tedious work, mainly because we have a grand total of 27 large bookcases in the house, all full of books and other items. You can only imagine the work it takes to remove the thousands of books and other items so that the heavy cases can be moved away from the walls, then put all that back once the walls are painted.
 
However, these home improvements are well worth every bit of effort and all the expense required for their completion. That’s because these are changes that I’ve wanted for years, even decades, as we’ve been in this house since 1971. Now we’ve found people who can make them for us. With each change that’s made, either a large one or a small one, my mood improves still more. Once all the work is done, I intend to write an essay, probably a long blog post, about the whole project, detailing what was done and why.
 
I’m hoping and expecting that writing and editing will be easier and more enjoyable for me in 2020 and beyond. That’s because my study, the place where I work at my desktop computer, is now the loveliest, softest blue-green you can imagine. The color even has a delightful name, “Quietude.” If you want to see it online, it’s SW (Sherwin Williams) 6212. All I have to do is look at the walls, now, to feel calmer and happier.
 
So here’s to home improvements in general, whether you make them yourself or hire someone else to make them. They can have a truly remarkable effect on your mood and on the moods of those who visit your home.
 
C. Vitamin D supplementation may slow diabetes progression
(Source: Science Daily, 7/25/19, from the European Journal of Endocrinology)
 
As most of us know, Type 2 diabetes is an increasingly prevalent disease. It places a huge burden on patients and society, and it can lead to serious problems, such as nerve damage, blindness, and kidney failure. Two risk factors for it are obesity and family history. Low vitamin D levels have previously been associated with an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Now a Canadian study has found that high-dose vitamin D supplementation, approximately 5-10 times the recommended dose, which is 400-800 IU per day, improves glucose metabolism, helping to prevent the development and progression of diabetes. / Note: I’ve read in many other places that Vitamin D3 is the best type to buy. I have diabetes, and I take two capsules of 2000 IU per day, so this is at the lower end of the dosage range recommended in this article.
 
D. In major meta-analysis, omega-3 fish oil supplements linked with lower cardiovascular disease
(Source: EurekAlert, 9/30/2019 / Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health)
 
More than 120,000 adults were studied in 13 worldwide clinical trials. Those taking daily omega-3 fish oil supplements had lower risks of heart attack and other cardiovascular disease events compared with those given a placebo. Higher doses of omega-3 fish oil supplements, above the 840 mg/day used in most clinical trials, appeared to provide even greater risk reduction. Other public health recommendations include increasing fish consumption, having an overall heart-healthy diet, not smoking, and being physically active. / Note: Omega-3 supplements are readily available and inexpensive.
 
E. Jogging and five other exercises ward off weight gain despite “obesity genes”
(Source: Science Daily, 8/1/19 / PLOS Genetics. PLOS is the Public Library of Science.)
 
This article was from the summer, but after the holiday season, a time when most people overeat, this might be encouraging news. A Taiwan University study of more than 18,000 Han Chinese adults from 30 to 70 years of age found that jogging and five other types of exercise are especially effective at combating genetic effects that contribute to obesity.
 
The researchers looked at five measures of obesity, such as BMI (body mass index), body fat percentage, and waist-to-hip ratio. They found that regular jogging was the best exercise for managing obesity, followed by walking, power walking, mountain climbing, certain types of dancing (not specified in the article), and long yoga practices. Cycling, stretching exercises, swimming, and Dance Dance Revolution, which involves dancing to a video game, did not counteract the genetic effects on obesity.
 
Overall, the study suggests that genetics are not destiny when it comes to obesity, and that the effects can be lessened by several types of regular exercise. Given that obesity continues to be a serious public health challenge, the benefits of exercise cannot be overstated.
 
About the Author
Leonore Dvorkin and her husband of 51 years, David Dvorkin, live in Denver, Colorado. David is a prolific author, with 29 published books to his credit. Leonore is the author of four books, and both of them have written dozens of articles and essays. David is a retired computer programmer and technical writer. Leonore and he now work almost exclusively at home.
 
In addition to writing, Leonore tutors languages (German, Spanish, and English, formerly French as well) and teaches exercise classes, mainly weight training. In 1977, she won a state-wide award from the YWCA for her original program. Keeping up with health and nutrition news is one of her passions.
 
Since 2009, David and Leonore have been running DLD Books Editing and Self-Publishing Services. In those 10 years, they have assisted more than 50 authors with self-publishing over 80 books, both fiction and nonfiction. The large majority of their clients are blind or visually impaired.
 
David and Leonore invite you to visit any of their websites for more details and contact information.
 
David Dvorkin: http://www.dvorkin.com/
Leonore Dvorkin: http://www.leonoredvorkin.com/
DLD Books Editing and Self-Publishing Services: http://www.dldbooks.com/
 
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2. COMMENTARY AFTERMATH: Bad Drugs and Loopholes: A Cautionary Tale
by James R. Campbell and Michael Anthony Soares
 
In April of 2007, Susan Soares of Jacksonville, Florida was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis. With that, a nine–year journey began that ended with her death on August 20, 2016 at the age of 64.
 
Her condition was directly related to Avandia, a drug that was introduced in 1999 by GlaxoSmithKlein as a treatment for diabetes. The new medication left much to be desired and is one of the most dangerous drugs of its type. The list of side effects in the drug’s profile include but are not limited to: heart problems, edema, weight gain, liver disease, and blood abnormalities. Anyone who reads this list should be wary of using this drug. Yet, deaf to protest and a flood of lawsuits, the company that makes this drug refuses to pull it from the market, and the FDA hasn’t taken appropriate action, either.
 
Mike Soares knows all too well the pain and suffering this drug has caused. He was his wife’s primary caregiver for the nine years between diagnosis and her death. It was a physical and emotional drain on him, but it was the greatest act of love he could give. He did the best he could under trying circumstances, despite his blindness and other challenges he lives with every day.
 
The couple, who married in 2006, kept hearing warnings about the drug on TV. Susan took Avandia from 2004 to 2005. She stopped taking the medicine because she didn’t feel right concerning complaints about it, but the damage was done. Her condition left her debilitated, yet she tried her best to live a full life.
 
The Soares joined in a class action lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKlein in 2014. They were seeking compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and punitive damages. The lawyers for the company advised the Soares that they didn’t qualify for participation in the suit because Susan didn’t have issues with her heart. These developed later, but the company excluded the couple from the suit regardless of Susan’s condition.
 
A word of warning to the reader: Don’t fall for ads on TV that offer help with lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies. They are often misleading. The people who were supposed to represent Mike and Susan Soares worked for the company that made Avandia. These people are out for themselves. Their interest rests in protecting the bottom line of Big Pharma. The people they hurt are of no concern to them.
 
Michael Soares has the following comment with respect to his feelings about his loss:
“We owe a death; there are no exceptions. All of us will be judged according to our works. What answer would we give if we put a dangerous drug on the market and left it there despite the damage it caused?”
 
It’s up to us, the average man and woman, to take measures on our own. Begin by contacting your representatives and demanding that Avandia and other drugs of questionable safety be pulled from the market immediately. Spread the word; take the case to the talk shows and the internet. If all else fails, as a last resort, take the matter to the streets by way of peaceable assembly. We have that right; in the case of issues like this, it is a responsibility, so long as no damage is done through violence. I know this last measure sounds extreme, but when lives are at stake, we must take any action short of violence or destruction of property to make change.
 
There is one right that we have that I haven’t mentioned. If a doctor prescribes a drug that you don’t feel is safe, you don’t have to take it. Any reasonable doctor should be willing to work with you to find the best alternative. If they don’t, it may be necessary to find another health provider, but it may be a wise choice if your health and life are on the line.
 
There have been some major successes in the war on opiates. Several states, including Oklahoma, have won major decisions in which Big Pharma has been ordered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars for contributing to the opiate addiction epidemic. Maybe, with a little help from Mr. and Mrs. Average, the day will come when the same rulings apply to other drugs, Avandia being one of those. It’s up to us to make it happen; we are our only hope.
 
As always, thanks for your time.
 
With loving kindness,
James R. Campbell
Campbelljamesr1968@gmail.com
 
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3. A WORD ABOUT SPORTS: Baseball Players’ Salaries Approach Size of State Budgets
by Don Wardlow
 
As the calendar winds down toward the end of 2019, I’m considering the numbers which concern baseball. The most concerning are not home runs, strikeouts, wins or losses. During calendar year 2019, six players were given a total of 1 billion, 800 thousand dollars. Every team carried 25 men on their roster; the number will grow to 26 in 2020. There are 31 teams in the major leagues. That amounts to 775 players in 2019; it will become 801 next year. Of the 775, six came close to raking in $2 billion among them.
 
The first three of these six huge contracts were handed out before the season began. The Phillies signed Bryce Harper for $330 million over 10 years. The Padres made Manny Machado their own at a cost of $300 million. The Angels retained Mike Trout at a cost of $430 million. Following the World Series, won by the Washington Nationals, they retained their ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg for seven years with a $245 million price tag. The Nationals’ third baseman, Anthony Rendon, was taken by the Angels for the same money. The largest contract following the recent winter meetings went to Gerrit Cole, who heads to the Yankees and will bank $324 million. Unlike football players, these guys have this money guaranteed.
 
Baseball players’ salaries long ago zoomed into the stratosphere beyond mere mortals. A neurosurgeon like the one who repaired my back can pull in $400,000 to $700,000 a year, which by baseball standards is the minimum wage. The $2 billion sextet have been handed money beyond calculation to most of us. A reliable source who recently retired from a life of public service told me he never worked for a town with a budget of more than $3 million. Budgets for cities whose names are household words have proven impossible to find. State budgets are a matter of easily located public record. Thirteen of our 50 United States have budgets of $10 billion or less. Four of the New England states are in this group. Rhode Island, at $10 billion, has the highest budget of the 13, followed by Maine at $8 billion, with New Hampshire and Vermont at $6 billion apiece. The lowest three are Montana at $5.1 billion, South Dakota at $4.9 billion, and Delaware at $4.5 billion. So, with nearly $2 billion available to them, this group of six men, on their most recent contracts alone, are getting money nearly equal to one-half or one-third of the budget of a small state.
 
Is anybody asking where the money will come from to pay these six and the other 795 major league players in 2020? The fans will pay, as always. The fans will pay even if they sit in comfort at home and watch on TV, because the teams successful enough to hand out this money have large TV contracts which we pay for in higher cable rates. And boy, will we ever pay if we have a chance to go to a game. The average ticket price was $32.99 in 2019 and can only go higher. That’s for one fan, not counting his family. And while every park is expensive, Yankee Stadium leaves them all behind. In the years I went there, mostly on payday, premium seats went for $12.00. Now, standing room is $15.00, with primo seating as high as $2,600.00. And if, by hook or crook, you get a ticket, we haven’t discussed the cost of parking, hot dogs, beers, and souvenirs.
 
The madness of players’ salaries began with Andy Messersmith and Jim Catfish Hunter in the mid-1970s. It has only escalated in the decades since, punctuated by two vicious strikes, one of which cost the fans the 1994 World Series. Top salaries now exceed $35 million a year. I simply can’t imagine owners going past $50 million per year, which agents like Scott Boras will demand in another decade or so. Eventually, as ticket prices and cable rates continue to climb, there has to be an end to the madness. I fear the end will produce the end of baseball itself.
 
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4. WEATHER OR NOT: A Big Storm in the Northeast Can Be a Hawaiian Punch
by Steve Roberts
 
A National Perspective on East Coast Storms
 
Because of how the weather is presented to the people of the United States, we do not have a very good sense of its full evolution. Let’s take a look at the development of a nor’easter, for example.
 
There is a storm taking shape in Colorado. This storm will move to the east and spark the development of a secondary area of low pressure to the east of Cape Hatteras. This storm will travel into the Northeast. As it travels up the East Coast of the United States, it will become a formidable storm.
 
A storm forms down in the very warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and then runs up the East Coast as a powerful nor’easter. As you see, that storm formed down in the Gulf of Mexico, but you get a poor sense of the storm’s true history. The same can be said of the storm that formed out in Colorado.
 
The Pacific Connection to Atlantic Storms
 
The storm that developed out in Colorado got its start up in the Gulf of Alaska. This low then went to the southeast and reformed in Eastern Colorado. The low then went to the east and handed its energy over to a secondary storm to the east of Cape Hatteras and became a powerful nor’easter. So that storm formed in the Eastern Pacific long before it riled the waters of the Western Atlantic.
 
Our storm that supposedly developed down in the Gulf of Mexico actually got its start out by Hawaii. The low developed out over the islands or in the waters to the south of the island chain. The storm strengthened as it steamed to the east. As the storm crossed the mountainous terrain of Old Mexico, it weakened. As the storm entered the Gulf of Mexico, it quickly developed. Once the storm organized, it raced up the East Coast of the United States, giving us all a Hawaiian punch!
 
How About a Hawaiian Punch?
 
An East Coast storm can deliver a Hawaiian punch in one of two ways. First, a storm out by the Hawaiian Islands can cross the Pacific Ocean and Old Mexico, reorganize in the Gulf of Mexico, and then launch up the East Coast as a formidable nor’easter.
 
Second, a northern-stream system can phase up with the subtropical branch of the jet stream, which emanates from Hawaii, infuses the disturbance with moisture, causing it to bomb out. When a big East Coast storm is in the forecast, you might be about to get a Hawaiian punch!
 
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5. STATISTICS ON EMPLOYMENT OF THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED NEED SERIOUS UPDATING
by Dennis Brady
 
The official unemployment rate among the 4 million or so blind or visually impaired U.S. citizens is somewhere between 70-75%. However, there are some major problems with these stats.
 
First, the last update appears to be from September 2010, some nine years ago. Second, that 70-75% is based on all persons eligible to work between ages 16 and 64, and it also includes retired folks who may be looking for work. If one is only interested in blind or visually impaired persons who are actively looking for work and WANT to work, the unemployment rate may be closer to 30%. It’s very difficult to determine just what our unemployment rate is because the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) doesn’t keep track of unemployment numbers by disability classifications.
 
Another problem is that discrimination is rampant. It’s a clear violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA 1990) for any employer to discriminate against any potential employee on the basis of disability, but all an employer has to say is that a blind person can’t do the job. A very good reason to use your rehab counselor AND the adaptive technology specialist is to demonstrate to the potential employer why you are a good candidate for the job, and how certain adaptive equipment can help make that happen. It may very well be up to the state agency for the blind to buy and install that adaptive equipment.
 
There are other practical considerations that may prevent many of the blind from working, including many SSDI and SSI regulations that may actually be a disincentive to work. Also, unless you own a computer with adaptive software, just getting the job information and filling out the application may be a bear. Also, transportation could be a big issue if you are in an area with scarce mass transit options and limited paratransit availability. You may not want to look for work if the end result could be the loss of your Medicaid insurance.
 
Someone has to provide a more updated set of stats dealing with the blind unemployment situation so that state agencies serving the blind, as well as organizations of and for the blind, can determine what proposals need to be made or actions taken.
 
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6. AUTHORS’ CORNER
 
A. INSIGHT OUT: One Blind Woman’s View of Her Life
Copyright 2019 by Mary Hiland
Independently published
 
In paperback and e-book from Amazon, Smashwords, and other online sellers.
326 pages in print.
The e-book is text-to-speech enabled.
 
Cover image, long synopsis, free text preview, author bio, and handy buying links are on the author’s website: https://www.dldbooks.com/maryhiland/
 
Short synopsis of Insight Out:
 
The passions of this exceptionally active author include dancing, cross-country skiing, tandem bicycling, hiking, and public speaking, and she devotes a whole chapter to each of these. Other chapters detail what it’s like being a blind parent and grandparent. Her two children and five grandchildren are lovingly described, as are other relatives, friends, and her five Seeing Eye© dogs thus far. The book includes chapters on how to interact with a person with a guide dog, myths and misperceptions about blindness, helpful technology, and tributes to many strong women in her life. The numerous photos, some of them from decades ago, show the author, some of her beloved relatives, and her obvious enjoyment of her many physical activities.
 
Mary Hiland is also the author of the 2017 book The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living: A Daughter’s Memoir. See her website for details. The link to that is above.
 
The editing, formatting, e-book conversion, and cover design for both of her books were done by DLD Books Editing and Self-Publishing Services: http://www.dldbooks.com/
 
B. Good news for two self-published authors!
Submitted by Leonore Dvorkin, Editor, DLD Books
Our client Ann Chiappetta writes that she sold over 20 copies of the Audible audio book versions of her first two books in December 2019 alone.

Her three published books are:
1. Upwelling: Poems (2016)
2. Follow Your Dog: A Story of Love and Trust (2017)
3. Words of Life: Poems and Essays (2019)

Full details and buying links for all three books in e-book and print formats, as well as for the first two books in audio format, are on her website. You can find that at https://www.dldbooks.com/annchiappetta .

Ann’s fourth book, a collection of short stories, will be published in 2020. Congratulations, Ann, on your impressive productivity and good sales!

C. Mary Hiland, author of the brand-new book Insight Out: One Blind Woman’s View of Her Life (see the ad above), has written me that she is full of good ideas for marketing her new book. I sent her my hearty approval and congratulations. No spoilers as to what her ideas are, but if they pan out, and with her permission, of course, I will be happy to share them later.

Find full details about this book and about her previous book, The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living: A Daughter’s Memoir, on her website: https://www.dldbooks.com/maryhiland/


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7. THE HANDLER’S CORNER: Living and Working with Guide Dogs
by Ann Chiappetta, M.S.
 
Happy New Year from our home to yours. This year, our family decided to forego a traditional tree and instead set up a tabletop version. We felt it was much safer for our pet-friendly home. Last year, the dogs ate some of the candy canes and the cat kept knocking off ornaments and chewing at the end of the fake tree branches. Last year, Bailey ran and slid into the tree, knocking it over and breaking some of our decorations. Ugh.
 
This year, we thought a smaller, live, and more stable tree would help resolve past problems. It seems to have done the trick.
 
Keeping a pet-friendly home is like keeping a home safe for small children. Open territory is from the floor up to 36” and maybe higher, depending on the size of your pet dog and its house manners.
 
Keep shoes in closets and securely close doors to cabinets containing food and chemical products. Tuck away loose cords, and make sure wastebaskets have locking lids or are otherwise kept out of reach. Don’t leave open bags or purses lying around. That yummy gum or lip balm can be hazardous to a dog. The sweeteners, like Xylitol, are toxic, and a lip balm dispenser can cause intestinal blockage if swallowed. Some dogs love personal items like eyeglasses or remote controls. One dog I knew kept taking his owner’s dentures from the nightstand and destroying them.
 
Child gates are also a good strategy for temporary separation. I rely on wire kennels to keep my dogs from begging and such when we’re entertaining. There is nothing worse than a drooling dog watching you eat. Blech!
 
There are many other strategies to keep pets and children safe all year round.
 
Wags from all, and see you on the pages.
Ann Chiappetta
Making meaningful connections with others through writing.
www.annchiappetta.com
Blog www.thought-wheel.com
Are you an Audible subscriber? Listen to Upwelling: Poems and Follow Your Dog: A Story of Love and Trust on www.audible.com
My DLD Books website, with full information about all my books, is at https://www.dldbooks.com/annchiappetta/
 
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8. RECIPE COLUMN
by Karen Crowder
 
As January 2020 arrives, everyone is in a celebratory mood.  As we celebrate the end of another holiday season, realities seem distant. It is a month of hope with resolutions and new beginnings. However, in New England, the Midwest, and the Far West, January is often the coldest month of the year. There are snowy and icy days when schools are canceled. Even though the holidays have passed, the winter months are a good time for a vacation to the South or to go on a cruise to Mexico or the Caribbean.
 
Three special days occur in January. New Year’s Day is Wednesday, January 1. Louis Braille’s birthday is Saturday, January 4. Martin Luther King Day is Monday, January 13.
 
I have three delectable recipes that can be prepared throughout the year.
 
Contents:
A. Marjorie Deacon’s Scottish Shortbread
B. Crab Meat and Pollock Newburg
C. On the Spot Mushroom/Garlic/Onion Side Dish
 
A. Marjorie Deacon’s Scottish Shortbread
 
I have made changes to this recipe, using less powdered sugar and less flour. I add vanilla and a pinch of salt. This recipe is from Cookies from Around the World Cookbook. It can be purchased at the Blind Mice Mega Mall in one braille volume. My friend Jenny has spent the holidays with me. She loves this new shortbread recipe, as do others with whom I have shared the cookies.
 
Ingredients:
One cup butter at room temperature
One cup powdered sugar
One and one-half cups all-purpose flour
One cup cornstarch
A pinch of salt, optional
One-fourth to one teaspoon real vanilla.
 
Directions:
1. Soften butter in a stainless steel mixing bowl. This should take approximately 30 minutes. Add powdered sugar and blend the sugar and butter with clean hands.
2. Add flour and blend again for two minutes with clean hands. Be sure the dough feels smooth and there is no flour on the bottom or sides of the bowl.
3. Add cornstarch, optional salt, and vanilla. Knead dough again for two minutes.
4. Shape dough into balls and put them on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Flatten them gently with fingers. Then prick each cookie with a fork.
5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
6. Bake cookies for 24 minutes.
 
Take the cookies out of the oven right away, and sprinkle them with powdered sugar. You won’t be able to resist tasting at least one while they are hot. Turn them over when they’re cool. Store them in airtight containers.
 
I promise they will disappear within days because of their tender texture and buttery flavor.
 
B. Crab and Pollock Newburg
 
I had to create this recipe because scallops and lobster are prohibitively expensive. Pollock is delicious in fish chowder.
 
Ingredients:
One can crabmeat
One-half pound pollock
Pinches of curry powder, garlic powder, and optional dried chives
One stick butter
Four tablespoons flour
One and three-fourths cup whole milk
One to three-fourths cup heavy cream
One bag Success rice.
 
Directions:
1. In a double boiler or three-quart saucepan, melt one-half stick butter on low heat. After 10 minutes, add four tablespoons flour and stir until mixture is smooth. This will take one minute.
2. Add milk and spices, and with a wire whisk, stir again until smooth, infrequently, for 30 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, sauté pollock in two tablespoons butter in a small saucepan with dashes of garlic and curry for 15 minutes.
4. To the thickened sauce, add heavy cream and stir. Add fish and let simmer until serving time.
5. Cook Success rice in boiling water in lock-lid saucepan for 11 minutes while Newburg is simmering. Slit open bag and mix rice in a large plastic bowl with butter.
 
With deep metal or plastic stirring spoon, serve rice in crocks and top with hot Newburg. The spices and heavy cream bring out the flavor of the fish. There will be no Newburg left.
 
C. On the Spot Mushroom/Garlic/Onion Side Dish
 
I invented this dish on Christmas Eve 2019. I had company over that afternoon, and we had grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches. After church, my friend Jenny and I came up with this dish. It is light and delicious as a meal with tossed salad during spring, summer, or autumn months.
 
Ingredients:
Eight cut or whole mushrooms
One and one-half tomatoes
One or two cloves garlic
Two small onions
Three-fourths stick butter
Twelve Ritz crackers
Dashes of curry powder, garlic powder, and dried chives
Dashes of olive oil
 
Directions:
1. In a medium stainless steel mixing bowl, break up rinsed mushrooms. On a cutting board, chop tomatoes and two cloves garlic. Mix them with the mushrooms.
2. In a small bowl, crush crackers with chopped onion, butter, and spices.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
4. Lightly grease a three-quart casserole dish with butter and a little olive oil. Put vegetables in casserole dish, topping them with stuffing.
5. Bake vegetable dish for 25 minutes.
 
Serve this side dish in bowls with a tossed salad and fish or ham sandwiches. We accompanied the vegetable dish with fish sandwiches.
 
I hope all Consumer Vision readers and listeners have a happy, successful, and healthy 2020.
Let us work, hope, and pray for a patient, trusting, and congenial America.
 
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9. CONSUMER VISION TRIVIA CONTEST
 
Here is the answer to the trivia question submitted in the December Consumer Vision. A male turkey is called a tom. Congratulations to the following winners:
 
Jan Colby of Brockton, Massachusetts
Daryl Darnell of Urbana, Illinois
Chad Grover of Corning, New York
Trish Hubschman of Easton, Pennsylvania
Susan Jones of Indianapolis, Indiana
Jean Marcley of Bradenton, Florida
Brian Sackrider of Port Huron, Michigan
Jo Smith of West Dennis, Massachusetts
Abbie Taylor of Sheridan, Wyoming
 
And now, here is your question for the January Consumer Vision. What comedian did a comedy routine about introducing tobacco to civilization? If you know the answer, please email bobbranco93@gmail.com or call 508-994-4972.
 
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