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67 Most Delicious Comfort Foods You Can Find In Westchester

westchestermagazine.com — by Amy Sowder | Photography by Andre Baranowski Comfort food is the edible equivalent of your childhood blankie: Its warmth envelops you, making you feel cozy, lethargic, and contented. These typically warm, soothing, and traditional meals and snacks evoke a sentimental, sometimes nostalgic, feeling of well-being.

Goodbye To Waste

westchestermagazine.com — The peels and ends of the vegetables at Blue Pig in Croton are not thrown away but used to make stock Food "scraps" are playing more imaginative roles these days, as awareness rises that one-third of the food produced for human consumption in the world gets lost or wasted every year, according to the United Nations Environment Program.

Orthopedics: Got pain? New surgeries, treatment options speed healing and recovery

lohud.com — Got pain from arthritis or a sports injury? Maybe it's genetics or perhaps a car crash contributes to an aching neck or back. Whatever the orthopedic ailment, patients in Westchester and Rockland now have more less-invasive options than ever before.

Orthopedics: Finding the right surgeon is key

lohud.com — Florence "Flo" Hannes was a tough customer, but Dr. Arup K. Bhadra won her over. Hannes, 70, is an occupational therapy professor at Orange County Community College/SUNY, and her husband is a pediatrician. Ten years after a doctor told her she'd be a candidate for total knee replacement surgery, she finally decided to do it and started interviewing doctors.

Orthopedics: After double hip surgery, Yonkers man is dancing in the streets

lohud.com — Orazio Saraceno could deny it no longer when he watched himself on a YouTube video, walking his daughter down the wedding aisle in Mexico. He was limping and shuffling. "I was wobbling. Ah, I was horrible. I knew I was in bad shape, but seeing it, I was like, 'I have got to do the surgery.'

Orthopedics: Physical therapy plays crucial role in recovery

lohud.com — Tracy Urvater is not a massage therapist. Don't think of her as a personal trainer either. Her treatment plans may involve manual therapy and exercise, but she's a medically trained physical therapist who specializes in orthopedic patients. Often, people go to physical therapists first when they injure a shoulder, hip or knee joint, and if that doesn't work, they turn to an orthopedist.

Orthopedics: Robot assisted knee-replacement surgery eases pain, speeds recovery

lohud.com — Orthopedics is a branch of medicine that's constantly evolving to meet patient needs. And that includes the use of robots. Dr. Jason Hochfelder, an orthopedic surgeon affiliated with Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow, performed the Lower Hudson Valley's first robotic-assisted total knee replacement operation at Phelps early this year.

How to Build a Bloody Mary Bar

chowhound.com — The Bloody Mary cocktail is made for day drinking. Don't drink it at night. That's just weird. (Although we do like weird.) This official drink of brunching champs who find mimosas cloying is also a sunshiny, spicy, outdoorsy kinda drink whose accessories can get pretty wild.

For the Caffeine Obsessed, 15 New Coffee and Tea Items

chowhound.com — You might be riding the Third Wave coffee and tea movement if you can discuss the aromatic nuances and mouthfeel of your preferred region of coffee bean or tea leaf, if you've made your own cold brew at home, or if you own anything decorative that extols the virtues (and necessity) of coffee or tea.

Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

chowhound.com — It's surprising how many hard-fast, nit-picky rules there are for such a relaxed, no-fuss food as the humble hot dog. It's just a casual American wiener, so what's the big whoop? The whoop is huge, however, and it is multi-faceted.
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