Health Tips for Seniors

Archive for December, 2008

Understanding The Riders Of Any Health Care Plan

Do you know there are quite a variety of health care plans and people who have health care plans are very happy about them. All of these health insurance plans have their own terms and conditions for their use. Some health care plans offer services to the members on condition that they must use certain doctors and hospitals.

This annoys many because they know some great doctors but cannot go to them because of their commitment to health care insurance. There are other health care insurance plans which allow the patients to choose the doctor and hospital to their liking. A few people have their health care plans partially paid by their employers. They dont have to pay as much as some of their friends.

Most workers like to have some of the costs paid for by their employers. They will not be able to pay for their health insurance without the help from their respective companies. Today there are many insurance plans that might allow for overage of the immediate family.

Some Plans better

Some health care plans require a member to pay a certain amount of money of their own pocket before they are covered. These plans will be very expensive. Other health care plans want a member to pay a part of their bills from their own pockets. Some insurance plans pay for catastrophic events only. A few plans are very slow paying their customers. Members leave these companies but have to wait for some time before they can change to another company.

Every health care plan is different from the other while one pays the entire amount a few pay only 80%. Some pay for substance abuse treatments and home health care. Others do not pay for these. Some plans pay for dentists work while others do not pay. Vision screening and glasses are covered by a few plans. Some require a separate coverage for these. Otherwise one should pay from his own pocket. A good health care plan contributes greatly for the welfare of the person and the family.

List of Popular Herbs that Add Pep to Cooking

As a notice at cooking, I like to make recipes that are fairly straight forward. But within a short time I came to know that herbs and flavor to your cooking.

Fresh or Dried Herbs

While cooking recipes both dried and fresh herbs make a world of difference. Most chefs prefer fresh herbs to dried herbs but for practical reasons dried herbs will suffice. A few companies prepare frozen herbs for cooking. Placing a plastic bottle in the freezer you can shake out the required herb for your dish. The herbs quickly defrost in what ever you are making. I keep dried herbs in my kitchen and grow fresh herbs in summer and but fresh herbs for cooking if more than a pinch is required. You should not forget while cooking that 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped herbs is equal to one tea spoonful of dried herbs.

What Herbs should I have?

In setting up a kitchen you should have a number of herbs at your disposal. There are the most frequently used hers for cooking and complement most dishes you make. The most commonly used herbs in cooking are parsley, oregano, thyme, basil, rosemary, chives and cilantro.

Parsley is a kitchen basic and used as a base flavor in cooking and as a garnish. It readily blends with other herbs and it readily available in grocery stores. Many Italian recipes require parsley to be added at the end of cooking.

Basil is another common herb used in Italian cooking. It is sweet and deliciously fresh in tomato sauces and salads. For cooking meats and fishes thyme, oregano, and rosemary are often used. They can also be added to sauces. Though they can be grown and used fresh, they are commonly used in recipes dried.

Chives cannot be used dried but always fresh or frozen chives, with a slight onion flavor is most popular for topping a baked potato. It is often added to soft cheeses and salads. For Mexican cooking, the most commonly used herb is cilantro. It is related to coriander (coriander is the seed of the cilantro plant) and can be sprinkled in salads and into Mexican recipes.

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