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What is Hummus?

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. One of the participants in my weight loss program called Waist Watcher’s Guide to Waist Management at my church ask if anyone has any suggestions on good tasting hummus. So, I decided to investigate some recipe ideas and here’s what I came up with. Hummus is a creamy paste typically made from a combination garbanzo beans (chickpeas), garlic, lemon juice and tahini. Tahini is sesame paste made from toasted sesame seeds.  Hummus is an excellent source of protein, dietary fiber and vitamins.  There are many variations of traditional hummus. Some recipes include different types…


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Can you believe it… Positive News for Louisville Home Sales!

Tonight there is some encouraging news for Louisville homeowners. New Louisville home sales numbers for January 2011 show the number of homes going under contract up some 14% over January of 2010. Not impressed, oh but you should be. Remember we had a first time and a move up buyers tax credit in effect last year. Add to that January weather was terrible! I can personally tell you it’s no fun slipping and sliding into and out of driveways and walkways. So 14% is a respectable number for homes going under contract. The rest of the news for Louisville homeowners…



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Valentine’s Day: You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide

Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year. They do this every now and then so lonely single people won’t be made to feel bad when they go looking for a meaningless weekend hookup and find themselves surrounded by happy couples in love. Holding Valentine’s Day on a Monday allows the unattached one more year of denying the misery of their largely pointless existence. At the same time, it affords those in committed, long-term relationships to justify saving a few bucks by skipping the celebration entirely in favor of another seemingly endless night at home with the one we continue…


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Finally-Fischer Boots Zelinsky at Animal Services

Just in — Mayor Greg Fischer has replaced Wayne Zelinsky at the troubled Animal Services department. It’s long overdue. Here’s what the Mayor’s Office just released: LOUISVILLE (Feb. 2, 2011) – Mayor Greg Fischer today named Debbie Fox as the new interim leader of Metro Animal Services, following the resignation of Director Wayne Zelinsky. Fox, currently Deputy Director of MetroSafe, will oversee animal control for the city while the Fischer administration conducts a national search for a new full-time director and completes a top-to-bottom review of Animal Services. Fox will remain in the new role until April, when Fischer plans…


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Will Kentucky Lawmakers Let You Trust Your Nurse?

Did you realize that state lawmakers are digging in for a battle over whether you can get drugs from a licensed nurse practitioner? The controversy, detailed in Steve Shaw’s LEO cover story this week, sounds more like a bunch of physicians protecting their turf than anything involving the safety of patients and their access to quality health services. There’s a shortage of family practitioners, especially out in the state, where the void for basic needs could be filled by licensed nurses. But the law provides a catch — the nurses have to sign a collaborative agreement with a physician —…


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Groundhogged in Louisville

Up in Punxsatawny, Phil the Groundhog did not see his shadow this morning, so you can count on an early spring.  Yippee! Sometimes it seems like I’m in that Groundhog Day movie with Bill Murray, because every year I go to the same party and they show the movie and all the same people are there. Just kidding. I do have plans to attend the 33rd Annual Groundhog’s Day Celebration, hosted by my cousin Julie Ryan and her husband Kevin, who own the most extensive collection of Groundhog crap this side of Punxsatawny. Fortunately, the location changes every year, and…


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Exile on Main Street

For a city that should have a sense of place, it appears to be the reverse. This week’s broken, if you will, news about the green light for demolition of Main Street’s historic row, paints us with the burden of being a place with no sense. Oh, the irony? Oh…the Iron Quarter. I waded through the speech from Todd Blue on last night’s newscast, feeling not only waterlogged but also smelling of bullshit and decay. The first odor stemming from money and entitlement and the second stench belongs to the once-glorious city block of commerce and entertainment that greeted highway…


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Beshear Issues Challenges in State Of the Commonwealth-sort of

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear offered up a slew of challenges in his annual State Of The Commonwealth speech Tuesday night. He managed to call out Washington, Wall Street, and The Kentucky State Senate all within 30 minutes, and nary a word on casino gambling! Beshear is normally restrained when giving speeches, but actually managed to call up some fire and brimstone when he called for Washington to “get off our backs” when it comes to regulating the coal industry. More impressive than I’ve seen from him in a while. He also managed to directly challenge the Kentucky State Senate-calling on…


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Twas the Night Before Signing Day…

…and there is a prospect stirring. DeMarcus Smith was considered to be a lock in Coach Charlie Strong’s 2011 recruiting class. Yet today, Smith announced that he would choose between Central Florida and Louisville on Friday and not sign a letter of intent during tomorrow’s National Signing Day as widely expected. There was a little bit of evidence that Smith was wavering ever since the commitment of 5-star All-American Teddy Bridgewater in December, but nothing this major. Smith visited UCF on Jan. 23, and since then has been “reconsidering his future.” Smith was one of the first to commit the Cards in…