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CENTRAL DENVER DISPATCH & CHERRY CREEKNEWS

April 23, 2004

Salem United Church of Christ
5300 E. Florida Avenue
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Adult, Youth and Children’s Programs begin anew Worship Services & Sunday School 9:30 AM Nursery Childcare Provided Youth Fellowship - Sunday evenings at 7:30 PM Adult Ed. Classes - Sundays 8:30 AM, Wednesdays 10 AM & 7 PM Chancel Choir Practice: Wednesdays at 8 PM 1st & 3rd Wednesday EVERY Month (begins October 1st ) Join us: bring your family & meet some neighbors

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cups sugar and lemon juice. Dandelion Soup 2 qt. dandelion greens, loosely packed 2 qt. chicken soup (any kind) 1 lb. ground beef 1 egg 2 Tbsp. bread crumbs 2 Tbsp. minced parsley 1 Tbsp. minced onions 1/4 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. pepper dash of nutmeg 3 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese 2 Tbsp. sour cream • Bring chicken soup to a boil. • Add dandelions. • Cook gently. • Rice or fine noodles can be added (1/2 cup rice or 1 cup noodles). • Make tiny meat balls out of remaining ingredients. • When greens are tender, add meatballs and cook gently 10 minutes or until meatballs are thoroughly cooked. Serve hot with crusty French bread Fried Dandelion Blossoms New blossoms on short stems 1 c. milk 1/2 tsp. salt Hot cooking oil 1 egg 1 c. flour pinch of pepper • Pick new dandelion blossoms, those on short stems, and rinse well in cool, lightly salted water. • Cut off the stem ends close to the flower heads, leaving only enough to hold the petals together, because the stems and greenery are bitter. • Roll the dandelion flowers in paper towels to blot up the excess moisture, then dip each one in a batter made of 1 egg, beaten, with 1 cup milk, 1 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper. • Drop the batter-coated blossoms into deep hot fat (375 degrees) and fry until lightly browned. • Drain on absorbent paper; Sprinkle with more salt, if needed, and serve at once as a hot hors d’oeuvre. Dandelion for beauty As was mentioned before, dandelions help the eliminative function of kidneys and liver and thus help to reduce the amounts of toxins that have to leave the body through the skin. This means fewer breakouts, and some relief from skin diseases like eczema. But even topically applied, dandelions offer a wealth of beauty benefits. Check out the recipes below. In days gone by if a woman had a perfect complexion she was said to

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have the rosy red cheeks of a dairymaid. Dairymaids had their own secrets for perfect complexions. Dairymaid’s Cream Ingredients: 1 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup rolled oats (adjust if required) 1/2 cup dandelion leaves, finely chopped (optional) Method: Leave the rolled oats to soak in the buttermilk while you pick some dandelion leaves. Add the finely chopped dandelion leaves and mix in well with the oats and buttermilk. Leave it overnight or even longer in the fridge. The next day plaster it over your face and leave it for at least an hour until it’s dry. Then wash it all off. The oats will gently cleanse the skin, the buttermilk will moisturize it and the dandelion leaves are believed to be good for spots and blemishes. This mixture may be messy but it will leave your skin feeling as beautiful and soft as a dairymaid. Dandelion Hair Rinse Dandelions, like chamomile or calendula, give a golden glow to blond or light-brown hair. This makes enough rinse for one use. 3 cups dandelion blooms Water to cover • Place flowers in large pot and cover with cold water. • Boil for one hour. • Strain and cool liquid before pouring over freshly washed, damp hair. • Wrap hair in dark towel for at least 30 minutes. Rinse and dry So, if you are still among the many that loathe even the thought of those nasty weeds, I say go forth and dig them, but don’t just throw them on your compost heap. Instead, steep them in some hot water for a tea, fry the blossoms or use them for a hair rinse. And what better way to get back at them then to eat the suckers? Note: before picking dandelions be sure that you pick them at least 8 yards from any road. Also be sure that the area has not been sprayed with pesticides, herbicides or other chemicals. DISCLAIMER: The advice given in this column is not meant to treat or cure any disease. Thoroughly research any supplement, vitamin or herb you consider taking or consult with a knowledgeable clinical herbalist, naturopathic physician or other qualified healthcare professional. BIO: Tanya Carwyn is a clinical herbalist practicing in the greater Denver area and owner of the natural skincare company Titania’s Forest. She lives in Englewood with her husband and their baby daughter. She can be reached at Tanya@TitaniasForest. com ***

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Are traffic engineers out to punish drivers?
Several years ago, there was an editorial cartoon published that featured Darth Vader walking down the hall. A door in the hall was marked City Hall and one tiny figure in the corner remarked to another, “Oh, him, he’s our traffic light coordinator.” When you drive down Colorado Boulevard, you have undoubtedly experienced the frustration that feels like it was planned by some evil empire. In fact, I counted. During the middle of the day, you will stop about 14 times driving the boulevard between I-25 and I-70. This is one of the state’s major thoroughfares and this bottled neck leads to unnecessary congestion, pollution, and frustration. By the way, if you drive this stretch at 5:30 AM, you will only stop once. So what’s up with these guys that plan our street systems? Quite honestly, common sense must be beaten out at the schools that teach things like “traffic calming.” If you are unfamiliar with this, that is the practice of having traffic stop at nearly every intersection to slow it down. The result is slower traffic, but human nature takes a toll. Drivers push stoplights well beyond the limits of safe driving and the yellow light becomes a symbol meaning “drive like hell.” What’s calm about that? Given that the safest intersection is clear and straightforward, the masters of vexation must have been at their best when they designed the First Avenue connection with Steele around the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. This illogical web of counter-intuitive

maneuvers has drivers weaving right and left to get into the proper lane for their desired direction. To top it off, a right turn only lane that leads into the mall is not marked until the last minute leading to vehicles darting over into heavy traffic. Lamely marked “right turn only” lanes must be one of the favorite pranks traffic engineers are taught since they are everywhere. Now these “geniuses” have come up with a solution for some intersections that are even more idiotic than the Cherry Creek mess. It is called “the roundabout.” If you have driven the new development at Lowry you have seen these pockmarks in the traffic flow. There is one where Valencia meets Fairmount. The street names are not clearly marked and it is not unusual to see a motorist make a left turn in the wrong directions. Whoa! This is better and safer? These brilliant and progressive engineers cite the example of these circles working well in Europe for centuries. Pardon me while I break their bubble, but at the circle surrounding the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, it takes 20 gendarmes directing traffic during rush hour to keep it flowing. Gee, that make a lot of sense, pay lots of people with benefits to do what an automatic stoplight could do. So while we have our share of discombobulated streets in Central Denver, it could be worse. Have you been to the suburbs lately? -- Chuck Paris