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This one has a double dose of lutein: eggs and corn. Poblano Corn Pudding is courtesy of Guy Fieri from “Big Bite” on the Food Network. Serve with BBQ chicken for a delicious dinner!

Poblano Corn Pudding

Ingredients

  • 3 poblano peppers
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 cup grated sharp white Cheddar
  • 4 ears corn, shucked and kernels removed, about 4 to 5 cups
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Put the poblano peppers over the flame of 1 of the burners on the stove to roast. Cook, turning often with tongs until all of the skin is blistered, about 15 minutes. Add the peppers to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to steam for about 15 more minutes. When the peppers are cool enough to handle, transfer to a cutting board, peel the skin off, remove the seeds and stems, dice, and set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a medium sauté pan over medium heat, add the onions and the salt and pepper. Cook until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes, and then set aside to cool.

Heat the milk in a small saucepan just until it starts to simmer, about 3 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and then slowly add the scalded milk. Whisk in the sour cream and then fold in the cheese, corn, peppers, onions, herbs, cayenne. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Add the mixture to a 9 by 13-inch buttered baking dish and set aside.

Put the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium sauté pan over medium heat and add the panko. Toss to coat the bread crumbs and season with salt and pepper. Pour the bread crumbs over the pudding and bake in the preheated oven until the bread crumbs are golden, the pudding is set and bubbling around the edges and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve.

 

 

Cooing, sitting up and crawling are signs that a baby is growing. Your baby's vision has stages of development, but this process rarely has visible signs. InfantSEE provides a no cost baby eye exam for those 6 to 12 months of age! We are providers of InfantSEE. Check out their website for more helpful baby vision tips: http://www.infantsee.org/

Burning, tearing, fluctuating blurry vision, and the feeling that something is in your eye can be symptoms of dry eye disease. This disease is a chronic condition that at this time does not have a cure, but can be treated and managed very efficiently.

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When you look at the “eye drop” section at the drugstore, where do you begin??? There are hundreds of choices and types of eye drops out there. Without proper diagnosis, you may be using an eye drop that is doing more harm then good. With careful evaluation of the tear film, tear production, and the surrounding glands, we can determine the treatment that is best for the type of dry eye that you have. If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms make an appointment to be seen in our dry eye clinic for an evaluation and treatment plan.

 

 

 

What is lurking in your contact lens case?? I don’t think anyone would consider getting into a bathtub with used water…but it is surprising how many people will top off solutions in their contact lens cases or reuse the solution that is already in their contact lens cases~ gross! If you are a contact lens wearer, contact lens case hygiene is a must. It is an area that is often overlooked. It is recommended that a contact lens case be replaced every 3 to 6 months. I feel better recommending to my patients to change the case every time you start a new bottle of solution. So the case looks clean, is there really any harm? YES! Biofilms are continuously building in the case. Biofilm is a collection of free floating microorganisms that secrete its own protein-polysaccharide complex. Biofilms flourish in contact lens cases if not properly cared for. Others organisms often found in the contact lens cases are Staphylococci, Bacillus, and fungi.

Proper care of your contact lens case is crucial: after removing the contacts, the case should be cleaned and rinsed with your solution (NOT tap water~ there are plenty of micro-organisms in there too,) and dried after each use. Bonus: if you are in a bathroom environment, store your cases away from toilet areas to avoid air-borne sources of contamination. Lastly, change out your case regularly to avoid any contamination that may result in eye infections!

All of our patients are welcome to stop by the office anytime for a fresh new case! See Dawn, she will have them on hand for you.

Have you gotten your vitamin D today? Adequate levels of vitamin D are essential for the maintenance of your systemic and ocular health.

 

What is Vitamin D and what does it do? It is a fat-soluble steroid hormone that helps calcium be absorbed in the gut and the regulation of serum calcium and phosphate concentrations. Its job in the body is: to help bones grow and for bone remodeling, protect against certain autoimmune diseases (like multiple sclerosis, type I diabetes, colorectal and breast cancer,) and to reduce inflammation and blood pressure.

 

Where can you get Vitamin D? Everyone has heard that we make vitamin D from being in the sun: which is true! UV-B rays allow the body to synthesize vitamin D. In addition to the sunlight, vitamin D can be obtained from supplements and certain foods, such as fish oil and fortified milk. The Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board established an upper limit of 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 as supplementation.

 

So where do the eyes come into play with vitamin D? One study indicated that there was an association with serum vitamin D levels and early macular degeneration. Also one study showed that patients that had a vitamin D deficiency were more likely to have hypertension, diabetes and diabetic retinopathy.

 

It is a sad reality that many Americans are deficient in Vitamin D. But we know that with adequate exposure to sunlight, an effective diet and use of supplementation you can keep your vitamin D at healthy levels.