Monday, March 13, 2017

Must-Try Thai Dishes

Holding an MD and a PhD in sociology and social psychology, Patricia Lynn Hough was a psychiatrist and assistant professor for more than a decade. Now semiretired, she serves as the staff supervisor at St. Francis Animal Rescue of Venice, Florida. In her free time, Patricia Lynn Hough enjoys experiencing different cultures and their cuisines, including food from Thailand. 

Thai cuisine features unique flavors and aromas that have helped certain dishes become popular around the world. Other Thai dishes are just as flavorful but less well-known. Below are a few Thai dishes worth trying regardless of their popularity.

- Laap. A rustic dish that originated in northeast Thailand, laap consists of minced meat seasoned with a variety of herbs, fish sauce, and rice powder. The dish is frequently served alongside sticky rice, which most Thais eat by hand.

- Tom Yum Goong. Combining salty, sour, sweet, and spicy into one dish, this soup contains tomatoes, shrimp, mushrooms, and lime leaves. The soup can be ordered with cream and coconut milk.

- Phat kaphrao. This street food brings together flash-fried meat and basil along with plenty of garlic and chili seasoning. The mixture is served over rice and frequently is topped with a fried egg.

- Gang massaman. Originating in southern Thailand, this sweet curry sauce is made from coconut milk, curry paste, and seasonings and is usually served over chicken and rice.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Caring for a Cat with a Cold

Dr. Patricia Lynn Hough is a former social worker who earned her doctor of medicine in 1988 and subsequently began working as a psychiatrist. Now semi-retired, Dr. Patricia Lynn Hough serves as staff supervisor at Venice, Florida's St. Francis Animal Rescue, where she is responsible for volunteer and adoption coordination and working with the shelter's veterinarian to treat sick animals.

Like humans, cats are prone to developing the flu or cold-like symptoms. While it's best to take your cat to the vet if he or she hasn't eaten in several days or has bloody discharges, oftentimes a common cold can be treated at home. Signs that might indicate your cat has a cold include sneezing for long periods of time, coughing, and excess swallowing. You can also listen to the cat's breathing. If it's wheezy or raspy, you can help by turning on a humidifier.

Be sure to continually check up on your cat and wipe away any discharge from the eyes or nose with warm saltwater on a cloth or cotton ball. In addition to keeping the water bowl filled to avoid dehydration, you might also have to encourage your cat to eat by warming his or her food to increase the odor.