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6 x April 19 — May 2, 2018 x Florida peach season is in full swing this month and, depending on the season, generally lasts until the end of May or early June. While some may argue that the best way to enjoy a perfectly ripe peach is standing over the kitchen sink with juice dripping down your chin, there are almost endless ways to savor one of the Sunshine State’s favorite fruits. Slice them on flat bread with arugula and goat cheese, toss them into salads with grilled chicken and avocado, pair them with jalapeños in salsa or jam for an addictive sweet-and-spicy combination, or break out the ice cream maker for a good old-fashioned taste of summer. Selecting Your Fruit Your nose is one of the best tools for selecting peaches; that enticing floral aroma is one indication of a flavorful peach. Avoid peaches with a green tint (under-ripe), wrinkled skin (over-ripe) or bruises. Next, try the touch test. A very hard peach likely will never ripen. If it gives to gentle pressure, it’s an excellent choice for eating soon. FOODIE FOR How to Store For peaches to ripen properly, store them on the counter (not the refrigerator) until the desired ripeness is reached. To speed up the process, place peaches in a brown paper bag. When peaches reach the desired ripeness, they can be stored in the refrigerator to make them last longer. Allow them to warm up to room temperature before eating for full flavor. If you are lucky enough to have too many peaches to enjoy right away, freeze them by cutting them into slices, giving them a quick dunk in a lemon-water bath to preserve color (1 cup water to 1/4 cup of lemon juice), and placing them on a cookie sheet. Freeze for one to two hours so slices don’t stick together, and then transfer to freezer bags to be stored for up to one year. Dr. Shahid Usmani, Dr. Shaista Usmani, Dr. Bindu Parekattil, Wellington Esquea, PA-C 1551 Boren Drive, Suite A • Ocoee, FL 34761 Conveniently located near Walmart. Just minutes from MetroWest, Winter Garden and Windermere. Call 407-395-2037 Just Peachy! Florida Fruit Shines in Both Sweet & Savory Dishes Personalized Care with Compassion & Excellence Se Habla Español THOUGHT by Kirsten Harrington Sweet or Savory People tend to think of these luscious fruits primarily for baking into pies and cobblers, but peaches are delicious in savory dishes as well. Try them layered with turkey and white cheddar in grilled cheese sandwiches or diced and added to a chicken stir-fry. Grilling peaches intensifies their sweetness; simply brush peach slices with a neutral oil like canola or grapeseed and grill on medium heat until grill marks appear, one to two minutes per side. Serve them as a side dish to grilled pork or top with ice cream or ricotta cheese and a drizzle of honey for an easy dessert. Drink It Up The juicy, bold flavor of peaches lends itself well to refreshing cocktails and smoothies. Whirl frozen peaches in a blender with vanilla yogurt and orange juice or coconut milk at breakfast time, or top peach puree with sparkling water and a dash of simple syrup for a refreshing afternoon drink. Add thin slices of peaches to your favorite sangria recipe, or add 1 to 2 ounces of peach puree to a champagne flute and top with Prosecco and a mint sprig for a perfect, sparkling, spring cocktail. Grilled Peach & Mozzarella Salad With White Balsamic Glaze This beautiful salad is a twist on the classic tomato-basil caprese salad. Serve on individual plates with a glass of sparkling wine for an elegant appetizer or make a larger version to serve on a platter. Ingredients: 1 peach, cut into five slices 4 slices fresh mozzarella — 1/4-inch thick 1 slice prosciutto, torn into two pieces 1 small handful of microgreens or baby lettuces 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped For the white balsamic glaze: 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon honey Fresh peaches can be eaten in a variety of ways, including on flat bread with arugula and goat cheese. To make the glaze: Heat balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard in a small saucepan over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring often until thick and syrupy, and liquid is reduced by half. Whisk in honey. Set aside to cool. For the salad: Brush grill with oil and heat to medium. Grill peach slices 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side. Remove from grill and arrange peach and mozzarella slices in an alternating pattern on plate. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Top with torn prosciutto pieces, baby lettuce and mint. Drizzle with white balsamic glaze. Serves one. ª x April 19 — May 2, 2018 x 7 Guardianship Fraud - Elder Abuse Is On The Rise by: Kristen M. Jackson / Attorney According to the United States Census Bureau, due to the large number of baby boomers, America’s 65-andover population is projected to nearly double over the next three decades, exploding from the current 48 million to over 88 million by 2050. And based upon the population within each state, Florida has the largest percentage of elderly persons. Florida is already one of the largest strongholds for elderly abuse in the US and because of the exploding elderly population one such abuse, guardianship fraud, is on the rise. According to Florida Statutes, prior to the appointment of a guardian, the court must find there appears to be an “imminent danger” that the physical or mental health or safety of the person will be seriously impaired or that the person’s property is in danger of being wasted, misappropriated or lost unless immediate action is taken. Imminent danger being the foundation of the fraud, is the con artist’s or abuser’s tool to gain control over and exploit the elderly victim. So why do these abusers do it? They do it for profit, of course. And what are some of the signs of imminent danger used by such abusers? The abuser, such as a family caregiver, may fabricate a belief that there is a relative, a neighbor or even a stranger who is trying to take advantage of the victim. Next is to convince the victim to execute a durable power of attorney prepared by a lawyer so the caregiver can help the victim protect and manage his/her assets. Likewise, the caregiver may convince the victim to sign a durable power for health care to make medical decisions or acquire prescriptions on behalf of the victim. The caregiver then may begin to deplete the victim’s assets while simultaneously providing an overdose of prescriptions in order to cause the elder to exhibit a lack of clarity by or appear mentally incapacitated. At this time, the caregiver may request an emergency temporary guardianship which gives complete temporary control over the victim. Why? Because the caregiver provided the means to demonstrate that the victim exhibits signs of mental incapacity and is unable to make financial and medical decisions and therefore manifests an imminent danger. An emergency temporary guardianship expires 90 days after the date of appointment and may be extended up to an additional 90 days provided the caregiver can demonstrate emergency conditions still exist. Just enough time to embezzle most if not all, of an elderly person’s assets. In the initial stages of guardianship, an alleged incapacitated person must be represented by an attorney. While the attorney may have had good intentions in representing both the victim and the caregiver, the entire legal system as a whole, including attorneys and the courts, is often defrauded by an experienced elder law abuser. Don’t let this happen to you. Avoid elder abuse and guardianship fraud by meeting with an estate planning and elder law attorney today. Legal Areas of Practice By our Team of Attorneys Administrative Advance Directives Bankruptcy Business Buy / Sell Contracts Commercial Contracts Corporation Criminal Employment Estate Planning Family Law Guardianship Litigation Last Wills Medicaid Powers Of Attorney Pre-Nuptials Probate Real Estate Special Needs Title & Closings Trusts Trademark Estate Planning Wills, Trusts, Probate, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives, Pre-Need Guardians, Trust Administration, Pet (Animal) Trusts Probate With or without a Last Will, in order to obtain assets, pay debts and taxes and distribute remaining assets to the heirs or beneficiaries, the deceased’s estate requires the assistance of an attorney to manage the court supervised administration. 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