Ellis General Dentistry

Dennis W. Ellis, DDS, PA


Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Happy fall y’all! Here it is the very first week of fall. The leaves seemed to turn bight shades of orange and red overnight, didn’t they? The mornings have been chilly, and I’ve been using an extra blanket on my bed for the past week. I love it! This is my season. When the temperature drops, I feel inspired creatively. It’s like there is a spark or a charge in the air that feeds my creative ideas. I really love to make jewelry but another way that I like to get creative is in my kitchen! I found this recipe for chocolate zucchini bread, and I can’t wait to bake up a few loaves for myself and my roommate-and my co-workers if they’re lucky!  


 2 large eggs

1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup vegetable oil, plus 2 tablespoons
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup cocoa powder 

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups shredded, peeled zucchini

1 1/4 cups chocolate chips (bittersweet or semisweet), save the 1/4 cup for sprinkling on top of bread


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease and flour a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan.

In a large mixing bowl beat the eggs, honey, oil, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.  Add the  salt, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa, and flour mixing well.  Stir in the zucchini and 1 cup of the chocolate chips.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan.  Scattered the the remainder of the chocolate chips on top of the batter.  

Bake the bread for 60 minutes, use a toothpick test to test for doneness.  

Remove bread from oven and let it rest 15 minutes before removing it from the pan.  Run a knife around the outside edge to loosen the bread from the pan.  Completely cool on a wire rack and slice to eat.  Store well-wrapped at room temperature.  


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Best Dentist in Orange County

Indy Week Winner

Last week we were surprised with this award from Indy Week. The people voted and the results are in-Ellis General Dentistry has been voted Best Dentist in Orange County for 2014.We are so flattered! Our patients make it all possible. A BIG thanks to each and everyone who voted. We love what we do, and we hope it shows in our interactions with each of you. Thank you! 


These bars will blow your mind!  Try these anytime BUT be sure to brush your teeth!!!


Carmelita Bars- makes an 8×8 pan

32 caramel squares, unwrapped
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Combine caramels and cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until completely smooth; set aside. In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, flour, oats, and baking soda. Pat half of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of an 8×8″ pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over crust. Pour caramel mixture over chocolate chips. Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture over caramel. Return to oven and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting.

*A stint in the fridge will help them cool off if you’re pinched for time. They shouldn’t be served cold, but all of that molten caramel takes a long time to cool down. They should be stored and served at room temperature.

**To make a 9×13″ version, simply double the amounts.


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recipe credit: here

Charleston Weekend

Last weekend I went to Charleston, SC with some friends to run in the Cooper River Bridge Run. We had a blast! This sweet southern city is not lacking in charm (or good restaurants). I had been there once before for the same race about seven years ago so this visit was long overdue. Here are a few pictures from our time there. 





Dental Detectives

by Dr. Scott Winokur

It’s OUR job to be mouth detectives. When you visit our office, you have the luxury of resting in the supine position. One of our dentists, hygienists or assistants is mere inches away from your mouth and is in the perfect position to observe every little detail of your yapper. We make notes, take pictures and, if you’re lucky, fill your mouth with our hands, handpieces, suctions, cotton rolls and rubber dams. We know your mouths better than you.

We’ve taken a few pictures of some things around the office that you may, or may not, have noticed while you’re here. How are YOUR detective skills? Can you identify any of these pieces of evidence that may link you to our dental office?

Check our facebook page for the correct identifications.

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Tis the Season


It’s the Christmas season! We have the office decorated with green wreathes, light-up snowmen, and a tiny Christmas tree decked out in bright, shiny ornaments. Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. My faith plays a big part of why I love it so much, but I also enjoy this season because of how it seems to transform daily life into something a bit more magical. Twinkle lights strung on front porches lend a soft glow to the passerby on the street. Packages big and small are stacked in piles under the branches of the evergreen. Community members come together to help those who might need an extra hand during this time of the year. Family members and friends fly across the country and across the world to be with the ones they love.

This holiday holds special memories from seasons past. There was the year my brother came home early from where he was stationed and spent Christmas with us. There was the year my dad built an entire toboggan run down the hill in our backyard. He carved the route for hours, scraping and smoothing the snow down to a slick track. We spent the rest of the day riding down the hill, screaming at the top of our lungs as the cold air stung our red faces. One year, when I was probably six or seven, the only thing I wanted was a New Kids on the Block wallet. I opened all my gifts in eager anticipation of finding this coveted status symbol and was dismayed when I didn’t find it under the tree. But Santa is a tricky fellow. There was one last gift hiding with my name on it, and when I opened it, the baby faced boy band was smiling up at me in the form of a plastic, velcro-secured wallet. My belief in Santa was firmly secured.  

This year, Christmas day will be celebrated a little different as my dad is in Idaho and will not be here to celebrate with us. We will wish each other “Merry Christmas!” across telephone wires. My older brother is dating someone special, and I’m anticipating the length of his visit home will be cut short as he will be juggling the holiday between two families. But it doesn’t matter. The point of Christmas is not that every tradition stays the same year after year after year. The point of Christmas is joy, hope, thankfulness, celebration, love, family.

What are your plans for the holidays? Is it a special time for you? Do you have any favorite holiday memories?

Love Story

I’m getting married.  I am getting married to a chef.  It’s funny how things turn out in the end, when you find the man of your dreams at 40 years of age.  We are hitching in November when the air is cool and things are turning colors.  Life has turned for me, since finding Adam.  Who ever knew that I could find someone?  It is meant to be, for sure. 

Despite us being chefs, we have decided to let someone else construct our wedding menu.  Someone else will draw and color our cake.  Someone else will do the dishes and clean the floors.  For one day, we will be coddled by others that care about us and be numero uno. 

When I was a child, I never dreamed of my wedding day. I did not dream of big galas and strawberry shortcakes with pet elephants in boas.  I was more of a thinker; a realist.  I lived in my head as a child; analyzing my friend’s lives and carrying on with kids that were soft and safe.  Risk, needless to say, is not in my vocabulary. 

It was not until I turned forty, that I took a risk and met Adam.  I am so glad I did!  We walk through life with the same step and stride; hoping to start a food truck with stellar foods for our community.  With less than a month till the wedding, I am truly happy. 

-Emily Ellis


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Dental Humor

 Every profession has its jokes. Dental jokes, unlike others which can be insulting or disgusting, are generally clean and fun. Please enjoy some laughs with these and if you have a good one, we’d love to hear it. But, be kind to your dentist, he has fillings too!


“Happiness is your dentist telling you it won’t hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill.” — Johnny Carson


The Smiths were shown into the dentist’s office, where Mr. Smith made it clear he was in a big hurry. 

“No fancy stuff, Doctor,” he ordered, “No gas or needles or any of that stuff. Just pull the tooth and get it over with.” 

“I wish more of my patients were as stoic as you,” said the dentist admiringly. “Now, which tooth is it?”

Mr. Smith turned to his wife Sue. “Show him, honey.”


Q. What does the dentist of the year get? 

A. A little plaque.


The dentist says to the patient, “Could you help me? Could you give out a few of your loudest, most painful screams?” 
Patient: “Why? It isn’t all that bad this time.” 
Dentist: “There are so many people in the waiting room right now and I don’t want to miss my 7 o’clock tennis game.”


A young man saw an elderly couple sitting down to lunch at McDonald’s. He noticed that they had ordered one meal, and an extra drink cup. As he watched, the gentleman carefully divided the hamburger in half, then counted out the fries, one for him, one for her, until each had half of them.Then he poured half of the soft drink into the extra cup and set that in front of his wife. The old man then began to eat, and his wife sat watching, with her hands folded in her lap. The young man decided to ask if they would allow him to purchase another meal for them so that they didn’t have to split theirs. The old gentleman said, “Oh no. We’ve been married 50 years, and everything has always been and will always be shared, 50/50.” The young man then asked the wife if she was going to eat, and she replied… “Not yet…It’s his turn with the teeth!”


Man: “Darling, your teeth remind me of the stars.”

Woman: “Because they gleam and sparkle?”

Man: “No, because they come out at night!”


Q. What game did the dentist play when she was a child?

A. Caps and robbers


Q. What was the dentist doing in Panama?

A. Looking for the Root Canal


One day, a man walks into a dentist’s office and asks how much it will cost to extract wisdom teeth.
“Eighty dollars,” the dentist says.
“That’s a ridiculous amount,” the man says. “Isn’t there a cheaper way?”
“Well,” the dentist says, “if you don’t use an anesthetic, I can knock the price down to $60.”
“Nope,” moans the man, “it’s still too much.”
“Okay,” says the dentist. “If I save on anesthesia and simply rip the teeth out with a pair of pliers, I can knock the price down to $20.”
“Marvelous,” says the man, “book my wife for next Tuesday!”


Q. At what time do most people go to the dentist?

A. At tooth-hurty (2:30). 


Q. Why didn’t the dentist ask his secretary out?

A. He was already taking out a tooth 

-Dr. Scott Winokur, DDS


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California Tuna Salad


Summer nights are not meant to be spent hovering over a hot stove in a stuffy kitchen. Summer nights are meant to be spent relaxing on the patio or by the pool or taking a walk around the neighborhood. Take advantage of these last few weeks of summer and make this easy and delicious tuna salad recipe. It will save you time in the kitchen so you can enjoy the warm weather while it’s still here!


California Style Tuna Salad (Mayo-Free!)
Makes 2 servings
Recipe adapted from Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook

2 cans (5 oz each) water-packed white tuna
2 tablespoons coarse grain mustard
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup golden raisins
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 medium ripe avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup sliced cherry or grape tomatoes (optional)
Juice from 1/2 of a lime
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all of  the above ingredients. Stir until well combined.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with tortilla chips, if desired. 


 Photo and recipe credit can be found here

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