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Posts from January 2014

Friday 31st Brain Strain

More than one in ten office workers do THIS during their lunch hour at least once a week.

Incorrect Guesses:  nap, look for another job, go to the dentist, work thru lunch so they can go home early, surf the internet

Correct Answer:  go home
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BLT Wraps

All your party guests will pick up one or two of these to enjoy with the game for sure!

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tbsp ranch salad dressing mix
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
8 flour tortillas (8-in), room temp
16 bacon strips, cooked and drained
2 to 3 cups shredded lettuce
2 cups chopped tomato

Combine mayo, sour cream, salad dressing mix and red pepper flakes; spread on tortillas.  Layer with bacon, lettuce and tomato.  And roll 'em up. 

(Of course you can use more bacon!)

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Thursday 30th Brain Strain

According to a recent survey from Cosmopolitan Magazine, if you do THIS, you are less likely to have an argument with your spouse.

Incorrect Guesses:  be more agreeable

Correct Answer:  dim the lights
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Reuben Cheese Spread

Set this dip up a few hours before the game in your slow cooker and it'll be all ready to go at kickoff!

2-1/2 cups cubed cooked corned beef
1 can (14 oz) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
2 cups (8 oz) shredded Swiss cheese
2 cups (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
Snack rye bread

In a 3-quart slow cooker, combine the corned beef, sauerkraut, cheeses and mayonnaise.  Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally.  Serve warm with rye bread.

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Wednesday 29th Brain Strain

A recent survey about the commute shows that more women than men do THIS while they are driving to work. 

Incorrect Guesses:  talk on the cell phone, look in the mirror, cuss, singing out loud, listen to the news

Correct Answer:  drive on empty
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Curry Chicken

Spice it up at the table with crushed red pepper flakes, if you dare!

1-1/2 cups uncooked instant rice
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tsp curry powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tbsp canola oil
1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
2 tbsp tomato paste
3 cups fresh baby spinach
1 cup chopped tomato

Cook rice according to package directions.  Sprinkle the chicken with curry, salt and pepper.  In a large skillet, saute chicken and onion in oil until chicken is no longer pink.

Stir in coconut milk and tomato paste.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until thickened.  Add the spinach and tomato; cook for 2-3 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted.  Serve with rice.

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Tuesday 28th Brain Strain

A recent CNN survey about sleeping shows that more than one in five of us have THIS in common when we're sleeping.

Incorrect Guesses:  sleep walking, a snoring partner, sleep eating, a light sleeper

Correct Answer:  pet is on the bed
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Spaghetti and fresh tomatoes

Did you catch Paul and Ringo on the Grammys last night?  Paul McCartney is a big supporter of the "Meat-Free Monday" movement.  (And while I am not a vegetarian, I do enjoy the monetary savings of going meat-free once a week!)

1 package (16 oz) spaghetti
2 pounds fresh tomatoes, seeded and chopped
12 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1-1/4 cups julienned fresh basil
1 can (2-1/4 oz) sliced ripe olives, drained
4 tsp balsalmic vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp coarsely ground pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp olive oil

Cook spaghetti according to package directions.  In a large serving bowl, combine the tomatoes, cheese, basil, olives, vinegar, salt and pepper.  Drain spaghetti; add to tomato mixtue and toss to combine.  Cook garlic in oil over medium heat until tender. Pour over spaghetti mixture; toss to coat.

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Monday 27th Brain Strain

State and Federal Governments combine to pull in over $17 billion a year by simply doing THIS.

Incorrect Guesses:  taxing sodas, turning lights off, sharing buildings & office space, enforcing seat belt laws, insurance benefits, collecting from dead beat parents, on line instead of mailing tax returns

Correct Answer:  taxing cigarettes
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Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Fancy like a restaurant dish but tasty like homemade!

1 package (12 oz) fettuccine
8 bacon strips, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
6 green onions, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp coarsely ground pepper
Additional shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook the fettuccine according to package directions.  In a large skillet, cook the bacon until crisp.  Remove to paper towels to drain, reserving 1-2 tbsp drippings.

Saute the chicken in drippings until no longer pink.  Add the mushrooms and green onions; cook until mushrooms are tender.  Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.  Stir in the cream, cheese, paprika and pepper.  Reduce the heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes.  Stir in the bacon.

Drain fettuccine; place in a serving bowl.  Add the chicken mixture; toss to coat.  Garnish with additional cheese.

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