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Penne Pasta with Crab

Won't take you long to pull this dish together!

2 cups uncooked penne pasta
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup butter, cubed
2 tbsp olive oil
1 can (14-1/2 oz) chicken broth
2 cans (6 oz each) lump crabmeat, drained
3 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley, divided

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook and stir garlic in butter and oil over medium heat for 2 minutes or until garlic is golden. Add the broth, crab and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 12-15 minutes or until sauce is reduced by half.

Drain pasta; toss with crab sauce and 1/4 cup parsley. Garnish with lemon wedges and remaining parsley.

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Brain Strain Tuesday 22

H.R. managers around the U.S. found out that 10% of people are afraid of THIS while they're working.

Incorrect Guesses: violence from a co-worker, sexual harrassment, getting caught making personal phone calls, a paper cut, get caught not doing their job, security cameras, time wasting co workers who come to them with problems, boss catching you not doing your job, elevators, getting busted while sleeping on the job.

Correct Answer: the copy machine
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Zucchini Pecan Bread

I am SO partial to pecans...this recipe makes 2 loaves so you can give one to a friend or neighbor!!

2 cups sugar
1 cup canola oil
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp grated lemon peel
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 cups shredded zucchini (about 2 medium)
3/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350. Grease two 8x4-inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, beat sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking soda, lemon peel, cinnamon and baking powder; gradually beat into sugar mixture, mixing just until moistened. Stir in zucchini and pecans slowly.

Transfer to prepared pans. Bake 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire rack to cool.

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Brain Strain Monday 21

According to a new survey, just about 40% of people admit to doing THIS when they fly.

Incorrect Guesses: overstuff their carry on, drink alcohol, chewing gum, use the cell phone, take a tranquilizer pill, use the bathroom before boarding, pray, read a book, get insurance

Correct Answer: flirt
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Brain Strain Friday 18

If you're going to screw THIS up, you'll most likely do it just after 4 o'clock this afternoon (or any Friday afternoon)

Incorrect Guesses: forget to pick up groceries on the way home, forget to pick up the kids, dinner, to punch your time card, disregard what you gave up for lent, save the last document you were working on, drive in the carpool lane, meet friends

Correct Answer: your diet
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Brain Strain 16 Wednesday

According to experts, men are 8 times more likely to do THIS when married.

Incorrect Guesses: eat more food, cook, flirt, go to the doctor, nap, watch chick flicks, make the bed, brown bag lunch, stay late at work, go out with the guys, buy life insurance, by a red sports car

Correct Answer: drive the speed limit
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Brain Strain Thursday 17

A survey of the happiest couples found that they do THIS at least 3 times per month

Incorrect Guesses: go out to dinner, go grocery shopping, have alone time, go on a date night

Correct Answer: argue
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Brain Strain Tuesday 15

Nearly 80% of us do THIS every weekday.

Incorrect Guesses: oversleep, watch the news, hit the snooze button, make coffee, stop somewhere for breakfast, check work email in the a.m. before leaving home, wake up before the alarm goes off, go to work, make dinner at home, go to the grocery store.

Correct Answer: drive to and from work alone
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Brain Strain Monday 14

A recent Career dot com survey finds that one in five people quit their job for THIS reason.

Incorrect Guesses: because they found another job, can't get along with their boss, to go on vacation

Correct Answer:  their Mom told them to.
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Sesame Chicken Noodles

So fresh and tasty, feel free to sub out any of the veggies with whatever you have in your fridge!

8 oz uncooked angel hair pasta
2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
1-1/2 cups coleslaw mix
1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges, drained
1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
1 cup fresh sugar snap peas, trimmed and halved
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup Asian sesame salad dressing
1/4 cup chopped salted peanuts

Cook pasta according to package directions. In a large bowl, combine chicken, coleslaw mix, oranges, red pepper, snap peas and green onions; sprinkle with salt. Toss to combine.

Drain pasta and rinse in cold water. Add pasta and dressing to chicken mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with peanuts.

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