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Red Velvet Cookies

Wow, love 'em as cupcakes but they're even better as cookies!

2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp red food coloring
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sour cream
1 cup (6 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
1 can (16 oz) cream cheese frosting

In a microwave, melt unsweetened chocolate; stir until smooth. Cool. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, food coloring and vanilla. Add cooled chocolate; beat until blended. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop by tablespoonfuls 2-in. apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake at 375 for 6-9 minutes or until set. Cool completely before frosting.

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Brain Strain Monday 22

80% of Americans live within 5 miles of a location of THIS business

Incorrect Guesses: McDonalds, Starbucks, Burger King, Walgreens, Target, a tavern or bar

Correct Answer: a YMCA
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Brain Strain Friday 19

The majority of men can do THIS, but only 10% of women can.

Incorrect Guesses: bait a fish hook, pass gas, crack their knuckles, push ups, change your own oil, wirte your name in the snow, use mirrors in the car to back up, change a tire, grow a beard

Correct Answer: whistle
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Curried Beef

Here's a dish that tastes like it was a ton of trouble but really is simple to make!

1 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 pound beef top round steak, cut into thin 3-in strips
3 tbsp canola oil, divided
2 cups sliced onions
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp beef bouillon granules
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup tomato juice
3 tbsp tomato paste
Hot cooked noodles or rice

In a large resealable bag, combine the flour, salt and pepper; add beef. Seal bag and shake to coat. In a large skillet, brown beef in 2 tbsp oil; drain. Add the onions and remaining oil; saute until onions are golden brown. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Sprinkle with curry. Dissolve bouillon in boiling water; pour over beef and onion mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for an hour or until meat is tender. Add tomato juice and paste; cook for 5 minutes or until heated through. Serve with your choice of hot cooked noodles or rice.

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Easy Beef Potpie

Your whole house will smell delicious after baking up this dish!

1-1/2 pounds boneless beef top round steak, cut into 1/2-in. cubes
2 cups frozen peas and carrots, thawed
1 large potato, peeled, cooked and diced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 jar (18 oz) beef gravy
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tube (12 oz) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

In a large skillet sprayed lightly with cooking spray, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the vegetables, gravy, thyme and pepper. Transfer to a greased 9-in. pie plate (or 11-in by 7-in baking dish). Bake uncovered at 400 for 25 minutes.

Place the biscuits in a single layer over meat mixture. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until biscuits are golden brown.
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Brain Strain Thursday 18

A new survey revealed that instead of "You look thin", women would rather hear you say, "You look THIS"

Incorrect Guesses: great, trim, fit, really good, sexy, lucious

Correct Answer: young
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Brain Strain Weds 17

According to a new study, if you want your marriage to last find a man who is THIS

Incorrect Guesses: religious, funny, a good listener, a counsellor

Correct Answer: short
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Goulash Soup

So satisfying, this dish is destined to be a family favorite soon!

3 bacon strips, diced
1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1/2-in cubes
1 small green pepper, seeded and chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 can (14-1/2 oz) diced tomatoes
3 cups beef broth
2 tbsp paprika
1-1/2 tsp salt
Pepper to taste
Dash sugar
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
Sour cream, dollops on servings optional

In a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon to paper towels; drain--leaving about 2 tbsp drippings in pan. Add beef cubes and brown on all sides. Add green pepper and onions; cook until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, broth, paprika, salt, pepper and sugar.

Cover and simmer for about 1-1/2 hours or until beef is tender. About a 1/2 hour before serving, add the potatoes and reserved bacon; cook until potatoes are tender. Garnish each serving with a dollop of sour cream if desired.

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Ribeyes with chili butter

Perfect grillin' weather tonight so fire it up!

1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Dash cayenne pepper
4 beef ribeye steaks (8 oz each)
1 to 2 tsp coarsely ground pepper
1/2 tsp sugar

In a small bowl, beat the butter, chili powder, mustard and cayenne until smooth. Refrigerate until serving.

Rub the steaks with pepper and sugar. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 5-6 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired donesness. Spoon chili butter over steaks and serve.
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Brain Strain Tuesday 16

People who do THIS regularly weigh 7 pounds less on average and have a lower BMI than people who don't do it.

Incorrect Guesses: smoke cigarettes, sleep for 8 hours a night, eat breakfast, eat fiber, drink water, make whoopie, smoke vapor cigarettes, drink milk, walk, travel by bike, exercise, poop, ride a motorcycle, skateboard, run, take the stairs

Correct Answer: take the bus
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