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Cheddar Chicken Chowder

Great way to use up leftover chicken!

3 cups chicken broth
2 cups diced peeled potatoes
1 cup each diced celery and diced carrots
1/2 cup diced onion
1-1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
2 cups (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups diced cooked chicken

In a 4-qt saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a boil. Reduce the heat; add the potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer 12-15 minutes or until veggies are tender.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium saucepan; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce the heat; add cheese, stirring until melted. Add to the broth along with the cooked chicken. Cook and stir until heated through.

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Brain Strain Friday 12

When asked what movie title best describes your dog's personality, THIS was the #1 answer.

Incorrect Guesses: The Hangover, Where's The Nearest Tree, Cujo, My Dog Skip, One Flew Over The Cookoo's Nest, Aliens, Goofy, Marley & Me, Stir Crazy

Correct Answer: Rambo
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Dijon Mushroom Beef

Tastes so fancy but this dish is ridiculously easy to make!

1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
2 tsp olive oil
1 pound beef top sirloin steak, thinly sliced
1 can (10-3/4 oz) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
3/4 cup milk
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
Hot cooked yolk-free noodles

In a large nonstick skillet, saute mushrooms and onion in oil until tender. Remove and set aside. in the same skillet, cook beef until no longer pink. Add the soup, milk, mustard and mushroom mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir until thickened. Serve over hot cooked noodles.

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Brain Strain Thurs 11

A survey asked 'What movie title best describes your boss?' The #1 answer was Dumb and Dumber, followed by THIS.

Incorrect Guesses: Happy Gilmore, Take This Job And Shove It, The Idiot, The Horrible Bosses, TheJerk, My Fair Lady, Meet The Fockers, Up In Smoke, Clueless, Dumbo, Rambo, The Godfather, Jackass, Meatballs, Superman, Scrooge, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, James Bond

Correct Answer: Psycho
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Chicken Broccoli Shells

All this dish needs is a loaf of warm, crusty bread! Yummy.

1 jar (16 oz) Alfredo sauce
2 cups frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
2 cups diced cooked chicken
1 cup (4 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
21 jumbo pasta shells, cooked and drained

In a large bowl, combine the Alfredo sauce, broccoli, cooked chicken and cheeses. Spoon into pasta shells. Place in a lightly greased 13-in by 9-in baking dish. Cover and bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until heated through.

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Brain Strain Wednesday 10

To help raise academic performance for younger students, some schools have returned to THIS once common tradition.

Incorrect Guesses: naps, a hot breakfast, show and tell, cursive writing, play time, memorizing and reciting math tables, one room schools, gym classes, lowering standards, milk breaks, half day kindergarten, uniforms, phonics, math with no calculator, penmanship class, typing, grammer, penpals, shooting spitballs with your pen, multiple choice tests

Correct Answer: using fountain pens

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Gyros with spinach and beef

Nothing can take the place of a real lamb-meat-on-a-spit gyro but this fast weeknight version made with ground beef is certainly a viable option!

1 pound lean ground beef
1 package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
6 green onions, chopped
1 can (2-1/4 oz) sliced rip olives, drained
2 tsp lemon-pepper seasoning, divided
1 large tomato, chopped
1 cup (8 oz) fat-free plain yogurt
1/2 cup mayonnaise (Use the mayo with olive oil--flavor profile works great with this dish!)
6 pita breads (6 in.), halved
12 lettuce leaves
1 cup (4 oz) crumbled feta cheese

In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Add the spinach, onions, olives and 1 tsp lemon-pepper; heat through. Stir in tomato; set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, mayo and remaining lemon-pepper. Line pita halves with lettuce; fill with beef mixture and feta cheese. Serve with yogurt sauce.
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Brain Strain 9 Tuesday

A new survey reveals that guys admit to doing THIS about 12 times a year while women say they'll do it about 100 times a year.

Incorrect Guesses: pass gas, trim nose hairs, cry, wax, do dishes, go on a blind date, take a selfie, trim nails, go shopping, dye hair, a load of laundry, take a bath, clean the bathroom, call Mom, wash their hair, dress up for work, pluck their eyebrows, say I'm sorry, weight yourslef, floss teeth, make dinner, check email

Correct Answer: check their horoscopes
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Brain Strain: Monday, September 8th

Most of us think doing THIS is rude, but in a recent survey, almost two-thirds of people called it unethical.

Answer: Brining too many items in the store express lane.
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Meat Free Chili

Monday is a great day to go Meat-Free, so says Sir Paul McCartney. You won't even miss the meat in this hearty chili.

1 can (16 oz) hot chili beans, undrained
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14-1/2 oz) Mexican stewed tomatoes
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1/2 cup chunky salsa
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
1 tbsp ground cumin
2 tsp chili powder
4 tbsp sour cream
4 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese

In a large saucepan. Combine the first nine ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until veggies are crsip-tender. Top each serving with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of cheese.
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