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Posts from June 2013

Bacon Cheeseburgers

Nothing more American than a juicy hamburger, topped with bacon no less!

2 tbsp finely chopped onion
2 tbsp ketchup
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp steak sauce
1/4 tsp cider vinegar
1 pound ground beef
4 slices sharp cheddar cheese
4 hamburger buns, split
8 cooked bacon strips
Optional toppings:  lettuce leaves, tomato slices, onion slices and pickles

In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients.  Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.  Shape into four patties.

Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 3 inches from heat for about 4-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160 and the juices run clear.  Top with cheese.  Grill one minute longer or until cheese is melted.  Serve on buns with bacon and toppings of your choice.
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Friday 28 Brain Strain

A study of singers singing the National Anthem on YouTube shows THIS is the line that is most often messed up.

Incorrect Guesses:  And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there, O say can you see by the dawn's early light, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Correct Answer:  O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming.
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Portobello Pitas

Portobello mushrooms replace the lamb in this veggie version of a gyro.  On the table in less than thirty minutes!

Cucumber Sauce:
1 cup (8 oz) reduced-fat plain yogurt
1/2 cup chopped peeled cucumber
1/4 to 1/3 cup minced fresh mint
1 tbso grated lemon peel
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp garlic powder
4 large portobello mushrooms, stems removed
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp Greek seasoning
2 tbsp canola oil
8 pita pockets halves, warmed
8 thin slices red onion, separated into rings
8 slices tomato

In a bowl, combine sauce ingredients.  Cover and refrigerate.

Sprinkle mushrooms with pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and Greek seasoning.  In a skillet, cook mushrooms in oil for 3-5 minutes on each side or until tender.

Line each pita pocket with onion and tomato.  Cut mushrooms in half; place in pitas.  Serve with cucumber sauce.

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Thursday 27th Brain Strain

The top 5 foods with antioxidants are:  Blackberries, Blueberries, Raisins, Prunes, and THIS

Incorrect Guesses:  grapes, cranberries, goji beans or berries, brocolli, tomatoes, pomegranites, kiwi, acai, dark chocolate, raspberries, strawberries, ketchup, spinach, avocado, asparagus

Correct Answer:  garlic
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BBQ Chicken with fried eggs and polenta

"Brinner" anyone?  That's breakfast-for-dinner and this dish deliciously fits the bill!!

2 cups shredded cooked chicken breasts
3/4 cup barbecue sauce
1 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
2 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 tube (1 pound) polenta, cut into 8 slices
1 small garlic clove, minced
4 eggs

In a small saucepan, combine the chicken, barbecue sauce and cilantro; heat through over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp of oil over medium heat.  Add polenta; cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.  Transfer to a serving plate; keep warm.

In the asame pan, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat.  Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute.  Break eggs, one at a time, into pan.  Reduce heat to low.  Cook until desired doneness.  Serve over polenta with chicken mixture.
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Wednesday 26 Brain Strain

If you are average, you do THIS 6 times every hour that you're awake.

Correct Answer:  check the time
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Easy Turkey Loaf

Your fav spaghetti sauce flavors this dish and keeps it moist while using turkey saves you calories!

1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 cup garden-style (chunky) spaghetti sauce (or your fav)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 egg
1 tsp each salt and pepper
1-1/2 pounds ground turkey

In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce, onion, egg, salt and pepper.  Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well.  Pat into an ungreased 9-in. by 5-in. loaf pan.

Bake uncovered at 350 for 1 hour.  Spread remaining spaghetti sauce over loaf.  Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 165 and juices run clear.
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Tuesday 25th Brain Strain

A new survey finds that it takes 66 minutes for a woman to start complaining about THIS.

Incorrect Guesses:  clothes on the floor, her new hair style, the way her husband dresses, waiting for an appointment, a movie

Correct Answer:  wearing high heels
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Movie Review: World War Z

Rated PG-13

It's always good advice to stay sharp and keep your eyes peeled.  As one character says in World War Z, you never know, the most inconsequential things can be the most important. 

To that guy, I say "thanks a lot!"  It made me spend most of my time watching World War Z, looking for specific details that would bring light to the plot. 

Set in modern times, former United Nations' employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is faced with the task of finding a solution to a worldwide zombie outbreak. What's worse is that he's not dealing with slow creeping hordes of walkers as in the show The Walking Dead.  Nope, he's dealing with speedy, nimble, hungry, leaping rage filled zombes as featured in the 28 Days Later series.  Make sure you lace those running shoes up.

World War Z is smartly played out with a tension that sustains the nearly 2 hour running time.  It's not bloody, brain eating wall to wall zombie action, but rather a easy blend of drama and action with a soft end. 

What I really like is that those who survive in this movie do so because they are survivors who pay attention to thier surrounding.  They act and react to it, just like how one would survive in nature. Brains always beats brawn.

I read that Director Mark Foster observed ant populations in determining the movement and flow of his creatures.  The image above relays that thought. 

Look close to see Matthew Fox in his latest role and keep an eye on Mirelle Enos who plays the wife of our hero.  Her lead role in AMC's The Killing is captivating and this film just makes me want to see more of her work.

Also note in the trailer, the family's game of 20 Questions could easily describe the pending zombie outbreak.  See, I was paying too close attention to the details.

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Somebody Owes You Something

For all the commuters out there, who go 20 miles or more like me.  This certianly won't put any money back in your pocket...but maybe you'll feel better that everybody at work is paying for it.

According to a new study, the average person spends $406 every month on work-related expenses.  That's $4,872-a-year . . . or about 10% of the average American salary. 

So apparently you need a job just to afford HAVING a job?  Here's how it breaks down . . .

  • Commuting costs $248-a-month, or $2,976-a-year.  Whether it's getting gas, taking public transportation, or parking fees.
  • Lunch and snacks, $90-a-month or $1,080-a-year.
  • Coffee, $21-a-month or $252-a-year.
  • Random birthday and retirement gifts for coworkers, $9.50-a-month or $114-a-year.
  • Work wardrobe, $24-a-month or $288-a-year.
  • Sponsoring your coworkers' charity walks, buying their kids' cookies and candy, and other donations . . . $3-a-month or $36-a-year.
  • Expenses you forget to claim, $10.50-a-month or $126-a-year.


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