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Posts from July 2013

Tuna Veggie Macaroni

Here's one for the kid in all of us!  (recipe is easily doubled or even tripled!)

1-1/4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
5 oz Velveeta, cubed
1/2 cup milk
2 cups frozen peas and carrots, thawed
1 can (5 oz)white water-packed tuna, drained
1/4 tsp dill weed

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain.  Add cheese and milk; stir until cheese is melted.  Sitr in the vegetables, tuna and dill; heat through.
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Loved This Actress

Eileen Brennan isn't the first name you think of when you think great Hollywood celebrities, but at least in my mind, she always caught my eye.

She died this week at the age of 80.  I always found her roles to stick out in the films she was in.  Her most notable role was the tough talking Drill Sergeant in 1980's Private Benjamin, for which she received a Oscar Nomination. You'll also remember her from The Sting and playing Mrs. Peacock in the 1986 movie version of Clue. RIP.

Here she is doing her rendition of La Vie en Rose in Neil Simon's, The Cheap Detective.
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Who Was Your Wedding Band?

I'm guessing not a lot of people can say 'Journey' played their wedding...unless of course you're a band member.

Neal Schon, who has been the only consistent member of Journey throughout the years says he's going to tie the knot later this year with a Z-List celebrity.  The celeb in question: Michaele Salahi.  Remember her...the White House Party Crasher from 2009.  She's no longer married to the guy she was with at the time of the party crashing, but the status she gained from the incident was apparetly enough to get her a meeting with Neal Schon...and we now know how that's ended up.

She also made an appearance on the extremely short lived Housewives of DC. As for me...I'm not sure why anyone watches those shows.

Oh well...any bets that Faithfully will be the wedding song? 
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Wednesday 31 Brain Strain

19% of adults admit to using their smartphones while BLANK

Incorrect Guesses:  going to the potty, working

Correct Answer:  attending church or a place of worship
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Tuesday 30th Brain Strain

The average person has a lot of THESE, but only uses about 15 of them a year.

Incorrect Guesses:  pairs of socks, cd's

Correct Answer:  TV channels
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Four Cheese Baked Ziti

Another Meat Free Monday, you won't miss the meat a bit with this delicious dish!

1 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1/2 cup shredded carrots
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (14-1/2 oz each) Italian diced tomatoes
1 can (15 oz) crushed tomatoes
1 cup vegetable broth
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
8 oz uncooked ziti
1 cup (8 oz) part-skim ricotta cheese
1/2 cup shredded provolone cheese
1/4 cup loosely packed basil leaves, thinly sliced
1 cup (4 oz) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, saute the onion, green pepper, carrots and garlic until crisp-tender.  Stir in the diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, broth and pepper flakes; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook ziti according to package directions; drain and return to pan.  Stir in vegetable mixture, ricotta, provolone and basil.

Transfer to a 13-in. by 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.  Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan.  Bake uncovered at 425 for 10-15 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.
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Monday 29th Brain Strain

60% of Americans believe in BLANK

Incorrect Guesses:  Extra -Terrestials, bad luck, karma, God, heaven, marriage, life after death, religion

Correct Answer:  Angels
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Jalapeno Popper Spread

You can take poppers to a picnic with this easy dip recipe!

2 pkg (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
1/4 cup canned chopped green chilies
1/4 cup canned diced jalapeno peppers
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
Sweet pepper pieces and corn chips for dipping

In a large bowl, beat the first five ingredients until blended; spread into an ungreased 9-in. pie plate.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese; top with bread crumbs.  Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.  Serve with peppers and chips.
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Friday 26 Brain Strain

When asked about the last time they felt really good, 8% of women said it was when someone did THIS.

Incorrect Guesses:  when the hairdresser washed their hair, gave them flowers, paid them a compliment, complimented them behind their back, say I Love You, tell them their children have good manners, ask them for advice, told them they're beautiful, complimented their cooking, whistled at them, flirted with them, say they look like they've lost weight, smiled at them

Correct Answer:  told them they look younger than they actually are.
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Brown Sugar Salmon & Strawberries

Strawberries and cucumbers make a great relish for this nicely seasoned salmon...

1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp salt
4 salmon fillets (5 oz each)
1 tbsp minced fresh mint
1 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp grated lemon peel
1/8 tsp sugar
1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
1 small cucumber, finely chopped

In a small bowl, mix the first five ingredients; rub over the flesh side of salmon.  Refrigerate, covered, for 1 hour.

For relish, in another bowl, mix mint, oil, lemon juice, lemon peel and sugar.  Add strawberries and cucumbers; toss to coat.

Mositen a paper towl with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, rub on grill rack to coat lightly.  Place salmon on grill rack, skin side down.  Grill, covered, over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.  Serve with relish.
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