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Posts from October 2013

Thursday 31st Brain Strain

In America, sales of THIS has soared from $220 million in 2010 to $370 million last year.

Incorrect Guesses:  scary costumes, energy drinks, beer, toilet paper, Halloween shopping, gift cards, Halloween decorations, zombie costumes

Correct Answer:  PET costumes
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Slow Cooker Chicken

My mama made me jealous last night talking about the delicious BBQ chicken sandwiches she and Dad had eaten.  Using the slow cooker made it so easy!

2 tsp salt
1-1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp pepper
1 whole chicken, cut up (3 to 3-1/2 pounds)
1/2 cup cola soft drink
1/3 cup ketchup
1/4 firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp bourbon (plus a nip for the chef!)
1 lemon, sliced

Stir together the first 4 ingredients in a small bowl.  Sprinkle over chicken.  Place chicken in a single layer in a lightly greased 6-qt. slow cooker.

Whisk together cola, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar and bourbon in a small bowl.  Slowly pour mixture between chicken pieces (to avoid removing spices from chicken).  Place lemon slices in a single layer on top of chicken.

Cover and cook on high for 5 hours or on low for 7 hours.  Remove chicken from slow cooker; let cool slightly.  Discard lemon slices.  Skin, bone and shred chicken.  Serve on your favorite bread for sandwiches with coleslaw.

Image: Wikimedia Commons
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Wednesday 30th Brain Strain

More than 25% of office workers say THIS is the only reason they like going to work.

Incorrect Guesses:  free coffee, so you can eat, dress code, their co-workers, just to have something to do, to get away from their spouse, lunch break, free paperclips, money

Correct Answer:  the gossip
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Taco Pie

Two of my favorite things, tacos and pie, come together beautifully in this dish!

1 pound lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup salsa
2 tbsp taco seasoning
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup 94 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup biscuit/baking mix

In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.  Stir in the salsa, taco seasoning and pepper.  Transfer to a greased 9-in. pie plate; sprinkle with cheese.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk and biscuit mix just until combined; pour over cheese.  Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

(Image: Wikimedia Commons)
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Tuesday 29th Brain Strain

On average, THIS happens to us every three months.

Incorrect Guesses:  shedding a layer of skin, oil change, late for work, hair cut, cold, season change, get a waterbill, flat tire, forget to pay a bill, get groceries, hiccups, oversleep, get a picture taken, go out to dinner, take a vacation day, change a password, bounce a check, start a diet, grow new bones, bite your tongue, growth pains

Correct Answer:  stub a toe
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Easy Minestrone Soup

Simmer this soup on the stove (or start it earlier in a slow cooker).  Delicious on a Meat Free Monday!

4 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 medium zucchini, halved and sliced
1-1/2 cups shredded cabbage
1 can (16 oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
1-1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups cooked elbow macaroni
5 tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese

Combine all ingredients in a Dutch oven.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes to one hour (or until vegetables are tender).  Just before serving, stir in macaroni and heat through.  Serve with Parmesan cheese.
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Monday 28th Brain Strain

THIS annoying activity is actually good for us.

Incorrect Guesses:  arguing, passing gas, laughing, burping, snapping your gum, scratching, fidgitting, snoring, talking, hiccuping, cracking your knuckles, yawning, crying, sneezing, cracking your back, popping bubble wrap, persistance

Correct Answer:  waiting in line (teaches us patience)
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Pecan Catfish

It's the sauce you make in the pan after you've cooked the fish that really sets this dish off!

1 cup finely chopped pecans, divided
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 tsp salt, divided
1 tsp pepper, divided
4 catfish fillets (6 oz each)
1/2 cup butter, divided
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 to 2 tbsp minced fresh parsley

In a shallow bowl, combine 1/2 cup pecans, cornmeal, 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper.  Coat catfish with pecan mixture.

In a large skillet, melt 1/4 cup butter over medium-high heat; fry fillets for 6-7 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork.  Remove and keep warm.

In the same skillet, melt remaining butter over medium heat.  Add remaining pecans; cook and stir for 1 minute.  Add the cream, lemon juice and remaining salt and pepper; cook and stir for 1 minutes.  Stir in parsley.  Serve sauce with the catfish.
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Friday 25th Brain Strain

In a survey of adults, when asked about their earliest memory, THIS was the #1 answer

Incorrect Guesses:  birthday party, making whoopie, first day of kindergarden, being spanked, running away from home, pumpkin patch, being in or at a wedding

Correct Answer:  Christmas
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Chicken Alphabet Soup

Spell love S-O-U-P with this fast and easy, one pot dish!

2 medium carrots, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
1/3 cup chopped sweet onion
1 tbsp olive oil
1 quart chicken broth
1-1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
1/4 tsp dried thyme
3/4 cup uncooked alphabet pasta
2 tbsp minced fresh parsley (or 1 tsp dried parsley)

In a Dutch oven, saute the carrots, celery and onion in oil until tender.  Stir in the broth, chicken and thyme.  Bring to a boil.  Stir in pasta.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes or until pasta is tender.  Stir in parsley and serve.
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