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Posts from November 2013

Chocolate Chess Pie

My son got to pick the pie for surprise he's going with his favorite, chocolate.  That's my boy!!!

1 (unbaked) 9-in pie crust/pastry shell
 1/4 cup butter
1-1/2 oz unsweetened chocolate
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 tbsp flour
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup whole milk
2 eggs
1 heaping tsp vanilla extract

Melt butter with chocolate.  In a large mixing bowl, combine chocolate and butter mixture with sugar, flour, salt, milk, eggs and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer for 5-6 minutes.  Pour filling into prepared pie crust and bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes, until set. 

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Wednesday 27 Brain Strain

5 year olds were asked to name what they least liked at Thanksgving,one in five said THIS.

Incorrect Guesses:  watching football, sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, squash, watching the turkey cook, dressing, eating turkey, pumpkin pie, kissing relatives, a cousin, traveling, getting dressed up, seeing Grandma

Correct Answer:  yelling and fighting
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Nacho Mac-N-Cheese

A nice dish that has nothing to do with turkey or dressing or cranberry sauce...

3 cups uncooked spiral pasta
1 pound lean ground beef
2 cups chopped sweet red peppers
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 envelope taco seasoning
1/2 tsp pepper
2-1/2 cups milk
2 cups (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 cup coarsely crushed tortilla chips

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook beef and red peppers over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.

Stir in the butter, flour, taco seasoning and pepper until blended.  Gradually stir in the milk.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes until thickened.  Remove from the heat.  Stir in the cheese and corn until cheese is melted.

Drain pasta; add to beef mixture and stir to coat.  Sprinkle with tortilla chips.

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Tuesday 26 Brain Strain

The average woman does THIS 3 times a year.

Incorrect Guesses:  buys a new hat, gets her haircut, has a pedicure, buys a purse, makes a turkey, goes on a diet

Correct Answer:  stays in her pajamas all day
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Monday 25th Brain Strain

Women do THIS 3 times as much as men do, but 50 years ago, it was the opposite.

Incorrect Guesses:  work a second job, have a job outside the home

Correct Answer:  take pictures
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Turkey Veggie Soup

Keep this recipe in mind when you are looking for something to do with leftover turkey!

6 cups turkey (or chicken) broth
3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
2 cans (15 oz each) cream-style corn
2 cans (8-1/2 oz each) lima beans, drained
1 to 2 cups chopped cooked turkey
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large stockpot, combine the broth, potatoes, carrots, celery and onions.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. 

Add the corn, lima beans, turkey, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.  Cover and simmer 10 minutes. 

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Friday 22nd Brain Strain

In a recent survey of the greatest inventions of all time, air conditioning was #3, the wheel was number #2, and THIS was number one.

Incorrect Guesses:  telephone, microwave, light bulb, indoor plumbing, electricity, printing press, fire, internet, refrigeration,cellphone, automobile, radio, clothes, furnace, language, morse code, toilet paper, batteries, mailbox, electric pencil sharpener, silicone chip, fast food

Correct Answer:  chair (something to sit on)
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Thursday 21 Brain Strain

More than two-thirds of women think that men over the age of 35 look ridiculous when they do THIS.

Incorrect Guesses:  dance, wear a girdle, dye their hair, wear a speedo, grow a mustache, spike their hair, wear their class ring

Correct Answer:  wear their hat backwards
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Pepperoni Macaroni

It's fun to say and delicious to eat!  Plus, you can put it together ahead of time and bake it right before serving. 

2-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1 pound bulk Italian sausage
1 large onion, chopped
1 can (15 oz) pizza sauce
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1/3 cup milk
1 package (3-1/2 oz) sliced pepperoni, halved
1 jar (4-1/2 oz) sliced mushrooms, drained
1 can (2-1/4 oz) sliced ripe olives, drained
1 cup (4 oz) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Cook macaroni according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.  Drain macaroni.

In a large bowl, combine the pizza sauce, tomato sauce and milk.  Stir in sausage mixture, macaroni, pepperoni, mushrooms and olives.

Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-inch baking dish.  Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Uncover; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.  Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until heated through and cheese is melted.

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Wednesday 20th Brain Strain

The odds are 1 in 4 that you will see THIS the next time you're in a grocery store.

Incorrect Guesses:  turkeys, someone paying with cash, bell ringers, broken shopping cart, self check out lane, someone sampling food, coffee shop, Christmas tree, a food display, food stamps, poinsettia, coupon, someone eating food without paying, fruitcake, bank, screaming kids, for sale sign, security guard, bagging own groceries, santa claus

Correct Answer:  someone with too many items in the express lane

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