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Posts from June 2014

Watermelon Salad

Featuring awesome picnic dishes this week to help you celebrate Independence Day!

8 cups cubed seedless watermelon (about 1 medium watermelon)
1 small red onion, cut into rings
1 cup toasteds slivered almonds
1 cup fresh arugula (or baby spinach)
1/3 cup balsamic vinaigrette
3 tbsp canola oil
1 cup (4 oz) crumbled blue cheese
Watermelon slices, optional

In a large bowl, combine watermelon and onion; cover and refrigerate until cold (about 30 minutes).  Just before serving. add almonds and arugula.  In a small bowl, whisk vinaigrette and oil; drizzle over salad and toss to coat.  Sprinkle with cheese.  If desired, serve over additional slices of watermelon.

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Brain Strain Monday 30

In a recent survey about mid life dating, THIS is the number one deal breaker.

Incorrect Guesses:  facial hair, children

Correct Answer:  money issues
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Chicken Vegetable Kabobs

Stick everything on a skewer and grill away!

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-in. cubes
1 cup Italian salad dressing, divided
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-in.slices
1 yellow summer squash, cut into 1/2-in. slices
2 medium onions, quartered
1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into 1-in. pieces
2 cups cherry tomatoes

In a small resealable plastic bag, combine chicken and 1/2 cup salad dressing.  Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 15 minutes.  Meanwhile, in a large resealable plastic bag, combine the oil, garlic salt and rosemary; add vegetables.  Seal bag and toss to coat veggies.

Drain and discard marinades. On eight metal or soaked wooden skewers, alternately thread chicken and vegetables.  Grill kabobs, uncovered, over medium-hot heat for 12-15 minutes or until juices run clear, turning and basting occasionally with remaining salad dressing.

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Brain Strain Friday 27

Except for air conditioning, THIS is the biggest energy user in most American homes.

Incorrect Guesses:  clothes dryer, television, fan, water heater, freezer, hot tub, stereo, dehumidifier, blow dryer, gaming system you hookto the tv, electric heater

Correct Answer:  cable box
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Grilled Steaks with Cilantro Sauce

Fire up the grill and get ready to be stunned at how good this cilantro sauce is!

2 cups fresh parsley leaves
2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
1 cup fresh mint leaves
8 garlic cloves, chopped
1-3/4 tsp kosher salt, divided
1/2 tsp plus 3/4 tsp freshly ground pepper, divided
2 cups olive oil
2/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
4 lbs beef flat iron steaks or top sirloin steak (1 in. thick)

Place herbs, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper in a food processor; pulse until herbs are chopped.  Gradually add oil, vinegar, lemon juice and pepper flakes, processing just until blended.

Sprinkle steaks with remaining salt and pepper.  Grill covered over medium heat for 6-8 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness.  Cut steaks into 1/4-in. slices; serve with sauce.

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Brain Strain Thursday 26

Recent survey on dreams reveals that almost 20% of people dream about THIS on a regular basis.

Incorrect Guesses:  falling, Ron Jeremy, work, losing teeth, exercise, dying, the ability to fly

Correct Answer:  their pet
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Tangy Sweet Shrimp

Served over rice, this dish has just the right amount of kick!  (But feel free to add more red pepper flakes if you like it HOT.)

1/2 cup ketchup
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1-1/2 lbs uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tbsp minced fresh gingerroot
1 tbsp canola oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 green onions, sliced
1 tsp sesame seeds, toasted
Hot cooked rice

In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients; set aside.  In a large nonstick skillet or wok, stir-fry shrimp and ginger in oil until shrimp turn pink.  Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.

Add the ketchup mixture; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until heated through.  Sprinkle with onions and sesame seeds.  Serve with rice.

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Brain Strain Weds 25

More than a third of people admit that they often are lying when they say THIS

Incorrect Guesses:  I Love You, like the cooking, they are flossing their teeth, they're sick, I feel good, how much money they make, i lost ten pounds, I'm telling the truth, they sugar coat the answer to how's it going, they're exercising, trust me, i like what you're wearing, they washed hands, my house is great, nice to meet you, just kidding, lots of traffic, i got stopped by a train, i'm pregnant, the alarm didn't go off, blame the kids,

Correct Answer:  I'm on the way
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Quesadillas with ground beef

You finish these off in the oven, giving you more time to get your toppings together!

3/4 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup refried beans
1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies, drained
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp salt
4 flour tortillas
2 tbsp butter, melted
1-1/3 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend

In a large skillet, cook the beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.  Stir in the beans, chilies, oregano, cumin and salt.  Cook over medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes or until heated through.

Brush one side of each tortilla with butter.  Spoon 1/2 cup of the meat mixture over half of unbuttered side.  Sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese; fold in half.

Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.  Sprinkle each with a bit of paprika.  Bake at 475 for 10 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.  Cut into wedges and serve with your fav toppings (like sour cream, salsa, shredded lettuce and jalapenos!).

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Brain Strain Monday 24

About 1 in 20 people do THIS frequently, usually between 9pm and Midnight.

Incorrect Guesses:  have an adult beverage, find clothes to wear for the morning, have a bedtime snack, check on a noise, go out, turn off the tv, fall asleep watching tv, shower, watch the tv news, let the dog out, dream, go to bed, have sex, snore, fall asleep, sleep walk

Correct Answer:  talk in their sleep
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