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Pumpkin Penne with sausage

Scare your family tonight with how eerily awesome this is!!!

3/4 cup uncooked penne pasta
2 Italian sausage links, casings removed
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp olive oil
1/3 cup white wine or chicken broth
1 bay leaf
3/4 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup canned pumpkin or fresh pumpkin puree
3 tsp minced fresh sage, divided
1/8 tsp each salt, pepper and ground cinnamon
Dash ground nutmeg
3 tbsp half-and-half cream
2 tbsp shredded Romano cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles.  Remove with slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.  Discard all but 1 tsp drippings.  Cook and stir onion and garlic in oil and reserved drippings over medium-high heat until tender.  Add wine (or 1/3 cup broth) and bay leaf.  Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half.  Stir in broth (3/4 cup), pumpkin, 1-1/2 tsp sage and remaining seasonings; cook 1 minute longer.  Add the cream and sausage; heat through.  Remove by leaf.  Drain pasta; transfer to a large bowl.  Add sausage mixture; toss to coat.  Sprinkle with cheese and remaining sage.
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Brain Strain Friday 31

Chances are, you pass by dozens of THESE every day, and the average one is about 24 years old.

Incorrect Guesses:  McDonalds, post office, tree, outhouse, fire hydrant, homes, street lights, billboards, pay phones, gas stations

Correct Answer:  telephone poles
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Crustless Chicken Quiche

Real men will eat quiche if it tastes this good!  Start with a salad to get your veggies.

1 large sweet onion, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
6 eggs
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 cups cubed cooked rotisserie chicken
2 cups (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

In a small skillet, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender.  In a large bowl, combine eggs and cream.  Stir in the chicken, cheese, bacon and onion mixture.  Pour into a greased 9-in. deep-dish pie plate.

Bake at 375 for 35-45 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.  Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
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Brain Strain Thursday 30

More than two-thirds of American workers now say they would like to see their companies get rid of one of THESE.

Incorrect Guesses:  holidays, boss, vending machine, health & wellness co-ordinator, dress code, photo copy machine, fax machine, secretary

Correct Answer:  a work day during the week
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Topics : Human Interest


Pine Nut-Crusted Tilapia

Add sides of rice and veggies, you'll be all set!

1/2 cup pine nuts, ground
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp dill weed
1/4 tsp lemon-pepper seasoning
1 egg
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp honey
4 tilapia fillets (6 oz each)
2 tbsp butter
Addtional honey

In a shallow bowl, combine the pine nuts, flour, dill and lemon-pepper.  In another shallow bowl, combine the egg, lemon juice and honey.  Dip fillets in egg mixture, then coat with nut mixture.

In a large nonstick skillet, cook the fillets in butter over medium heat for 4-5 minutes onb eah side or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.  Drizzle with additional honey if desired when serving.
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Brain Strain Wednesday 29

1 in 12 people have taken out a loan to buy THESE

Incorrect Guesses:  wedding rings, tattoos, vacation homes, braces, tires

Correct Answer:  Christmas presents
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Topics : Health_Medical_Pharma
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Mexican Beef Cobbler

Got to love a good casserole, and this one certainly fits the bill!  Spice it up with "hot" taco seasoning and a medium or hot salsa too!!

1 pound lean ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning
3/4 cup water
1 jar (16 oz) salsa
1 can (8-3/4 oz) whole kernel corn
2 cups (8 oz) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3-1/3 cups biscuit/baking mix
1-1/3 cups 2% milk
1/8 tsp each salt and pepper

In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat for 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain.  Stir in taco seasoning and water.  Bring mixture to a boil; cook until liquid is evaporated.  Transfer to a 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish; layer with salsa, corn and cheese.

In a large bowl, mix biscuit mix and milk until just blended; drop mixture by tablespoonfuls over cheese (dish will be full!).  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake uncovered at 350 for 35-45 minutes or until bubbly and top is golden brown.
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Brain Strain Tuesday 28

If you are married, there's about a 10% chance that THIS will happen to you.

Incorrect Guesses:  married for 50 years or more, pass gas, divorce, have twins, you'll be embarassed, you'll have in law interference

Correct Answer:  your mother or mother in law will move in with you
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Creamy Chicken Angel Hair

Serve everyone a big portion...they're going to LOVE this dish!

1 package angel hair pasta
1-1/2 pounds boneless skniless chicken breasts, cut into 1-in. cubes
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 large carrot, diced
2 tbsp butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 celery rib, diced
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 cups heavy whipping cream
5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to the package directions.  Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the chicken, salt and pepper in 2 tbsp oil until no longer pink.  Remove and keep warm.  In the same sklillet, saute carrot in butter and remaining oil for 1 minute.  Add onion and celery; saute 3-4 minutes longer or until tender.  Add garlic; cook for 1 minute.

Stir in the cream, bacon, lemon juice and Italian seasoning.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 2-3 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring constantly.  Return chicken to the pan.  Drain pasta; toss with chicken mixture.  Garnish with cheese.
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Brain Strain Monday 27

THIS is the most common word sent via text message between married couples

Correct Answer:  ok
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