November 2009 Archives

Here's the Dish

Mini Pecan Tassies

By Charlotte on November 24, 2009 8:46 AM | Read More

Craving a little something sweet?  You'll love these tiny, easy-bake treats packed with antioxidant-rich pecans.  Adapted from "The Best of Mr. Food Cookin' Quickies" (Oxmoor House), they're perfect paired with coffee and a cozy fire.


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Daily Distraction

Thanksgiving, the Elvis Way.

By Bob on November 24, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

I was cleaning out a file and ran across this rendering of Elvis at the first Thanksgiving. Cole did this work Puritan Elvis.jpgof art in the first or second grade.  Yeah, that's right, when other kids were tracing their hands and drawing make believe turkeys, Cole was imagining Elvis at the first Thanksgiving.  You have to give the guy credit, it's an amazing likeness. 

It's almost like you're there sitting next to the King of Rock 'n Roll.  Can't you just hear him say, "Colonel, how 'bout passin' me the stuffing and another jelly doughnut....thank ya very much!"

Happy Thanksgiving, Boomers!




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Boomer Box Office

"The Box"

By Cole on November 19, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

Since 2001's "Donnie Darko," director Richard Kelly has inspired as many cries of heavy-handed pomposity for his existential sci-fi films as he has cult-like fanaticism. But with the release of his newest treatise on sacrifice, "The Box," no one should accuse him of lacking ambition. 

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By Bob on November 18, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

OK, did I miss something, or is it just me?  Does anyone else know Liam Neeson is a badass? 

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Daily Distraction

Sweet Home Quadalajara

By Bob on November 17, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

When you eat at a Mexican restaurant in Alabama, you may get something that's not on the menu.  Here's one for all you Skynyrd fans... 


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"Don't Throw Me Away" by The Mumlers

By Cole on November 12, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

Two weeks ago at Hailey's in Denton, Texas, it wasn't clear if the audience gathered for The Mumlers was curious about the San Jose band, or just politely waiting for the headliners. 

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Dust Jacket

Heart of a Patriot

By Bob on November 11, 2009 5:01 PM | Read More

Max Cleland's memoir, Heart of a Patriot How I found the Courage to Survive Vietnam, Walter Reed and Karl Rove, is an emotional and insightful journey that probably took as much courage to write as it did to live.

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Daily Distraction

Deja Vu All Over Again

By Bob on November 10, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

Sarah Haskins thinks you've probably seen these movies before.  I think she may be right. 

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Bride Wars

By Bob on November 4, 2009 6:05 AM | Read More

Bride Wars might have been funnier if it had been fought with real guns. 

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Boomer Box Office

"Where the Wild Things Are"

By Cole on November 4, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More

A surreal poem of childhood for adults, Spike Jonze's new film, "Where the Wild Things Are," plays with its source material with all the care of a nine-year-old. And that's a very good thing. 

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Daily Distraction

Redneck Pawnshop

By Bob on November 3, 2009 9:29 AM | Read More

Trust me guys, nothing says "I Love You" like his-'n-hers chainsaws.  At least that's what this commercial told me. 


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Don't Try This At Home

Don't Tell Mom

By Bob on November 2, 2009 6:00 AM | Read More


Here's the deal.  Four and a half years after I put Charlotte and myself on the waiting list for this prestiguous lecture series I get the call. 


"Congratulations," they tell me, "you've made it to the top of the list."


Which had me thinking all LIST?  WHAT LIST?  Then I remembered something about enrolling Cole in this oh-so-private university and signing some form at orientation about tickets for this lecture series they've been having since, I dunno, ABE LINCOLN was president.


OH, that list.  At least that's what I told the sophisticated woman on the other end of the line.  A mere 60 seconds later my MasterCard was back in my wallet Fareed Zakaria.jpgand I was the proud owner of two season tickets to the most exclusive lecture series this side of I-35W.  I know what you're thinking.  No, my butt doesn't look big in these pants and yes, I rock.


So I went.  Errr, make that we went.  Charlotte couldn't make it, so Cole and I had a guys night out.  That's right, two adult males on the loose in the fifth largest city in the country.  We did what any self-respecting Texas males would do when faced with all that opportunity.  We saw Fareed Zakaria, Thomas L. Friedman and David Gergen debate healthcare and the world situation for 90 minutes.

"Hurry up," I said, "or all the really good Fareed Zakaria
 T-Shirts will be gone."

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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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