January 2015 Archives

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3 to See on Netflix this Spring

By Bob on January 29, 2015 4:10 AM | Read More

Netflix continues to raise the bar for streaming content and original series. Charlotte and I fell hard for House of Cards when it debuted and (OK, just me) I love BoJack Horseman and Orange is the New Black. The only problem with success is that people expect you to keep topping yourself.

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Daily Distraction

Let me guess who turned him in...

By Bob on January 27, 2015 1:35 AM | Read More

Hmmm...could it have been I.P. Freely?

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Don't Try This At Home

Super Bean Dip

By Bob on January 26, 2015 9:48 AM | Read More

I've been a fan of football and bean dip for as long as I can remember. Over the years I've supported only one pro team (Dallas Cowboys,) but I've experimented with dozens of different bean dip recipes. Some are too hot, some are too bland, some are too much work, but all had the cheesy, gotta-have-another-scoop taste that makes a good bean dip great. 

While the dip cooks, I entertain my guests by showing them my sweet beer can collection. Admit it. You. Are. Impressed.

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My years of bean-experimentation have paid off with this super easy, super delicious bean dip recipe. It has just the right amount of heat, a satisfying cheesy texture that hangs on to a good tortilla chip and (SPOILER ALERT) it's EASY.

Mix up a batch of this dip about 2 hours before the big game and it'll be ready by kickoff. 

Super Easy, Super Cheesey, Super Bowl Bean Dip

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The List

3 Soul-Satisfying Soups

By Charlotte on January 22, 2015 6:57 AM | Read More

A steaming bowl of soup spells comfort whether there's a chill in the air or you just need a little tender loving care. Packed with flavor, these three favorites are hearty enough to make a meal.

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Why Weight?

5 Bad Foods that Are Good for Weight Loss

By Bob on January 21, 2015 4:21 AM | Read More

Now that the holidays are behind us, many of us have more behind us than we did Dec. 1. Can I get an AMEN? OK, so what can we do to drop a few pounds, eat healthy and STILL enjoy what we're eating?

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Just Desserts

Apricot Crowned Jewels

By Charlotte on January 20, 2015 6:55 AM | Read More

A lady's maid to do your hair, fancy dresses for dinner and footmen who serve the most lavish meals, I'm fascinated by everything about PBS' Downton Abbey. What a life!

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Daily Distraction

If the force is with you...

By Bob on January 20, 2015 1:12 AM | Read More

...put this on.

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Guest Room

Sumptuous Spinach and Artichoke Dip

By Charlotte on January 16, 2015 6:32 AM | Read More

By Judith Finlayson, author The Healthy Slow Cooker

Although spinach and artichoke dip has become a North American classic, its roots lie in Provençal cuisine, where the vegetables are usually baked with cheese and served as a gratin. This chunky dip, simplicity itself, always draws rave reviews and disappears to the last drop. This is great with Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips (see below) or even simple brown rice crackers.

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Daily Distraction

His first draft was "Don't Do Carbs"

By Bob on January 13, 2015 3:49 AM | Read More

He should've disclosed that his poster was sponsored by the Olive Garden.

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Here's the Dish

Favorite Zucchini Bread

By Charlotte on January 12, 2015 6:48 AM | Read More

Great any season, this cinnamon- and pecan-flavored quick bread is one of our family's favorites. It's heavenly served warm. Bob and Cole top it with a little butter for breakfast. I skip the extra calories and save this yummy bread for dessert later in the day. Ahhh!

It's so moist and sweet you'd never guess it's packed with grated fresh zucchini. What a delicious way to get more veggies!

My dear friend Marsha gave me this easy-to-follow recipe too many years ago to mention and it has been one of my go-to's ever since. It makes 2 luscious loaves so you can share the homemade goodness with a friend or freeze some for later. Either way, your taste buds are in for a treat.

Favorite Zucchini Bread

Makes 2 loaves

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The Sapphires

By Bob on January 8, 2015 2:42 AM | Read More

We've been sheltering in place here at the Boomer Brief bunker during the past couple of weeks. The weather's been so cold **how cold is it?** that we've actually had to turn on the fireplace. Tweet your messages of sympathy to us at #thesepeoplearecrazy.

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Remotely Possible

3 Tech Things that'll be Cheaper in 2015

By Bob on January 7, 2015 2:19 AM | Read More

You gotta love technology, because the more the public loves something the less it costs. Remember when Blu-ray players were all the rage and cost $500? Yeah, me neither.

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Daily Distraction

Who's in control?

By Bob on January 6, 2015 2:45 AM | Read More

I got your answer right here!

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Don't Try This At Home

5 Predictions for 2015

By Bob on January 5, 2015 4:11 AM | Read More

This marks the fifth time I've gone out on a limb and made my predictions for a New Year. Wanna guess how many I've gotten right? I'm 0-20 in the guesstimate department (although I did come pretty close with that Zombie Apocalypse prediction back in '12) but I digress. 

You've been warned 'murica. 

I'll go on and apologize for 2014 not turning out as I predicted. Hey, I'm just as bummed as you are that we didn't get that Amazon Drone Delivery system, but Jeff Bezos has assured me it'll happen by 2016 **fingers crossed**.

Allison Williams' performance in the drag version of Peter Pan was one of the highlights of 2014.

Allision Williams - Peter Pan-450.jpgYou have to admit that you're happy 2014 didn't suck as bad as I forecast. I mean, nobody really wanted a sequel to Carrie Underwood's live Sound of Music - oh wait, I forgot. WE GOT ONE and it SUCKED even worse. (Sorry Carrie, but Allison Williams' drag version of Peter Pan was even worse than your live TV special). Some things even I can't predict.

We spare no expense in our security staff over at the Boomer Brief lair. No seriously, we don't pay these kids anything. They're Boy Scouts who think they're earning a merit badge in "perimeter security."

Devo-500.jpgAs I stand here on top of my secret lair (it's really just a closed Shell station outside of Euless, but I call it a "lair" because "Closed-Shell-Station-Outside-Of-Euless" doesn't sound nearly as sinister), I'm vaguely hopeful about 2015. Call me a cockeyed optimist (and I'll ask you why you're making fun of my eyes, you bigot) but for the first time in a long time I think we've got a shot at a decent year.

Of course, I'm 0-20 in the prediction dept. so I'd stock up on ammo just in case. 



... that'll come in June at a Dickey's BBQ in Watauga.


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The List

4 Delicious Dips to Kick Off Your Year

By Charlotte on January 1, 2015 6:41 AM | Read More

Whether you're planning a fun-filled, game-day get-together or a cozy snack supper for two, these easy dips are a tasty way to kick off the year:

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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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Playing Favorites

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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