February 2015 Archives

Guest Room

Perfect Champagne and Raspberry Dip

By Charlotte on February 27, 2015 6:35 AM | Read More

By Judith Finlayson & Jordan Wagman, coauthors of 150 Best Dips and Salsas

Each bite of this dip is like a delightful sip of a Kir Royale. Serve this dip next to a bowl of fresh strawberries for dipping and a glass of Champagne for an excellent brunch or dessert offering.

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Comfort Corner

The Ultimate Chicken Pot Pie

By Charlotte on February 24, 2015 11:39 AM | Read More

Ask Bob what he'd like for dinner on a cool night and he's likely to say "Chicken Pot Pie" followed by "please!" because his mama raised him right. He lights up at the thought of that comforting classic loaded with white-meat chicken and healthy veggies in a luscious cream sauce. Ahhh!


This Ultimate Chicken Pot Pie is packed with cooked chicken breast and healthy veggies in a made-from-scratch cream sauce.

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Daily Distraction

Nailed it!

By Bob on February 24, 2015 1:56 AM | Read More

Then again, that's not always a good thing.

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Daily Distraction

Found this in the Sex Ed Section

By Bob on February 17, 2015 1:53 AM | Read More

Somebody's getting good with the product placement at Barnes & Noble.

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Don't Try This At Home

Tied to be Fit

By Bob on February 16, 2015 4:16 AM | Read More

Charlotte and I (OK, really Charlotte) are pretty health-conscious. Two bouts of cancer will do that to a person. 

Exercise is an almost-daily part of our routine here at Boomer Brief HQ. Most mornings the alarm goes off at 5:45 a.m. and she's on the treadmill power walking 4+ miles. 

Me? I hit the mean streets of Colleywood, jar of Grey Poupon in one hand, cellphone tuned to KRLD 1080AM or a Podcast, in the other hand. 

Lord HubbaBubba is always gracious when I lend him my emergency jar of Grey Poupon

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The Grey Poupon is in case Lord HubbaBubba needs an emergency jar. I walk about 4 miles, past the elegant boutiques (Target, Walgreen's) and mansions of the rich and famous (that guy who has a patent on one of the chips that are in every microwave lives just two blocks from us). So we're used to being around famous people.


Sheryl Crow's been telling you that for years...

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In the Mirror

15 Favs for Chilly Days

By Charlotte on February 13, 2015 12:27 PM | Read More

Bob lives for winter. The temperature has to drop to artic levels for him to go near the coat closet. I'm the exact opposite. Summer is more my season so I grab boots, sweaters and as many other protective layers as possible at the first sign of frost and keep them close till May.

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Why Weight?

4 Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

By Bob on February 11, 2015 4:15 AM | Read More

This has been one of the worse cold and flu seasons on record. There are plenty of over-the-counter medicines that alleviate the symptoms, but there are several drug-free alternatives that work surprisingly well.

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Here's the Dish

Cream Cheese- and Chicken-Stuffed Biscuits

By Charlotte on February 10, 2015 6:16 AM | Read More

Since I'm head cook around our house most weeknights, I stress keeping things simple on Sundays. That's why I'm such a big fan of these delish Cream Cheese- and Chicken-Stuffed Biscuits.

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Daily Distraction

The perfect Valentine's Day gift

By Bob on February 10, 2015 1:47 AM | Read More

Could be worse. When I was that age I rode a unicycle.

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Guest Room

Celebrate Gold Wedding Anniversary

By Bob on February 6, 2015 3:08 AM | Read More

50 years of being married can seem like a lifetime to any couple, that's roughly 18,250 days of wedded bliss. After that many years of being married, people start to believe you're an expert at marriage and wonder "what's your secret to a lifelong marriage?"

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Daily Distraction

OK, now the song's stuck in my head

By Bob on February 3, 2015 1:42 AM | Read More

Bonus points for our reader millions of readers who catch the other visual pun in this picture.

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Comfort Corner

Cheesy Chili Dog Casserole

By Charlotte on February 2, 2015 9:45 AM | Read More

When the weather turns frosty, Bob and I want a dinner that'll help us feel warm all over. Our go-to's are chilisoup and this easy Cheesy Chili Dog Casserole.

It layers beef hot dogs in a spicy tomato-and-bean sauce, crunchy French fried onions, and canned biscuits with oodles of cheesy goodness. So you get an oh-so-delicious chili cheese dog taste that'll remind you of summer at the ballpark in the convenience of a casserole dish.

Kids of all ages adore this easy Cheesy Chili Dog Casserole.

Hot Dog Bake - 600.jpgI like keeping all the ingredients on hand, especially since everyone in our neighborhood craves biscuits when it's cold. At least that's true for those who shop at Tar-jay like me because a freeze warning means the dairy case will be stripped clean of those quick little breads in no time.

Filling enough for weeknights but fun enough for game day, this comforting, one-dish meal comes together in under an hour and most of that time is hands off. You get six, hearty servings that kids of all ages adore. When you have an empty nest like us that means enough for several meals. I freeze the leftovers because the only thing easier than making this casserole is just warming it up!


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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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