September 2015 Archives

Daily Distraction

Think You Went To A Crappy School?

By Bob on September 29, 2015 4:28 AM | Read More

You can't compete with these stinkers.

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Playing Favorites


By Bob on September 24, 2015 4:50 AM | Read More

When Charlotte and I aren't hip-deep in period dramas (Downton Abbey, Mr. Selfridge) we love a good crime story. Film Noir is my favorite genre (anybody up for Maltese Falcon, Diabolique or Elevator to the Gallows?) so we're always on the lookout for a new movie or series to scratch that itch.

Over the summer we hit the jackpot, by finding two gritty noir-ish series that satisfied our cravings. First we got hooked on the Netflix original series Bloodline. Then, we capped off our summer with the terrific Rectify from The Sundance Channel.

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Daily Distraction

Push Vs Pull Vs Walk

By Bob on September 22, 2015 4:24 AM | Read More

I'm guessing "walk" usually wins this one.

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Guest Room

Diet-Friendly ChitChat Bars with Fresh Lime Icing

By Charlotte on September 15, 2015 12:00 PM | Read More

By Judith Fertig, author Bake Happy

My friend Liz Benson, who loves to chat, gave her more laconic husband Tom a pack of "chitchat" cards for Christmas. Each card has a question guaranteed to be a conversation starter. These bars prompt the same flow of communication. When you bring them in to work or to a meeting, they break down social barriers, as unexpected treats generally do. Plus, you can reach almost everyone. On a diet? No problem. Fresh-ginger flavored with a hint of lime, just one good-carb cookie will satisfy. Gluten-free? Yes. Vegan? Check. Delicious? You betcha. Use a microplane grater to make short work of the fresh ginger--you don't even have to peel it.

ChitChat Bars

Makes 24 Bars

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Daily Distraction

Genetic Engineering Gone Wrong

By Bob on September 15, 2015 4:17 AM | Read More

I just can't wrap my ahead around this new cob melon.

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Don't Try This At Home

How I Spent My Summer

By Bob on September 14, 2015 2:47 AM | Read More

When we were kids, summer seemed to speed by like a hummingbird on acid. Wait...I was having a flashback - I meant to say that now that I'm older summer speeds by like an armadillo on crystal meth. 

It's essentially the same metaphor, but in this edit the armadillo represents ME and I don't know where the crystal meth came from. Seriously officer, I DON'T. 

Be a pel-I-can...not a pel-I-can't!

Pelican-450.jpgOur summer DID speed by. One minute Charlotte was wearing heavy coats and sweaters and the next minute she's wearing heavy coats and sweaters. She pretty much always wears a coat or sweater. 

The only way I know the seasons change is by walking to Super Target and seeing the Christmas decorations. Since that usually happens late-August, I KNOW summer is over. 

Try and keep up, OK? 

Now that you're back, take out a #2 pencil and a clean sheet of notebook paper. I want your summer highlights on my desk by the end of this post. 

Here are mine... 


Down home cookin' in the heart of Brooklyn...

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Here's the Dish

Super Cheesy John Wayne Squash Casserole

By Charlotte on September 11, 2015 6:38 AM | Read More

John Wayne Squash Ready to Eat - 600.jpgBob and I had the family to lunch recently to celebrate my mom Patsy's birthday. Although I'm known for experimenting in the kitchen, I decided to play it safe and stick with tried-and-true recipes that I know everyone adores like this scrumptious squash casserole.

True to it's name, this classic has a big, bold flavor. Think crust-less quiche loaded with yellow squash, tomatoes, green chilies and oodles of cheese (my weakness). Ahhh! Plus, my spin on the Duke's famous egg-and-cheese concoction gets a nice kick from Sriracha sauce.

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Daily Distraction

This Is The Place Your Mother Warned You About

By Bob on September 8, 2015 4:14 AM | Read More

And here's why...

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Playing Favorites

Mr. Selfridge

By Bob on September 3, 2015 4:19 AM | Read More

The new favorite pastime here at Boomer Brief HQ is binge-watching. We've discovered and rediscovered so many series and movies through the miracle of Netflix that watching episodic TV seems so...so...2014

Our recent discovery is Mr. Selfridge, a British TV drama about Harry Gordon Selfridge and his department store, Selfridge & Co. The story kicks off in 1908 during a time when women were enjoying an ever-increasing amount of freedom and the world was rapidly changing.

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Daily Distraction

I Can't Decide Which Is Worst

By Bob on September 1, 2015 4:08 AM | Read More

Either way you wind up screwed.

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Red Thong Strong: Girlfriends Little Secrets to Smoothing Lifes Panty Lines
Guest Room

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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