March 2016 Archives

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Fairhope Brewing Company

By Bob on March 31, 2016 4:09 AM | Read More

Charlotte and I have been in love with LA (Lower Alabama) for more than a decade. The laid back lifestyle, sugar-white sandy beaches, golf courses, great food and (yes, shopping) have kept us entertained for weeks on end. 

Now there's another reason to visit: Beer.

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Daily Distraction

Like Father Like Son

By Bob on March 29, 2016 2:23 AM | Read More

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Here's the Dish

Simple Salmon Cakes with Sriracha Ketchup

By Charlotte on March 23, 2016 2:52 PM | Read More

I have been addicted to salmon cakes since my days growing up in Arlington, Texas. Although she worked and had three crazy kids to chase, my mom Patsy made weeknights seem special by whipping up pan-fried salmon patties like these.

You can have eight, small salmon cakes on the table in under an hour with this simple recipe.

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My spin on mom's classic recipe is one of our favorites for a light supper or Sunday lunch. I keep canned salmon in the pantry so we can have these anytime.

In addition to canned salmon, you'll need bread crumbs, Sriracha sauce, lemon juice, Miracle Whip Light, garlic powder, a fresh red pepper, an egg and a green onion.

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Healthy Oven-Fried Chicken-on-a-Stick

By Charlotte on March 23, 2016 11:21 AM | Read More

By Virginia Willis, author of Lighten Up, Y'all
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Who doesn't like food on a stick? There's something naturally fun about handheld food. It elicits memories of country fairs and football games. This recipe was inspired by the offerings of a gas station in Oxford, Mississippi. I am a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, an organization based out of Ole Miss (the University of Mississippi, to the rest of you) that documents, studies, and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.

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Great Financial Advice

By Bob on March 22, 2016 2:19 AM | Read More

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Don't Try This At Home

I Feel a Draft

By Bob on March 21, 2016 4:48 AM | Read More

Yesterday I was cleaning out some files and ran across my old DRAFT CARD. Nothing establishes Baby Boomer street cred like one of those relics. 

Since I'm in no danger of being featured on Hoarders (Charlotte may be a candidate) I'm always finding stuff I wasn't looking for when I'm throwing out stuff I don't need.

I present the DRAFT CARD as EXHIBIT A. This thing was worn and fragile from being stored in my wallet longer than my first condom driver's license. I mean, c'mon, I know it wasn't the Dead Sea Scrolls, but it's a significant relic.

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It was 1974 at the tail-end of the Vietnam War. I'd just turned 18 and had to register for the draft. I put it off as long as I could without serving time in Federal prison. When I couldn't delay it any longer, I registered at the Somervell County Court House in Glen Rose, Texas. 

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 In the box that said "sex" I hadn't written, Yes, please.

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He Probably Walked Home Barefoot

By Bob on March 15, 2016 4:06 AM | Read More

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I Saw the Light

By Bob on March 10, 2016 3:16 AM | Read More

It's been 52 years since a major film studio made a movie about the legendary Hank Williams. If you saw George Hamilton (no joke) in the original back in 1964, it can only mean one of two things: 1) The 60's didn't kill you, or 2) You REALLY like Hank Williams. I fall into category #2.

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This Kid Has His Priorities Straight

By Bob on March 8, 2016 3:01 AM | Read More

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Here's the Dish

Easy, Cheesy Sriracha Chicken Dip

By Charlotte on March 1, 2016 12:07 PM | Read More

Bob and I love spicing things up with Sriracha. That hot and tangy red chili pepper sauce with a hint of sweetness gives ketchup, baked beans and this go-to chicken dip an addictive kick.

Sriracha sauce helps make this Tex-Mex-inspired queso dip irresistible.

Chicken Dip Photo-600.jpgTalk about no work, this couldn't-be-easier dip comes together quickly and cooks in the microwave. I keep all the ingredients on hand because we're always in the mood for this warm and satisfying delight. You'll need some chicken, Rotel tomatoes with green chiles and Huy Fong Sriracha sauce with the rooster on the bottle. Plus, salsa, Tabasco, Velveeta, cream cheese, chives, cumin, poultry seasoning and garlic powder.

This is a great way to use leftover grilled chicken because you only need about half a breast. If you don't have grilled chicken on-hand, try boiled or deli white meat. Either way, start by steaming the chicken in the oven so it's easier to shred.

My freezer is always stocked with grilled chicken thanks to Bob. Don't you just love a man who cooks?

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And They Said It Wouldn't Last...

By Bob on March 1, 2016 4:54 AM | Read More

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Golden Chicken Breasts with Tomato-Avocado-Chili Relish

By Charlotte on March 1, 2016 4:01 AM | Read More

By JeanMarie Brownson, author of Dinner at Home
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Every week, I buy a package of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. The intention: simple, lower-fat meals in quick order. Truth be told: Half the time they end up in the freezer. "Boring!" the kids announce.

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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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