November 2016 Archives

Daily Distraction

Too Close for Comfort

By Bob on November 29, 2016 4:28 AM | Read More

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Don't Try This At Home

5 Must-Watch Christmas Movies

By Bob on November 28, 2016 2:22 AM | Read More

I don't know what it is about the 1940's, but some of the brightest and best films ever made were produced during America's darkest days. I'm not talking exclusively about saccharine-sweet sentimentality (finger wag at you, It's a Wonderful Life).

Once Sally used Bubble-Lites (patent pending) she saw Santa in an entirely different way

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No, there were plenty of witty, insightful, inspiring and laugh-out-loud films that stand up seven decades after they were made. I'm betting there are several here you've never seen.

When Shirley got off the Good Ship Lollypop she had plenty of stories...this is only one 

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During the holiday season I urge you to search Turner Classic Movies, Netflix streaming, Hulu or Apple TV for these gems. Trust me, they'll put you in the Christmas spirit and won't leave you with a sugar hangover.  

She plays a food writer who's lied about being the perfect housewife

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He Was Originally For Sale

By Bob on November 22, 2016 2:24 AM | Read More

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Guest Room

Holiday-Perfect Candied Pecan Tart

By Charlotte on November 16, 2016 2:31 PM | Read More

By Gail Monaghan, author It's All in the Timing 

Many--myself included--view dessert as the jewel in Thanksgiving's crown, and I believe that any serious holiday buffet requires several. If you feel overwhelmed, it's easy to purchase desserts or delegate them to others. If, however, you plan to prepare only one sweet treat yourself, make sure it's the Candied Pecan Tart. The recipe is adapted from a drop-dead delicious walnut tart I used to adore at March, Wayne Nish's now closed restaurant on Manhattan's Sutton Place. Unlike traditional pecan pies, it is almost pure nuts and contains no starchy filler.

If pecans aren't your thing, try hazelnuts, almonds or a nut mixture. (Photo © Julia Becker, courtesy of Agate Publishing)


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Daily Distraction

Somebody Flunked Geometry

By Bob on November 15, 2016 3:20 AM | Read More

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Playing Favorites

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

By Bob on November 10, 2016 3:13 AM | Read More

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be...unless it's streaming on Netflix. Then, there's a good chance it's everything you remember and a whole lot more. Coming November 25th, you'll be able to judge for yourself when it releases Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.

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Daily Distraction

I Was Afraid Barbie Would Wind Up Like This

By Bob on November 8, 2016 4:16 AM | Read More

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4 Things This Election Has Taught Me

By Bob on November 7, 2016 3:59 AM | Read More

I don't 'bout you, but I'll be deliriously happy when this election cycle is over.

You know what I mean internets, we've been gnawing this campaign bone for almost two years...and there's barely enough left to make a decent prison shank. And from the look of things we're gonna need it.

We consulted our expert panel and they agree, we're pretty much F*&#$D.

Burning Down the House-600.jpgHere's the problem. Some of you see our candidates as half-guilty, while I see them as half-innocent. Call me a cockeyed optimist (and I'll remind you that my glasses are on backorder and I won't be cockeyed when they arrive) but, everybody running for office is deeply and eternally flawed.

Both Hillary and Donald have their faults.

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Before you think this is one of those Rodney King-why-can't-we-all-get-along stories, lemme stop you right there. It's not.

If there's one thing this election has taught me, it's that there's no way in H-E-double-hockey sticks we can agree on anything in this country.

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Here's the Dish

Comforting Cheese-and-Chicken Penne

By Charlotte on November 3, 2016 1:11 AM | Read More

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What ingredient makes every dish better? Bob probably thinks I'm going to say "ketchup" because I'm such a huge fan. But my vote actually goes to cheese.

Cheese takes everything from burgers to beef stew into extraordinary territory. Somehow, biting into that gooey goodness makes the world seem a better place. And nutrients like calcium, protein, phosphorous and others mean it can be healthy. (As if I needed an excuse to eat more of my fav!)

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Daily Distraction

No Emergencies Allowed

By Bob on November 1, 2016 4:08 AM | Read More

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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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