January 2017 Archives

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Let us spray...or not...I'm good either way

By Bob on January 31, 2017 2:17 AM | Read More

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Winter Tomato & Garlic Soup with Creamy Gorgonzola Bruschette

By Charlotte on January 27, 2017 12:11 PM | Read More

By Betty Rosbottom, author Soup Nights

This vibrant tomato soup, flavored with garlic and an unexpected hint of orange, is a snap to assemble and takes less than half an hour to cook. Canned tomatoes, my go-to option in cold weather, are simmered in stock along with sautéed onions and seasonings of basil and red pepper flakes. Toasted baguette slices topped with Gorgonzola and fresh rosemary can be served alongside or floating on top.

Winter Tomato & Garlic Soup with Creamy Gorgonzola Bruschette

Serves 6                             Make Ahead: Yes    
Prep Time: 15 minutes     Start-to-Finish: 50 minutes

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Good Behavior

By Bob on January 26, 2017 4:23 AM | Read More

Remember when you watched Downton Abbey and thought, "Hey, I wonder what Lady Mary would look like as a meth addict." 

Yeah, me neither.

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Don't Try This At Home

Super Cheesy Bean Dip

By Bob on January 25, 2017 8:16 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 (GO 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 gotta-have-another-scoop taste that makes a good bean dip great.

Kinda makes your mouth water, don't it

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My years of bean-experimentation came together in this super easy, super cheesy bean dip recipe. It has just the right amount of heat, a satisfying cheesy texture that hangs on to a good tortilla chip and it's EASY.

Mix up a batch about 2 hours before the big game - turn on your crockpot -- and walk away. It'll be ready by kickoff.

Super Cheesy Bean Dip Recipe

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Daily Distraction

Yeah, that'll hold it

By Bob on January 24, 2017 3:13 AM | Read More

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Daily Distraction

A sign with a peel

By Bob on January 17, 2017 4:08 AM | Read More

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Funny cause it's true

By Bob on January 10, 2017 4:03 AM | Read More

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The List

Top Recipes of 2016

By Charlotte on January 9, 2017 4:20 PM | Read More

Top Recipes 2016 with Salmon Cakes 600.jpgI love talking food and recipes, sharing our family's favorite dishes and finding new things to try. Lucky for me, Bob never shies away from an experiment!


But before we dive into plans for 2017, I thought it would be fun to see which of last year's picks you all liked the most. So let's take a look at the five most popular Boomer Brief recipes from 2016.

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Chunky Black Bean Chili

By Charlotte on January 3, 2017 12:56 PM | Read More

Here is a great-tasting, stick-to-the-ribs chili that is perfect for a family dinner or casual evening with friends. The combination of milder New Mexico and ancho chili peppers gives the mix unique flavoring, and the optional fresh chili peppers will satisfy any heat seekers in your group. Serve this with crusty country bread, a big green salad and robust red wine or ice cold beer.

Chunky Black Bean Chili

Serves 8 to 10

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Daily Distraction

He wants to be seen...just not too much

By Bob on January 3, 2017 4:56 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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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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