June 2017 Archives

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Slow Cooker Pulled Beef with Stout Sandwiches

By Charlotte on June 30, 2017 5:23 AM | Read More

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Image credit: Colin Erricson

This simple slow cooker dish is a fantastic alternative to the usual pulled pork. It's deeper and richer, and delicious straight up or piled onto soft buns or fresh biscuits. If you don't want to use stout, substitute stock or broth -- or use apple juice and reduce the sugar by half.

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Daily Distraction

His true friends called him Richard

By Bob on June 27, 2017 3:13 AM | Read More

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Here's your sign

By Bob on June 20, 2017 3:08 AM | Read More

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Just Desserts

Super Moist Banana Nut Sheet Cake

By Charlotte on June 19, 2017 12:49 PM | Read More

Bob and I have been going bananas lately ... literally. We're trying to eat more fruits and veggies so we bought a bunch of bananas. They're high in fiber, low in calories and contain lots of nutrients. What's more, they make a portable breakfast, an easy snack or a quick dessert.

The only problem is we somehow bought more than the two of us could possibly eat. Not wanting them to go to waste, I decided to bake. I came up with this banana cake because I didn't have all the ingredients for any of my usual ones. And improvising seemed more sensible than going to Super Target and getting sidetracked in the shoe aisle.

This winner makes enough to share with friends and freezes well. You can freeze the whole cake or cut it into serving-size pieces before freezing (my choice). That way you can take out just what you need for a meal. 

Banana Nut Cake - 600.jpgMashed bananas, buttermilk, eggs and shortening make it super moist. Cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg enhance the flavor and bring a wonderful, I've-been-baking aroma to the kitchen. Pecans in the batter and sprinkled on top of the heavenly, homemade cream cheese icing give it an addictive crunch.

Yummy served warm or room temperature, this easy cake is a new favorite around our house. It tastes so delicious we'll be buying extra bananas on purpose next time.

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"Blow Your Mind" Baked Chicken Wings

By Charlotte on June 17, 2017 11:58 AM | Read More

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Courtesy of Daphne Oz, from The Chew: An Essential Guide to Cooking and Entertaining

Okay guys, the first time I tried making these I kept thinking to myself that there was no way that these baked chicken wings were ever going live up to the classic fried preparation. But boy was I wrong! There is just something about the combination of the soy, honey and chili flakes that, when baked in the oven, creates a sticky and salty-sweet glaze that is just stick-to-your-ribs good. They are so good, in fact, that they'll blow your mind!

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Daily Distraction

This car tag gave me angina...

By Bob on June 13, 2017 3:03 AM | Read More

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A sure sign you're in a bad hotel

By Bob on June 6, 2017 2:59 AM | Read More

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Don't Try This At Home

Life's better with a Laugh Track

By Bob on June 5, 2017 4:49 AM | Read More

I've been thinking a lot about humor lately. Because, let's face it, we're in a comedy drought.

As you can see in this chart, our comedy quotient has been shrinking since 1927

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OK? Jeez, this is a tough room.

By the end of this post, you'll be singing a different tune

The Singing Midget-600.jpgAs I was saying, there isn't much to laugh at these days. Politics, terrorists, United Airlines, gun violence...and don't EVEN get me started about your state's BATHROOM BILL. There's nothing funny there. Move along, please. 

Comedians...that's where we'll turn to get our laughs! Right? 

Did you see Kathy Griffin's wildly inappropriate impersonation of a Trump jihadist? How'd that work out?

It was great. Especially the turn-down service... 

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Playing Favorites

Windy City

By Bob on June 1, 2017 3:25 AM | Read More

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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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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