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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

The Thought For Today

"How long was I in the army? Five foot eleven." - Spike Milligan

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IT'S STAR WARS DAY!

It's that time of year again, so break out your light sabers and robes and celebrate the light side (unless you're with the dark side, then to Niflheim with you).

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The Thought For Today

“He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.” ― Jonathan Swift

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Rec: Cajun Crab Soup

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup clam juice
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 (10 oz) package frozen white corn
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 lb lump crabmeat, drained
2 green onions, chopped



Melt butter in a large saucepan over MEDIUM heat. Saute
onion and garlic until onion is tender. Whisk in flour, and
cook 2 minutes. Stir in clam juice and chicken broth, and
bring to a boil. Mix in corn, and season with salt, white
pepper, thyme, and cayenne. Reduce heat, and simmer
15 minutes. Stir in cream, crab meat, and green onions.
Heat through, but do not boil once the cream has been added.


Serves 2 to 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Shrimp Soup

1/2 lb. shrimp, peeled, deveined & cut into pieces
1/2 cup diced celery
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup diced potatoes
1 tablespoon powdered chicken base
cornstarch
1 quart water
salt and pepper to taste



Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Add chicken base,
celery, onions, and potatoes and continue cooking until
vegetables are done. Add shrimp pieces and bring to a
boil again. Thicken as desired with a paste of water and
cornstarch. Add salt (very little) and pepper to taste.


Serves 3 to 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Crockpot Octopus in Wine and Tomatoe Sauce

1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 lb Octopus tentacles
1 cup dry red wine
4 very ripe tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup tomatoe sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried Thyme
1 cup water
salt, to taste
fresh ground black pepper, to taste


Wash the Octopus tentacles and slice into 1/2 inch pieces. Put oil and garlic into a pan and saute for a few minutes. Add the onions and cook until transparent. Place in crockpot and add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 to 3 hours or until Octopus is tender. Salt and pepper to taste. Generally this is served over rice.
Serves 4 to 5
Refrigerate remainder
When reheating in microwave do not overheat or Octopus will become rubbery

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Rec: Microwave Sausage And Clam Soup

3/4 lb hot Italian sausage
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 bunch snipped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 (28 oz) can whole peeled tomatoes with juice
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 (6.5 oz) cans minced clams, drained with juice reserved
1/2 teaspoon salt



In a large microwave-safe dish, microwave sausage 3
minutes on high, until no longer pink. Remove sausage
from dish. Stir garlic and olive oil into sausage drippings
and microwave 1 minute. Stir in onion, bell pepper, parsley
and basil and microwave 3 minutes, until just tender.
Stir in the mushrooms and cook 2 minutes. Then stir in
the tomatoes, wine and reserved clam juice. Cover and
cook 8 to 10 minutes, stirring once. Stir in the sausage
and cook 4 minutes more. Let stand 5 minutes before
stirring in the clams and salt. Serve hot.


Serves 2 to 3
Refrigerate remainder
Can be carefully reheated in microwave

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Rec: Alaska Octopus Gumbo

1/2 cup diced bacon
2 cups water
1 pint fresh Octopus, steamed until tender
2 cups slightly undercooked steamed rice
1 lb canned tomatoes
1 can okra
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup diced onions
1 diced green pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup diced celery
salt and pepper to taste


Saute onions, celery, cayenne and green pepper in oil until
tender. Boil bacon in water for 15 minutes then add the rest
of the ingredients. Simmer together for 10 to 20 minutes.
Best served together with warm cornbread.

Serves 3 to 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be carefully reheated in microwave, the Octopus will
become rubbery if overdone

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Monday, May 02, 2016

The Thought For Today

"You should never pick up a newspaper when you're feeling good, because every newspaper has a special department, called the Bummer Desk, which is responsible for digging up depressing front-page stories with headlines like DOORBELL USE LINKED TO LEUKEMIA and OZONE LAYER COMPLETELY GONE DIRECTLY OVER YOUR HOUSE." - Dave Barry

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Fold-Ins, Past and Present - The New York Times

Fold-Ins, Past and Present - The New York Times

Everyone remembers these. Enjoy.

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Sunday, May 01, 2016

POOR DEANO!


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Saturday, April 30, 2016

We're All Stars Now

7Introducing...Soccer Mom Jeannie Tate and her traveling talk show! Completely off topic here, I don't know about you guys, but I haven't yet figured out how children's team sports is supposed to improve society. Do we really get as much benefit out of all the effort put into it as we should? Are team sports going to save the universe, or what?

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Friday, April 29, 2016

The Thought For Today

"If you can't convince 'em, confuse 'em." - Harry S. Truman

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Zombiewalk.com - Your source for all Zombie Walk and Zombie Flash Mob planning!

Zombiewalk.com - Your source for all Zombie Walk and Zombie Flash Mob planning!


Yup, you're right - it's another Weird Friday.

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"Rotting my mind on the Internet so that YOU don't have to."

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Thought For Today

"The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made." - Groucho Marx

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Zombie Lawn Gnomes Gnaw On Flamingo And 13 Other Crazy Lawn Ornaments

I especially love number 8... 

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Thought For Today

"You got to look on the bright side, even if there ain't one." - Dashiell Hammett

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Happy Tree Friends

Happy Tree Friends

Welcome to the Happy Tree Friends. They just want to play with each other and have fun. And then something goes horribly wrong! Always! Enjoy the bloodshed - I do.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Thought For Today

“Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans ... are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit.”  ― Anthony Bourdain

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Rec: Microwaved Potatoes Lyonnaise

2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 small onions, sliced
1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon margarine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon paprika



In a 3 quart casserole dish, combine potatoes, onions,
margarine, garlic, salt, oregano, pepper and paprika.
Heat in microwave on HIGH until margarine melts,
about 1 minute; stir. Cook 10 minutes more, stirring
occasionally.


Serves 3 to 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Rice Picanté

2 cups white rice
4 cups water
1 cup mayonnaise - low-fat okay
1 sm. red onion - chopped
1/2 red bell pepper - seeded, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper - seeded, chopped
3/4 cup picanté sauce OR salsa
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese - low-fat okay


In a microwave steamer, cook white rice with water
for 12 minutes on 100% power.-In a bowl, combine
the mayonnaise, onion, peppers, picanté sauce and
cheddar cheese. When rice has cooked for 12 minutes,
remove from microwave and add the mayonnaise
mixture. Return to the microwave for 8 minutes on
100% power. Serve with fajitas.


Serves 6 to 8
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Wasabi Peas

2 cups dried whole peas
2 tablespoons olive oil

Wasabi Coating
4 teaspoons Wasabi powder
2 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard


Soak the peas in water to cover overnight. Preheat the
oven to 200°. Drain the peas, then cook them according
to instructions on the package. Mix the olive oil with the
cooked peas until well coated. Oil a baking sheet and
spread the peas evenly across it. Place in the oven and
bake for 5 hours, until the peas appear dry and are crisp
when bitten into. Combine the Wasabi powder, tahini,
rice vinegar and mustard in a mixing bowl. Combine
the wasabi mixture with the hot peas making sure that
all the peas are evenly coated. Using a rubber spatula,
spread the peas on the baking sheet, separating as many
as you can. Increase the oven temperature to 250°.
Bake the peas for 10 to 15 minutes, until the coating is dry.

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Rec: Red Lobster's Garlic Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

2 ½ cups Bisquick baking mix
¾ cup cold whole milk
4 tablespoons cold butter (1/2 stick)
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1 heaping cup grated cheddar cheese

To Brush On Top
2 tablespoons butter, melted
¼ teaspoon dried parsley flakes
½ teaspoon garlic powder
pinch salt


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Combine Bisquick with
cold butter in a medium bowl using a pastry cutter or a
large fork. You don't want to mix too thoroughly. There
should be small chunks of butter in there that are about
the size of peas. Add Cheddar cheese, milk, and ¼ teaspoon
garlic. Mix by hand until combined, but don't over mix.
Drop approximately ¼-cup portions of the dough onto an
ungreased cookie sheet using an ice cream scoop. Bake for
15 to 17 minutes or until the tops of the biscuits begin to
turn light brown. When you take the biscuits out of the
oven, melt 2 tablespoons butter is a small bowl in your
microwave. Stir in ½ teaspoon garlic powder and the dried
parsley flakes. Use a brush to spread this garlic butter over
the tops of all the biscuits. Use up all of the butter. Makes
one dozen biscuits.

Serves 4 to 6

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Recipe: Microwave Basic Steamed Rice

2 cups long grain white rice, washed and drained
2 1/2 cups boiling water


Pour the rice in a 3 quart casserole and add boiling
water. Cover with a vented microwave lid. Cook on HIGH
(1200W) for 5 minutes or until the liquid boils. Switch to
LOW(30%) and cook for 14 minutes. Remove from the
oven and let it sit for 5 minutes with the cover on. Fluff
rice lightly with a fork.


Makes 4 cups

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Monday, April 25, 2016

The Thought For Today

"Starting in January, couples can actually get married at McDonald's in Hong Kong. I'm not saying those marriages won't work, but when have you been to a McDonald's and not regretted it one hour later?" - Jimmy Fallon

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Zombie Brains Emporium of Shiny Things: Home: Zazzle.com Store

Zombie Brains Emporium of Shiny Things: Home: Zazzle.com Store


And lots more zombie stuff for this week.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

POOR DEANO!


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Saturday, April 23, 2016

IT'S ARLYNE RZEPECKI DAY!

HERE'S A TIP OF THE HAT FROM ME TO
YOU, ARLYNE, AND BE SURE TO DROP
IN IF YOU GET DOWN THIS WAY.








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Friday, April 22, 2016

The Thought For Today

"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other." - John Adams

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Passover

It begins at sunset tonight. It ends sunset 30 April.

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"Rotting my mind on the Internet so that YOU don't have to."

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Thought For Today

"Gardening requires lots of water...most of it in the form of perspiration." - Lou Erickson

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ToonDoo - The Cartoon Strip Creator - Create, Publish, Share, Discuss!

ToonDoo - The Cartoon Strip Creator - Create, Publish, Share, Discuss!

Well, well, well. Finally a Site for the artistically inept, like me, where you can make your own comic strip and publish, share and discuss it. And it's free. You can even put it on a Blog. Hmmm.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Thought For Today

"I wish I had a kryptonite cross, because then you could keep both Dracula AND Superman away." - Jack Handey

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Portals - WSJ.com

Portals - WSJ.com

Damn! The Internet IS addictive.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Thought For Today

“Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.”  ― Mark Twain

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Rec: Kosher Salmon Pancakes

1 large can red or pink salmon, drained
3 eggs
1/2 cup matzo meal
3 medium onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons light sour cream
3 to 4 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
dash of salt and pepper


Combine and mix the salmon, eggs, matzo meal, 1 chopped
onion, sour cream, and salt & pepper in large bowl. Form
small to medium pancakes. Heat oil in frying pan, place
pancakes in pan. Cook uncovered over MEDIUM heat
until crisp, flipping often. Fry the 2 remaining chopped
onions separately in pan then spoon over pancakes.


Serves 2

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Rec: Kosher Sweet & Sour Braised Brisket

1 small beef brisket
2 1/2 dates, pitted(such as Medjool)
1 cup chicken broth
1 5/8 large garlic cloves, Peeled
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
12 7/8 ozs sweet onions
8 large shallots
7 1/4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup tomato puree
1/2 cup orange juice



Brown the brisket in a large frying pan coated with 2
tablespoons of the olive oil for 5 to 10 minutes per side.
Place the brisket fat side up into a deep roasting pan.
Slice the onions thinly and sauté them in the same
frying pan with 2 more tablespoons of olive oil until
golden brown. Cover the brisket with the sautéed onions.
Sauté the shallots in the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive
oil then set aside until later. Deglaze the frying pan with
the chicken stock, then pour the stock over the brisket.
Mix the dates, garlic, cloves, orange juice and tomato
puree in a blender or food processor until liquefied. Pour
this mixture over the brisket, cover tightly with aluminum
foil and bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 2 1/2
hours. Uncover, add the shallots, re-cover and bake an
additional 1 1/2 hours or until done, removing the cover
for the last 20 to 30 minutes. Remove the brisket from
the pan, reserving the juices, onions and shallots in the pan.
For a little added flavor, you can place just the brisket on
a grill, with wood smoking chips, for 10 to 15 minutes if
desired. Let the brisket stand for 15 to 30 minutes so
that its juices can re-distribute. Slice thinly. Use the
reserved braising liquid along with the shallots and
onions for a serving sauce. Great with Kasha and veggies!


Serves 3 to 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Kosher Perfect Matzo Balls

For soft matzo balls
1 cup matzo meal
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 tablespoons oil or melted schmaltz(chicken fat)
2 teaspoons baking powder


For firm matzo balls the above plus
4 tablespoons water or broth
baking powder(delete for firm matzo balls)


Optional Ingredients --- all, some or none
1 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
1 tablespoon dried parsley (optional)
1 teaspoon dill weed (optional)
1/2 teaspoon pepper (optional



Follow these instructions carefully.
Measure and mix dry ingredients into a bowl.
Individually break the eggs into a clear glass,
discarding any with blood spots, and then pour into
a second bowl. Add oil or schmaltz (and water or
broth for firm matzo balls) to the eggs and stir gently
with a fork until the yolks are broken and the oil just
mixed. Pour egg mixture into the dry mixture and
gently mix with the fork. DO NOT OVER MIX.
Treat it like a muffin mixture; if you over mix they
will be tough. Place in the fridge for 1 hour. Bring a
large pot of water to a rolling boil on the stove. After
matzo ball mix has set, gently remove teaspoon fulls
of the batter and roll into 1 to 2" balls and drop into the
water. When all the balls are in the water leave it to boil
until all the balls float to the top, then lower the
temperature to a rolling simmer for 40 minutes and
your matzo balls will be ready. DO NOT STIR AT ANY
TIME. The matzo balls may be removed from the water
with a slotted spoon and served in soup, with a stew,
as a side dish with gravy or placed on a cookie sheet
and frozen covered for a later use.


Makes 18 to 24 Matzo Balls

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Rec: Kosher Chicken Creole

3 boned and skinned chicken breasts
pinches of salt, pepper, and paprika
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 to 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes, or Pomi tomatoes
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon parva horseradish
1/2 to 1 cup diced roasted red bell peppers or pimiento




Wash and dry chicken breasts and arrange on a
microwave plate. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and
paprika. Cover loosely with waxed paper. Microwave
on MEDIUM HIGH 2 minutes. Turn pieces, cover,
and microwave another 1 to 3 minutes or until done.
Set aside. When cool enough to handle, tear or cut into
pieces. In meantime, heat oil in skillet or saute pan.
Saute onion, green pepper, and garlic several minutes.
Whisk in flour, salt, and paprika and stir until flour is
smooth. Add tomatoes and broth and blend well. Add
remaining ingredients and cook until thickened and
flavors have blended. Add chicken. Adjust seasonings
and serve with rice.


Serves 4 to 6
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Mom's Authentic Kosher Cholent Recipe

2 onions, quartered
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 lbs chuck roast, cut into large chunks
1/2 cup dry kidney beans
1/2 cup dried pinto beans
1/2 cup pearl barley
3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into thirds
boiling water to cover
1 (1 oz) package dry onion and mushroom soup mix
1 tablespoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste


In a large oven safe pot or roasting pan, saute onions in oil over MEDIUM heat. Add meat, and brown well on all sides. Mix in beans; stir continuously until the beans start to shrivel. Stir in the barley. Add potatoes, and add just enough boiling water to cover the meat and potatoes. Mix in dry soup mix and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer partially covered for 20 minutes on stove top. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C). Cover pot tightly, and place in preheated oven. Allow to cook overnight for at least 10 to 15 hours. Check periodically to make sure you have enough liquid to cover; add small amounts of water if needed. Do not stir; stirring will break up the chunks of potatoes.

Serves 2 to 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Monday, April 18, 2016

The Thought For Today

Russia has announced it's holding its annual beauty pageant for nuclear power plant workers. Apparently last year's winner had the most beautiful three eyes they've ever seen." - Conan O'Brien

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KI4U Nuke Prep Expertise & Solutions!

Be prepared. Dosimeters (especially Russian) are cheaper on eBay and potassium iodide is cheaper at Amazon, but buyer beware.

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

POOR DEANO!



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Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Shape of Things that Never Came

Paleo-Future: A Look into the Future that Never Was, is a great little blog site that showcases those things we dreamed of that never came to be. In most cases they probably never will come to be but it seems likely that at least some of these things will become reality some day, although probably not in the exact form shown. From Smithsonian magazine.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

The Thought For Today

"My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular." - Adlai Stevenson

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YouTube - George Washington

YouTube - George Washington


It's funny. It's weird. And it's NSFW. Even if you've seen it before, enjoy it all over again.

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"Rotting my mind on the Internet so that YOU don't have to."

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Thought For Today

"Although many of her Republican colleagues were elected to the House, Christine O'Donnell ended up underneath it, with her feet curled up." - Jimmy Kimmel

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Flood Maps

Flood Maps

Use these maps to see what the world will look like as the ice caps melt. Just put how much of a rise in sea level you expect in the upper left corner and it'll tell you how soon you'll be treading water.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Thought For Today

"I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it." — Jack Handey

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Donald Duck's Family Tree

Definately answers one of the burning questions of our time - where the hell did he come from?

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Thought For Today

"If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, talks like a duck, it probably needs a little more time in the microwave." —  Lori Dowdy

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Rec: Crockpot Lamb Stew

2 pounds lamb, cubed
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons oil
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup flour
2 cups water
3/4 cup red cooking wine
1/4 teaspoon powdered garlic
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
6 medium carrots, sliced
4 small onions, quartered
4 ribs celery, sliced
3 medium potatoes, unpeeled, diced


Sprinkle lamb with sugar. Brown in oil in skillet.
Remove lamb and place in a crockpot (4 quart size),
reserving drippings. Stir salt, pepper, and flour into
drippings until smooth. Stir in water and wine until
smooth, stirring until broth simmers and thickens.
Pour into crockpot. Add remaining ingredients and
stir until well mixed. Cover. Cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours.


Serves 4 to 6
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Crockpot Indian Lamb Korma

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon hot chili powder
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 green cardamoms, crushed
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
1lb 9oz boneless lamb shoulder, roughly diced, most fat removed
4fl oz boiling water
1 chicken stock cube
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1-2 teaspoons cornstarch, optional
6 tablespoons double cream
2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped



Preheat the heating base to Low. Place the stoneware on the
stove, add the oil and warm gently. Add the dried spices and
cook gently for 2 to 3 minutes, to release their flavour but
do not allow to burn. Add the garlic, onions, and ginger and
cook for a further 3 to 4 minutes, coating well in the spices
and oil. Next add the lamb, water and stock cube, season
well with salt and pepper, then place into the crockpot.
Cover with the lid and cook for 5 to 6 hours on LOW, or
3 to 4 hours on HIGH or until the meat is tender. Once
cooked, stir well. If the sauce is a little thin, mix the
cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water; stir into the korma
and cook for a few minutes on HIGH to thicken. Add the
cream, tomatoes and coriander. Check the seasoning and
serve.Serve Poppadums, Basmati rice and Raita.


Serves 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Irish Stew

2 pounds lamb stew meat
6 potatoes, sliced
4 onions, sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon thyme
1 14½ oz can beef broth


Layer potatoes and lamb in crockpot. Add remaining
ingredients. Cover; cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours or
HIGH 3 to 5 hours.

Serves 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Crockpot Lamb Dijon

½ cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 pounds lamb stew meat
6 new potatoes, cubed
¼ cup Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon lemon peel, grated
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon rosemary
2 teaspoons minced garlic
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 14½ oz can beef broth
1 10 oz pkg frozen green peas, thawed



Mix flour, salt, red pepper and pepper. Toss lamb in
mixture, then brown in skillet. Add lamb and remaining
ingredients, except for peas, to the crockpot. Cover; cook
on LOW 8 to 10 hours. Add peas during last 15 minutes of
cooking.


Serves 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Easy Lamb Hot Pot

2 small onions, finely chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
2 large cloves garlic, crushed
1 1/2 inch thick lamb neck chops
4 oz black pudding, cut into 4 pieces (optional)
2 oz pearl barley, soaked
3 tablespoons flour
6 tablespoons cold water
3 large baking potatoes peeled and sliced
1 organic lamb or chicken stock cube
½ pint boiling water
4 tablespoons melted butter
salt
freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the heating base on LOW. Place half the chopped
onions, carrots and garlic into the bottom of the crockpot.
Add the lamb neck chops, then top with the black pudding,
the rest of the onions, carrots and garlic and finally the pearl
barley. Mix the flour and cold water together to form a soft
batter, then pour over the onions and carrots. Place
overlapping potato slices on top. Dissolve the stock cube in
the boiling water and pour into the center of the potatoes.
Pour the melted butter over the potatoes and season well.
Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours, or 2 to 3 hours on
HIGH, until the lamb is tender.


Serves 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Monday, April 11, 2016

The Thought For Today

"In some versions of my original contest column I had proposed, in a lighthearted manner, that we reduce the deficit by 'selling unnecessary states such as Oklahoma to the Japanese.' This caused a number of Oklahomans to send in letters containing many correctly spelled words and making the central lighthearted point that I am a jerk. They also sent me official literature stating that Oklahoma has enormous quantities of culture in the form of ballet, Oral Roberts, etc., and that the Official State Reptile -- I am not making this up -- is something called the 'Mountain Boomer.' So I apologize to Oklahoma, and as a token of my sincerity I'm willing to sell my state, Florida, to the Japanese, assuming nobody objects to the fact that Japan would suddenly become the most heavily armed nation on Earth." - Dave Barry

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The Hard Truth From Orlando

You know what bothered me about that article on the four social workers facing criminal charges over the death of a child whose safety they were responsible for monitoring? That the two supervisors were written up as being big in their churches. It's been my very bad experience that the very religious, church-types turn a blind eye to behaviors that tell you something bad is happening because they believe that God made families, families need to be together, blah-blah-blah. It's the same kind of blind idiocy that lets them allow and even defend child molesters and killers in their own organizations, but insists that every pregnancy be carried to term while you punish the mother for getting pregnant.

The other thing that bothers me, is this social worker organization a contracted private organization or is it really a state organization, manned by state employees? The difference is, we have so many church or faith-based private organizations vying for government dollars -- promoted by former President G.W. Bush as being "more economical" than government-run agencies. So minimal standards are set and the money is paid with little government oversight. These private companies have their own agenda and it's not necessarily about protecting the children or families; it's about getting as many cases as they can so they can pull in the money and submit the paperwork that meets the minimum criteria.

We've had some truly hideous cases come through our court here. The eight-year-old who was removed from his insanely abusive mother and siblings, placed (per state-legislated criteria that you have to look for placement within a dysfunctional family rather than finding someone sane first) with another relative, who then promptly stuck the kid back with the mother he'd been removed from because the relative couldn't be bothered to find a babysitter while she worked. The 13-year-old abusive sibling strangled the eight-year-old over an old cupcake the kid ate because he was hungry. The 13-year-old killed his younger half-brother because the cupcake was his mom's "treat" to herself and she'd beat the 13-year-old if it was gone. Yep. Right here in Orlando. And the relative was NEVER charged. The 13-year-old was, but not the mom and not the relative who violated the protection order by putting the child back in harm's way.

And that's just one instance of the craziness. I'm still a strong proponent of the government handing out all available contraceptive means, providing free abortions and totally chopping out welfare payments after two years to non-working parents and repossessing any children for adoption by non-relatives if the parent can't get it together. When every child is planned, it will be a wanted and provided for child. We won't see children used as two-legged paychecks for freaks who breed and pass the kids around like a coupon for free government money. A box of condoms or a $300 to $500 abortion is a damned sight more economical to society and our government than 18 years of counseling, welfare, food stamps, subsidized housing, legal assistance, foster care, Medicaid or independent living expenses if the kids age out of foster care.

If our government leaders were serious about reducing crime, poverty, government spending, child abuse, they'd hand over the medical provisions and acknowledge that being a parent is either totally the individual's choice and therefore an individual's responsibility and will automatically result in criminal charges against parents who expose their offspring to abuse, or they'd say being a parent is not a choice and the government is picking up the tab for all the unwanted, unprovided for children the current paternalistic legislation promotes. Instead, we have these half-measures. On the one hand, access to contraceptives and abortion are being made inaccessible to the neediest people among us. But on the other hand, the government is handing out money hand-over-fist for children with little hope of ever being productive, contributing, taxpaying citizens.

I say, pick one. Either end the mindless production of children for a social work and prison industry, or admit and accept it's okay that the taxpayer foots the bill for religious-based irrational policies and pays for it with the blood of unplanned, unwelcome children.

   Florida Cracker

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

POOR DEANO!


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Saturday, April 09, 2016

How Addicted to Blogging Are You?

Find out with this quiz! I'm a mere 17 percent addicted myself, but I think all the rest of you will be much more addicted. Think of all the money you could be making while you're wasting time on blogging. You could probably have a second job, be packing money into the bank and investments ... But no, you have to BLOG! I'm so far ahead of all you guys.

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Friday, April 08, 2016

The Thought For Today

"According to a new study, women in satisfying marriages are less likely to develop cardiovascular diseases than unmarried women. So don't worry lonely women, you'll be dead soon." - Tina Fey

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WASP Injection Systems, Inc. - WASP Injection Knife

WASP Injection Systems, Inc. - WASP Injection Knife





For that next Sharknado...

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"Rotting my mind on the Internet so that YOU don't have to."

Thursday, April 07, 2016

The Thought For Today

"They never got me for the right offense." - W.C.Fields

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GIANTmicrobes

GIANTmicrobes

And the perfect presents for any occasion...

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

The Thought For Today

"The Postal Service is facing a $7 billion budget short all. So in addition to closing the post offices, they're also raising the price of a first-class stamp. It will now be $4,000." - Jimmy Kimmel

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Why Working From Home Is Both Awesome And Horrible

In case you missed this on Gizmodo. Wait - you're NOT reading Gizmodo? Now I'm REALLY worried about you.

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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

The Thought For Today

"My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people." — Orson Welles

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Rec: Microwave Chicken Curry

2 tablespoons Indian curry paste
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1/2 bunch basil leaves, chopped
1/2 bunch cilantro leaves, chopped
2 (13.5 oz) cans coconut milk
2 tablespoons soy sauce
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
3-4 cups steamed rice, to serve on
paprika, for garnish
1 scallion, thinly sliced for garnish


In a large microwave pot with a lid, mix together the curry
paste and oil. Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes. Add the
chicken and stir. Cover and microwave on MEDIUM for 8
minutes. Add the basil, cilantro, coconut milk and soy
sauce and season with salt and pepper. Give it a good stir,
cover and microwave on MEDIUM for 4 minutes. Stir again,
cover and let rest for 3 or 4 minutes. Serve over steamed
rice and garnish with paprika and scallions.

Serves 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Crockpot Chicken & Dumplings

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in small chunks
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup onion, finely diced
2 cups of water
1 chicken bouillon cube
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 stalks of celery, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
2 10 oz pkg refrigerated biscuits
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup heavy cream



Combine all ingredients, except biscuits, flour and cream
into crockpot. Cook on LOW 5 to 7 hours. 30 minutes
before serving, mix flour and cream together and add
to crockpot. Tear biscuit dough into 1 inch pieces (or cut
into fourths) and add to crockpot. Stir gently, cook on
HIGH for another 30 minutes or until biscuits are
fluffed up and cooked through.


Serves 6 to 8
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Wing Soup

6 cups milk
3 cans condensed cream of chicken soup (10 3/4 oz.) undiluted
3 cups shredded cooked chicken (about 1 lb.)
1 cup sour cream (8 oz.)
1/4 cup hot pepper sauce (1/4 to 1/2)


Put ingredients in crockpot, cover and cook on LOW
4 to 5 hours.


Serves 6 to 8
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Dijon Chicken

4 chicken breast halves
1 heaping tablespoon honey Dijon mustard
salt and coarsely ground black pepper or seasoned pepper
2 (8 oz) packages baby spinach or 1 pound washed and
dried fresh spinach leaves
2 tablespoons butter, cut in small pieces


Grease crockpot or spray with Pam. Wash chicken and pat dry.
Rub chicken with Dijon mustard and sprinkle with salt and
pepper. Place chicken breasts in crock pot. Top with spinach.
Spinach can be packed in, or add spinach in parts as spinach
wilts as it cooks. Dot spinach with butter and sprinkle with
more salt and pepper. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours.

Serves 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Creamy Homemade Crockpot Chicken Stew

1 cup lowfat evaporated milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 lbs chicken leg meat
3/4 lb small fresh button mushrooms
2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cups pearl onions
2 large carrots, coarsely chopped
2 1/4 cups frozen green peas, thawed
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley


In a small bowl, stir together evaporated milk and flour
until smooth. Place chicken, mushrooms, potatoes, onions,
carrots and peas in crockpot. Pour in milk mixture and broth.
Season with salt, pepper, marjoram and rosemary. Cook on LOW
for 6 hours. Stir in parsley and serve.

Serves 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Monday, April 04, 2016

The Thought For Today

"A recent study has found that more senior citizens than ever are entering college. College faculty says that the seniors are like any other students...except they take Jell-O shots just for the Jell-O." - Conan O'Brien

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Bad Sex Ed

“Someone should start a site where adults share the worst advice they ever got in sex-ed classes as a teen.” - Matt Haughey And here it is. Have a good laugh.

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Sunday, April 03, 2016

POOR DEANO!


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Saturday, April 02, 2016

With Luck, They All Fall Down

Okay, it's a British TV commercial, but if you haven't seen it, it's worth a look. (I can't believe they got this on the first take. And what's that swimming froggie thing in the water?...)

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Friday, April 01, 2016

The Thought For Today

"I had a linguistics professor who said that it's man's ability to use language that makes him the dominant species on the planet. That may be. But I think there's one other thing that separates us from animals. We aren't afraid of vacuum cleaners." - Jeff Stilson

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Amazon.com: shocking pranks: Toys & Games

Amazon.com: shocking pranks: Toys & Games


More toys!

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Museum of Hoaxes

Museum of Hoaxes

HEY! IT'S APRIL FIRST! APRIL'S FOOL DAY! And, yes it's real, sorta.

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April Fools Day On The Web


Enjoy!

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APRIL FOOLS DAY!

Everything that you ever wanted to know about the day - and more.

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"Rotting my mind on the Internet so that YOU don't have to."

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Thought For Today

"The only time most women give their orating husbands undivided attention is when the old boys mumble in their sleep." - Wilson Mizner

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adoption centre - bunnyhero labs

adoption centre - bunnyhero labs

Where you too can adopt a free virtual pet. They're a lot less expensive and messy than the flesh and blood kind. And they poop a lot less too.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Thought For Today

"There's a sucker born every minute" - P.T. Barnum

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Bunny Suicide Cartoons

It's weird stuff time and the Sarah Conner one is my favorite. Enjoy, and remember - the bunnies are professionals so don't try these at home.



P.S. And you can get the book at Amazon.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Thought For Today

“How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” ― Charles de Gaulle

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Rec: Erma Bombeck's Taco Salad

1 head lettuce
1/2 pound ground beef or ground sirloin
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese, grated
3/4 cup dressing (your favorite)
sour cream
tortilla triangles


Wash and chop the lettuce. Drain and refrigerate. Put ground
beef in large glass bowl and microwave on HIGH for 3-4
minutes. Drain. Add lettuce, tomatoes and 1/2 the cheese to
bowl. Toss with salad dressing. Divide salad onto 6 plates.
Sprinkle remainder of cheese on top of each serving. Put
1 1/2 teaspoons of sour cream on top of each salad. Serve
with tortilla triangles.

Serves 6

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Rec: Fiesta Beef Kabobs

1/2 envelope (1/4 cup) dry onion soup mix
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup catsup
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup salad oil
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash bottled hot pepper sauce (Tabasco)
1 1/2 lb. beef chuck roast, cut into 1" cubes
instant unseasoned meat tenderizer
1 green pepper, cut in pieces
1 sweet red pepper, cut in pieces


In saucepan combine first 8 ingredients and 1/2 cup
water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer 20
minutes. Cool. Add meat; toss to coat. Refrigerate
overnight; drain meat, reserving the marinade.
Use tenderizer on meat according to label directions.
Thread meat and peppers on skewers. Cook 20 to 25
minutes turning and brushing with marinade.

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Rec: Original Homemade Italian Beef

2 pounds beef chuck roast
2 (1 oz) packages dry Italian salad dressing mix
2/3 cup water
2/3 (16 oz) jar pepperoncini peppers
5 hamburger buns



Place the roast into crockpot and season with Italian
dressing mix. Pour in the water. Cover, and cook on
HIGH for 5 to 6 hours. During the last hour, shred the
meat with two forks - if it does not shred easily, cook
longer. Add the peppers, and as much of the juice as
you like for additional flavor. Serve on buns.


Serves 3 to 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Jenny's Crockpot Venison Stew

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 lb venison roast cut into 1 inch cubes, trimmed
seasoned salt and pepper
1 can beefy mushroom soup
1 can beef noodle soup
8 ounces fresh or canned mushroom pieces
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder, optional
2 teaspoons Worchestershire sauce


Sprinkle venison with salt and pepper. Heat vegetable oil in
a skillet over high heat and sear venison on all sides.
Combine venison with soups and mushrooms in crockpot.
Season with garlic powder, onion powder and Worchestershire
sauce. Cover and cook on LOW for 9 to 11 hours, or on HIGH
for 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours. Excellent served over rice.

Serves 4 to 6
Refrigerate remainder
Reheat in microwave the next day

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Rec: Basic Crockpot Meatloaf

2 lbs lean hamburger (or turkey)
2 eggs
2 slices bread, cut in small cubes
milk
catsup
salt and pepper
1 small onion, chopped



Beat eggs and add bread cubes. Add enough milk to moisten.
Add hamburger and onion and squish all together with your,
well washed, hands. Season to taste and place in crockpot.
Shape to fit and flatten. Cover completely with catsup and
cook on LOW for 8 to 12 hours. Always wash your hands before
and after handling raw meat.

Serves 2 to 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Monday, March 28, 2016

The Thought For Today

Man (to WC): "You're drunk!

"WC: "Yeah, and you're crazy. And I'll be sober tomorrow and you'll be crazy for the rest of your life." - W.C.Fields

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How to Spot Your Evil Twin

"Are you the good twin or evil twin? Sometimes just looking for the goatee isn't enough (especially for the ladies). Luckily, Everything Explained Through Flowcharts has you covered! Determine your evilness in this week's excerpt." Via Gizmodo.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

POOR DEANO!


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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Free the Nipple Day

YUP - YOU JUST HAD TO LOOK.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

The Thought For Today

"The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they are okay, then it's you." - Rita Mae Brown

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Edible

Edible

It's Weird Friday and here's even more strange things to eat. For YOU to eat.

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"Rotting my mind on the Internet so that YOU don't have to."

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Thought For Today

"I'm the only man who has a marriage license made out To Whom It May Concern." - Mickey Rooney

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SPLITREASON.COM - Gear for Geeks and Gamers

SPLITREASON.COM - Gear for Geeks and Gamers


Some fun stuff at good prices. My favorite T-shirt? Zombie Day At The Mall. Though Skynet Development Team is a close second.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Thought For Today

"A man in the house is worth two in the street." - Mae West

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Purim

Celebrate, one and all, sunset tonight is when it all begins!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Thought For Today

"If God didn't want us to eat animals, why did he make them out of meat?" - Homer Simpson

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Rec: Kosher Sweet And Sour Chicken

1 chicken, washed, dried and seasoned
1 bottle low-cal Russian dressing
1/4 cup sherry
1/4 cup honey
1 onion, thinly slice


Place seasoned chicken in baking dish skin side up. Mix together other ingredients with the exception of the onion. Put 2/3 of mixture over the chicken. Put sliced onion on chicken and cover with remaining sauce. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

Serves 2 to 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Baked Fish In Kosher Salt

3 to 4 lb whole fish with scales but cleaned inside
4 lb kosher salt
Juice of 1 lemon

SAUCE:
1/2 cup butter or olive oil
2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
Juice of 1 lemon
Capers, optional
Salt and pepper to taste


Wash fish with with lemon. Place half the salt in a baking dish, just big enough to hold the fish. Place fish on top. Cover fish completely with the rest of the salt. Bake in pre-heated 400 degrees oven for 45 minutes. The salt will harden and make a crust. Once cooked remove the crust and the skin should come off.

SAUCE:
Melt butter. Add rest of ingredients.

Serves 4

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Rec: Kosher Fried Chicken

1 frying chicken, cut into 4 pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg or cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
Juice of lemon
Olive oil
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs - slightly beaten
1 lemon - cut in 6 wedges


Sprinkle pieces evenly with salt, pepper, nutmeg and garlic salt. Place in a bowl with lemon juice and 2 tablespoons olive oil - set aside in refrigerator to marinate for several hours or overnight. Toss once in a while to ensure evenness of seasonings.Heat 1 cup of oil in a large skillet. Roll the chicken pieces in flour, dip in egg, & fry in hot oil over HIGH heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Lower heat and fry for 15 minutes longer or until pieces are golden, but not brown, on all sides. Serve with lemon wedges and riso coll'uvetta (rice and raisins).

Serves 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Miriam's Kosher Cabbage Rolls

Filling:
2 lbs ground beef
1 large onion grated
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
garlic salt
2 eggs
2 tablespoons raw washed rice
dash Worcestershire sauce
1 large head green cabbage (not too solid)

Sauce:
14 ounces catsup
7 ounces water
3/4 cup grape jelly melted in microwave
Note: For more sauce either double recipe or make 1 1/2 the shown amounts.

For pan:
1/2 green pepper
1 onion sliced
1 bay leaf

Cut as much core out of cabbage as you can and place in a large pot. Bring water to cover to a boil. As cabbage cooks a little. you can remove more of core so the large cabbage leaves will separate. It takes time until all of the leaves will separate and are pliable.Combine ingredients for filling. Place about 1/3 cup of filling in each cabbage leave and fold like an envelope securing with wood toothpick. With the small cabbage leaves, use two. In bottom of large roasting pan, place the slice onion and bay leaf. Combine ingredients for sauce. Place a little in bottom of pan. Use about half of the left over cabbage leaves and place in pan. Place filled cabbage rolls seam side down in pan.cover with green pepper, remaining cabbage leaves and rest of sauce.Bake at 325 degrees for 3 hours uncovered; basting often. They should get a little brown. If they are getting too brown and there is still cooking time left, then cover. Can be prepared ahead of time and frozen.

Serves 4 to 6
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Kosher Salt Encrusted Prime Rib Roast

1 1/3 cups coarse kosher salt
2 3/4 lbs prime rib roast
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
2 teaspoons seasoning salt

Preheat oven to 210 degrees F (100 degrees C). Cover the bottom of a roasting pan with a layer of kosher salt. Place the roast, bone side down, on the salt. Season the meat with the ground black pepper and seasoning salt, then cover completely with kosher salt. Roast in preheated oven for 4 to 5 hours, or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). Remove from oven and let rest for 30 minutes. This sets the juices and makes the roast easier to carve. (Note: Be sure to remove all the salt from the roast before serving.)

Serves 2 to 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILL!

Happy 85th and many happy returns...

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Monday, March 21, 2016

The Thought For Today

"Is there anything more beautiful than a beautiful, beautiful flamingo, flying across in front of a beautiful sunset? And he's carrying a beautiful rose in his beak, and also he's carrying a very beautiful painting with his feet. And also, you're drunk." - Jack Handey

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YouTube - The Firm - Star Trekkin'

YouTube - The Firm - Star Trekkin'


I've loved this song since I heard it on Dr. Demento. And when you add claymation? BLAM!

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

POOR DEANO!


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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Is this fairytale castle the inspiration for Hogwarts?

If it wasn't, it might as well have been. I think it might have been the inspiration for the movies' set designers, if not for J.K. Rowling. At any rate, it's the 125th anniversary of the death of artistic but oddball King Ludwig II, who built Neuschwanstein Castle in the Bavarian Alps. Check out the great photos in this piece from The Altantic. (No, this is not a paid endorsement, and no, I don't have stock in the company, in case you're wondering.)

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Friday, March 18, 2016

The Thought For Today

"Women put a lot of thought into what their butts look like. Men aren't even aware of the fact that they have a butt until it starts itching." - Jeff Foxworthy

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The ORIGINAL Illustrated Catalog Of ACME Products

http://home.roadrunner.com/~tuco/looney/acme.html
For Weird Friday we have: The ORIGINAL Illustrated Catalog Of ACME Products. All of them from 1935 to 1964. COOL!

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"Rotting my mind on the Internet so that YOU don't have to."

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Thought For Today

"Johnny Depp surprised some grade school kids when he showed up unannounced at their school dressed as a pirate. Let me tell you something, try showing up at a grade school unannounced dressed as a pirate and see what happens to you." - Jay Leno

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Saint Patrick's Day

Enjoy yourselves - just not TOO much. And say hi to the purple elephants for me.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick%27s_Day

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Thought For Today

"I'm such a bad housekeeper, people wipe their feet before they leave, and when I cook, I serve Tums for after-dinner mints." - Joan Rivers

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The Mustache Rangers

The Mustache Rangers
"The Mustache Rangers explore space and beyond in this weekly serial comedy adventure sci-fi old time radio program." Very, very funny stuff.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Thought For Today

"Paris Hilton was arrested for cocaine possession, which is like arresting Bill Cosby for eating Jell-O." - Jimmy Kimmel

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Rec: Smoked Salmon And Cole Slaw Donburi

4 cups brown rice, steaming hot
1/2 pound smoked salmon, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 cups cabbage, sliced 1 1/2 inches long
1 cup red onion, sliced 1/8 inch thick
1/3 cup carrot, shredded

Simple Dressing
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon pepper


Mix the Simple Dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
Combine the cabbage, onions and carrots in a separate
bowl. Season with the dressing and toss in the salmon.
Put 1/2 cup of the rice in each serving bowl. Top with
the salmon and vegetables.

Serves 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Shrimp Jambalaya

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes, with liquid
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 bay leaf
1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
1 1/2 pounds cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined




In a crock pot, mix chicken, celery, green bell pepper,
onion, garlic, tomatoes with liquid, sugar, salt, Italian
seasoning, cayenne pepper, and bay leaf. Cover, and
cook on LOW 7 to 9 hours. Remove bay leaf from the
chicken mixture, and stir in orzo. Increase heat to HIGH.
Cook 15 minutes, until orzo is tender. Stir in shrimp, and
cook 2 minutes, until shrimp are heated through.



Serves 6 to 8
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Microwave Fried Rice Donburi With Shrimp, Tomatoes, And Corned Beef

4 cups steamed rice
1 can (12 oz.) corned beef, cut into 8 pieces (1/2 inch wide)
16 shrimp, shelled and de-veined
2 cups tomatoes, cored and coarsely diced
1/2 cup green peas, canned
1 cup leek, cut 1/3 inches long

Fried Rice Sauce

1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon water


Combine the Fried Rice Sauce ingredients and mix
with the steamed rice. Divide the rice equally into 4,
1 pint casseroles or small bowls. Place the corned beef,
shrimp, tomatoes, green peas, and leek on top. Place
the bowls on the turn table, leaving the middle empty
and cover with a vented microwave lid. Cook on HIGH
(1200W) for 10 to 12 minutes.


Serves 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Microwave Cod And Broccoli Donburi With Teriyaki Sauce

Sauce

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 cup white wine
1 tablespoon salad oil
2 teaspoons cornstarch

4 cups steamed rice
1 lb cod fillets, cut 1/2 by 3 inches
1/2 cup broccoli florets
1/2 cup red bell pepper, cut 1/2 by 1 inch
2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted



Mix the teriyaki sauce ingredients in a microwave-safe
cup and stir until the sugar dissolves. Cover with a
microwave lid. Cook on High (1200W) for 1 minute.
In a partitioned microwave-safe dish, place the cod
and half the sauce in one side (1 1/2 quart.) Place the
broccoli and red bell peppers in the other half of the
partitioned dish. Cover with a microwave lid. Cook on
HIGH (1200W) for 8 – 10 minutes. Place cooked rice
in four individual bowls. Spoon the fish and vegetables
over the top of the rice. Add the sauce the fish was
cooked in, to the remaining sauce and pour over fish
and vegetables. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds on top
and serve.


Serves 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Bouillabaisse

For those of you who want to try the Bouillabaisse recipe, but think that 6 servings are too many/few, I say HA! You'll be surprised how fast it'll disappear. But if you use this Link, it'll take you to a Site with the same basic recipe where you can adjust the number of servings up or down. Enjoy!
 http://crockpot.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recipetemplate.php?scale=6&mid=28404

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Monday, March 14, 2016

The Thought For Today

"A lot of the recent actresses look and act like my niece. Now, she's a good girl, but I wouldn't pay to see her." - Vincent Price

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I-Mockery.com - COMICS! A collection of our web comics and comic-oriented pieces!

10-Mockery.com - COMICS! A collection of our web comics and comic-oriented pieces!

Welcome to the comics of I-Mockery. There's plenty of great stuff here but my favorite has to be PickleMan. My favorite issues are 5 and 6 with the Flash movie, PickleMan's Breakfast Battle a close third. Oh, and the rest of the Site is a lot of fun too. Enjoy.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

POOR DEANO!


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Saturday, March 12, 2016

"No War on Terror"

Excellent link I found on Neil Gaiman's site. And I agree with Neil, who agrees with Sir Ken Macdonald, Britain's director of public prosecutions. At last, a voice of reason.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

The Thought For Today

"If you live to the age of a hundred you have it made because very few people die past the age of a hundred." - George Burns

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PRONQUEST

NSFW  NSFW  I don't think that ANY of the D+D manuals covered this. Enjoy.  NSFW  NSFW

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"Rotting my mind on the Internet so that YOU don't have to."

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Thought For Today

"Hope for the Best. Expect the worst. Life is a play. We're unrehearsed." - Mel Brooks

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Jay Pinkerton.com

Jay Pinkerton.com

More fun stuff to help warp young (and not quite so) minds. It's all older stuff, but still fun.

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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

The Thought For Today

"Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city." - George Burns

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The Borowitz Report .com

http://www.borowitzreport.com/


If laughter is the best medicine, this will cure almost anything. Updated Sun through Thur.

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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

The Thought For Today

“You're thinking I'm one of those wise-ass California vegetarians who is going to tell you that eating a few strips of bacon is bad for your health. I'm not. I say its a free country and you should be able to kill yourself at any rate you choose, as long as your cold dead body is not blocking my driveway.”
Scott Adams

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Rec: Crock Pot Vegetarian Goulash

8 ozs mushroom, sliced
5 1/3 ozs tempeh, in 3/4 inch dice
2/3 cup carrot, in 1/2 inch dice
1 1/3 medium onion, chopped
2/3 large tomato, peeled, seeded & chopped
2/3 small bell pepper, chopped
1 1/3 garlic clove, minced
7/8 cup vegetable broth
4 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 1/3 teaspoons dill
1/3 teaspoon caraway seed, lightly crushed
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2/3 (10 1/2 ozs) package silken tofu
2/3 cup frozen peas, thawed





Put the mushrooms, tempeh and carrots into a crock pot
(no need to steam the tempeh first). Combine onions,
tomato, bell pepper, garlic and broth in a blender container
and puree. Add the puree to the crock pot and mix well.
Add the paprika, parsley, dill, caraway seed, salt and
pepper to the crock pot and stir well. Cover and cook on
LOW heat 8 to 10 hours. Shortly before serving, puree
the silken tofu in a blender with a little liquid from the
crock pot until very smooth. Stir it into the crock pot, add
the peas and heat through. Serve over cooked noodles,
potatoes, rice or other grains.



Serves 2 to 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Vegetable Quesadillas

2 cups fresh broccoli florets
1 small sweet red pepper, julienned
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
1 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon canola oil
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 (6 inch) flour tortillas
3/4 cups shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend



In a 1-1/2-qt. microwave-safe dish, combine the first
nine ingredients. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 minutes
or until vegetables are tender. Divide vegetable mixture
evenly over 3 tortillas; sprinkle with cheese. Top each
with remaining tortilla. Place each filled tortilla on a
microwave-safe plate; cover with a piece of waxed paper.
Microwave on HIGH for 30 to 45 seconds or until cheese
is melted. Repeat with remaining quesadillas. Cut each
quesadilla into wedges.


Serves 2 to 3
Refrigerate remainder
Can be carefully reheated in microwave

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Rec: Crock Pot Vegetarian Lasagna

4 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/3 onion, diced
2 garlic clove, crushed
1 1/3 (6 ozs) cans tomato paste
1 1/3 (2 7/8 cup) cans tomato sauce
1 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoons pepper
1 cup mushroom, sliced
2/3 teaspoon dried oregano
2/3 (26 1/2 ozs) container ricotta cheese
2 2/3 cups fresh spinach, rinsed
1/3 cup parmesan cheese or asiago cheese, grated
1 1/3 (13 1/4 ozs) boxes no-boil lasagna noodles, uncooked
10 2/3 ozs mozzarella cheese, shredded





In large saucepan over medium heat, heat olive oil and add
onions and garlic. Cook over MEDIUM heat until tender,
about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, oregano, salt and pepper
to taste and cook for another 3 minutes, stirring often. Add
tomato paste and stir mixing thoroughly. Add tomato sauce,
stir and cook sauce stirring occasionally for another 6 to 8
minutes or until heated through. Remove sauce from heat
and set aside. In crock pot, cover bottom with enough sauce
to just cover. Add two layers of lasagna noodles, breaking
them where needed. Spread noodles with one tub of the
ricotta cheese and salt and pepper. Add two layers of lasagna
noodles. Cover noodles with half of the sauce, sprinkle with
1/2 of the mozzarella cheese. Add two layers of lasagna
noodles. Spread noodles with 1/2 tub of the ricotta cheese.
Shake excess water from spinach leaves and cover cheese
with spinach and salt and pepper. Add two layers of lasagna
noodles. Cover noodles with remaining sauce and cover
sauce with remaining mozzarella and parmesan or asiago
cheese. Put lid on crock pot and turn on HIGH. Leave to
cook for 5 hours. When done, let lasagna sit for 8 minutes
to set before cutting.



Serves 2 to 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Microwave Rice-Crust Spinach Quiche

3/4 cup cooked brown rice
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese, divided
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons egg substitute, divided
1/8 teaspoon curry powder
1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and
squeezed dry
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons fat free evaporated milk
1/4 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon pepper



Combine rice, 1/2 cup cheese, 1/4 cup egg substitute and
curry powder. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of
microwave-safe 6 in. pie plate. Microwave on HIGH for
2 to 3 minutes or until firm. Combine the spinach, milk,
mushrooms, onion, garlic powder, pepper and remaining
cheese and egg substitute; pour into crust. Microwave
on MEDIUM power for 10 minutes, rotating a quarter
turn every 5 minutes, or until a knife inserted near the
center comes out clean.



Serves 2 to 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Microwave Bean Tortilla Casserole

12 corn tortillas (5" diameter) torn in pieces
1 large onion, diced fine
1 (30 oz.) can Rosarita refried beans-vegetarian
1 zucchini, sliced thin
2 stalks chopped Celery
diced Pickles
diced Olives
meatless Spaghetti sauce, Ragu, Prego
Cheese, grated, low fat



Spray glass dish (8 x 12 x 2 inch or larger) with Pam.
Sprinkle a little water on the bottom of dish. Add diced
onion and microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes. Remove
onions from dish, leave liquid and layer in the following
order: Torn tortillas, onions, zucchini, celery, pickles, olives
and beans. Top with spaghetti sauce, any amount you wish,
cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 15 minutes on
MEDIUM. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 to 10
minutes with plastic wrap in place. Remove plastic and
sprinkle with grated cheese.



Serves 2 to 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Monday, March 07, 2016

The Thought For Today

"Cocaine is God's way of telling someone that they're too rich." - Robin Williams

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Dave Barry's Blog

Dave Barry's Blog

For any lazy morning. Chock full of fun and weird Links that people send him. It also has Links to some of his old columns.

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Sunday, March 06, 2016

POOR DEANO!


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Saturday, March 05, 2016

The Oddities and Wonders of Strange Maps

Since CNN and MSNBC (and maybe even FOX) give you all the news you want to know it's up to me to give you the news you don't want to know, but would want to know if only you knew it was out there. Case in point, a map of the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris, final resting place of The Doors' Jim Morrison, in the wonderful little blog Strange Maps. If you would like to examine the cemetery map more easily just click on it to enlarge. With lots of other goodies on the site, more than 4 million hits and frequent updates, this is a blog worth bookmarking.

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Friday, March 04, 2016

The Thought For Today

"I believe in loyalty. When a woman reaches an age she likes, she should stick to it." - Eva Gabor

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Seven Signs That You're In A Cult (Via BoingBoing)

Evangelical leader Mike Bickle proposed the following indicators of a cult.
1. Opposing critical thinking.
2. Isolating members and penalizing them for leaving.
3. Emphasizing special doctrines outside scripture.
4. Seeking inappropriate loyalty to their leaders.
5. Dishonoring the family unit.
6. Crossing Biblical boundaries of behavior (versus sexual purity and personal ownership).
7. Separation from the Church.
Reasonable, and doubtless critical knowledge for those eager to differentiate their fiery brand of religion from, well, that. The grim irony, today, is that they're cited in Boze Herrington's story about a prayer group's journey from dormroom club to deadly, sexually-abusive abusive cult under "Tyler", a creep working under Bickle's International House of Prayer. "Tyler was not an isolated individual," writes Herrington, "but the product of a phenomenally twisted system."

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"Rotting my mind on the Internet so that YOU don't have to."

Thursday, March 03, 2016

The Thought For Today

"Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs." - Christopher Hampton

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YouTube - Festo Air_ray

YouTube - Festo Air_ray At times the Gods walk among men and create these beings. This goes with the jellyfish too. Thank you David.

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

The Thought For Today

"The sight of women talking together has always made men uneasy; nowadays it means rank subversion." - Germaine Greer

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AirJelly by Festo, A Radio Controlled Airborne Jellyfish

This is just so beautiful, I just want to keep watching the video again and again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_citFkSNtk&feature=related

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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

The Thought For Today

Someone asked Fields: How do you like children?

"Parboiled!" - W.C.Fields

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Rec: Crock Pot Hearty Vegetarian Hobo Soup

24 ozs frozen mixed vegetables
1/2 (46 oz) can V8 (low sodium if you like)
1 bay leaf
salt
garlic powder
1/2 (16 oz) package coleslaw mix


Spray a crock pot with cooking spray. In the crock pot,
mix together the Vegetables, Vegetable Juice, Bay Leaves,
Cole slaw, Garlic Powder and Salt to taste (I substitute 1
tablespoon ONLY of Ms. Dash Original Flavor for the garlic
and salt and sometimes add chopped onions to taste).
Cover and cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours.



Serves 2 to 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Cold Cucumber Soup

2 large cucumbers, peeled and seeded
1 1/4 cups sour cream
1 cup chicken broth
1 small onion, cut into wedges
4 sprigs fresh parsley, stems removed
2 sprigs fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dill weed, stems removed
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon white pepper


Cut cucumbers into large chunks and place in a blender
with remaining ingredients. Puree and pour into bowl.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

Serves 4
Refrigerate remainder (of course)
Perfect on a hot summer day with a sandwich

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Rec: Gazpacho

2 Roma (plum) tomatoes, quartered
1 large cucumber, peeled and halved
1 onion, peeled and halved
1 cup green bell pepper, diced
1 (4 oz) jar diced pimento peppers, drained
2 (12 oz) cans tomato juice
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup croutons
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives



In a blender combine one tomato, half the cucumber,
half the onion, a green bell pepper quarter, the pimento
and 1/2 cup tomato juice. Blend at high speed for 30
seconds to puree the vegetables. In a large bowl mix
the pureed vegetables with remaining tomato juice,
1/4 cup olive oil, vinegar, hot pepper sauce, salt and
ground black pepper. Cover mixture and refrigerate
until it is well chilled (about 2 hours). Meanwhile saute
the croutons in oil and add the garlic; transfer to a
small bowl. Place remaining chopped tomato,
cucumber, onion and green bell pepper in separate
bowls. Serve soup in chilled bowls, garnish with
chives, and serve chopped vegetables and croutons
as accompaniments.


Serves 4 to 6
Refrigerate remainder

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Rec: Microwave Butternut Soup

1 lb butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 onion, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons butter
2 cups vegetable broth
1/4 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 dash ground nutmeg
1/2 dash ground cloves
1/2 dash ground cinnamon



In a large microwave dish combine squash, onions and
butter. Cover and microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes.
Stir in broth and cook on HIGH for another 15 to 20
minutes, or until squash is tender. Puree squash, onions
and broth in a food processor or blender. Add cream, salt
and pepper, and microwave on HIGH for another 2 to 3
minutes, or until heated through. Flavor with nutmeg,
cloves and cinnamon to taste.


Serves 2 to 3
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Microwave Minestrone Soup

1 (14 1/2 oz) can beef broth
1 (14 1/2 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup medium pasta shells, cooked and drained
3 minced garlic cloves
1/4 cup onions, diced
1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (15 oz) can white kidney beans, rinsed and drained



In a 2 qt. microwave bowl, combine the carrots, celery,
zucchini, yellow pepper and onion. Drizzle with oil; toss
to coat. Cover and microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes.
Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on
HIGH for 9 to 11 minutes.


Serves 4 to 6
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Monday, February 29, 2016

The Thought For Today

TV...If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they'll have with twenty-six. Open your child's imagination. Open a book.

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You Are Very Cold, and This Feels Like an Adventure

From The Slate Book Review: 'Think back to the worst relationship you were ever in. The one full of shouting matches and long separations; the one where you were taken advantage of over and over; the one you both clung to for far too long. Remember how it felt as though your fate had been taken completely out of your hands? That whatever decision you made, your story was hurtling unstoppably in one direction—toward disaster?" Been there, done that. Read the review, and the book.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

POOR DEANO!


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Saturday, February 27, 2016

How to Scare Away a Telemarketer

I've heard of many ways to deal with telemarketers. Me, I just say, "No, thank you," and hang up immediately before than can get a word in edgewise. But some of you rapscallions out there are more creative, like Tom Mabe.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

The Thought For Today

"The good thing about being bisexual is that it doubles your chance of a date on a Saturday night." - Woody Allen

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TSA No-Fly List

Yes, folks, for Weird Friday we have, the one, the only - TSA No-Fly List! Now's your chance to check and see if your name is on it BEFORE you go to the airport. And your kids. And your pets. And your houseplants. If it has a name, it can (and probably will) go on the list.

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"Rotting my mind on the Internet so that YOU don't have to."

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Thought For Today

"President Obama insisted that the U.S. economy is still showing improvement. And he said you can take that to the bank, if you can find any that are still open." - Jay Leno

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TheReligionofPeace.com - Islam: Making a True Difference in the World

TheReligionofPeace.com - Islam: Making a True Difference in the World

The peace of the grave. Those who behave as animals should be treated as such.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Thought For Today

"No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch." - Leo Dworken

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Jihad Watch

Jihad Watch Required reading.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Thought For Today

"A company in Seattle just came out with a new bacon-flavored soda. So if you love the taste of bacon and you love the taste of soda, you're about to realize how much you love them separately." - Jimmy Fallon

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Rec: Wild Rice Micro Chicken

1 teaspoon salt
2 cups water
1 cup uncooked white rice
1/2 (10.75 oz) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/2 (1 oz) package dry onion soup mix
1/2 (6 oz) package wild rice
1/2 (4.5 oz) can sliced mushrooms
1 skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces


In a medium saucepan add salt to water and bring to a boil.
Add uncooked rice and parboil for 10 minutes (to parboil
is to partially cook by boiling briefly in water). Meanwhile,
prepare wild rice according to package directions (do NOT
drain); set aside. In a lightly greased (Pam'd) 9x13 inch
baking dish combine the cream of mushroom soup and
dry onion soup mix. Slowly stir in the parboiled rice and
cooked wild rice (with liquids). Add the mushrooms and
chicken pieces, mix all together and spread evenly in
baking dish. (If desired, cover and store in refrigerator at
this point.) Microwave on HIGH for 10 to 15 minutes,
stirring every 5 minutes. Cook until chicken is no longer
pink and rice is cooked through.


Serves 2 to 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Mandarin Chicken

4 (4 oz) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
1/4 cup apple juice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges
Hot cooked rice
2 green onions, sliced


Flatten chicken to 1/4-in. thickness. Place in a greased
(Pam'd) 2 qt. microwave dish. In a bowl, combine brown
sugar and cornstarch; stir in teriyaki sauce, apple juice,
oil and garlic. Drain oranges, reserving juice; set oranges
aside. Add juice to the teriyaki mixture; pour over
chicken. Cover and microwave on HIGH for 8 minutes.
Baste chicken with sauce. Cover and cook on HIGH 3 to 5
minutes longer or until sauce is thickened. Serve over rice.
Garnish with onions and oranges.


Serves 2 to 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Microwave "Fried" Chicken

1 2 1/2 to 3 lb chicken, cut into pieces
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups (Ritz) cracker crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper


Melt butter in dish that is large enough to dip chicken
pieces. Mix crumbs and seasonings together in a seperate
bowl. Dip chicken into butter and roll in crumb mixture
and place in microwave baking dish. Be sure to put
larger pieces around the outer edge of the baking dish.
Cover with waxed paper and cook on HIGH for 10 minutes.
Turn pieces over, cover and cook on HIGH for another
10 minutes. Test by piercing with a sharp knife and if
more cooking is needed, uncover and cook another 2 to 4
minutes.

Serves 4 to 6
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Curried Microwaved Chicken

1 apple - peeled, cored, and chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
3 teaspoons curry powder
1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste
8 chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
3/4 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
1 teaspoon paprika


In a microwave safe dish cook the apple and onion in the
curry powder and butter or margarine on HIGH power for
3 minutes. Stir in the soup, cream and salt and pepper.
Place the chicken in an 8x12 inch microwave safe baking
dish and cover with the curry sauce. Sprinkle the top with
paprika. Cover with wax paper and microwave on HIGH
for 30 minutes. Test to see if chicken is done and tender.
If not microwave on HIGH for another 15 to 20 minutes,
checking every 5 minutes or so.


Serves 4 to 6
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Microwave Chicken Cacciatore

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 medium green pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 medium red pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 tablespoon water
4 ounces of sliced black olives, drained
2 cups bottled spaghetti sauce (no meat)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste


Combine celery, peppers, onion, garlic and mushrooms with
water and butter in a 2 quart microwave-safe dish. Cook
uncovered on HIGH for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring after every
minute. Drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce, olives, tomato paste,
salt and pepper. Slice chicken breasts in half lengthwise. Slide
chicken into casserole dish with other ingredients, turning to
coat with sauce. Arrange with meatiest portions towards the
outside of the dish. Cover and cook 10 to 12 minutes on HIGH,
or until chicken is cooked through. Serve over hot pasta or rice.

Serves 5 to 6
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Monday, February 22, 2016

The Thought For Today

"If you think marriage is going to be perfect, you're probably still at your reception." - Martha Bolton, Christian comic

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mcphee.com/

http://www.mcphee.com/


Every American home should have at least one rubber chicken and Archie McPhee is THE place to find them. Along with a lot of other weird stuff. I just got my What Would An Angry Scotsman Do spinner, so now I no longer have to make up my mind for myself. Just spin that sucker and there's the answer.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

POOR DEANO!

 

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Get Off My Lawn!

FREE of course. "The neighborhood kids are on your lawn again, and it's time to take action. And that action is murder." Rated 4.3 out of 5. And did I remember to say FREE?

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Friday, February 19, 2016

The Thought For Today

"Out of my mind. Back in five minutes." - J.B. Morton

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VERY WEIRD FRIDAY

Weird and very, very, very, very NSFW!

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"Rotting my mind on the Internet so that YOU don't have to."

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Thought For Today

"A new study shows that California has the dirtiest tap water in the country. California officials insist that the dirty water is fine as long as you chew it thoroughly." - Conan O'Brien

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Disposable Temporary E-Mail Address

Disposable Temporary E-Mail Address

"Why do you need Temporary Email? Maybe you need to register at a website and don't want to give out your personal email address. Or, Perhaps you are working at a Trade Show and want to create a Custom Temporary Email address for a week. The uses are endless." And these are just some of the legal ones. Have fun, and when questioned by the cops, I have no idea who you are.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Thought For Today

"If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be." - Yogi Berra

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WTF?!

WTF?!

"Welcome! You've stumbled into WTF?! - a WoW inspired side-scrolling Flash-based RPG." Looks like fun.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Thought For Today

"I think when you eat out you should have a little fun; it's good for digestion. Simple things. After the waiter recites a long list of specials, ask him if they serve cow feet." - George Carlin

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Rec: New England Boiled Dinner

3 lb Corned beef
6 Carrots; halved lengthwise
6 Potatos; halved lengthwise
1 medium Cabbage
3 cups Water
6 Turnips; quartered


Place corned beef and water in crockpot.
Cover. Set on HIGH. When steaming
vigorously, set to LOW and continue
cooking 3 1/2 hours. Remove meat from
crockpot. Put potatoes, turnips, carrots and
cabbage in crockpot. Place meat on top of
vegetables. Cover and set to HIGH again.
When mixture is steaming briskly, set to
LOW. Cook for 1 1/2hours. Ham may be
used in place of corned beef, if desired.


Serves 4 to 6
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: California Tamale Pie

1 lb lean ground beef; browned
3/4 cup yellow corn meal
1 1/2 cup milk
1 egg; beaten
1 pk chili seasoning mix
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 lb canned tomatoes; cut up
1 lb whole kernel corn; drained
2 1/4 oz sliced ripe olives; drained
1 cup Cheddar; grated


Stir together corn meal, milk and egg. Add rest of
ingredients, except cheese. Pour into crockpot, cover
and cook on HIGH 3 to 4 hours. Sprinkle cheese over
top, cover and cook another 5 minutes.


Serves 4 to 6
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Crockpot Beef Stew

1/2 lb. cubed stew beef
2 to 3 carrots, cut up
6 to 8 pearl onions
2 to 3 potatoes, cut in cubes
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup red wine
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce
salt and pepper


Brown stew beef cubes (you can coat in flour first) in pan.
After browning, put in crock pot. De-glaze pan with 1/4
cup red wine and pour into crock pot with beef. Add cut
up carrots, onions, garlic and potatoes along with soy
sauce and Worcestershire Sauce. Cook on HIGH for
3 to 4 hours or LOW for 6 to 8 hours until beef is tender.
Add water as necessary and salt and pepper to taste.


Serves 3 to 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Crockpot Belgian Roast

3-4 lb. boneless rump roast
1 1/2 Teaspoons oil
2 Teaspoons butter
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 Cups peeled sliced onion
4 garlic cloves minced
2 Teaspoons light brown sugar
2 sprigs of parsley
2 Teaspoons white vinegar
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon pepper
12 oz. beer

Saute the roast in oil and brown on all sides. Add
to crockpot. Saute onions with the butter in the
same pan you used for the roast and cook onions
until medium brown. Stir in garlic and cook 1
minute more, add to crockpot. Add the beer to
the skillet with the brown sugar, parsley,
vinegar, bay leaf and pepper. Warm and pour over
roast.

Cook on LOW for 8 hours. Remove juices to a
saucepan and thicken juices with:

3 Teaspoons cornstarch
3 Teaspoons water
Serve on side with the roast.

Serves 4 to 6
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Guinness® Corned Beef

1 pound corned beef brisket
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle Irish stout beer (e.g. Guinness®)


Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Rinse the beef completely
and pat dry. Place the brisket on rack in a roasting pan or
Dutch oven. Rub the brown sugar on the corned beef to
coat entire beef, including the bottom. Pour the bottle of
stout beer around, and gently over the beef to wet the sugar.
Cover, and place in preheated oven. Bake for about 2 hours.
Allow to rest 5 minutes before slicing. During the last hour,
you may put vegetables in the roasting pan as well. Try a
wedge of cabbage, new potatoes, onion, carrots, etc. You
may need to add a little more beer with your vegetables.

Serves 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Monday, February 15, 2016

The Thought For Today

Whether they ever find life there or not, I think Jupiter should be considered an enemy planet. - Jack Handey

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The Hard Truth From Orlando

Republican. When exactly did that become synonymous with dumbass? I know it's been a while.

And I'd point out that the "Mexico City" policy that cut funding for abortion and contraception in Latin countries came from President Reagan, the ignorant bastard. And guess why we have then had a nearly 30-year glut of illegal immigrants flooding from South American countries that cannot support all these unplanned for, unprovided for children? I love how these men who sell themselves like prostitutes to lobbyists and religious organizations are so incredibly generous when it's not them that has to foot the bill or spend their lives taking care of children who have no hope of normalcy or availability of basic medical care.

Said it before, any woman who is forced to bear a child she did not want and could not support should be allowed to put her state representative's name on the birth certificate and sue their representative for child support. We'd see how fast these jerkweeds support contraception and abortion when it comes out of THEIR hides. I mean, the taxpayers aren't going to be out any money. We pay for the unwanted children anyway. I just think we should make it come out of the representative's taxpayer-based salary instead of him collecting a paycheck from us while we still have to pony up a lifetime of separate fees for the two-legged legacies of his moral stance.


   Florida Cracker

The story: http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2016/02/11/republicans_in_congress_urge_women_with_zika_to_accept_microcephaly_not.html

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