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Friday, August 28, 2015

The Thought For Today

"If Jesus had been killed 20 years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little Electric Chairs around their necks instead of crosses." - Lenny Bruce

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The Death Psychic.com - Click And It Shall Be Told

The Death Psychic.com - Click And It Shall Be Told

It's Weird Friday again and here we go. You give the Psychic your name, age and sex and he'll tell you how you're going to die. As for me: "As the unfortunate target of a serial killer, a rubber innertube is stuffed into your mouth and fully inflated, causing your head to explode." Try and top that!

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

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Thought For Today

"I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three." - Elayne Boosler

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Custom Wall Graphics Decals Vinyl Banners and by WilsonGraphics

Custom Wall Graphics Decals Vinyl Banners and by WilsonGraphics

"If you have a design you would like made into a decal, wall graphic or craft show banner let me know. If you need a design I'd be happy to help you develop your idea." Cool. I love the portholes. And check out the Brontosaurus.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Thought For Today

"If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." — Jack Handey

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Spoon Candy

"Sure, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But how much do you really know about all those sugary-sweet cereals that have kept kids awake and hyper at school (at least until lunch)? Grab your bowl and see how well you do!" Have fun!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Thought For Today

"Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant? I'm halfway through my fishburger and I realize, Oh my God....I could be eating a slow learner." - Lynda Montgomery

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Rec: Overnight Tuna Casserole

1 (10.75 oz) can cream of celery soup, undiluted
1 cup milk
1 (6 oz) can tuna, drained
1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided


In a bowl, combine soup and milk until smooth. Add the tuna, macaroni, peas, onions and 3/4 cup cheese; mix well. Pour into a greased (Pam'd) 2 quart microwave dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Microwave, covered, on HIGH for 15 to 17 minutes or until bubbly. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese and let stand for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Serves 2 to 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Garlic Shrimp

4 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 head garlic, minced
1 lb shrimp, frozen, precooked, peeled and devined
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper/regular pepper
1 1/2 cup milk
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 tablespoon sweetened lime juice
1 tablespoon butter
rice or pasta
desired vegetables


Preheat oil in MEDIUM hot skillet. Throw in garlic. Let cook
for 2 minutes. Add shrimp to skillet. Cover with pepper.
Let cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Insert milk, cheese, butter
and lime juice. Stir constantly for 5 to 6 minutes. Make
sure cheese and butter are melted, and sauce is well
mixed together. Serve with rice or pasta and steamed
vegetables.


Serves 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Rock Shrimp Chowder

1lb rock shrimp
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/8 lb butter or margarine
1/8 teaspoon black pepper (optional)
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
3/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon Thyme
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tomato, diced medium
3/4 potatoe, diced medium
1/2 green pepper, diced medium
chopped parsley for garnish



Peel the shrimp and boil the shells in 1 gallon water with
the scraps from chopping the onion and celery and 1
teaspoons salt. Reduce the liquid to 1/4 or about 1/2
quart of stock and strain. Blanch the shrimp in the
stock. Do not overcook. Strain and reserve shrimp
and stock for soup. Saute the celery, carrots and
onion. Add black pepper, curry powder, chili powder,
thyme and chopped garlic. Add flour and mix well.
Gradually add 1/2 quart of hot shrimp and stock and
simmer for about 15 minutes on low heat. Add diced
tomato, green pepper and potatoes to stock mixture
and continue to simmer until potatoes are tender. Add
salt to taste and rock shrimp just before serving.Serve
topped with oyster crackers and fresh chopped parsley.


Serves 4
Refrigerate remainder
Do not overheat in microwave or shrimp will become rubbery

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Rec: Lobster Newburg

2 cups cooked lobster meat, about 2 small lobsters worth
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash of cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons dry sherry
3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 cup half-and-half
buttered toast or pastry shells


In a medium saucepan over LOW heat, heat lobster in the butter
for 2 to 3 minutes. Add salt, cayenne pepper, and sherry. Mix
beaten egg yolks with the half-and-half and add to lobster. Cook,
stirring constantly, until Lobster Newburg is thickened and
heated through, but do not bring to a boil. Serve Lobster
Newburg over buttered toast or pastry shells.

Serves 4
Refrigerate remainder
Gently reheat in microwave or lobster will become rubbery

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Rec: Tuna Noodle Casserole

1/4 cup dry sherry
2/3 cup milk
1 can cream of celery soup
2 tablespoons parsley flakes
10 oz frozen peas and carrots (1 1/2 to 2 cups)
2 cans tuna, drained
1/4 teaspoon curry powder (to taste)
10 oz egg noodles
2 tablespoons butter


In a large mixing bowl, combine soup, sherry, milk, parsley flakes,
vegetables, curry powder and tuna. Stir well and fold in noodles.
Blend again. Pour into well greased (Pam'd) crockpot and dot
with butter. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours or until
vegetables and noodles are done.

Serves 4 to 6
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Monday, August 24, 2015

The Thought For Today

"I hope life isn't a big joke, because I don't get it." — Jack Handey

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CollegeHumor - Funny Pictures, Funny Videos, Funny Links!

CollegeHumor - Funny Pictures, Funny Videos, Funny Links!

Funny, but definately college type humor.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

POOR DEANO!


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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Bullshit Deflectors

"The "Bullshit Deflector" flaps are a great way to protect yourself from GOP or punditry bullshit and spin..."

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Friday, August 21, 2015

The Thought For Today

"The difference between the right word, and almost the right word is the difference between lightning and lightning-bug." - Samuel Clements

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Out of Context Science

"Good science, badly quoted. Removing knowledge from context and leaving something that's sometimes hilarious, sometimes strange, and, hopefully, completely absurd." And just plain fun.

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

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Thought For Today

"More Americans can name the three stooges than the three branches of government. Well, that's because the three stooges are more likely to get something done." - David Letterman

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They Do It With... - Chez Goodman

They Do It With... - Chez Goodman The collection that you've been waiting all your life for. And remember: "Mimes don't do it; everyone hates a mime."

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Thought For Today

"Never approach a friend's girlfriend or wife with mischief as your goal. There are just too many women in the world to justify that sort of dishonorable behavior. Unless she's really attractive." - Bruce Friedman

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The Fable of Stone Soup

One of my all-time favorite stories.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Thought For Today

"The reason gas stations sell food, of course, is that the supermarkets are busy cashing checks. The supermarkets have to cash checks because the banks are busy mailing unsolicited credit cards to everybody in the Western Hemisphere. The result is that very few people fix cars." - Dave Barry

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Rec: Tomatoe Garlic Sandwich

6 to 8 Slices Bread
3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
3 Green Chilies
1 Large Tomato, Sliced
10 Slices Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Teaspoons Fresh Lemon Juice
Table Salt
Fresh Cracked Black Pepper



The first step is to toast your bread if you like a crunch
with your sandwich. Now spread on the fine minced garlic
on one side of the bread. Now place the slices of tomato on,
top with a drizzle of olive oil and slices of green chilies. Add
the fresh lemon juice and slices of sharp cheddar. Close the
sandwich and slice, and enjoy.

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Rec: Cucumber Sandwich

4 to 6 Slices Rye Bread
8 Ounces Soft Cream Cheese
3 Large Shredded Cucumbers
1 Package Blue Cheese Seasoning
1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
Table Salt
Fresh Ground Pepper


Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl minus the
shredded cucumbers. Once well blended fold in the cucumbers.
Place a small amount of the mixture on a slice of bread and
top with an additional slice of bread. This sandwich is also
great with toasted bread.

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Rec: Reuben Sandwich

8 Slices Rye Bread
½ Pound Sliced Corned Beef
8 Ounces Sauerkraut
4 Tablespoons Thousand Island Dressing
4 Slices Swiss Or American Cheese



Take your rye bread and butter both sides of all 8 pieces. In a large skillet brown one side of the rye bread. Now on the toasted side add the corned beef, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing. Top with slices of Swiss cheese. Top with the bread toasted side down. Place back into the skillet, pan fry till cheese is melted or heated thru. Enjoy.

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Rec: Elvis Presley's Grilled Peanut Butter And Banana Sandwich

2 slices of white bread
2 tablespoons of smooth peanut butter
1 small ripe banana mashed
2 tablespoons butter



Spread the peanut butter on one slice of bread and the
mashed banana on the other. Press the slices gently
together. Melt the butter (or to be truly Elvis-like,
melt bacon fat!), over low heat in a small frying pan.
Place the sandwich in the pan and fry until golden
brown on both sides. Eat it with a glass of buttermilk.


Please note: Elvis tended to eat 12-15 sandwiches a sitting! So belly up!

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Rec: Submarine Sandwich

1 Cup Creamy Coleslaw
2 Tablespoons Prepared Horseradish
4 Hoagie Buns, Halved
8 Ounces Deli Style Roast Beef
8 Ounces American Cheese
1 Large Tomato Sliced
4 Fresh Lettuce Leaves



In a large mixing bowl stir together coleslaw and horseradish. Spread about ¼ mixture on the bottom half of each hoagie bun. Layer on ¼ sliced roast beef, 2 slices American cheese, 2 slices tomato, and 1 lettuce leaf. Top with bun and enjoy.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

The Thought For Today

"Talk about getting old. I was getting dressed and a peeping tom looked in the window, took a look and pulled down the shade!" - Joan Rivers

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The Only Way To Guarantee Your Spot In Hell

Includes a Link to go the other direction if you can't take the heat.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

POOR DEANO!


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Saturday, August 15, 2015

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, August 14, 2015

The Thought For Today

"A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents." - G. C. Lichtenberg

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Cattle Prods

It's Weird Friday annnnnnnd... They're perfect for training the 'significant other' in your life. I say, no more cookie crumbs in bed! And I wonder why I live alone?

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

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Thought For Today

"Every successful enterprise requires three men...a dreamer, a businessman, and a son-of-a-bitch." - Peter McArthur

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FEZ-O-RAMA!

"Welcome! We specialize in the creation of fine embroidered velvet fezzes for all of your fez hat and custom fez needs." Pretty. Good quality. Not that expensive. Go and have a look - you'll  enjoy it.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Thought For Today

"This is little strange. A couple in England named their new daughter Kia because she was delivered in the back seat of a Kia. No one was happier than her older brother — Hospital Bed." - Jimmy Fallon

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Fuzzy Hats - All the Best Hats Ever

Fuzzy Hats - All the Best Hats Ever


And some of the funniest too. You might want to also visit here: http://www.animalheadgear.com/
Be PROUD to be among the Fuzzy Minded!

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Thought For Today

"Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside." - Mark Twain

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Rec: Crockpot Scotch Broth Soup

2 lbs lamb, diced
1/2 cup pearl barley
1 large onion, chopped
4 celery ribs, sliced
4 carrots, chopped
1 cup diced rutabaga
8 cups water
4 beef bouillon cubes
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Combine all ingredients in a crockpot. Cover and cook on
LOW 8 to 10 hours or cook on HIGH 5 to 6 hours.

Serves 4 to 6
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Redcurrant And Honey Glazed Lamb

4 to 5 lbs leg of lamb
4 to 5 tablespoons red currant jelly
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 to 4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed or 3 teaspoons garlic powder
salt
black pepper


If the leg of lamb is too big for your crock-pot, cut through
the joint between the main leg and shank. Put 2 tablespoons
water into the crockpot and place the lamb inside. Spoon
the honey, Dijon mustard and redcurrant jelly over the top
of the lamb. Sprinkle the crushed garlic/powdered garlic,
salt and black pepper over the top of the lamb. Cook on
HIGH for at least 6 hours and up to 8 hours. If it is a 4lb
to 5 lb leg of lamb, these are the perfect timings - it falls
off the bone and is moist and tender. About 30 minutes
before serving, carefully ladle most of the juices out of the
crockpot and into a large mixing jug. Allow the juices to
cool and skim the fat that rises to the surface. Place the
juices into a saucepan and bring to the boil, boil vigorously
until it has reduced by about a half - you now have the
most wonderful gravy or sauce to serve alongside the lamb.
Take the lamb out and allow to "rest" for about 10 to 15
minutes before carving.

Serves 4 to 6
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Indian Lamb And Spinach Curry

11/3 cup canola oil
3 yellow onions , chopped
4 cloves garlic , peeled and minced
1 (2 inch) piece of ginger , peeled and grated
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
2 cups beef broth , preferably high quality
3 pounds boneless leg of lamb , cut into 1 inch cubes
Salt
6 cups baby spinach
2 cups plain full-fat yogurt


Note: For an easy mint pilaf to serve with the curry, steam
2 cups basmati rice; just before serving, add about 3
tablespoons minced fresh mint. Fluff mint and rice
together with a pair of forks.

In a large frying pan over MEDIUM-HIGH heat, warm oil.
Add onions and garlic, and sauté until golden, about 5
minutes. Stir in ginger, cumin, cayenne, and turmeric and
sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour in broth, raise
heat to high, and deglaze the pan, stirring to scrape up the
browned bits on the bottom. When broth comes to a boil,
remove pan from heat.Put lamb in a crockpot, and
sprinkle with 1 tablespoon salt. Add contents of frying
pan. Cover and cook on HIGH setting for 4 hours or LOW
setting for 8 hours.Add baby spinach to pot and cook,
stirring occasionally, until spinach is wilted, about 5
minutes. Just before serving, stir in 1 1/3 cups yogurt.
Season to taste with salt. Spoon into shallow bowls and
serve, passing remaining yogurt to add as a garnish.


Serves 4 to 6
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Persian Stew

2 pounds lamb
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 leeks, chopped
1 onion, chopped
½ cup dry split peas
4 teaspoons minced garlic
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon oregano
1½ teaspoons cumin
½ teaspoon pepper
3 cups chicken broth
½ cup raisins
2 tablespoons lemon juice


In a skillet, brown meat in the oil. Add to crockpot with all
other ingredients. Cover; cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours or
HIGH 4 to 5 hours. Remove bay leaves before serving.


Serves 4 to 6
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Curried Lamb And Swiss Chard Soup

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 small red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups Swiss chard, trimmed, cleaned and chopped
2 cups green cabbage, cored, cleaned and chopped
2 cups cannellini beans, sorted and rinsed
2 lamb shanks
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
fresh parsley for garnish


In a medium skillet placed on stovetop set to MEDIUM heat,
add oil. When heated, add onion and garlic. Cook the onions
and garlic about 3 to 4 minutes or until tender. Transfer
onions and garlic to crockpot. Add the Swiss chard, green
cabbage, beans, lamb shanks, salt, curry powder and pepper.
Stir well to combine ingredients. Add 2 quarts of water.
Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours. Add the lemon
juice. Transfer the lamb shanks to a cutting board and
remove the meat from the bones. Dice the meat and
return the lamb to the stoneware and mix again. Garnish
the soup with the lemon zest and parsley to serve.


Serves 4 to 6
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Monday, August 10, 2015

The Thought For Today

"Be true to your teeth and they won't be false to you." - Milton Supman...'Soupy Sales'

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Jersey Circus

"We strive to reconcile our guilty delight in Jersey Shore, a bastion of trash, with our eye-rolling fondness for the Family Circus. We do this by juxtaposing the two in a very literal sense. We think you'll agree that something important is being done here." Just a newer version of the Post from Deano.

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Sunday, August 09, 2015

POOR DEANO!


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Saturday, August 08, 2015

My New Living Will

I, __________________________, being of sound mind and body, do not wish to be kept alive indefinitely by artificial means. Under no circumstances should my fate be put in the hands of pinhead partisan politicians who couldn't pass ninth-grade biology if their lives depended on it or lawyers/doctors/hospitals interested in simply running up the bills. If a reasonable amount of time passes (a day or two) and I fail to ask for at least ONE of the following…Martini ____ Margarita ____ Scotch and Water____ Bloody Mary ____Vodka & Tonic ____
Glass of Chardonnay or ____ Merlot ____Steak ____ Lobster or Crab Legs ____
The Remote Control ____Bowl of Ice Cream ____ The Sports Page ____ Chocolate ____
Or Sex ____…it should be presumed that I will never get any better. When such a determination is reached, I here by instruct my appointed person and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes and call it a day. At this point, it is time for all of my friends to raise their glasses to toast the good times we have had. Signature: ___________________________ Date: ___/___/___


Via Frankie

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Friday, August 07, 2015

The Thought For Today

"Never sit on the toilet, while the plunger is still in it." - Steve Dilla

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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, August 06, 2015

The Thought For Today

"There's nothing wrong with a woman welcoming all men's advances, darling, as long as they are in cash ." - Zsa Zsa Gabor

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10 Ways to Freak Out Your Date

"Here’s my pick for 10 ways to turn off your date, with some choice marketing language from their vendors. If you wear one of these and your date does not quickly disappear, I suggest you hurry and take out a restraining order and change your telephone number, cuz you got yourself a big problem." My favorite - #8 of course! 

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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

The Thought For Today

"My wife doesn't care what I do when I'm away. As long as I don't enjoy myself." - Lee Trevino

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Яolcats

Яolcats


Fake but funny...

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The Thought For Today

"It would be nice if the Food and Drug Administration stopped issuing warnings about toxic substances and just gave me the names of one or two things still safe to eat." - Robert Fuoss

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Rec: Vegetable Lasagna

For amounts, I pretty much eyeball it. Add or subtract as you will.
Pam spray
Two eggs
Jar of spinach dip
Medium container of ricotta cheese
Shredded mozzarella & parmesan (Target has the pre-blended bags)
Zucchini sliced lengthwise
Bag of fresh spinach
Barilla no-boil lasagna pasta
Potato chips or French-fried onions
I mixed the eggs, ½ the jar of spinach dip, ¼ the ricotta cheese and half-cup of the shredded cheeses in a big bowl.
I sprayed the pan with PAM, laid in the first two pieces of no-boil lasagna.
I poured in enough of the mix to cover the lasagna.
I laid in zucchini slices, then covered it with spinach.
Then I poured more of the mix and a liberal hand-sprinkling of the grated cheese because I thought it needed more.
Then another layer of the pasta, repeat as above.
Finally the top layer of pasta, liberally covered with chips.
I sealed the whole thing with aluminum foil to keep in the moisture and baked at 350 degrees F. Um, if you ask me how long, I don’t know – at least 45 minutes. I poked it with a knife and when the knife went all the way down easily, I knew the pasta was cooked.
I think next time, I’ll cut back on the ricotta, which is pretty bland, up the spinach dip and add some Feta cheese for some additional “tang.” I also think I’ll use lots more zucchini. The spinach cooks way down, but the zucchini gives the flavor and texture. Maybe green tomatoes. Maybe I’ll try that when I’ve worked my way through the other lasagna. Maybe onions and some more garlic powder sprinkled in. Olive oil, too.

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Rec: Creamed Spinach

5 tablespoons butter OR margarine - divided
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 dash ground nutmeg
1 cup half and half cream
4 oz. cream cheese - low-fat okay
1 sm. onion - minced
3 cloves garlic - minced
(2) 10 oz. pkgs. frozen chopped spinach - thawed
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese




In a 2-quart saucepan over medium-low heat, melt
3 Tbls. butter; stir in flour, salt, pepper, and nutmeg;
slowly whisk in cream; stir in cream cheese.-Increase
heat to medium; whisk mixture constantly until thick
and smooth; remove from heat and set aside.-In a
skillet over medium-high heat, cook onions and garlic
in remaining 2 Tbls. butter until transparent; stir
spinach and water into pan.-Reduce heat to medium-low;
cover; simmer, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes.
Stir spinach mixture into creamy mixture; return to
medium heat; heat, stirring often, until warmed
throughout.-Remove from heat; fold in Parmesan.


Serves 6 to 8
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Crockpot Veggie Chili Recipe

olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 red pepper, diced fairly large
1/2 green pepper, diced fairly large
28 ozs crushed tomatoes
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
1/2 package frozen corn
1 can black or chili beans
1/2 cup picante sauce
salt, to taste
grated cheddar cheese, if desired
cashew nuts, if desired



Saute onions in olive oil. Add garlic. After onion and
garlic are have turned golden brown, add cumin,
cayenne, and whatever other spices you might like.
Fry for a couple of minutes. Next, add the peppers,
saute them for a few minutes. Put the crushed
tomatoes, corn, beans and picante sauce into the
crockpot, and add the onion mixture. Cook on LOW
about 6 to 8 hours. Serve with grated cheddar cheese
and cashew nuts, if desired.


Serves 2 to 3
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Macaroni Salad

1 lb elbow noodles
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1/4 cup pickle relish
2 tablespoons finely diced onions
2 tablespoons finely diced celery
Dash hot sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper



In a large pot with boiling, salted water, cook pasta for
8 to 10 minutes until cooked. Drain and cool. In a medium
saucepan, cover eggs with water and bring to a boil.
Cover the saucepan and remove it from the heat. Let
eggs sit for 10 minutes. Remove eggs and shock in
water. Once thoroughly cooled, peel eggs and roughly
dice. In a large bowl, add mayonnaise, relish, onions,
celery, hot sauce, and Worcestershire. Mix until well
combined. Add pasta to bowl and toss with dressing.
Season well with salt and pepper.

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Rec: Microwave Whole Grain Brown Rice

2 cups quick brown rice
2 cups boiling water


Place the brown rice in a microwave safe dish (3 quart)
and pour in the boiling water. Cover with a vented
microwave lid. Cook on HIGH (1200W) for 2 to 3 minutes.
When it boils, reduce the power to LOW (30%) and cook
for an additional 5 minutes. Take the dish out and fluff
the rice with a fork.


Makes 4 cups

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Monday, August 03, 2015

The Thought For Today

"I have no respect for gangs today. None. They just drive by and shoot people. At least in the old days, like in West Side Story, the gangs used to dance with each other." - Robert G. Lee

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Internet Slang & Acronym Dictionary

Internet Slang & Acronym Dictionary

For people, like me, who don't know what's going on.

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Sunday, August 02, 2015

POOR DEANO!


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Saturday, August 01, 2015

Deano Sez: Unfortunate Star Wars Costumes

After you view (and laugh at) the costumes, go back and view the cards....well worth the fifteen minutes...

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Friday, July 31, 2015

The Thought For Today

"The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse." - Jacqueline Kennedy

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Death Star Costs $15.6 Septillion, 1.4 Trillion Times the US Debt - Death Star price - Gizmodo

Death Star Costs $15.6 Septillion, 1.4 Trillion Times the US Debt - Death Star price - Gizmodo


And on this Weird Friday we answer a question that's been on EVERYONE'S mind.

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

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Thought For Today

"I've been on a calendar, but never on time." - Marilyn Monroe

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Star Wars: The Blueprints

Here be the complete Star Wars blueprints. Finally, you can build that Death Star that you've always wanted.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Thought For Today

"A lawyer is never entirely comfortable with a friendly divorce, any more than a good mortician wants to finish his job and then have the patient sit up on the table." - John F. Kennedy

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Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager - Blame Society Productions - Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda

Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager - Blame Society Productions - Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda

"It's a little known fact that Darth Vader, the great Jedi warrior-gone-bad, has a younger brother named Chad. For this "less charismatic" family member, the Force doesn't always come through. Though Chad takes pride in his position as day shift manager at a Wisconsin grocery store, the floor staff doesn't respect him, the general manager resists being called Emperor, and the cute check-out clerk isn't interested, sorry." So, go, watch and laugh. Free at Babelgum and YouTube.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Thought For Today

"The two biggest sellers in any bookstore are the cookbooks and the diet books. The cookbooks tell you how to prepare the food and the diet books tell you how not to eat any of it." - Andy Rooney

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Rec: Chicken Thighs With Crispy Prosciutto And Foie Gras Pate

5 ounces foie gras pate
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
5 ounces thinly sliced Italian prosciutto
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons corn oil



Cut pate into 12 rectangles, and place onto a plate lined
with plastic wrap. Place into the freezer. Combine chicken
thighs and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl. Seal with
plastic wrap, and place in refrigerator to marinate for
1 hour. Gently fry the prosciutto in a large, nonstick
skillet over medium heat until crispy. Drain, cool and
crumble into a bowl. Season with garlic powder to taste
and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175
degrees C). Remove chicken thighs from the marinade
and pat dry with paper towels. Discard marinade. Lay
the chicken thighs out flat on a clean work surface.
Season with salt and pepper, then sprinkle crumbled
prosciutto in the center. Place a cube of pate on top of
the prosciutto, then wrap the thigh around the filling
and secure with toothpicks. Heat corn oil in a large
skillet over high heat. Place thighs into oil, and cook
until browned all over, about 5 minutes. When browned,
place thighs seam side down into a glass baking dish.
Bake in preheated oven until the chicken is no longer
pink, and the juices run clear, 25 to 30 minutes,
depending on size.



Serves 4
Will not reheat well

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Rec: Chicken Breasts in A Creamy Foie Gras Pate Sauce

2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup cream
4 ozs foie gras
1/4 lb capellini



Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a sauté pan and cook
the chicken breasts until they are tender, but not brown.
Lightly salt the chicken, remove from the heat and keep
warm. Add the cream to the same pan and bring it to a
simmer. Rub a tablespoon of foie gras pate together with
a tablespoon of the warm cream, add into the sauce.
Meanwhile cook the capellini in boiling, salted water.
Drain the capellini and toss with 1 tablespoon of butter.
Add some small cubes of foie gras pate to the pasta.
Make a bed of the pasta on a hot platter and arrange
the chicken on top. Pour the sauce over all and serve.



Serves 2
Will not reheat well

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Rec: Microwave Mushroom Gizzards

2 lbs chicken gizzards
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 10.75 oz can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 10.75 oz can water


Clean and rinse gizzards trimming off any green material.
Placed cleaned gizzards in a large bowl. Mix flour, paprika,
salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Pour mixture onto
gizzards and toss well to coat. Heat oil in a large skillet
over MEDIUM HIGH heat. Brown coated gizzards in oil, drain
and place in microwave container. Mix together soup and
water in a medium bowl. Pour over gizzards, cover and
microwave on HIGH for 15 minutes. Stir, replace cover and
cook on HIGH for another 10 minutes. Check for tenderness.
If still too firm, recover and cook on HIGH for another 5
minutes. Let rest and set for 5 minutes after cooking before
serving.

Serves 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Chicken Naranja

Naranja is Spanish for orange, so this is simply Chicken with Oranges. But Chicken Naranja sounds better because the recipe calls for orange juice, and somehow Chicken with Orange Juice just doesn't sound as tasty. This is quick to prepare and is tasty. I found it in a magazine twenty years ago, credited to Laura Alvarez of San Francisco. This recipe serves two, but can easily be doubled. Any sort of rice makes a nice side dish for this, and looks especially good placed on a bed of white rice. Add a green salad for a complete dinner.

Any preferred pieces of chicken may be used to make this. I prefer the lower calorie option of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Any type of orange juice may be used, but I like it best with freshly squeezed orange juice. Some ingredients can be substituted if you don't have the called for ones on hand, such as crystallized ginger for fresh ginger, frozen orange juice instead of fresh, celery seed instead of fresh celery, and of course the garnish can be dropped. Also, you can add
a couple of drops each of red and yellow food coloring to get a more orangey color.



Chicken Naranja



Two chicken breasts
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/6 cup packed brown sugar
10 slices fresh ginger root
1 cup sliced celery
1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup water
Orange slices and fresh parsley for garnish


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange the chicken in a baking dish, skin side up if using chicken with skin. Mix the orange juice, soy sauce and brown sugar and pour over the chicken. Sprinkle the ginger root and celery on and around the chicken. Bake for about 15 minutes. Remove the chicken from the baking dish and stir in the cornstarch mixture. Replace the chicken breasts and bake about 10 minutes longer until the chicken is tender and the sauce has thickened. Garnish with the orange slices and parsley to serve.


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Rec: Golden Chicken Breasts with Coleslaw

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (7 oz. each)
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 whole beaten egg
1 cup Panko (fine bread/cracker crumbs)
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 teaspoons parsley, finely chopped
4 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese

Coleslaw

2 cups shredded cabbage
1/4 cup thinly sliced onion
1/4 cup shredded carrots
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Garnish

1 teaspoon parsley, chopped
1/4 cup parsley cut into 1 inch lengths




Salt and pepper chicken breasts and coat with flour. Dip
them in the egg and then the Panko or fine breadcrumbs.
Place parchment paper or wax paper (coated side up) on
a microwave-safe plate (12 inches in diameter). Place the
chicken breasts on it and sprinkle with mozzarella and
Parmesan cheese. Place a microwave bacon rack in the
microwave oven. Cover the chicken plate with a vented
microwave lid and center it on the bacon rack. (Turning
over the chicken is unnecessary, because placing bacon
rack allows the microwaves to cook from the bottom.)
Cook on HIGH (1200W) for 8 minutes or until chicken
breasts are tender. Take the chicken breasts out and
place them on a baking sheet. Cook them in a toaster
oven until the surface turns golden brown. To make the
Coleslaw, combine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper in
a bowl. Stir until the salt dissolves. Add the coleslaw
vegetables and mix well. Sprinkle finely chopped
parsley on the chicken and garnish with parsleys
sprigs. Add coleslaw on the side and serve.


Serves 4
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Monday, July 27, 2015

The Thought For Today

"There are many silly superstitions about lightning, and as a result many people - maybe even you - are terrified of it. You shouldn't worry. Thanks to modern science we now know that lightning is nothing more than huge chunks of electricity that can come out of the sky, anytime, anywhere, and kill you." - Dave Barry

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Howstuffworks "The Sith Explained"

Howstuffworks "The Sith Explained"

How Stuff Works is the Site that explains how the universe, and everything in it, works. Well, almost everything. Okay, at least a little of it. Start with this Link and learn how much you do (and don't) know about The ("Always two there are, no more, no less.") Sith. And perhaps you too can rule the universe.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

POOR DEANO!


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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Mad Cows and Englishmen

Since I wouldn't want you feeling too nice and cozy, check out this creepy little fact from Tess Gerritsen to put a bit of spark and sizzle into your weekend bar-b-cue.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

The Thought For Today

"Some people say that I must be a horrible person, but that's not true. I have the heart of a young boy ... in a jar on my desk." - Steven King

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The Super League of Superheroes!!

The Super League of Superheroes!!

On an earlier Weird Friday I gave you a Link to the Paranormal Investigation (Ghostbusters) Of NYC. Now here's a Link to the Super League of Superheroes, also in NYC. Maybe it's something in the water?

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

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Thought For Today

"No problem is too big to run away from." - Charles M. Schulz

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Happy Batman Day!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman



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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Thought For Today

"A lady came up to me on the street and pointed at my suede jacket. "You know a cow was murdered for that jacket?" she sneered. I replied in a psychotic tone, "I didn't know there were any witnesses. Now I'll have to kill you too." - Jake Johansen

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MURDER MOST FOUL!

And, of course, the murderers were never punished...

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Thought For Today

"You define a good flight by negatives: you didnt get hijacked, you didn't crash, you didn't throw up, you weren't late, you weren't nauseated by the food. So you are grateful." - Paul Theroux

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Rec: Microwave Meatloaf

Meatloaf

1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef or ground turkey
8 ozs tomatoe sauce
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1/4 cup minced onions
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Sauce

1/3 cup catsup
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar


Combine meatloaf ingredients in a bowl and mix with
(clean) hands until well mixed. Pat into a 9 x 5 microwave
loaf pan. Cook in microwave on HIGH 6 minutes. While
cooking, combine sauce elements into small bowl and
whisk until mixed. At the end of the 6 minutes pour
sauce over the loaf and continue cooking on HIGH for an
additional 5 to 7 minutes. (For a firmer loaf, decrease
tomato sauce to 6 ozs).

Serves 4 to 6
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Crockpot Hobo Dinner

In a large frying pan, combine:
5 - 6 bratwurst, kielbasa, or Italian sausage
1/2 C. water

Cook over medium high heat for about 5 minutes, until
partially done, turning frequently. Add additional water
if needed. Remove sausage from pan and set aside.

In the same pan, cook until slightly soft:
1 small head cabbage, sliced into bite-size pieces
1 lg. sweet onion, sliced
1 lg. clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

Put prepared sausage in bottom of large (5 -6 qt.)
crockpot. Add cabbage mixture.

Then top with:
6 ears of corn, cut in half

Cook on LOW setting for 4 to 5 hours.


Serves 6 to 8
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Crockpot Beef Bourguignon

1 lb sirloin tip roast, cut in 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup red wine
1/2 cup water
1 (10 1/2 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 (2 1/2 oz) package dry onion soup mix
1/4 lb mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup green peppers, chopped
1/4 lb white pearl onions
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
chopped fresh parsley


Put beef in crockpot. Mix other ingredients, excluding
parsley, together well in a bowl. Pour over beef and cook
in crockpot for 6 to 8 hours on LOW. Best served over
rice or noodles with parsley as a garnish.

Serves 2
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Crockpot Winter Harvest Beef Stew

1(3 to 4 lbs.) chuck roast, cut into cubes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 small rutabaga, peeled and cut into small cubes
2 large potatoes, cut into cubes
1 large onion, sliced
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 (10 1/2 oz.) can stewed tomatoes
1 (0.75 oz.) packet Cajun brown gravy mix
1 (16 oz.) pkg. frozen mixed vegetables


Put roast cubes into slow cooker and add all other
ingredients in the order listed. Cook on LOW for
6 to 8 hours and spoon into large soup bowls.
Serve with hot croissants or French bread.

Serves 4 to six
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Crockpot Hungarian Goulash

2 lbs. round steak cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 can (14 1/2 oz.) tomatoes
2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dry thyme
1 minced garlic clove
1 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream


Put steak cubes, onion and garlic in Crockpot.
Add flour and stir to coat steak cubes. Add salt,
pepper, paprika, thyme and tomatoes. Stir well.
Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours. Add sour
cream 30 minutes before serving. Stir in thoroughly.

Serves 4 to 6
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Monday, July 20, 2015

The Thought For Today

"My husband and I had our best sex during our divorce. It was like cheating on our lawyers." - Priscilla Lopez

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How Much Does It Really Cost to Be Batman?

And Gizmodo answers the question: "How much does it REALLY cost for all of his cool toys?"

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Holy Funny Bone, Batman!

Herewith, the top 15 unintentionally funny comic book panels ... at least according to blogger Evil Richard. He has some pretty good picks here, although his blog doesn't completely display some of the panels on my browser. Maybe he could adjust them for all browsers?

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

To The Batcave!

C'mon, you know you really want to make one!



(And, yes, the cheapest place to find a bust would be garage sales, flea markets and car boot sales.)

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Friday, July 17, 2015

TO HELL WITH IT!



TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY AND I'M TAKING IT OFF. Thanks for all the presents folks. No, wait - there weren't any! Now excuse me while I go get drunk.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Thought For Today

"When a woman marries again it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs." - Oscar Wilde

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The Batman At Twitter

Name: The Batman

Location: The rooftop behind you.

Bio: I clean criminal filth from the streets of Gotham. You're welcome.

He updates frequently.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Thought For Today

"This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force." - Dorothy Parker

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BEN KENOBI: PRIVATE JEDEYE

Watch. Laugh. Enjoy.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Thought For Today

“Writers fish for the right words like fishermen fish for, um, whatever those aquatic creatures with fins and gills are called. 
”  ― Jarod Kintz

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Rec: Spicy Sauteed Calamari Over Pasta

1 lb squid
3 tablespoons red pepper flakes
4 tablespoons tomato paste
3 garlic cloves, chopped (or more to taste)
1 bunch Italian parsley
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt
pepper


Give the squid a good rinse after you cut them into 1/2 inch
rings. Be sure to drain out the rinse water in a strainer.
Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a wok or shallow saute pan.
Add chopped garlic to the oil and cook until the garlic begins
to become translucent or browns up a little. Add the calamari.
Add tomato paste, red pepper, salt, pepper. Saute on
MEDIUM heat for 8 minutes. Add a handful of italian
parsley. Saute on MEDIUM heat for 2 more minutes.
Serve with some additional parsley over pasta.


Serves 4
Squid will become rubbery if reheated

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Rec: Squid In Red Wine Sauce

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
5 cloves garlic, crushed
2 pounds cleaned squid, the bodies cut up if large
1 cup fruity red wine, like Côtes-du-Rhône
Several sprigs fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Chopped fresh parsley for garnish, optional



Put 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet with a lid, and turn
the heat to MEDIUM-HIGH. Add the garlic and cook, stirring,
until lightly browned. Add the squid and stir, then lower the
heat, and add the wine. Stir, add the thyme, and cover. Cook
at a slow simmer until the squid is tender, about 45 minutes.
Uncover, season with salt and pepper to taste, raise the heat,
and cook until most but not all of the liquid is evaporated.
Stir in the remaining olive oil, garnish with parsley, and serve.


Serves 4
Squid will become rubbery if reheated

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Rec: Squid With Chilis And Greens

1 1/2 pounds cleaned squid
3/4 pound, approximately, bitter greens like
collards, kale, arugula or dandelion
3 tablespoons peanut or corn oil
1 chopped jalapeño or dried hot chili, or to taste
1 tablespoon chopped garlic, or to taste
Salt
Soy sauce or nam pla to taste (optional)


Separate squids' tentacles from bodies. Slice bodies into rings;
cut tentacles in half if large. Rinse, and put in a strainer. Strip
greens' leaves from stems; discard thickest stems. Chop, rinse
and dry; you want about 4 cups. Put oil in a broad, deep skillet
over HIGH heat. Add chili and garlic, and stir until they sizzle.
Add greens, and cook, stirring, until wilted, 2 minutes. Add
squid and a large pinch of salt, and cook, stirring occasionally,
until squid gives up its liquid and becomes opaque, about 2
minutes. Taste, and adjust seasoning, adding soy sauce or
nam pla if desired. Serve immediately.



Serves 4
Squid will become rubbery if reheated

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Rec: White Beans With Squid And Broken Noodles

Salt
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 cups cooked or canned white beans, with about
a cup of their liquid
3/4 to 1 pound cleaned squid, cut up
Black pepper
2 cups broken egg noodles
Stock or water, if needed
1 tablespoon minced garlic
Chopped fresh parsley leaves for garnish (optional)



Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, and salt it. Meanwhile,
put half the olive oil in a medium saucepan over MEDIUM heat.
A minute later, add the beans and their liquid. Bring to a boil,
stirring, and add squid, along with some salt and pepper.
Reduce heat to a simmer, and continue to cook, stirring
occasionally. When water boils, cook the noodles until they
are barely tender, about 5 minutes. Drain, and add them to
the simmering beans. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the
squid and noodles are tender, adding a little liquid if necessary.
(Do not add liquid prematurely -- the squid will produce a lot
on its own.) When just about done, add garlic. Cook it just long
enough to take the edge off its rawness. Spoon the mixture into
4 dishes, garnishing with parsley and sprinkling with remaining
olive oil.



Serves 4
Squid will become rubbery if reheated

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Rec: Braised Squid With Artichokes

1 lemon
4 large artichokes, trimmed (see instructions below)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 anchovy fillets, chopped (optional)
2 pounds cleaned squid, the bodies cut into rings
Freshly ground black pepper
Minced parsley for garnish


To trim an artichoke, first remove all the large outer leaves
by snapping them off at the base. Then cut off only the
bottom inch or so of the stem. Use a paring knife or a good
vegetable peeler to peel the stem and remove the remaining
tough bits from all around the bottom. Cut off the conical top
of the artichoke, about an inch to an inch and a half from the
top, then cut the artichoke in half from top to bottom.Use a
spoon to completely dig out the choke, the tiny unformed
leaves in the center that may be tinged purple. Whether for
this recipe or another, the bottoms should be immediately
plunged into acidulated water -- a bowlful with a half a lemon
squeezed in, or 10 parts water to one part vinegar -- to
preserve their color until cooking.




Cut the lemon in half, squeeze the juice into a bowl of water,
and add the lemon halves. Cut the trimmed artichokes into 4
pieces each, and as they are done, add them to the lemon
water. Place a large skillet or broad saucepan over MEDIUM
heat and add 2 tablespoons of the oil; a minute later, add
the garlic and anchovies. Cook, stirring occasionally, until
the anchovies break up and the garlic begins to color, 3 to
5 minutes. Add the squid and the artichokes, stir, cover.
Uncover and stir the mixture every 5 minutes or so. When
the squid and artichokes begin to become tender, after 15 or
20 minutes, uncover and cook until most of the liquid has
evaporated and the squid and artichokes are tender, about
10 to 15 minutes longer. Season with pepper. It's highly
unlikely this dish will need added salt, especially if you use
anchovies, but taste and see. Stir in the remaining olive oil,
garnish with the parsley and serve.



Serves 4
Squid will become rubbery if reheated

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Monday, July 13, 2015

The Thought For Today

"If you drink, don't drive. Don't even putt." - Dean Martin

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The RealTruth From Orlando

Confederate Flag controversy --

The cemeteries in Germany still have the Nazi symbols on the headstones and elsewhere. The soldiers buried there died for their cause and an organization unparalleled in history for its systematic evil. I still see no reason to erase everything just to sanitize history. I don't have to agree with everything that's displayed. I don't have to agree or condone things done before my time or subscribe to the concept that because I don't protest a symbol that it means I support what that symbol stood for.

Confederate cemeteries and graves are desecrated on a regular basis, receive almost no funding or recognition -- but it's conveniently forgotten or ignored that they also contain the remains of black soldiers who fought for their homes and states, not just for or against slavery. They contain the remains of thousands of family ancestors of both colors. I see no reason we cannot honor the dead with a symbol of the cause they died to support.

It's more of this politically correct garbage that wants to pretend that the only reason we had a civil war in this country was because of slavery and that persons of color can only feel good about themselves nearly 200 years after the fact if only they get enough apologies. The Civil War was about states' rights to govern themselves -- the very same battle that's going on right now in the issues of abortions, women's rights, immigration, gay marriage and the so-called "religious freedom" to refuse service to anyone who doesn't believe like you do. But none of those issues has a flag people can point to and scream about.

It's asinine to say the Confederate flag means slavery and only Southerners are bigots. African tribes sold opposing tribal captives to slavers. Ship magnate northerners ran the slave ships from Africa and made huge profits in the slave trade. Northerners ran their profitable textile mills for cotton grown by slave-owning plantation owners. The Southerners owned the slaves. Not every Southerner owned slaves; not every Northerner was an abolitionist. Not every black man in the South was a slave. Not every slave in the South was black. No one's hands were clean.

The hypocrisy that touts that flag as a symbol of slavery is overwhelming. The imminent criminalization in displaying the flag is a slap in the face to the American experience and a patent violation of the First Amendment.

It's a shame one nut ball, gormless, disenfranchised jackass went in and killed nine productive people of whatever color just because he could. He's a terrorist. Treat him like a terrorist and stop with the constant racism rhetoric. There's as much racism on the black side of the color fence as there is on the white side. Time to quit throwing stones back and forth over it and leave each other's heritage alone.

Florida Cracker

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

POOR DEANO!


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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Meg Cabot's Blog -- Simply the Best

There are only a few blogs I follow (who has time?!), but one of my favorites of the few is that of YA writer Meg Cabot, she of The Princess Diaries. I know, you're saying, Princess Diaries? You gotta be kidding. No, I'm not, although Meg kids around a lot herself, which is what makes the blog so great. She spends more blog time entertaining than complaining. While you're there, be sure to check out her VidLit, which is also funny.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

The Thought For Today

"The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball." - Doug Larson

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Happy Birthday Nikola Tesla!

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

Thursday, July 09, 2015

The Thought For Today

"The only monster here is the gambling monster that has enslaved your mother! I call him Gamblor, and it's time to snatch your mother from his neon claws!" - Homer Simpson

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Sloganize your name

Put your name, or any other word, into an Ad slogan.

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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The Thought For Today

"The Rose Bowl is the only bowl I've ever seen that I didn't have to clean." - Erma Bombeck

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SIGN BUILDER 2.0 - INDUSTRIAL SIGNAGE

SIGN BUILDER 2.0 - INDUSTRIAL SIGNAGE

For making various Danger/Hazmat signs on your computer. Now you can put something interesting on your bathroom door.

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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The Thought For Today

"Love: a temporary insanity curable by marriage." - Ambrose Bierce

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THIS IS A DATE WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFAMY!

Yup, it's my wedding anniversary - the THREE years that I was married, were the worst TEN years of my life. Without going into great detail, this is NOT a day to celebrate - it's a day to get VERY, VERY drunk. On that note...

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Sunday, July 05, 2015

POOR DEANO!


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Saturday, July 04, 2015

HAPPY FOURTH!!!


HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE FOURTH!



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Friday, July 03, 2015

The Thought For Today

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going." - Beverly Sills

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Paranormal Investigation of NYC

Paranormal Investigation of NYC

It's Weird Friday again and believe it or not, there are real Ghostbusters in New York City and this is their Home Page. Sorry, no Proton Packs, but feel free to read all about them. And best of all - THEY WORK FOR FREE.

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

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Thought For Today

"Buzz Aldrin will be on 'Dancing With the Stars.' He may be the only man to have walked on the moon and moonwalked in the same lifetime." - Jimmy Kimmel

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Star Trek's 10 Cheesiest Classic Creatures

Star Trek's 10 Cheesiest Classic Creatures

The first season is out on HD DVD/DVD , including these great guest stars.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

The Thought For Today

"I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry." - Rita Rudner

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Intuitor Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics

Intuitor Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics

We all know that space ships don't actually make wooshing noises in space and big bangs are all flash and no noise, but it's interesting to read about how bad the science is coming out of Hollywood. And folks, it's worse than you think. Some fun movie reviews too.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Thought For Today

"I went into a McDonald's yesterday and said, "I'd like some fries."The girl at the counter said, "Would you like some fries with that ?"" - Jay Leno

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Rec: Ultimate Cheeseburger

2 pounds cold freshly ground beef chuck, 80 percent lean
1/3 cup ice-cold water
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 to 5 ounces cold Cheddar, Swiss, jack, or blue cheese, shredded or crumbled
Butter for the rolls (optional)
6 crusty yet soft rolls, such as kaiser, split


Light a grill for direct medium-high heat, about 425 degrees F. Using your hands and a light touch, mix together the beef, water, salt, pepper, and cheese. Gently shape into 6 patties no more than 1 inch thick. Refrigerate the burgers until the grill is ready. Brush the grill grate and coat with oil. Put the burgers directly over the heat, cover, and grill for 7 minutes, flipping after about 4 minutes for medium-done (150 degrees F, slightly pink). Add a minute per side for well-done. Avoid pressing down on the burgers, which squeezes out moisture and makes them dry. If you like, butter the rolls before grilling. Grill the rolls, cut sides down, directly over the heat until toasted, about 1 minute. If serving the burgers directly from the grill, serve on the buns. If the burgers will sit, even for a few minutes, keep the rolls and burgers separate until just before eating.

Serves 6

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Rec: Meatball Subs

1 clove garlic
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
4 ozs Parmesan cheese, cut into chunks
1 medium onion, halved
1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 cups tomato sauce or bottled spaghetti sauce
4 sub rolls



With a food processor running, put the garlic, parsley,
and Parmesan through the feed tube. When they are
finely chopped, add the onion and process until grated.
Transfer to a large bowl. Add the beef, bread crumbs,
egg, salt, and pepper. Form the mixture into 12
meatballs. In a large saucepan, bring the tomato
sauce to a boil. Add the meatballs and let the sauce
return to a boil. Simmer gently for 30 minutes,
turning the meatballs in the pan, or until they are
cooked through. Halve the sub rolls, though not all
the way through. Toast them until golden. Spoon
the meatballs into the rolls, add sauce, and serve
at once.


Serves 4
If not serving all at once, refrigerate meatballs and sauce
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Bacon Wrapped Hamburgers

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1 small onion, chopped
1 egg
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 pound ground beef
6 slices bacon
6 hamburger buns, split



Preheat a grill for high heat. In a large bowl, mix together the Cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, onion, egg, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Crumble in the ground beef, and mix together by hand. Form into 6 patties, and wrap a slice of bacon around each one. Secure bacon with toothpicks. Place patties on the grill, and cook for 5 minutes per side, or until well done. Remove toothpicks before serving on hamburger buns.


Serves 6

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Monday, June 29, 2015

The Thought For Today

"Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain." - Edward De Bono

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GTD In Space: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Spaceship Captains

GTD In Space: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Spaceship Captains

COOL!

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

POOR DEANO!


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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Challenger, A Science Fiction Fanzine

If you like reading works by Mike Resnick, Greg Benford and other science fiction notables, then you will enjoy Challenger. Contributors write about such diverse topics as science fiction as an art form to real science (especially that involving space) to horse racing to movies to insurance law to getting stuck in jail...Well, let's just say there's a lot on offer there. Bookmark it so you can take your time; there are achived issues in addition to the current issue.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

The Thought For Today

"For years, my husband and I had advocated separate vacations. But the kids kept finding us." - Erma Bombeck

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Paranormal Restraining Orders

Paranormal Restraining Orders

On this Weird Friday, for only $5, you can get a Restraining Order against the paranormal being of your choice. What a deal.

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

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Thought For Today

"That day I played golf, I was three over. One over a patio, one over a house, and one over a swimming pool." - George Brett

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Speculative Fiction | The Stories | AntipodeanSF

Speculative Fiction The Stories AntipodeanSF


A very good free SF/Fantasy webzine from the land downunder.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Thought For Today

"You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 today and we don't know where the hell she is." - Ellen DeGeneres

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Abyss & Apex: Magazine of Speculative Fiction

Another excellent online magazine. Read and enjoy.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Thought For Today

"The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you're off it." - Jackie Gleason

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Rec: Chicken Merlot With Mushrooms

2 1/2 to 3 lbs. meaty chicken pieces, skinned
3 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 6 ounce can tomato paste
1/4 cup dry red wine (such as Merlot) or chicken broth
2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups hot cooked noodles
2 tablespoons finely shredded Parmesan cheese



Rinse chicken, set aside. In a 3 1/2 to 4 or 5 quart
crockpot place mushrooms, onion, and garlic. Place
chicken pieces on top of the vegetables. In a bowl
combine broth, tomato paste, wine or chicken broth,
tapioca, dried basil , sugar, salt, and pepper. Pour
over all. Cover; cook on LOW setting for 7 to 8 hours
or on HIGH setting for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. To serve,
spoon chicken, mushroom mixture, and sauce over
hot cooked noodles Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.


Serves 4 to 6
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Honey Orange Chicken

8 chicken thighs, frozen
1/2 cup honey
1 cup orange juice
2 cup chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 to 2 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 10 oz. package frozen broccoli flowerets, optional thawed
2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup water
Cooked rice



Put the frozen chicken in the crockpot right out of the
freezer. Whisk all other ingredients (except cooked rice,
broccoli, cornstarch and water) together and pour over
the chicken. Turn the crockpot on LOW and cook for 4 to
5 hours. If you desire, you may top with frozen broccoli
flowerets about one hour before the chicken is finished.
Before serving, remove the chicken and broccoli and stir
in the cornstarch mixture. Put crockpot on HIGH until the
broth bubbles and thickens.


Serves 6 to 8
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Crockpot Chicken Parisienne

6 medium chicken breasts
1/2 cup white wine (or water)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 4 oz can mushrooms, drained
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup flour
salt, pepper and paprika - to taste



Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper and paprika. Place in
crockpot. Mix wine, soup and mushrooms until well
combined. Pour over chicken. Sprinkle with more paprika.
Cover and cook on LOW 7 to 9 hours or HIGH for 3 to 4
hours. Remove chicken after cooking time. Mix sour cream
and flour together. Stir into crockpot and cook for 30
minutes. Serve sauce (gravy) over potatoes, rice or noodles.



Serves 6
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Lemon Garlic Chicken

2 lbs. chicken breasts boneless and skinless
1 1/2 teaspoons oregano leaves crushed
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper freshly ground
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup water
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 cloves garlic minced
2 teaspoons chicken bouillon
2 teaspoons fresh chopped parsley



Wash chicken and dry on paper towels. Combine oregano,
salt and pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle on the chicken
and pat it in. Fry the chicken breasts until browned in the
butter. Transfer chicken to the crockpot. Add the water,
lemon juice, bouillon, garlic and parsley to the pan. Scrape
any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring mixture
to a boil and pour over the chicken. Cover and cook on HIGH
for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or on LOW for 5 to 6 hours. Add parsley
and baste chicken. Cover and cook another 15 to 30 minutes.
Serve with Rice Pilaf.



Serves 4 to 6
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Rec: Crockpot Chicken And Sausage Gumbo

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons oil
1/2 lb smoked sausage, cut into 1/2 inch slices
3/4 to 1 lb boneless chicken thighs, cut in bite-size pieces
1 1/2 to 2 cups frozen cut okra
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup frozen medium shrimp, cleaned and cooked
1 1/2 cups uncooked regular long-grain white rice


(You can skip this if you have premade roux.) In a small
saucepan, combine flour and oil; mix well. Cook, stirring
constantly, over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Reduce
heat to medium-low; cook, stirring constantly, about 8 to 12
minutes or until mixture turns a light red-brown. Place
flour and oil mixture in 3 1/2 to 4 quart crockpot. Stir in
all remaining ingredients except shrimp and rice. Cover
and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours. Add cooked shrimp to
the gumbo; mix well. Cover and continue to cook on LOW
for 20 minutes longer. Meanwhile, cook rice according to
package directions. Serve gumbo over hot cooked rice.

Serves 6 to 8
Refrigerate remainder
Can be reheated in microwave

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Monday, June 22, 2015

The Thought For Today

"If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years." - Bertrand Russell

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Happy Birthday Bruce! (22JUN)

Four labels from the Bruce Campbell's Soup Company.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

POOR DEANO!


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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Paraprosdokians

PARAPROSDOKIANS are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous. (Winston Churchill loved them)
1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.
2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my list.
3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.
5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
6. War does not determine who is right - only who is left..
7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
8. They begin the evening news with 'Good Evening,' then proceed to tell you why it isn't.
9. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
10. Buses stop in bus stations. Trains stop in train stations. On my desk is a work station.
11. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted paychecks.
12. In filling out an application, where it says, 'In case of emergency, notify:' I put 'DOCTOR.'
13. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
14. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.
15. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.
16. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.
17. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
18. Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.
19. There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.
20. I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.
21. You're never too old to learn something stupid.
22. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
23. Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
24. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
25. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
26. Where there's a will, there are relatives.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

The Thought For Today

"Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory." - Albert Schweitzer

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ALICE by Ultra Fem

NSFW NSFW  This ISN'T what you read as a child!  NSFW NSFW

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

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Thought For Today

"All I can say about life is, Oh God, enjoy it!" - Bob Newhart

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SpaceWesterns.com: The e-zine of the Space Western sub-genre

SpaceWesterns.com: The e-zine of the Space Western sub-genre

Before you laugh, remember that Gene Roddenberry pitched the original Star Trek as "a wagon train to the stars". The same cast every week, but a different location and story. Enjoy.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Thought For Today

"Right now I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think I've forgotten this before." - Steven Wright

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FOOD!

A really GREAT animated Site on food and cooking is http://www.8legged.com/. You'll be entertained by Tako the octopus, your host. There are 8 full episodes plus 1 short. Each episode has a complete, REAL recipe. Even if you're not planning to cook anything more complicated than a TV dinner, they're great fun to watch. Especially if all you're having to eat is that TV dinner.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Thought For Today

"I assume you are on the Internet. If you are not, then pardon my French, but vous êtes un big loser. Today EVERYBODY is on the Internet, including the primitive Mud People of the Amazon rain forest. In the old days, when the Mud People needed food, they had to manually throw spears at wild boars; whereas today they simply get on the Internet, go to www.spear-a-boar.com and click their mouse a few times (the Mud People use actual mice). Within three business days, a large box is delivered to them by a UPS driver, whom they eat." - Dave Barry

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Rec: Spaghetti With Squid And Tomatoes

11 ounces spaghetti
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 scallions, cut in half, then sliced thickly lengthways
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 1/4 lbs tomatoes, roughly chopped
7 tablespoons white wine
12 ounces baby calamari, and squid tubes, sliced into rings
2 tablespoons chili oil
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped



Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the
spaghetti according to instructions. Heat the olive oil in a
frying pan, then add the scallions and cook over a
MEDIUM heat for 3 to 4 minutes until beginning to soften.
Add the garlic and tomatoes and continue to cook for 5
minutes until they're soft but keeping their shape. Pour in
the white wine, bring to the boil, then add the squid and
cook for 2 minutes. Drain the pasta, return to the pan and
stir the chili oil through it. Stir the squid, squid tubes and
scallion and tomato sauce into the drained spaghetti, along
with the chopped parsley. Serve immediately. Best Served
with green salad and lemon wedges to squeeze over.


Serves 2 to 4
Squid will become rubbery if reheated

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Rec: Squid With Tomato And Green Peas

1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled & finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped flat leaf parsley
1 (15 5/8 ounce) can chopped tomatoes
31 3/4 ounces small squid, cleaned
salt and black pepper
12 1/3 ounces fresh peas or frozen peas



Put the olive oil and onion into a flameproof casserole. Saute
over a MEDIUM heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10
minutes until it begins to soften and turn golden. Add the
garlic and cook for 2 minutes, then add the tomatoes and
half of the chopped parsley. Cook at a gentle simmer for
10 to 15 minutes until the tomatoes begin to thicken.
Slice the cleaned squid into 1 inch rings. Divide the tentacle
clusters in half. Add to the casserole. Season with salt and
pepper. Stir well, cover and simmer gently for 20 to 30
minutes until the squid is tender. Stir in the peas, season
again and cook for a few more minutes until they are done.
Stir in the remaining chopped parsley and serve with plenty
of crusty bread to mop up the sauce.


Serves 4 to 6
Squid will become rubbery if reheated

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Rec: Potato And Baby Squid Stew

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 green bell peppers, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 lb potato, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
1 1/2 cups fish stock or bottled clam juice
1 pinch saffron thread, crushed
1 lb baby calamari, cut into 1 inch rings
buttered noodles




Heat olive oil in large skillet over MEDIUM heat. Add onion,
peppers and garlic and saute 10 minutes. Add tomato and
bay leaf and saute 3 minutes more. Add wine and boil until
reduced by half, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add potatoes, fish
stock and saffron and cook until potatoes are tender, stirring
occasionally, about 20 minutes. Add squid and simmer until
cooked through, about 2 minutes. Season to taste. Serve over
buttered noodles.



Serves 2 to 4
Squid will become rubbery if reheated

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Rec: Greek Stuffed Squid Hoods

120 g fresh sourdough breadcrumbs (2cups)
120 g goat feta cheese, crumbled
80 g chopped kalamata olives (1/2 cup)
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
1 fresh birds eye chile, finely chopped
salt & freshly ground black pepper
6 small cleaned squid, hoods
olive oil flavored cooking spray
baby romaine lettuce, leaves washed
lemon wedge, to serve
toasted bread, to serve



Combine the breadcrumbs, feta, olives, chilli and oregano in a
bowl and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the mixture into
the squid hoods and close the ends with toothpicks to secure.
Lightly spray with oil. Preheat a grill pan or frypan preferably
non stick and cook the squid heads for about 2 mins each side
till cooked but be careful not to overcook or they will be tough.
Divide the lettuce leaves among 4 serving plates. Cut the squid
into thick slices and arrange on the lettuce and serve with
lemon wedges and toast.



Serves 4
Squid will become rubbery if reheated

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