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Posts from September 2013

Pierogi Pasta Shells

It's a Meat-Free Monday!  But your family won't miss a thing with this delicious dish.

25 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
1 package (32 oz) refrigerated mashed potatoes
1 tbsp dried minced onion
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
2 cups (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 cup chopped green onions

Cook the pasta shells according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water.  Place mashed potatoes in a large microwave-safe bowl.  Cover and microwave on high for 4 minutes, stirring once.  Add the minced onion, onion powder and garlic powder.  Stir in 1 cup of cheese until well blended.

Using a tablespoon, stuff potato mixture in shells.  Place in a greased 13-in by 9-in baking dish.  Sprinkle with green onions and remaining cheese.  Cover and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.  Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer or until heated through.
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The Seven Things We'd Refuse to Give Up, Regardless of Our Financial Situation

According to a new poll, 36% of Americans say they live paycheck to paycheck almost every month.  Which is actually down from 40% last year, and a high of 46% in 2008.

But even when money is an issue, there are some things we absolutely REFUSE to give up.  And the number one thing is . . . the INTERNET.  Check out the top seven things Americans say they'd keep paying for, regardless of their financial situation. Does your list look the same? I think mine would be pretty close to this. But I would keep my Ipad over my smartphone! ~Dennis

1.  Their Internet connection . . . 55% said they'd never give it up.

2.  Their car . . . 40%

 3.  Their pets . . . 36%

 4.  Their smartphone . . . 29%

 5.  Cable TV . . . 24%

 6.  Traveling . . . 10%

 7.  Going out to eat . . . 9%


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Flounder Packets

Shhh!  Don't tell the family what a low-fat, low-calorie this dish is...it is so full of flavor they'd never believe you anyway.

4 flounder fillets (6 oz each)--you can substitute catfish, perch, sole or orange roughy
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped peeled cucumber
2 green onions, sliced
4 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp sesame oil ( a little of this goes a long way!)
1 tsp ground ginger
Hot cooked rice

Place each fillet on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 12-in square).  Sprinkle with salt and pepper; top with red pepper, cucumber and green onions.  Combine the soy sauce, oil and ginger; drizzle over vegetables.  Fold foil around the mixture and seal tightly.

Place on a baking sheet.  Bake at 450 for 10-12 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.  Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape.  Serve with rice.
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Gnocchi Chicken Skillet

You can find gnocchi in the pasta or frozen food section at the grocery store; they are tasty little dumplings!
1 package (16 oz) potato gnocchi
1 pound ground chicken
½ cup chopped onion
2 tbsp olive oil
1 jar (26 oz) spaghetti sauce
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp dried oregano
Shredded Parmesan cheese
Cook gnocchi according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook chicken and onion in oil over medium heat until chicken is no longer pink; drain if necessary.  Stir in the spaghetti sauce, salt and oregano; cook for 5-10 minutes or until heated through.
Drain gnocchi; gently stir into skillet.  Garnish servings with Parmesan cheese.
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He bought Lottery tickets because the store was out of hot dog buns!

In case you didn't hear, the sole winner of last week's $400 MILLION Powerball jackpot came forward yesterday.  I wish we were related! Here's what IS known about him . . .

He's from Columbia, South Carolina, and he wants to remain anonymous.  And he's lucky he can.  Only South Carolina, Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, and Ohio let Powerball winners stay anonymous.

A few hours before the drawing last Wednesday, he went to a convenience store called Murphy's Express . . . to buy his wife some HOT DOG BUNS for dinner.  But the store didn't have them.  So he decided to spend the $20 bill he had on lottery tickets.

It was only the second time he'd ever bought lottery tickets in his LIFE . . . and he didn't realize he'd won until he checked his ticket the next day.  He said the first person he told was the family dog as he redeemed the prize yesterday.

The full jackpot was actually $399.4 million.  It's the fourth-largest in Powerball history, and lottery officials didn't say if he took the lump sum of $233 million, or the annual payouts.

Wow! ~Dennis



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Philly Cheesesteaks

Can't go wrong with meat, cheese and a bun!  There are veggies, too, but not enough to scare the family off (haha!).

1 beef top sirloin steak (1-1/2 lbs)
3 tbsp butter, divided
4 medium onions, halved and sliced
2 small green peppers, cut into thin strips
2 small sweet red peppers, cut into thin strips
1 tsp hot pepper sauce
4 submarine buns, split
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
8 slices cheddar cheese

Freeze steak 1 hour until firm but not frozen.  In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp butter over medium heat.  Add onions, peppers and pepper sauce; cook and stir 5 minutes or until tender; remove and keep warm.

Place bun bottoms on a baking sheet, cut side up.  Remove steak from freezer; cut into thin slices.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  In same skillet, heat remaining butter over medium-high heat.  Add beef in batches; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.  Remove from pan. 

Layer bun bottoms with meat, onion mixture and cheese.  Broil 4 inches from heat for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Replace tops and serve.
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Sante Fe Chicken Pizzas

Got any leftover chicken from the weekend?  Throw it together with these fixins for a fast Monday meal the whole family will enjoy!

4 whole pita breads
1/2 cup refried black beans
1/2 cup salsa
1 cup cubed cooked chicken breast
2 tbsp chopped green chilies
2 tbsp sliced ripe black olives
3/4 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
1 green onion, chopped
1/2 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350.  Place pita breads on an ungreased baking sheet; spread with beans.  Top with salsa, chicken, chilies and olives; sprinkle with cheese.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Top with green onion; serve with sour cream.
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The Five Dumbest Resume Mistakes of All Time !

Your resume has probably cost you a few potential interviews in your life, without you even knowing it.  CareerBuilder.com just surveyed more than 5,000 people and asked them to name the DUMBEST resume mistakes they'd ever seen. I'm sure it's never happend to you but  here are the top five!

1.  A guy who mentioned spending time in jail for assaulting a former boss.


2.  A person who put that their previous job title was, "Mr."  Not, like, "Research Director."  Just plain old 'Mister.'


3.  A person who applied for the exact same job they'd just been FIRED from.


4.  A person who claimed that leading warrior clans in an online role-playing game was an example of leadership experience.


5.  The "Skills" section was spelled "S-k-e-l-z-e."



As for the more common resume mistakes, employers said the WORST thing you can do is have spelling mistakes.  The other big mistake a lot of people make is sending in a generic resume that doesn't seem customized for the job.


Employers also say they've passed on someone for having an inappropriate email address, printing their resume on decorative paper, or including a photo. 

So now you know what NOT to do! :)


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